Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Merry Christmas, RN

I've decided I really am not so much of a fan of being in healthcare or being a nurse during Christmas. In oncology, sadly there's usually more bad news than good news. And on my unit, I just can't stand the thought of these patients being away from their families on the holidays.

I lost my grandfather Tuesday before last Christmas (08). So I have dealt with death around Christmas, and I know it is not fun- but it is especially not fun to be on the outside looking in on a family receiving news that their family member may not live to see the holidays, or much long after. What is it like to have the knowledge in your head that this will be your last christmas on earth? Is it scary, peaceful, or do you even feel anything when you're given that kind of news?

I guess all I can say is that, For those who experience loss, remember loved ones who have passed, or spend the holidays by a hospital bed, my heart goes out to you and I hope you find peace during such a hard time.

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