I was at Starbucks two days ago when someone behind me started talking to me and told me I seemed like a sweet person after. We only talked for two minutes. Idgi
So I realized I only make two expressions when I’m learning in class..
I was at my clinical site and practicing how to put a tube on a patient. We were all gowned up dressed and the nurse said, “Just lube it up and put it in..” It was for a trache.
"Attract them by the way you live."
Saint Augustine (via kvtes)
"Good looks capture attention, but it’s the personality that makes people stay."
So for the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to deal with real life patients (mostly elderly people) and experience what’s it like to work in a nursing facility. I’ve just realized how much I have grown and changed ever since I’ve walked inside my very first patient’s room.
I’ve honestly learned so much, not just about performing treatments and procedures, but also from people’s stories and their experiences. I’ve learned to appreciate things and to value time more. I’ve learned that even the smallest things and a few seconds could make a huge difference in someone’s life.
There was an old lady who was admitted to the nursing facility. Whenever I would pass by her room, I would always wave and give her a friendly smile, and she would also do the same in return. We didn’t know each other’s names, until I finally decided to visit her and introduce myself. She introduced herself too and told me, “It’s great to finally meet you. It’s always nice to see you smile. It goes a long way.” I felt incredibly happy after. I got to know her more and she was such a kind and sweet lady just by the way she talked to me and treated me when I would visit her. It’s amazing how small gestures could mean something to someone.
I’ve realized that taking care of someone is really difficult until you understand and put yourself in his/her position. We all know that one day our body won’t function the same way as it does today. Taking the time to help them eat, change clothes, and other basic things that we need to do everyday really do make a difference.
These are only some of the things I’ve learned, but I think the most important thing I have learned through out this experience would be the value of time. I’ve thought about how difficult it would be like to be in their situation, how they’re probably longing for their loved ones. I’ve realized that what they really want is someone to be there for them. I’ve had similar situations like this with my other patients. I got assigned to one of the patients, an old lady who only spoke Spanish. Fortunately, I’ve taken some classes in high school that helped me speak enough for us to communicate. I was feeding her today. Right after she said she was full and felt sleepy, I started putting her tray away. I said I’ll see her later and asked if she needed anything else before I leave. She gestured for me to stop and come back. She reached for my hand, held it close to her for a while, and then closed her eyes. I felt happy because I’ve been taking care of her for a couple of weeks and today was my last day working at the facility. They really do appreciate your help and I think they can feel if you really care for them. I’ve learned time is one of the most valuable things you could give to someone, because it’s a part of you that you could never get back.
"Seeing someone read a book you love is seeing a book recommend a person."
One girl accidentally dropped her EOS lip balm from her pocket and I heard her say, “Noooo! My egg dropped.” omg
Today, one of my patients told me, “It’s always nice to see you smile. It goes a long way.”