Friday, May 30, 2008

Thank You Room 88

I walked into room number 88 and saw you laying there. No twinkle in your eyes, no expression on your face, just a body lying in wait for a journey to a less painful place. Something about you tugged hard at my heart.

I walked up to your bed, put my hand under yours, giving you the option to pull away or feel my loving touch. You chose my touch, you squeezed my hand and turned your eyes to me. I said, "hello room 88, my name is crazyrn2be, I am the CNA that is going to care for you today." I smiled a warm smile for you and you accepted it by weakly squeezing my hand. I washed your face, cleaned your body and re-positioned you hopeful that you would find some comfort. All the while, I spoke to you about my kids, my dog and my schooling. I didn't think you were listening to me as your eyes remained closed and your face expressionless. Until...I asked you: "room 88, are you ready for your breakfast?" You opened your eyes and spoke to me, for the first time I heard you speak, it was only a whisper, but it was beautiful music to my ears. You said "thank you and yes". You haven't spoken to anyone for the past two weeks, yet you chose to speak to me. I felt so touched that you spoke to me.

After I fed you your breakfast and chatted your ears off, (you ate 75% that morning instead of your usual 20%!!) I gently washed your face and hands and you raised your weak, shaking hand up to my face, caressed it and smiled at me. I felt tears stinging my eyes. Your smile was as beautiful as your voice! The RN in charge came into the room just as you smiled at me and she remarked that I was the first person you smiled at in weeks! I am honored. I am honored that I made you comfortable and you appreciated my tender care.

Thank you room 88.

5 comments:

Medic61 said...

This was really touching. I know they appreciated you as much as you did them.
Thanks for what you do.

Epijunky said...

Absolutely... Thank you so much for being there for this patient... and doing what you do.

DisappearingJohn said...

It is amazing how powerful and touching working in a nursing home as a CNA can be...

Good job!

pinky said...

Glad you are doing so well at your job. Keep up the good work.

crazyrn2be said...

Thank you my friends. He passed very peacefully last week. I know it sounds crazy, but it seemed like a beautiful thing watching him slip away from pain to peace.