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 Category:  General Non-Fiction
  Posted: July 14, 2020      Views: 35

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My first pediatric patient.
"Student Nurse" by Patty Palmer

Becoming a nurse was my dream so I was excited when my Nursing classes began. It was challenging and rewarding at the same time. During our training, we spent time in every aspect of nursing learning by working with actual patients.

One story sticks out in my mind. We were studying Pediatrics and we all had our own patients to work with and follow up with. My patient was seven year old Evan. He had blonde curly hair, sparkling blue eyes, and a heart-winning smile surrounded by freckles. The day we met, It was in his patient's bathroom where I held on to his unsteady body as he threw up in the toilet. By the time I had helped him get cleaned up and changed into clean pajamas, we were already beginning to bond!

Evan had been ill for a few weeks and had been admitted for testing to find the diagnosis. It turned out to be a form of cancer and I was there by his side when the doctor gave him and his parents the news. The form of cancer, thank the Lord, they felt with minor surgery and follow up chemotherapy, Evan had a chance to beat the odds, but it would be a long road to recovery.

I spent the next weeks after his surgery helping him through the chemotherapy that left him sick for days afterward. The hardest part was keeping his nourishment up. Often, everything he ate he threw back up. I tried inventing ideas of food he would want to eat so he would try a little harder to eat at least a little bit each day.

When he would be really sick, I learned every nursing maneuver I could learn to help make him more comfortable. Some days were better than others and we played games, made up silly stories, and drew monster pictures. Both of his parents worked during the day and had come to appreciate the time I spent with their son when they couldn't be there.

After several weeks, Evan started having more days where he felt a bit better and they were preparing to send him home.

The day he was leaving was a bittersweet day. I would miss him but I was equally excited that he was well enough to pick up on his life and start back to school.

When I came through the door of his room to say goodbye, a camera flashed, a balloon popped, and Evan and his family had been waiting with cake and ice cream to share with me for his send-off party! Behind Evan was a large poster board decorated with many colors. The sign read, "HAPPINESS IS YOUR VERY OWN STUDENT NURSE!" They had taped pictures of him and me playing a game or just hanging out together.

That sign still covers the wall in my den at home and reminds me of that little boy who was so ill but fought hard to get better. As his nurse, I've not come in contact with him but I do know that he fully recovered and went on to study medicine! This is truly a memory that I will never forget as long as I live!

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