Doctors, nurses and other hospital staff often work their whole lives saving others. They usually work more than 8 hours a day (sometimes, even 12 hours) but despite all these, they are often underappreciated. Although in the movies and TV shows / series being a nurse looks easy, in real-life, nurses have it tough.
The shifts are long and physically demanding; they have to learn a ton of medical knowledge and skills and apply it to everyday situations, because sometimes even a fraction of a second can make the difference between life and death.
Being a nurse is both physically and emotionally draining, and in-between their tough everyday battle and hardwork in the hospital, all they expect in return, aside from seeing their patients well and healthy again, is a small “Thank You” from the people they save and protect. While others say thanks or give gifts of gratitude, most patients (and their families), are thankful but keep to themselves. But one parent took to Facebook to thank the nurse that took care of her cancer-stricken daughter – everyone loved it and the note has gone viral.
It all started when Shelby’s daughter Sophie started having health problems. At first, Shelby and her husband Jonathan thought that it was a simple asthma attack. Sophie’s doctor also thought so, and gave them meds for that.
But one day, Sophie stopped breathing. This prompted the couple to bring their little girl to the hospital. That was when the devastating news was revealed to them. Sophie was apparently suffering from something much worse than asthma and allergies. She had developed T-cell lymphoma. Cancer.
From then on, Sophie has spent months in hospital going through chemotherapy.
During this rough time, Shelby was always grateful to her daughter’s nurse, doctors, and hospital staff—but never got the chance to thank them all. So she took to Facebook to write a beautiful, touching and heartwarming letter on the Facebook page Sophie the Brave, and the note has gone viral with over 50,000 reactions and over 25,000 shares.
Here’s her message:
“Dear Peds Nurses (and incredible nurse techs!). I see you. I sit on this couch all day long and, I see you. You try so hard to be unnoticed by me and my child. I see your face drop a little when she sees you and cries. You try so many ways to ease her fears and win her over. I see you hesitate to stick her or pull band-aids off. You say ‘No owies’ and ‘I’m sorry’ more times in one day than most people say ‘thank you.’
“I see you using your phone as a template to paint the perfect cartoon character on the new kid’s window. I see you cheering so enthusiastically for the kid taking laps around the nurses station. I see you with that Nerf gun hiding from the kid around the corner. I see you hold tiny hands, change dirty sheets, translate medical talk for parents, and wipe your eyes coming out of a particularly hard room. I see you put on gloves, masks, and a gown, then pause before you hang an IV bag of poison chemo for my kid.
“You put aside what’s happening in your life for 12 hours straight to care for very sick and something’s dying children. You go into each room with a smile no matter what’s happening in there. You see Sophie’s name on the schedule and come to check on us even when she isn’t your patient. You call the doctor, blood bank, and pharmacy as many times as necessary to get my child what she needs in a timely manner. You check on me as often as you check on her. You sit and listen to me ramble for 10 minutes even though your phone is buzzing and your to do list is a mile long.”
“I see you. We all see you. No amount of snack baskets or cards can fully express how appreciated you are. You are Jesus to us every single day. Our children wouldn’t get what they need without you. Moms like me wouldn’t feel sane or heard without you. You save our babies and we couldn’t do this without you.”
Kudos to all the nurses, doctors and hospital staff out there who make a difference every day! Share this touching tribute to all those who’ve dedicated their lives to making a difference!