Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Today is Day 850 of logging on to Sparkpeople.. I really kind of like seeing the number climb. This a.m. I am enjoying the effects of spring, pollen and the like. That right there is a touch of sarcasm, not one person enjoys allergies. I do love spring so tolerance is more accurate and the knowledge that soon it will all pass and be a distant memory.
One of the little things I learned throughout my life is that we are so capable of doing more than we ever imagined. I have pressed the boundaries I set for myself as a youth and accomplished stuff I would not have imagined doing. I will always remember a 4th of July, 1987, working at Parkland Hospital in Dallas Texas. I was working in a float pool situation, I was a senior in nursing school. Working at Parkland always had a very missional feeling for us who worked there. It was the hospital for the county and where JFK was taken when he was shot. I learned a lot there. But on this particular night I got my assignment to go to the burn unit. I literally cried, kind of a quiet, I don't want to embarrass myself cry. The BURN UNIT! This is not where you want to be on July 4th in the USA. All kinds of stupid comes into an ED on July 4th, people blowing themselves up with fireworks, barbequing accidents and yes, the random guy who was burning his weeds. I was terrified, changing into sterile garb, I was praying for it not to be as scary as I imagined. I met the nurses and I was told I would be in charge of the patients while the 2 RN's debrided a patient who had admitted earlier. Yes, he was burning weeds and lit himself on fire with gasoline. Geeesh!!!! It was a small unit, thankfully but the needs of burn victims are many. There is constant wetness with weeping wounds, pain and the emotional burdens people bear. I managed, I hung IV fluids, I changed bedding, I wrapped wounds etc. I talked a long time to a girl who had burned herself to get her boyfriends attention. I stepped up because I had too and discovered I was capable.
If you are reading this, a Sparkpeople participant, you are capable of achieving what you need or want to do.