If you have spent time in the hospital you know just how quickly the thrill of being in charge of the remote control can dry up. If family members or friends visit, you feel torn between the feelings of gratefulness that someone cares, & yet being exhausted by a simple conversation.
Nurses, however, can hold so much influence however, in how our hospital stay really feels. When I was stuck in the hospital for 8 days with the flesh eating bacteria I didn’t have a whole lot of visitors. (Can’t imagine why, huh?) It was a nurse on her Sunday shift who sat & talked to me about her kids, the Fireproof movie, & other day to day stuff that made a couple hours quickly pass. Even nicer, when another nurse arrived for the next shift she said the previous nurse had said, “I don’t even feel like I am working today! I had such a nice conversation with that woman in room 20.”
So when I saw this story, Healing serenade; Nurse comforts patients & families with original songs published in the San Diego Union Tribune I wanted to share it with you. I can’t reprint the article here, but if you feel like reading an encouraging story I invite you to click on the link above & read more about Rod Salaysay.
Rod has been a nurse for over 24 years. He worked in the trauma unit at La Jolla’s Scripps Memorial Hospital caring for people who were on the brink of death. . . & he wanted to offer them something more than his average nursing duties offered. So he got out his guitar, & started write original songs for his patients. Sometimes the patients can , Salaysay wanted to offer his patients something more. So, he puts his feelings of hope, love & support into original songs that he sings to them, even if they may not always hear him.
And if the patients can’t hear him? Well, their loved ones can, & sometimes that makes all the difference. . . to see someone still offering hope.
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