Dear Grandma, I was sitting here today whiling away a rainy spring afternoon and I looked over at the picture of you and me on my capping day. You were so proud of me that day, and I thought my heart would burst with happiness. You told me you were so proud that one of your girls was becoming a nurse. And grandma, I remember my graduation day when you sat there with all of the family and watched me get my pin. I was so happy that day in my new white uniform with my school cap on. You gave me a card with a message inside, it said ," I'm so very proud of you", Love, Grandma. But you know grandma, it's not the same as that day. No time anymore to hold a hand or soothe a scared patient. It's not like when you were a pratical nurse, everything has changed. Now the nurses spend their days worrying about if they can do everything for their patients and hope when they get home they can sleep. Sleepless nights when they lay there and try to think if they did everything they should have. It's all about profits now. Insurance companies and ceo's rule the day, when valet parking is more important than enough nurses to take care of the patients. Yes Grandma, everything is so different than in your day. But Grandma,can you look over all my collegues while they are at work? They need an angel in heaven to look after them. They are getting so sad Grandma, they are getting so they just don't know what to do anymore. All people can say is "why didn't you do what I want right now?" So Grandma, be the angel on their shoulder at work, and help them to sleep at night. And Grandma, please tell God to bless them too.
May 9, '02
Grandmas, and grandpas for that matter are very special people. Mine raised me till I was seven, and formed the person that I have become. I think of them every day although they have been in Heaven for many years. Both of the posts above made me cry. ( That's okay, I cry easily, but they really touched me. ) I have done some LTC and my favorite residents often are those with Altzheimers. They are a challnge, but if you can get their confidence, you can have no better friend. God bless all the grandmas and grandpas.
Last edit by judy ann on May 9, '02