There are certain days that I will never forget working as a nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). My experiences helped me to prioritize. I’m definitely not perfect at it, but I believe balance is important in life. Remember that word regret? You don’t want to regret not cultivating important areas of your life. Here is a situation that happened to me in the hospital that has always reminded me to remember to spend time with my loved ones ❤️ .
Child in the Hospital
The phone rings in the busy PICU. The unit secretary picks it up.
“We have a toddler coming to the floor. He passed out. That’s the only history we have,” the secretary says.
Minutes later, the doors fly open, and a purple, unconscious, toddler is rushed into Room 1. Feet shuffle. Doors slam. Voices shout. A nurse drags the crash cart into the room. Another nurse starts compressions. The respiratory therapist gives the toddler oxygen through an Ambu Bag.
The toddler is cold. Purple. Swollen. And lifeless.
The father of the child is the only person with him. The father shouts, “I’m sorry, Bubba. Please wake up. I’ll take you to ride your bike. I’ll take you to the mountains. I’ll take you to get ice-cream.” Choked tears mute his voice.
Bubba never wakes up. He doesn’t ride his bike with Dad. He doesn’t go to the mountains with Dad. He doesn’t get ice-cream with Dad. He gets covered with a white sheet.
Lesson from Bubba
Life gets busy. We have bills to pay. Mouths to feed. Goals to achieve. These are all necessary and worthy causes. Please keep in mind balance. I once had a friend tell me that she imagines balance like a juggler. You have family as one ball, significant other as another, goals as another, work as another, children as another, school as another, etc. If you spend too much time and energy on one ball, the rest will fall.
You will never regret the time you spend with your loved ones. ❤️
P.S. We never found out why Bubba died. 😥 The parents had to receive answers through an autopsy.
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