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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Doctor/Nurse (11/02/06)

TITLE: Maybe Later
By Stephanie Morant
11/02/06


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Maybe Later

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11

I remember wanting to be a nurse. I admired doctors for their strength, but I wanted to be a nurse, especially for kids. Yep. I’d stand nearby as children of all ages prepared for shots with a roll of stickers of all types. I’d have lollipops and small prizes if they were brave enough not to cry. And if by chance they did cry, I’d still give them a prize because “shots hurt.”

Well my dream of being a nurse came crashing down when I got my first period. “Oh, God what’s happening to me down there?” I asked myself in the quiet confines of a freezing bathroom. My mother had never told me about the curse. She never warned me that I would one day pull down my underwear and be surprised by a strange brown thickness. “Is this blood?” I asked. What do I do now? Being ashamed I wrapped a towel around my waist and went about my business. I must have looked pretty strange walking around the house with a towel around my waist but Mama saw me and went straight to the store and got me what I needed – maxi pads. Did she tell me what to do with them? NO, she just handed the pack to me and left the room. Guess it was a good thing I knew how to read, huh?

Well, since then I haven’t been able to stand the sight of blood. So how could I stand by as encouragement to a child about to get a shot? How could I calm a bleeding soul arriving in the emergency room when the sight of blood makes me nauseated?

In my heart I still want to be a nurse, but knowing me, I’d probably be on that gurney more than the patients I’m hired to support. Even though my dream changed from being a nurse to being a successful writer, I still can’t resist watching shows like “Trauma in the ER”, “ER”, and “Paramedics”. I guess in my own way I’m still a nurse; only from afar.

In my reflection I realize that God knows best. He knows what we can handle and what we can’t. But I do thank Him for the doctors and nurses who he’s given enough strength to look beyond the blood to see their dreams come true. Maybe after menopause I’ll be able to do the same -- If God’s says I’m ready.


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Donna Emery11/10/06
Not everyone can be a nurse but maybe you could learn to be a receptionist or medical transcriptionist. Don't give up your dream! I enjoyed your honesty and enjoyed reading this.
Joanne Sher 11/12/06
I also enjoyed your honesty - and your trust in God - that permeates this piece. Keep writing!
lynn rodgers11/15/06
ah the dreaded curse. its nice to know what the other side of the fence is like. my rents told me about the monthly curse around 3rd grade. lol.
Marilee Alvey11/16/06
I enjoyed your frank, honest tone. I, too, have my own stories about that crazy intrusion to my life. You know that, in Christ, you are a new creation, so why not give it a try now? After all, you've been preparing for years by watching those shows. By the way, I went to high school with ER nurse, Lydia, and presented her with an award about five years ago! Best of luck to you in your new career!