A Tribute to Leslie

  1. It is now Friday October 27, 2006. I found this thread about an hour ago. I had no idea it even existed until then. That's how Leslie is.

    She is the kindest, most loving and intelligent hospice nurse I have had the pleasure to meet here on this board. She is a nurse's nurse. I just wish I would have had the pleasure of meeting her face to face. I would have been the one to have been blessed. But unfortunately, there's a partner on the board here where I live at the House of Caare that Leslie got in touch with (I call her the BULLDOG) that bit her very hard without my even knowing about it. Nobody should ever have to be treated that way. I had the arrangements already made prior to Leslie's phone call. How tragic.

    When I was in the telemetry unit, being cared for by a newly graduated RN who didn't understand whether her head was on her shoulders or whether she was using it to sit on, Leslie stepped right in and pulled the strings to get an order for ativan. She knew what I needed far more than any other person in that entire hospital. She saw I was having a panic attack, and was NOT dying. After I received the ativan, I had the most restful night I had the entire time I had while hospitalized.

    The nurse who was assigned to me gave me a show-and-tell story about an 8 year old boy who was thrown out of a van. From the minute he was wheeled in the ICU on the gurney until after he was pronounced dead and taken down to the morgue. I would NOT want that person ever as my nurse again.

    What Leslie didn't know, was I was so traumatized by that so called nurse, I did not ever want to see the inside of our hospital again, and was and still am sick enough to choose to be on hospice care. However, after I was settled down, I did go to the ER to have some very much needed blood work done, and asked my doctor to take me off of hospicce care, aand have gotten a lot weaker. I have had 3 falls since I've been home. I am now ordered not to get up unless I have special coverings for my feet.

    I am the one who was blessed by meeting her. I have cried many tears over this because it is a great loss to me, and is also one to leslie. So leslie, if you ever get the opportunity to read this thread, please accept my apology for causing you to unknowingly get bit by the bulldog. I had your arrangements already made. This experience is one that has kept me away from my family of allnurses. But I can see the blessing not in what happened, but it gave me the strength to get my book published. Now I want to autograph and hand deliver it to my former therapist who I promised I would do when I got it published.

    So Leslie, know this nurse will ever be grateful for the effort and the kindness you showed. You went above and beyond your call of duty as a person and as a nurse. You taught me about what true hospice is. May you be blessed beyond measure for the job you have done. I know God will say to you one day, "Well done good and faithful servant. You have done more than you know. And there is a nurse who you knew who was grateful for your giving of yourself and for the kindness you showed.

    Last edit by FranEMTnurse on Oct 28, '06
  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    Thank you, Fran!

    Well put and so very deserving.

    And only a very special nurse could write such a tribute.
  4. by   suzy253
    God bless you both!!!! *sniffle*

    Hugzzzz & much love.
  5. by   dianah
    I second and third everything posted!! Thank you, Fran, and thank you Leslie!!
  6. by   live4today
    Hi FRAN! God bless you and God bless Leslie for being such super people! Warmest hugs and kisses! Gotta sign off now. Until later...........
  7. by   leslie :-D
    aw fran....
    admittedly, i am surprised, embarassed and somewhat confused by your post.:imbar
    i'm not exactly sure of what you're trying to say but contextually, it's obvious how much i mean to you.
    and for that, you have touched me deeply.
    you are a woman of incredible strength and character.

    and thank you kathy, dianah, suzy and renee.
    i am truly blessed, more than words could ever begin to express.

    thank you fran.
    from my heart, to yours. :redpinkhe

    leslie xo
  8. by   nursemary9
    Dear Leslie,

    I know you'll probably be even more embarassed, but you know, Honey, we seldom get Praise or Kudo's on our jobs!! If there is anyone I know who deserves EVERY Word of what Fran said, it is you!!

    We've been "talking" for a few years now, & I know for a fact, that if I EVER needed a Nurse or a Hospice Nurse, it would be you who I would choose!!
    I think I have said t his to you before--you are what all Nurses should be!!

    You deserve every Wonderful thing Fran said about you!!
    We are blessed to "know" you.

    Mary Ann
  9. by   DDRN4me
    since i have not been on the boards as much as usual i do not know all that you did for Fran, leslie, but i am sure that you went above and beyond like you always do !!! I truly hope that we get to meet some day as we live so close to each other . God Bless!! mary
  10. by   Beary-nice
    I can tell by everything that I have seen in the past several months how truely special you are Leslie and thank you dear Fran for reminding me of that!

    Bless you both!