Monday, September 21, 2009

All they need is love...and to keep breathing!

I love what I do because I get to help a lot of people who can't really help themselves. My days at work are busy, but they end up being really funny by the end of the night. As I drive home, I always reflect on the days events. Things that were said to me, things I said to the patients, the times of laughing, and the times of tears. But all in all, each day is a great day! Even days like this where I get to walk in and hold David. All he needed was some love from me.....and he gave it right back.

Yesterday I walked into the room of an elderly patient. She looked up with a big grin as I just saw her the day before. She said she was glad to see me again! I was flattered and told her I was happy to see her awake and smiling today. She came in due to SOB (shortness of breath). What did you THINK that meant?
I proceeded to give her medication when my pager went off. I took off my gloves and walked to the door and in all seriousness I actually said:
"I'll be right back....just keep breathing"
When I came back, I couldn't figure out why they were laughing so hard. I proceeded to ask when they finally said:
"We didn't know that you actaully had to TELL the patients to keep breathing!We thought that kinda stuff just happened!!!!"
We all got a good laugh out of it.

I was called to see another patient down the hall that was having...well.....SOB.'s what I do! I proceeded to listen to her lungs when I said "Big Big Breaths" when she looked up at me and said "Lady....I'm 90! They just sag now. But my husband never complained!" (just think for a minute)

I love them so. The young and the old. The living....and the dying. They all get the same thing from me. Love. I may have the training, carry the drugs, and know how to save your life, but we are all capeable of giving each other what we need. LOVE.
Romans 12:10 says "Love each other deeply. Honor others more than yourselves"When I work, I'm honoring them more than myself. When I started working, it wasn't for the money. I had to find something I was passionate about. And I found out that I am passionate about people. I love people. I have to take care of teachers, the homeless, preachers, convicts, lawyers, murderers, celebrities, rapist, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and everyone.....just alike. They may be 700lbs or 7lbs...but all the same to me. They all have a beating heart that God gave them. All they may need is love. Do any one of them deserve LESS than what I would give myself? No!
1 John 3:18 says "Dear children, don't just talk about love. Put your love into action. Then it will truly be love."
We don't have to have a diploma to do this. We don't have to have the credentials behind our name to be a Florence Nightengale to everyone. It doesn't take brains to be a nurse, it takes a heart.
1 John 4:7 says "Dear friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born again because of what God has done. That person knows God."
Romans 13:10 "Love does not harm its neighbor. So love does everything the law requires." So what is the law?
John 13:34 "I give you a new command. Love one another. You must love one another, just as I have loved you."

There are so many verses on love and each one would fit within the scope of what I do. But it's not about a job. It's all about love. The United Way has the coolest saying out right now:

"We make a living by what we get......but we make a life by what we give"

Considering giving someone the LOVE they deserve today.


Lindsay said...

Right on, my friend! Thank you for the way you love. It blesses those around you, and it glorifies your Father. He is wonderful in you!

Tammy said...

I think this needs to go on Shane's discussion...really really good stuff! and btw...I love you!

Brenda said...

Oh Tammy! I wouldn't DARE! I'm not nearly smart enough to be involved in those conversations. I'll just keep mine nice and quiet over here where I don't get that many comments. At least not from any of them. I'd have a heartattack! :o)

Tammy said...

well...if you notice...I DID leave a comment on the one today on love...brave/stupid? idk

Brenda said...

Oh no! Not stupid at all. Very brave. :o) But see, you're just smart! I can't even begin to get into a conversation like that with someone. They'll always win and that's okay. I just want to be happy! :o)