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ICU angels

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!

UCSF13th floor ICU. My home for 2 weeks.

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2 thoughts on “ICU angels

  1. Thank You Stephen! I hope you’re feeling so much better at home with your 7 + kitties. It was a pleasure taking care of you!! I hope to not see you soon, unless You’re walking down the street somewhere!:) hugs!!

  2. Wow, what a pleasant surprise Kim. Im so glad you got this message. I wanted so much to thank you for your kindness in person, but couldn’t remember your last name or what days you worked. Hope your Mom had a memorable Birthday !

    Again, thank you so so much for everything you did, and please thank the others that may have taken care of me ( Kevin ,Marcus and a few others) . I wrote a letter to the director of Nursing as well, praising all of you and the hard work you do.

    And don’t worry, I don’t plan to visit the ICU again for a long time.

    Take care, Xxx
    Steve G

    PS… If you see Kevin, could you please forward him these 2 links .They’re about my trip to Churchill a few years ago to see the Polar bears. I keep forgetting to give it to him when Im a patient.

    http://breathinstephen.com/my-trip-to-churchill/ This is bear clip, the best part is around the 5:00 mark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=11&v=E8-PH9SSGao

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