Some of you may know that I’m a registered nurse by profession. Many of you may not. My specialty is pediatric emergency medicine. I’ve held many hands in my short career as a nurse. None of which were a hand of cards. .
I held the hand of a holocaust survivor as he took his last breaths. .
I held the gas of a new mom and she heard her babies heart beat for the first time on a ultrasound
I held the hand of man hit by a car and looked into his eyes as he asked me if he was going to die. .
I held the hand a 37 weeker in the nursery for 7 hours straight and rocked him as he withdrew from heroine. .
I held the hand of a scared mom while we intubated her 3 year old and told her she was in good hands and that I was a mom too. And then we both cried. .
I held the hands of loved ones and told them to go in and say good bye to their family members. .
I held the hand of a baby once, cold and blue and I prayed for him. .
But I’ve never once held a hand of cards. .
I’ve held many other things though. .
I held back my tears while we did everything we could to save a child who drown in a bath tub. .
I held my bladder for an entire shift because I didn’t want to leave my 3 year old patient with a “stranger” who offered to cover me for and hour so I could take a break. .
I held a baby once born in the back of a cab pink and healthy and ready to come into the world. .
I have never once held a hand of cards at work.
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