I rode into downtown thinking about all of this. How do nurses do it? Faced with life and death everyday? I don't know if I'd be able to be so strong. And it got me thinking of the difference between them and us. I think that some people are blessed by God with the "love gene". It's not a scientific thing...or maybe it is...but it's the love gene that makes a nurse able to comfort someone's sick child in the middle of the night. It's the love gene in a nurse that restores a hospitalized teen's dignity when they need cleaning up; It's the love gene that enables a young nurse to dry her tears at the loss of a patient, and in their grieving, turn around, put on a smile and help someone else that's in need. The love gene is patient, kind and nurturing. And it is filled with hope and compassion.
So on this Valentine's Day, I wanted to send a special love note out to all those amazing nurses! Thank you for all you do. From all of us: parents and patients. Thank you for being patient and kind with us with us even though sometimes we aren't patient and kind with you. Thank you for hurting when we hurt. And for your amazing love. You are a blessing in our world. Oh, and a special note to my daughter...I love you, Ani. You are my hero!