This emotional tribute reminds us all of the part these unsung heroes play in caring for our most precious gifts.
As any hospital visitor can see, nurses are truly the most under-celebrated heroes of the medical world. Now, one East Texas mom whose two-year-old daughter, Sophie, has T-cell lymphoma, wants the world to know how much nursing staffs mean to families like hers.
Shelby Skiles, who created the facebook page Sophie the Brave to share her daughter’s journey, posted an emotional essay praising nurses for their work and dedication.
“Dear Peds Nurses, (And incredible nurse techs!)
I see you. I sit on this couch all day long and, I see you. You try so hard to be unnoticed by me and my child. I see your face drop a little when she sees you and cries. You try so many ways to ease her fears and win her over. I see you hesitate to stick her or pull bandaids off. You say 'No owies' and 'I'm sorry' more times in one day than most people say ‘thank you,’” the note begins.
“I see all of those rubber bracelets on your arms and wrapped around your stethoscope, each one for a child that you've cared for and loved. I see you carrying arm loads of medicine and supplies into one child's room all while your phone is ringing in your pocket from the room of another. I see you put on gloves and a mask and try not to make too much noise at night. I see you sorting piles of beads so you can give them to your patient to add to their ever growing milestone necklace. I see you stroke her little bald head and tuck her covers around her tightly. I see you holding the crying mom that got bad news. I see you trying to chart on the computer while holding the baby whose mom can't-or won't be at the hospital with her,”
Skiles continues, emphasizing the vital role nurses play in a patient and family’s recovery and spirits. Read the full note below.
The eloquent post has since been shared nearly 26,000 times and received 49,000 reactions and counting. The poignant note is a good reminder of how easy it is to show these men and women our gratitude. Hospitals regularly host volunteer programs, run toy drives, and if you check your local hospital’s website, you can often find many other ways to get involved to lighten the burden on both the families of sick patients and the devoted medical teams tending to them. Of course, mailing a thank you letter to your local hospital staff will only cost the price of postage but for those dedicated nurses it is worth its weight in gold.
To support Sophie’s medical bills and expenses, you can visit the family’s GoFundMe page here.