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My Complete Thanks To The Many, Fabulous Nurses

Last week I took Ben to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  He had a tube inserted into his nose and down into his stomach and small intestine to measure how his stomach and small intestine worked.  tube inserted into his nose and down into his stomach and small intestine to measure how his stomach and small intestine worked.    The test sucked.  What didn’t suck were the nurses.

In Ben’s nearly 11 years, he has needed countless medical interventions, but one common denominator exists among them.  Fabulous Nurses.

From floor nurses to clinic nurses to surgical nurses and procedure nurses to office nurses and home health nurses, Ben has been cared for by some of the best.

My complete thanks goes out to them.  They are indeed some of the most remarkable people I have had the privilege of knowing.  They have been teachers, showing me how to give Ben chemotherapy at home, proper post operative care, and numerous tips and tricks to make our lives easier.  They have been confidants, listening to our hopes and fears.  They have given empathy, hope, love, humor, and practical help.

Nurses are the first line of care, the go-between advocating for the patient with the doctor, and the eyes that see the moment by moment care that needs to take place.  They have physical, mental, and emotional stamina, and multitasking superpowers.

Nurses are the glue that holds the healthcare environment together, they are the foundation upon which medical conglomerates are built.

My child’s life has been greatly enhanced by the nurses that have cared for him, body, mind, and spirit, for his whole life.  To them I give my gratitude and love.

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