The Caring Nurse


Hello my friends. I didn’t mean to ignore your posts today, but I did not read so many and I missed that. You all have something wonderful to say or an awesome photo to show me. Each of you are a part of my family and I feel like I lost touch today.

It is after midnight here and I am tired; but I couldn’t go to sleep without chatting with you. Today has been a busy day with a few changes. We started this morning off with Al’s two shower girls stopping by.

Al got his bed bath and clean bedding. For breakfast he still had the yearning for chocolate ice-cream with chocolate syrup; so his request was given. There was some free time  and Al took a nap. He usually falls asleep for an hour after his bath.

Then the Hospice nurse stopped by. I had not met this certain nurse, but I liked her caring attitude. She checked over Al. She couldn’t get all of his vitals as they were too soft to hear.

She saw his open areas and ordered a prescription for them. She noticed his swollen eyes and the constant drool and ordered medications for those issues too. By the end of the afternoon, all new medications had been dropped off here at the house.

She and the caregiver and I had chatted for sometime. Talk about the difficulties we were having of moving Al and injuring his skin. We chatted about his  urinating. By the end of her visit new changes had been put in place.

By five p.m. everything she had ordered had been delivered. Now I call that one fine nurse. She was firm, she made decisions with asking me first. I admired and respected her and wished that she would return more often.

With phone calls made in front of me I was informed of when people would arrive. I was told to let her know and she would return. About two hours later a company for home medical supplies arrived. The nurse was called and met them here.

The medical supply team brought in a hoyer lift. This is a special lift that with attachments raises Al out of bed.With the assistance of me, the nurse and the caregiver we were able to lift Al up and place him in his recliner.

His poor body just curled up in a ball from lack of strength. The caregiver stood by him and held his head so it wouldn’t fall forward or to the side.

The medical supply guy took the old mattress out and replaced it with an air mattress. A motor attached to the end of the bed, once turned on, filled the mattress with air. We placed Al back in bed. When we got him comfortable I asked him if this new bed felt better and I heard him clearly say yes. This made me very happy.

After we were satisfied everything was working properly the nurse and medical supply guy left. A couple of hours later, the nurse and another nurse showed up. They had with them more supplies to help Al stay comfortable.

They went to work and taught me and the caregiver about the Texas Catheter. This in place with no pain for Al, brought relief for him in so many ways. No more pulling and pushing to turn Al over to change briefs. No more bulky pads and wrinkled throw-a-way pads lying under him.

My hands that have electric shocks from my diabetes  sent through them from tugging and pulling when I turn him over have been relieved. Al is able to lay in  peace without being bothered so much. Al was finally comfortable.

Everything in place the nurse and other nurse left. The humming of the air mattress and the beautiful feel of the new mattress lulled Al into a sleep I have not seen in him for a long time.

He slept for three hours. I have not known him to do this in so long that I was actually checking on him more often to make sure he was alright.

Al is still refusing to eat most foods. When he does eat, he eats ice-cream. He still complains of his body being frozen. By this he is telling me he can’t move his body parts, but yet there was a peace within the room.

I relaxed some and just listened to the hum of the machine and thanked God for a wonderful Angel nurse that appeared this morning. Her professional attitude and caring concern went miles with Al and me today.

The evening went well. No unexpected surprises. Rhino, the cat is guarding Al’s room and I am sitting here smiling for a busy yet brand new day.

air mattress

66 thoughts on “The Caring Nurse

  1. Oh Terry, I am so happy for you and Al. I know how nice those air mattresses are and agree that the hum is kinda comforting. My husband has had one a couple years now and we could not be without it. What a wonderful angel of a nurse God sent your way. Enjoy, take a few deep breaths and get some rest! Hugs of course!

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      • Terry i am so pleased for Al that he has had the meds and equipment to make him more comfortable.Ihope that it eases the pressure on you to.You keep caring and loving him as you do ,no one could do more.Just keep it in your mind and heart that Al loves you and is so grateful to have someone to care for him as you do.Iknow its difficult, but keep strong and dont forget to take care of yourself as well.People like yourself and my wife who care and look after us all are without any shadow of doubt angels and this fight would be so much harder without you.Please take care Terry and be sure that myself and my wife will be thinking of you and Al as you continue the fight.May youre god bless you and comfort you both. Michael

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      • Oh thank you Michael. The way you chat with me, the notice that you take of your wife and your surroundings, has already left a wonderful image of you in my heart. You are truly an angel yourself my friend! Hugs

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  2. Oh Terry…I am so glad you have found reasons to smile in all of this. I know this has by no means been an easy time for you or Al, but I am thankful that you have been blessed with someone in your life who sees the needs and was ready to help meet them. I continue to pray for Al’s comfort and your peace as these days unfold. God bless you with sweet sleep tonight, Terry.

