Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Valuable Lessons

I did it!!! I stayed focused on work all night and didn't let my emotions get the better of me. I love BigDawg very much... but as a friend. I don't know where the path started to sway in the other direction, but I'm going to do my best to get that friendship back.

As for my new work assignment, I'm loving it. After spending another day in the office, I realized just how awesome this group of people are. I do have one qualm though.... I'm wondering if I'll miss being on the road tech'ing. It may not be glorious. We may not get a great deal of recognition for the hard work we do, nonetheless seeing the look on the faces of people whom I've made happy, even if only for a few minutes or so, has made all the difference. My reward is that smile when I wish them well and say good bye. The smile from the 85 year old stroke survivor who has no family and is forced to live in a nursing home. The chemotherapy patient going for yet another round of draining therapy just to prolong her life to attempt to make it to her daughters wedding. For the new mother who's baby stopped breathing...

Why you ask do it do this? I have seen first hand how important a good care provider is to the quality of life of these sick people. After working hospice and helping to make the most of my patients last days, I've come to appreciate not only what I do for them, but what they do for me. I may not have made the best of choices in my life, but I don't regret any of them. Each one has taught me a valuable lesson.

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