Philip Urtz is a devoted father and husband to his wife Jessica. He recently took to Facebook to explain the incredible devotion Jessica has to her nursing profession. She routinely works 14 hour days and comes home from work with just enough energy to eat dinner and prepare herself for next day.
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Every shift, she witnesses the worst moments in the lives of dozens of people. Motorcycle accidents, falls, breaks, and brain damage victims are admitted to her unit one after the other. Some days, her sadness keeps her from speaking but when she wants to talk, he listens.
And this time he was so moved that he did something.
Philip went social to explain to his Facebook friends what her sacrifice means for those in need. Without nurses like her, this world would be a much more terrible place. Check out his amazing tribute to her in the post below. It has since gone viral, opening eyes around the world:
“This is my wife taking a nap. In an hour she will wake up, put on her scrubs and get ready for work.
The tools and items she needs to perform her job will be gathered and checked meticulously – her hair and makeup will be done quickly. She will complain that she looks awful. I will disagree, emphatically, and get her a cup of coffee.
She will sit on the couch with her legs crossed under her and try to drink it while happily playing with the toddler that’s crawling all over her.
She will occasionally stare off blankly as we talk; silently steeling herself for the coming shift. She thinks I don’t notice.
She will kiss the baby, she will kiss me and she will leave to go take care of people that are having the worst day of their entire lives. Car wrecks, gunshot wounds, explosions, burns and breaks – professionals, poor, pastors, addicts and prostitutes – mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and families – it doesn’t matter who you are or what happened to you.
She will take care of you.
She will come home 14 hours later and remove shoes that have walked through blood, bile, tears and fire from aching feet and leave them outside.
Sometimes she will not want to talk about it. Sometimes she can’t wait to talk about it.
Sometimes she will laugh until she cries and sometimes she will just cry – but regardless of those sometimes she will be on time for her next shift.
My wife is a nurse. My wife is a hero.”
Whether nurses, police, firefighters or other public servants, these people sacrifice themselves for complete strangers every day. Let’s do all we can to show them the respect they deserve.
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