Props to God, ignore the nurses - page 4

My sister recently went through a horrible systemic group A strep infection and was not expected to live. Very long story short, she defied long-shot odds and today is mostly better, except for tinnitus d/t ABTs and rheumatoid... Read More

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    Good morning Third Shifters! Lots has gone on here while I slept!

    I never said God shouldn't get the glory, I just wished people would be giving shout-outs to the foot-soldiers actually doing the work.

    I never thought you were snarky, itsnowornever, I was genuinely chagrined that I inadvertently did the same thing, sort of! I thought it was ironic on my part.

    I wouldn't share this with my sister; we have had a strained relationship in the past (fortunately we had resolved it about a year before this all happened) and she'd just "kneejerk" this as my usual tendency to be overly critical of her, and not taking my sentiments to heart. It's just like me to have to be contrary about everything, she most likely would think. However my peeve isn't really about her comments on the video; it was really inspired by months of seeing all the Facebook and CaringBridge comments over the last 5 months from hundreds of people I don't know. It's really a social mentality, to slight the medical professionals. It's the first time I've been so deeply in such an epic situation, and it's been a long-term observation of mine.

    Nursing is an incredibly hard job. Teachers and parents frequently praise children to encourage them to keep going, and the human psyche never ceases to respond favorably to praise. Nursing is definitely a profession where one can use all the boosts they can get!

    If you happen to scroll down to the bottom of that news story page, you'll see my thank you post to the medical professionals in the comments section.

    Oh, and THANK YOU to all the well-wishers here!
    Last edit by CloudySue on Oct 5, '12

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    I always make a point, when offering prayers for someone sick/injured in the hospital, to also offer prayers to the health care staff that is caring for the person in question. If someone posts on Facebook requesting prayers for a loved one, I also make a point to mention that I will pray for God's hands to guide those of the healthcare team as well.

    I think people need to remember that God works in multiple ways.... it reminds me of this story, an oldie but a goodie:

    A terrible storm came into a town and local officials sent out an emergency warning that the riverbanks would soon overflow and flood the nearby homes. They ordered everyone in the town to evacuate immediately.

    A faithful Christian man heard the warning and decided to stay, saying to himself, “I will trust God and if I am in danger, then God will send a divine miracle to save me.”

    The neighbors came by his house and said to him, “We’re leaving and there is room for you in our car, please come with us!” But the man declined. “I have faith that God will save me.”

    As the man stood on his porch watching the water rise up the steps, a man in a canoe paddled by and called to him, “Hurry and come into my canoe, the waters are rising quickly!” But the man again said, “No thanks, God will save me.”

    The floodwaters rose higher pouring water into his living room and the man had to retreat to the second floor. A police motorboat came by and saw him at the window. “We will come up and rescue you!” they shouted. But the man refused, waving them off saying, “Use your time to save someone else! I have faith that God will save me!”

    The flood waters rose higher and higher and the man had to climb up to his rooftop.
    A helicopter spotted him and dropped a rope ladder. A rescue officer came down the ladder and pleaded with the man, "Grab my hand and I will pull you up!" But the man STILL refused, folding his arms tightly to his body. “No thank you! God will save me!”

    Shortly after, the house broke up and the floodwaters swept the man away and he drowned.

    When in Heaven, the man stood before God and asked, “I put all of my faith in You. Why didn’t You come and save me?”

    And God said, “Son, I sent you a warning. I sent you a car. I sent you a canoe. I sent you a motorboat. I sent you a helicopter. What more were you looking for?”
    Last edit by brillohead on Oct 5, '12 : Reason: typo - fat fingers!
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    Quote from suanniam4
    So glad to hear your sister will be okay. After a whole summer of hell, last month I lost my brother to liver disease. He received
    a liver but became septic post-op. It was the ICU nurses that cared for him and us that kept my sanity. As I said his eulogy, which
    took me a week to write, I thanked the nurses of University of Minnesota MIU and SICU for there dedication, hard work and caring
    they gave my brother. I also wrote a letter to the unit manager regarding her wonderful staff.
    I am so sorry that your brother's story did not have a happy ending. Thank you for sharing. Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your brother.
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    God deserves ALL the glory and praise. If it was not for HIM we would not even exist. I beleive nurses and docs should get acknowledgement but God is the source of it all.
    RNam, mombabyRN96, audacia, and 1 other like this.
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    Amen CloudySue!
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    wishing the best for your sister and family!!

