Care givers deserve a hug or handshake

"I have such admiration and respect for all these giving people."

Over the past few months I’ve had the misfortune of being in a hospital. I’ve had the good fortune of meeting some of the most caring people I know – nurses.

Having spent 22 days in the Intensive Care Unit, I had a nurse beside me at all times to make sure I was comfortable as the could make me. Day after day they treated me like I was their only patient (I know I wasn’t) but it seemed that way. Bless them.

Now I’ve graduated to the dialysis unit three days a week only be greeted with a smile and a warm welcome. Here again the nurses and staff do everything possible to make my four hour stay comfortable. The humour amongst these professionals is uncanny. It’s a great part of the healing. Sometimes I feel like I’m in Yuk Yuks Comedy Club. One of the staff posted a sign on the way saying, “If you can’t laugh at work, then it’s just a job.”

They can even make us smile when we’re not in the mood. I have such admiration and respect for all these giving people.

The next time you see a nurse, give them a hug or a handshake. They deserve it. They’re the ones that are there to help you when you need it.

Also a big shout-out to all the first responders too.

From the heart, thank you.

Glen SoleckiTrail

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