Tuesday, September 2, 2008


The reason I love my job, the reason it is so great, is the exact same reason it sucks.

I work in occupational health. I am the only nurse for 500+ employees. I wear the hats of mother, therapist, friend, confidant, sounding board, and nurse. I see them everyday--in the hallways, in the cafeteria, in the parking lot. I get invited to their birthday parties, weddings and baby showers.
I see them and care about them as PEOPLE, often friends, not just patients. And I LOVE that about my job....

Which is the reason the past couple of weeks have been difficult.

An employee came to me with left sided facial numbness that she noticed when she was getting ready for work. After examining her, I concluded that she most likely had Bell's Palsy. I called her doctor and explained my findings. The doctor concurred and called in a couple of prescriptions for her with instructions for her to make an appointment in a week. The employee went to her follow-up appointment. Just to be safe the doctor did a CT--she has Bell's Palsy AND a brain tumor (the tumor isn't causing the facial numbness because it is in a different area of the brain.)

Another employee has been struggling with a recent CABG and newly diagnosed cancer. Now he has had a massive stroke.

Some days I wish they were just patients....


Anonymous said...

That's the same reason I became an EMT in a small county of less than 10,000 people.

God bless you and give you strength during the troubling times.

Amy said...

Even when they are just patients, it is still emotionally trying. Sorry for your trying time.

Omnibus Driver said...

As one whose own mother is in the final stages of death from cancer, I can tell you that caring professionals and FRIENDS like you are what made her treatment bearable. Thank you for caring so much. You have no idea how many people are grateful for all the things you do.