Nurses and other hospital staff work more than 8 hours a day at times, but are often underappreciated.
Doctors, hospital staff, and nurses work their whole lives saving others. While being a nurse looks easy in movies and TV shows, real-life nurses have it tough. Being a nurse can be both emotionally and physically draining, and all they expect in return is a small “Thank You” from the people they save and protect.
While others say thanks or give gifts of gratitude, most patients (and their families), are thankful but keep to themselves. Shelby was always grateful to her daughter’s nurse, doctors, and hospital staff—but never got the chance to thank them all.
It all began when Shelby’s daughter Sophie started having health problems. At first, Shelby and her husband Jonathan thought that their daughter had asthma when she started having a hard time breathing. Sophie’s doctor also thought it was a simple asthma attack and simply gave them meds for that.
But one day, Sophie stopped breathing. This prompted the couple to bring their little girl to the hospital. That was when the devastating news was revealed to them. Sophie was apparently suffering from something much worse than asthma and allergies. She had developed T-cell lymphoma. Cancer.
Since then Sophie has spent months in hospital going through chemotherapy. Despite her putting up a tough fight, the cancer spread. The chemotherapy has affected her ability to walk, talk, use her hands and eat. Right now her tiny body is enduring the preparations for a stem cell operation.
While Shelby does everything for her daughter Sophie, she tends to forget about taking care of her own body. But what she soon realized is that many others are doing the same: sacrificing their own lives to save others. She took it to Facebook to thank the nurse who always took care of Sophie.
Mom Shelby writes:
“I see you. I sit on this couch all day long and, I see you. You try so hard to be unnoticed by me and my child. I see your face drop a little when she sees you and cries. You try so many ways to ease her fears and win her over. I see you hesitate to stick her or pull bandaids off. You say ‘No owies’ and ‘I’m sorry’ more times in one day than most people say ‘thank you’..
I see all of those rubber bracelets on your arms and wrapped around your stethoscope, each one for a child that you’ve cared for and loved. I see you stroke her little bald head and tuck her covers around her tightly. I see you holding the crying mom that got bad news.I see you trying to chart on the computer while holding the baby whose mom can’t-or won’t be at the hospital with her.”
“You put aside what’s happening in your life for 12 hours straight to care for very sick and something’s dying children. You go into each room with a smile no matter what’s happening in there. You see Sophie’s name on the schedule and come to check on us even when she isn’t your patient. You call the doctor, blood bank, and pharmacy as many times as necessary to get my child what she needs in a timely manner. You check on me as often as you check on her. You sit and listen to me ramble for 10 minutes even though your phone is buzzing and your to do list is a mile long.”
“I see you. We all see you. No amount of snack baskets or cards can fully express how appreciated you are. You are Jesus to us every single day. Our children wouldn’t get what they need without you. Moms like me wouldn’t feel sane or heard without you. You save our babies and we couldn’t do this without you.”