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Many years ago I worked as a trauma nurse at a local hospital and had a 3 year old patient named Marie who was suffering from a rare life threatening disease. Her only hope was a blood transfusion from her 5 year old brother, Eric. When the doctor asked him if he was willing to give his blood to his sister, Eric paused for a few seconds, and then said in a soft voice, "I'll do it if it will save her." Later that day I helped to oversee the transfusion and sat in the treatment room with their mother during the process. "Marie already looks better! You're doing great, Eric" I said. He gave me a big smile before tears suddenly filled his eyes. Just then, the doctor returned to see how they were doing, and Eric asked, "How much longer until I die? It took us all by surprise, and then my own eyes turned with tears. I realized that sweet little boy thought he had to give all his blood to his sister-- and was willing to do it, without question."~Gwen Hernandez, Latina Nurse
Are you okay?
By Myrna D.Santos, RN
As I was parking my car, from a distance, I noticed somebody curled up and lying by the alley, in the midst of a chilling winter night. I parked my car and then walked towards the apparently human figure. With few steps back, I called to him and asked,” Are you okay? ” Surprisingly, I heard a man, speaking clearly and asked me in return” Who are you, where did you come from?’ He does not sound sick nor in distress, so I told him “Get up and go home!” I don’t know if I sounded authoritative but he got up and started to walk away, I assume to his home. I did not leave just to see if he will fall down or anything at all. Then I saw him turn back towards me and waved his hands as if to say goodbye or perhaps, to say thank you.
As I walk towards home, I felt some kind of relief, knowing that I made a difference as simple as that. Could it be that this man was merely seeking attention? Whatever was in his mind, as I felt that all of us, in one way or another needs to be asked sometime.
Are you okay?~