Saturday, December 8, 2007
Kindness of a Stranger...
Mumsie here. I just had to steal their blog for a moment. I am a nurse in a very busy recovery room at our local hospital. The room is designed so that the stretchers are in very close proximity of each other....allowing the staff to keep a close eye on everyone. (Tough on patient privacy and dignity, but we try very hard to preserve it!)
A man was wheeled in from the operating room in pain and was moaning and loudly crying out. The patient next to him asked to be moved as it was very disturbing. We started to make provisions for that to be done.
I walked in their direction and just stopped stunned. Instead, this kind lady just awakening and in pain herself, stretched her arm across the narrow space and reached over to him with her hand. He saw her and extended his hand to clasp hers. The two of them...complete strangers....lay like this for sometime. She told him she was sending positive thoughts to him for pain relief and healing.
I have worked many years as a nurse and have never seen compassion expressed like this. I hear and read awful things about the cruelty of mankind to one another and to our beloved animals. But seeing the touch of one stranger to another make me think there is so much HOPE for us hoomans!
This was my gift for this holiday season and I pass it gratefully onto you. You are the best!