A: Where do I start? Truth is often stranger than fiction. These days I’m working in a children’s ER, so many of the stories I have are more sad or touching than strange. But when I worked in an adult ER, let’s just say that I saw some things that are better left private.
A: The hope that I am part of improving someone’s life on one of their worst days. The look on a patient’s face when we have relieved some of their pain or anxiety, either emotionally or physically.
A: Prior to being a nurse, I was in marketing. Starting over at nursing school was quite humbling. My biggest challenge in nursing was switching from adults to pediatrics, because virtually nothing is the same. A majority of the time your patient can’t tell you what is wrong. It was like learning to speak a new language. My coworkers are some of the most amazing people I have ever met, and they patiently encouraged me to learn about this different type of medicine. I also learned to embrace bubbles as a valuable assessment tool.
A: I don’t think I have ever said to myself “You’ve made it.” What does that even mean? I guess it depends on your definition of success. I think of it in smaller terms. My patient laughed—success! My son made it through a meal without throwing food on the floor—success! My patient felt well enough sit up and play—success! My daughter got dressed for preschool—success!
A: Coffee and T3 products—seriously I’m grateful for both. It’s the joy of the small things that makes life large. I bought my first T3 straightener back when I was in college. I still use it all the time.
A: “What’s important in your life is not what you do; it’s who you become.” – Dallas Willard
A: I bought my first T3 straightener back when I was in college. I think it was the first or second generation of the T3 straightener. I didn’t have a lot of disposable income at the time, so I had to save for a while – it was worth it. I still use it all the time.
A: It means being strong and sensitive at the same time.
A: Curly, because I can sleep on it and it still looks good the next day.