How did they become our care givers? How did they seem to always have the right words when the days were the most difficult? When you needed a hand squeezed or an arm around your shoulder or even a hug, they always seemed to be there, didn’t they?
These folks were strangers until we heard the words “You have cancer.” Odds are, we never would have crossed paths with them, but now, they are in our hearts forever. They were there for us at the most important times in the journey.
They took our vitals just by looking at us. They didn’t need a machine to tell them when our blood pressure was high with anxiety. They just knew when our temperature was rising because cancer had turned-up the heat.
We had their phone numbers and their emails and at the slightest sign of trouble, we would alert them and they would have an answer. They cleared an appointment for us when our doctor was booked solid for the day.
They were our lifeline when life was threatened.
This week is Nurse’s Appreciation Week. Isn’t every week?