September 1, 2010 § 1 Comment
My two year old patient was crying himself to sleep almost the whole night after his surgery. He had a continuous IV drip of pain medicine but it still wasn’t enough. After he got an extra dose of morphine, he sat in his crib playing and was rocking his glow worm to sleep. So cute! Then he reached for his mom to hold him, which she did. I was doing my assessment and listening to his heart and lungs when he reached over and wanted me to hold him. I gladly picked him up and snuggled him in my arms. What a precious moment as a nurse.
This patient has Down Syndrome and although he will never be a “normal” kid, his life has incredible meaning, value, and significance. What a privilege to be the nurse taking care of this child. Some days, I need this reminder because it doesn’t always feel like a privilege!