I want to thank all of you for all the sweet and kind comments on my previous post on the lady who passed alone while my daughter attended to her as her hospice nurse. I did not write it to brag on my girl so I hope you did not think that but more because I was so deeply moved by how it affected me that evening and the impact her job has had on me in the last couple of months.
I can see it has changed my daughter. She seems so much more mature by what she has been experiencing. I think it has softened her some too. These are things I think are positive. She loves the job and for now has no plans to leave despite long hours and high stress at times. Her father and I and her sisters support her as much as we can. Allow her to destress and emote even though it often affects me deeply but that is okay. It has given me more than ever an appreciation for life. I feel more content. I don't know if this is the reason but I know it plays a part somehow.
My daughter told me yesterday that the lady's husband and son had preceded her in death. I suppose there was no one else. I come from such a tight family and large extended family that I guess I could not get my head around on how there was no one else for her. In some ways my dear girl has seen more than I have. She says mom there just are so many scenarios. I admit I am a complete softie, cry more than most probably. Just a sensitive kind of gal. I learned a long time ago not to apologize for that. It is how I was made.
It appears I am rambling but mostly I wanted to let you all know I have read each and every comment and have been touched by your stories. When we complain of a great many things in our country one thing it has done right is Hospice care. The experience I had with my parents was nothing short of wonderful and I let them know that at the time. Thank you again.