Nurses are the unsung heroes of the hospital’s staff.
Each day these hardworking men and women perform highly-skilled tasks that would confound most people, all while making their patients’ health and best interest their highest priority. Laura McIntyre of Texas admires that selfless dedication whenever she looks at her twin sister, Caty Nixon.
Caty is a nurse in the Labor and Delivery department of her local hospital. As you can imagine, every day she sees some of the most wonderful moments in life juxtaposed with unspeakable tragedy. She works long hours with no breaks and sometimes comes home shattered from the painful life events she’s witnessed.
One day Caty finished an incredibly-arduous shift at work and stopped by her sister’s place on her way home. Laura snapped a picture of her exhausted sister, still dressed in her scrubs and finally sitting down for something to eat and drink for the first time all day, and uploaded it to Facebook along with a shout-out to all the nurses in the world.
She’s gonna kill me for this pic, but can we just give it up for nurses for a minute? Caty just wrapped up her fourth shift in a row. That’s around 53+ hours in four days. That’s not including the 1.5 hours she’s in the car each day. She usually doesn’t get a chance to eat lunch or even drink much water. (& she has to dress like a blueberry.. I mean, come on). She is so good at what she does that she often forgets how to take care of herself while she’s taking care of her patients.
Have you guys ever really thought about what a labor & delivery nurse sees? They see great joy in smooth deliveries & healthy moms & babies. They see panic & anxiety when a new mom is scared. They see fear when a stat c-section is called. They see peace when the mom has support from her family, because not all new moms do. They see teenagers giving birth. They see an addicted mom give birth to a baby who is withdrawing. They see CPS come. They see funeral homes come. Did you know that they have to make arrangements for the funeral home to come pick up the baby? I didn’t either.
Laura went on to say thank you to all of the nurses of the world who have devoted their lives to taking care of others. “Caty (& all other nurses) – you are SPECIAL. You bless your patients & their families more than you will ever know. Thank you for all that you do.”
We couldn’t agree more, Laura! This photo of Caty is a perfect representation of how weary a person must be after spending hours on her feet tending to others. We’re incredible grateful to nurses for all that they do to make the world a better place.
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