There are heroes everywhere, and this morning mine are at the Massey Cancer center.
My husband is here for his six hour treatment, and a young nurse we’ve not seen before was assigned to him. She’s very sweet, but started the day by dropping her clipboard and accidentally unplugging the blood pressure machine.
We laughed about it, until she tried to insert the IV needle.
She fished around Neil’s arm for more than a minute, which is a long time when you have a needle in your vein. I watched Neil grimace in pain, and she apologized.
Then she tried again. . .
I have spent a lot of my life in hospitals and understand the challenge of IV’s with bad veins, but Neil has rock star veins. I mean, they could win awards if there were a Vein Oscars.
I was about ready to use my best Donald Trump voice and say, “You’re Fired!” when the young nurse voluntarily called for help. Wanda, another top-notch nurse we know, stepped in.
“I’d be happy to give it a try,” she said to the young nurse. She looked at me and winked.
She had that needle in and secured in two seconds flat.
When the first chemo shot came, she told the young nurse that she’d be happy to give it to Neil.
When the IV bag was ready, Wanda miraculously appeared again to get it started.
Neil isn’t her patient today, but she knew we were worried and took care of us.
We can all be a hero to somebody . . .
Whether we’re a banker stepping in to help a frustrated customer, or the Verizon man coming to fix a line (I’m manipulating with that one – I think our yard guy mowed our phone line in two yesterday), we can help somebody breathe a sigh of relief by simply doing what we do.
Yes, there are angry, violent people in the world. But there are so many more Wanda’s – those of us who can make the world a nicer place by using our gifts and watching. . .
I’m listening to Wanda tell stories at the nurses’ station. . .
Everybody is laughing hysterically. She is as much a gift to the other nurses as she is to the patients.
A minute ago, Neil got a little nauseous and I asked if they had ginger ale. Wanda took me by the hand and led me to the “snack” cabinet, and told me to get anything I needed.
She’s the person making our lives better today.
Let’s all try to be that person for someone. Let’s add value.
It will, literally and immediately, make the world a better place.