This is a generic notebook that they give ICU patients at the hospital I go to when my asthma gets really bad. With it, they encourage patients and their families to keep a sort of diary, which often times can help in with the persons recovery. I have a stack of them at home. Well today, 3 weeks after leaving the hospital, is the first time I actually opened this book up.
I found this inside……..
Is that sweet or what? I couldnt believe it, such a kind thing to do for a patient, especially one who’s sedated and on a ventilator.
I still don’t remember a lot about this particular hospital stay, but I remember this nurse ( Kim ) very well. Not only is she a wonderful nurse, but she’s also a kind hearted and caring person. I had no idea she had actually made an entry in the diary. I was blown away when I read it. I wish I could have told her in person how much I appreciated her thoughtfulness.
As I wrote about 10 years ago, if you received excellent care while in the hospital, it’s so important to show your appreciation for such care. ICU nursing can be extremely demanding, both physically and emotionally, and a simple thank you can go a long way. As for this most recent stay, I send a heart felt thank you to Kim and the rest of the UCSF Nursing staff ( that includes Kevin and Marcus too) for always being super kind to me. Last but not least, to my partner Douglas who has been on this roller coaster with me for 30 years, I love you for not giving up on me.
In my book, you’re all ICU angels!