He said. "Take my picture with you. I don't want you to forget me. I am so happy for what you did for me." I've kept that picture, blurry as it is for several years now.
To be honest, I don't remember his name but I will never forget that face. He didn't remember how old he was. "I'm just as old as dirt," he said and laughed. His grandson brought him to our mobile clinic in the Dominican Republic on the back of his motor scooter. To be honest, I've done a lot more for other patients over the 40 plus years I've been a nurse than I did for him that day.
But there are people who you touch and who touch you in quiet ways. They touch your soul and it's why you do the work you do. I know you know what I mean. I know you've felt it. Take a few moments this week and think about someone you've connected with and how it changed you both. Smile or maybe shed a tear and be proud you are a nurse.
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