I sit here at the table drinking tea, I’m sat here thinking about all of the patients I will see today. Some of them will be leaving shortly to enjoy their last days with their loved ones. Others do not have loved ones to share their last days with.
I spend as much time as I can with each patient, bathing them, feeding them, brushing their hair and making them feel like the person they remember that they once were.
I will hug patients families as they say their last goodbyes and watch their children’s lives be destroyed all because of a horrible disease that does not rule out anyone as a victim. I will be the only person sitting there to those who are alone, this is such a Privilege and something I will remember forever.
I will sit with the doctor whilst they tell patients they don’t have much time left, and listen to them reminisce with her husbands and wives their life long companions.
I listen to how scared the partners are and the fear they have of being alone, there’s nothing much I can do but listen and support them. I empathise with them, but there’s not much else I can do.
I’ll look after your mum, dad, Nan, grandad, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, friend, cousin, lover, husband, wife and I will not complain that I haven’t had a drink or anything to eat, I won’t moan that I can’t wait to get home. I’ll be sad at the end of the day when I have to leave not knowing if the next day you’ll be there lying in your bed space with a smile for me in the morning.
So whilst your reading this before you go to work take a moment to think about the day ahead, don’t moan because you have to go to work – at least you can get up and go to work. Don’t moan about undercooked or overcooked food, don’t get wound up with your boss, don’t argue with your friends and your family… Life changes in the blink of an eye.
Remember that someone somewhere is going through hell fighting for survival your problems are probably trivial. Make today and tomorrow count, smile!
Enjoy your day today. My day will be spent consoling families and heartbroken children. Today I learn what being privileged is all over again.