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Saga Of A Hospice Nurse Continues
by chandra mathis
04/13/07
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Today was like most every day. The " hustle and

bustle " of everyone getting out of the office and

on the road to see all their patients has began.

" The race was on . " My heart began to flutter

with anticipation of what lay ahead of me. I

secretly dreaded it, but I kept my thoughts to

myself.

I finally reach my first patient for the day. The

dread is still lingering . I try to fight the

temptation to turn around and make a run for it ,

but it's to late .....



Knock , knock ! "Hello! It's me your nurse."

" Come on in" the lady screams out from a distance beyond

the dark inner core of their fallen down shack .

Instantly the smell hits my nose. The air is stale

and wreaks with urine and roach spray. It burns my

nostrils so bad that my nose hairs curl backward."

I am going to love this" I try to console myself

,but so far it's not working. "God I need a

miracle."


I make my way towards the living room. My feet

move across the floor and I feel crunchy things

under my feet. Crunch, crunch, crunch with every

step. At first I can't determine if I am stepping

on stale bread crumbs.Or could it be?....


Oh! No! It's my biggest fear. I am stepping on

roaches. Crunch, crunch, crunch. I think I am

going to vomit. I know I can't possibly allow

myself to do that . After all , it would be

totally unprofessional.


There they are sitting together huddled in the

corner "side by side". Husband and wife a sightly

pair.They are both thin as pencils and adorned

with a near toothless grin across their withered

faces. The wife , who is my patient, has one tooth

. It is as "green as grass". Maybe it is left over

collard greens from last night's supper. Nope!

that's the real color.


The long gnarly arm of her husband reaches out to

my hand. I try to be polite and gently shake his

hand. In the back of my mind, I am trying to

remember where on earth did I put my antiseptic

hand wash.


At last I am done with my visit and it's time to

go. Treading aimlessly through the darkened room

and roach pathway I finally see day light. I take

a deep breath when my face hits the clean air.

Gasp! I never knew I could hold my breath so long!


Whoops ! I didn't see that loose board on the

porch. I fall and skin both my knees. My new

uniform now is torn. I am bleeding too!


I made it to my car. Driving off to see my next

patient , I think about what to cook for supper

tonight. Some people may think I am nuts to do

this type of work . They may think it's rather

sickening, but I have to admit I really love this

job. The End ...


If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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