Ever since a nurse risked life and limb by throwing her body across the hospital room door to prevent my hasty departure moments after I had checked in as a woman in labor with her first child, I have been extra fond of those fearless, caring women (and men) in the nursing profession.
“That’s it. I’ve had enough of this,” I said when the contractions turned from fun and exciting to wretched and horrible.
Somehow I thought running and screaming down the hallway, hospital gown flapping in the breeze, into the elevator and out to the car would squelch those first true rumbles of debilitating gut wrenching pain.
“Did you take a birthing class?” My nurse asked, I assume in desperation.
“Yes,” I said still poised to bowl her over, if necessary.
“Do you remember what you learned?” She asked and managed to say it in a calm voice.
So much patience this saintly woman had, especially when I replied, “Not one thing!”
In this touching memoir, the twists and turns of pursuing a career in the medical field, balancing the demands of a family and the unexpected struggles of life are described in an entertaining and inspiring manner. This is a story for all women, not simply those in the field of nursing, as it touches upon themes we all can relate. I would recommend this read for anyone who appreciates an insightful memoir.
You will be amused, saddened and inspired as you read this intimate and introspective memoir. Plus you will learn the importance of faith, family and friendship-whatever your profession-and come away with a new appreciation for caring for yourself as well as caring for others.
May is National Nurses Month including National RN Day on the 6th, National Nurses Week 6th-12th and Florence Nightingale’s birthday on the 12th.
Find today’s featured author, Lois Roelofs, online at http://loisroelofs.com/
And you can glimpse excerpts of Caring Lessons at http://loisroelofs.com/excerpts-3/
Lois lives in
and her website is worth checking out, if nothing else, simply for the top banner picture of springtime in the windy city. Ten points if you find her book propped up on a stand in the photo. Chicago
Happy Easter to my wonderful, fantastic readers!!!