Celebrate Nurse Appreciation Week
A Simple Way to Say Thank You!
Nurse Appreciation Week was this week and T and I didn’t want to let it pass without extending our gratitude to them. We have been so blessed by so many nurses as we have made our way through T’s journey. When he was born he arrived with bilateral cleft lip and palate. He had a really rough time and endured surgery after surgery, then recovery after recovery. It was the hardest thing I have ever personally experienced. As a Mom, I wanted to protect him from it all. It was so hard to hand him over to the surgeons every time. It never got easier. Watching him struggle broke my heart. I don’t have words enough to explain it. I do know this though, without God I never would have had the strength or courage it took. But God knew that and He sent me help and comfort around every corner.
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. -Psalm 46:1
Help arrived in many forms but I always overflow with gratitude when I think of the nurses that held both his hand and mine, that kept him from pain, that fell in love with him, that knew exactly what to say to keep my chin up, that answered all of my million questions, that showed me how to care for him after he got home with such patience, and that were always there every hour of every day. Those first years I desperately needed the love, attention, and care that we were blessed with through countless nurses. And even though we have triumphantly come out the other side of our ordeal they are still out there now, with all the other patients and families who are struggling. In this very moment they are holding another mother’s hand, they are bringing the next dose of medicine in one hand and a box of tissues in the other. They are the voices reminding us, “You can do this, just watch me, you’ll get it.” They are our strength, a steady hand when ours are shaking, confidence when we are afraid, a friend when the whole world suddenly seems lonely and terrifying, when we are far from home. They are so much more than caregivers. They are lifesavers.
T and I went to our local hospital today and delivered a small token of our appreciation because there is no gift big enough to the match the ones we have been blessed with by the nurses that have crossed our path. If you have been touched by the heart of the nurse we encourage you to do the same. If you want to make these lifesaver gifts yourself check out the link below to get the free printable and then run by and say thank you to the men and women who do one of the hardest jobs out there and do it so gracefully!
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