Mama’s Apron

Mama’s Apron   When Mama wore her apron (Which was nearly every day) We knew that things would carry on In the-usual-sort-of-way. When Mama put her apron on, We knew that there’d be work; Indeed, she’d be willing us to help – How she’d frown to find us shirk!   When Mama wore her apron, We knew that things were right; For whatever work she’d find to do, She did it with her might. When … Read more

The Secret Giver

  Those cool spring evenings and cooler nights are some of my fondest memories of growing up, especially on May Day eve.  That was when we went to the woods and gathered buckets and tubs of wildflowers from the river bank, the shaded woodlands, and the swampy marshes along the winding dirt road. I won’t be there to help, but this year marks the 49th year of this May Basket tradition. To think: it started … Read more

Six Ways To Handle Family Discord When Someone You Love Is Dying

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My stressful day in ICU was about to become even more stressful. My patient was dying. The doctors, who are taught to help their patients live, had reckoned with the fact that it was just a matter of time. I realized my biggest problem was not the patient or the doctors. My biggest problem was this patient’s family. I didn’t know them well, but I’d been around them long enough to feel their tension and … Read more

On Level Ground

“Have you ever thought about it,” a fellow nurse asked me one day, “that going into Isolation makes us all equal?” It’s true.  Our education, experience, age, and culture might be different.  Yet,  when patients need to be protected or when health care workers need protection, those going into the patients’ rooms wear caps, gowns, gloves, and masks. No stranger can tell who is the doctor and who is the aide.  They look identical.  The only … Read more

Sharing the Thanks

Tucked inside the folded newspaper with the pile of bills and junk mail in our  mailbox was a small 3 x 5 envelope. Addressed to Dave, I thought it was probably a note of appreciation.  He gets those sometimes from satisfied customers. Occasionally, we receive notes of thanks from folks with whom we’ve shared casseroles or homemade bread.  I wondered which customer was sending  him the note – and why.  I found out when he … Read more