Bad things should not happen to good people and tonight I am writing about one of the best who is facing hip replacement surgery. I’m very aware that getting a new hip isn’t the worst thing in the world, but it hurts and it takes a while to rehab from it and this person shouldn’t have to go through any of that because she’s just the best at what she does for a living.
She’s an oncology nurse.
She was Leroy’s oncology nurse. I’m not sure what I would have done without her during our journey through cancer world. She allowed me to lean on her when times were rough. She just happens to be a great sports fan, so we were able to talk sports instead of cancer when cancer was taking over our lives. She could explain even the most sensitive, confusing parts of treatment in a way that was so easy to understand. She is and was the best for two control freak journalists who needed details and suggestions and patience at a time in their lives when the world was upside down.
And did I mention that this wonderful woman never stops moving? I’ll never forget the first day we met her. She was whirling around the infusion room and barely had time to say “Hello” and introduce herself. I don’t know how many patients she had that day when we were just visiting, but every one of them got such expert care and consideration. We were so lucky she would be ours; not a word you use in a chemo room full of cancer patients.
Her bad hip really hasn’t slowed her down much. She came speeding across the cancer center lobby the other day and if it hadn’t been for her limp, I would have thought it was just her flying across the room for a quick “Hi” and that would be that. But the limp was extreme and when she told me about her plans I was immediately worried. She, of course, set me straight by saying it will be fine. She’s got a great surgeon and now these new techniques where parts are replaced are so simple, and the rehab is much less stressful.
I could hear her reassuring words and was wondering if they were meant for me, like they were many years ago during Leroy’s treatment, or were they for her, the patient this time around? Regardless, she’s going to go through a rough patch. And for that I am not happy.
That surgeon, and those nurses who will be in that O-R in a few days, replacing that bad hip better do the best work of their professional lives. This is one very special angel patient scheduled for their table. And that hip has miles to go before it rests.