After Thanksgiving, I had the opportunity to revisit my local hospital, where my journey to transplant started. A relative had a pacemaker implanted this weekend and we took, visited and then retrieved him from the hospital over a couple of days.
I’ve been to this facility a few times since I was taken there immediately after my heart attack, but I had not been to the cardiac floor since my wife and I dropped off thank you cards and candy for the nurses soon after my transplant.
Going in the cardiac area was a bit surreal for me, but I did OK. I didn’t get jittery, or too emotional, but it felt a bit odd each time we went. The first couple of visits, I was looking for familiar faces ….. nurses or Dr’s that I may have remembered. At first, I didn’t tell my family I was “looking”, but I was.
If you read my story via the above link or click HERE …… you will see a reference to a nurse named Nikita ………. “Nikki” was my first, and you know what they say about “first times” …….. now, don’t let your mind go into the gutter, she was the first nurse, of many, that saved my life. She was there during my first “code” and many afterwards. I can still see her wide brown eyes (after she used the paddles on me) when I regained a heartbeat and consciousness, as she asked, rather nervously if I was “OK”.
In particular, I was looking for “Nikki” over the weekend. I wasn’t 100% sure if I would recognize her, but I was checking the nurses name tags and patient boards for her name. But, alas, I didn’t see her.
Last night, on the 4th trip up there, I let out a “Holy Crap” sneak out under my breath and my wife asked, “What?” …… I said look at that sign, Nikki is still here and it appears she’s now a “Lead Nurse” ……….. my wife immediately knew whom I was referring to. She really loved Nikki for everything she had done for us. So, she helped me look ……. we inquired about Nikki, but she wasn’t working over the weekend.
I was, perhaps, a bit sad for selfish reasons, that I didn’t see her. But, it was good to know that she is still there, still saving lives and that made me smile.
To any nurse out there in cyberland that might read this post …….. there are people who do APPRECIATE everything you do for your patients. I couldn’t thank Nikki this time, but I will extend my THANKS TO YOU, FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!!
I do love nurses!!