    i just wanted to share my opinion. i believe in God and am also a nursing student(December '12 grad, woohoo!), but i think we shouldn't be extremists. of course God gets the glory for good. but so do those who were involved in her care. their knowledge, expertise, perseverance, compassion, and teamwork were needed to accomplish her recovery. no doubt about that.

    my uncle(who is like an adoptive father to me) almost died recently. he was in the CTICU for a while. everyday i thanked God he made it another day. but when I thanked God, i not only thanked Him for "keeping" him alive but also "enabling" and "blessing" those who were involved in my uncle's care. i thanked Him that there were people that were so dedicated to their profession and humanity that they would not give up on my uncle despite the bad outlook. well, he made it and i still thank God--and ask Him to bless those who saved my uncle and that they would continue blessing others through their hands!

    in a nutshell, i think most people probably think this way. :-)
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    Quote from brillohead
    I always make a point, when offering prayers for someone sick/injured in the hospital, to also offer prayers to the health care staff that is caring for the person in question. If someone posts on Facebook requesting prayers for a loved one, I also make a point to mention that I will pray for God's hands to guide those of the healthcare team as well.

    I think people need to remember that God works in multiple ways.... it reminds me of this story, an oldie but a goodie:

    A terrible storm came into a town and local officials sent out an emergency warning that the riverbanks would soon overflow and flood the nearby homes. They ordered everyone in the town to evacuate immediately.

    A faithful Christian man heard the warning and decided to stay, saying to himself, “I will trust God and if I am in danger, then God will send a divine miracle to save me.”

    The neighbors came by his house and said to him, “We’re leaving and there is room for you in our car, please come with us!” But the man declined. “I have faith that God will save me.”

    As the man stood on his porch watching the water rise up the steps, a man in a canoe paddled by and called to him, “Hurry and come into my canoe, the waters are rising quickly!” But the man again said, “No thanks, God will save me.”

    The floodwaters rose higher pouring water into his living room and the man had to retreat to the second floor. A police motorboat came by and saw him at the window. “We will come up and rescue you!” they shouted. But the man refused, waving them off saying, “Use your time to save someone else! I have faith that God will save me!”

    The flood waters rose higher and higher and the man had to climb up to his rooftop.
    A helicopter spotted him and dropped a rope ladder. A rescue officer came down the ladder and pleaded with the man, "Grab my hand and I will pull you up!" But the man STILL refused, folding his arms tightly to his body. “No thank you! God will save me!”

    Shortly after, the house broke up and the floodwaters swept the man away and he drowned.

    When in Heaven, the man stood before God and asked, “I put all of my faith in You. Why didn’t You come and save me?”

    And God said, “Son, I sent you a warning. I sent you a car. I sent you a canoe. I sent you a motorboat. I sent you a helicopter. What more were you looking for?”

    this is so good! : )
    DizzyLizzyNurse and RNam like this.
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    Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRN
    God deserves ALL the glory and praise. If it was not for HIM we would not even exist. I beleive nurses and docs should get acknowledgement but God is the source of it all.
    Then make sure to ask him for your abx instead of your doc!
    DizzyLizzyNurse, Pistachio, 0402, and 3 others like this.
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    Quote from itsnowornever
    Then make sure to ask him for your abx instead of your doc!
    Was that necessary?
    RNam, mombabyRN96, and ChristaRN like this.
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    Quote from kakamegamama
    Was that necessary?
    Why? Was that somehow offensive? Can you not tolerate humor? Are people only allowed to parrot your views?

    Humor and sarcasm are the only way for diverse views to converse on controversial topics without it becoming a debate. Anything else is (at least) one view staying silent.
    DizzyLizzyNurse, Pistachio, LaneyB, and 8 others like this.


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