Some of you may know, others may not know that I am a pediatric registered nurse. It is a huge part of who I am and a big part of my story so I thought I would share a little bit about it with you. The biggest reason I think that I became a pediatric home care nurse is because of my background with my special needs little brother (you can read his story here). Watching the nurses come in and out of my home growing up and becoming some of our nearest and dearest family members was amazing. Watching them come in, love Matt as much as we do, and giving my parents that relief of a little bit of a break or to be able to leave the house for a little bit was what I wanted to do for someone else. I wanted to be the light that came through on hard days to let mom or dad walk away for a couple hours, take a nap after a long night of alarms, someone they trusted and knew that they loved their little one just as much as they did.
My parents always give Matt the very best quality of life. There is always a way to figure out how Matt can be a part, or a way to know that we can let him do the things that everyone else does, even if it may be a little bit different. I grew up learning that these kids are just like us, it just takes a little bit more effort to let them go down the slide, swing on the swing, or go for rides on the Ranger, but they can do it if we just try and the reward is so much greater. I love walking into homes and taking these sweet spirited kids to school and figuring out a way for them to participate in everything that their classmates are participating in. I love giving them that happiness and activities that may take a little bit more effort, but give such a huge reward.
Being a nurse and watching these sweet chronic kids become better, stronger, and do things that they were told they couldn’t is what I love most about my job. I love watching these families adapt and change their entire lives to make sure that their sweet little one gets to do everything that the rest of the family gets to do. I love being a part of their journey, helping to build their little one up, let them know they can do it, they are strong, and they are a light. That is why I am a nurse, and that is why I love my job.