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  3. Hallelujah Terry. I am so thankful for both you and Al. I pray that you both get a good, comfortable night of rest tonight. And I also pray that the Lord blesses this kind nurse, who visited you and Al today and saw his and your needs, and then, with God’s help, set about meeting thoe needs in a very practical way. My friend, not only did she bless you and Al, but she also blessed those of us who have been reading your posts and loving you and praying for you both from a distance, for she was an answer to prayer.

    May the Lord continue to bless you and Al, and may you both find rest this night, in Jesus’ name.

    Love,
    Cheryl

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    • Oh yes Cheryl, it was a prayer answered, a miracle where God used a stranger in our eyes. I hate it when I doubt but God in turn shows me he is here with me all the time. Thanks so much for always sticking by my good and bad days. Love you my friend

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  4. This is wonderful news and I am so grateful for this new nurse and all of the changes she has made for Al’s comfort and for yours.
    Hugs

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  5. What a blessing to have so many of the situations eased so that Al can rest and you can both be less stressed. The relief just pours forth in your words. I am so happy to hear that someone came who could do so much for both of you. 🙂

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    • It was as if every issue that mattered, God took care of at one time with one stranger we had never met. I feel guilt when I have my doubting days but then all of you and God boost me back up again!!! hugs to you Deborah!

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  6. Thank You Lord for helping Terry and Al in bringing your Angel Nurse to the rescue!!!! Although I can’t sleep this news is worth no sleep for me! Thank You Lord for hearing our prayers! So happy Al has an air bed where he can sleep comfortably.

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    • I wonder how good it really feels. Oh if I could get in that bed just once and feel what Al feels. I imagine it is like sleeping on clouds. Clouds of cotton. I am so happy Al is resting now. It just makes me want to jump up and down for joy!!!

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  7. Oh my, we all prayed for peace for you and Al, and your peace arrived with an angel nurse! There’s a special place in Heaven for caregivers like Al’s nurse, and like you Terry!

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    • Al has suffered from pain for so many months, this was one of God’s huge blessings. I never thought God would send a special nurse. It just shows God uses everyone to get his work done!

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  8. that’s wonderful my friend, so glad to hear of your wonderful nurse, hugs and love to you both and an extra hug to your lovely nurse from a rather rainy and windy northern england xx

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  9. Hi Terry, I’ve been so moved by this post, as I spent 3 weeks in November at my mother’s side in South Africa, caring for her solidly for those three weeks. So exhausting, physically and emotionally. You post reflects calm and peace, and yet I know how much a day like this must’ve taken out of you (and Al.)
    Yes, your Angel nurse get 5 stars from me, as the one that eased your concern for Al by making all run smoothly. Giving Al the care and comfort he needs and deserves and you, peace of mind.

    In Christ.

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    • Yes my friend. With Al being in so much pain for so many months, to see this full day with him so comfortable is definitely a blessing from God, a prayer answered. I hope you are resting too my friend

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  10. My thoughts exactly – she is indeed one of God’s angels here on earth, I pray that she comes more often to not only make Al comfortable to bring you peace too. Hugs…

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  11. Some nurses will go that extra mile for people, and this was one of. I’m so glad she turned up there and helped. It’s the best news for him and for you

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  12. This nurse was definitely thinking and caring, and all went so quick. I am so releived that Al is more comfortable, what good ideas with the lift, the mattress, and the katheder. You are calmer and happier like that as Al is more comfortable. I am so glad. There are answers to our prayers and they come and I am very thankful for His answer in this way! Wishing you a peaceful day Terry!

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    • Thanks so much Ute. I have days where I know God is here but I doubt. Then there are days like this one where I can see God’s miracles at work. I am so thankful that Al is at peace right now

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  13. Terry I am so happy this nurse showed up, these are all things that Al has needed from quite awhile now, and this nurse is someone who is doing her job and doing it well. I am so pleased to hear that these changes in aid and care are in place now! She obviously talked with you, looked around, assessed the situation and took care of it 🙂 Bless her..
    Hugs for you Terry, and love.

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  14. Terry, I’ve been following all of your comments about Al and yourself for a long time and looks like you have finally found a nurse who REALLY CARES! Thank God.

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  15. I’m terribly grateful that you’re both being comforted — that God has kept meeting your needs. I hope you rested, that this weekend may be less stressful and your hearts and minds keep seeing these little comforts / miracles as answers to our prayers ~ I love you two, so, so much. I’ll be in touch by tomorrow angel friend ~ faithfully your sister ~Debbie

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    • I have caught up on sleep. I was able to get six straight hours last night and took a nap today also. Al is comfortable and that is pretty much what matters to me. Hope you are doing ok, Love and hugs

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  16. This post made me smile. 🙂
    So happy that the nurses were helpful & made things a little bit better & more comfortable where they could.
    God bless them.
    {Hugs} to you & Al 🙂 🙂

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