It had been a cold, snowy day, just a few days after Thanksgiving. My grandmother became immensely ill and unable to care for herself. We knew she had health problems but her sudden turn for the worst was so unexpected and therefore we weren’t prepared for the decisions that had to be made and the guilt we would feel. Where would grandma live? Would she be taken care of? So many concerns floated around. A solution was finally found and one that was believed to be the best or so we thought.
It was a normal day, just like any other with the same daily routine and regular tactics. Grandma was at kidney dialysis, so my mom and I were enjoying some Chinese and watching TV. A few minutes later, my mom received an unexpected call from the nurse at dialysis. She explained that my grandma had had a stroke, and they had to call an ambulance.
“Hi, Tracy.This is Karen the nurse at dialysis,” she said.
“Hi, Karen. How are you?” my mom asked.
The expression on my mom’s face showed fear. I knew something was wrong by the way she looked so worried and confused.
“I’m doing alright. I just wanted to inform you that we had to call an ambulance for Betty. We believe she was suffering from a stroke. She is being transported to Saint Mary Medical Center in Hobart,” Karen reported.
“Oh my gosh!” my mom shrieked. “Okay thank you. I will be on my way in just a few minutes!”
The next thing I knew my mom was out the door and on her way to my grandmother.
We later learned that my grandmother wasn’t physically or mentally able to live on her own because of her heath matter. It was this third stroke that had taken a major turn on her. Due to my family’s daily responsibilities, working, and taking care of us kids, neither...
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...ere, her stay was wonderful and the nurses’ provided excellent care for her. Before her experience I had no idea what I was going to make of myself or who I wanted to be. I would spend endless time racking my brains trying to think of something that interested me and that I may want to look into as a career. I had always thought to myself,
“Where am I going to attend college? What am I going to go for? What do I want to study if I do go?”
The day I learned of the incident was the day I realized what I was born to do. I knew I wanted to aid people in my grandma’s situation and help them when they couldn’t help themselves. Then, I decided I wanted to be a nurse. I knew I couldn’t resolve the situations, but I could certainly contribute to minimizing them and making a difference. I never knew one incident could inspire me to do something I never envisioned on my own.
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