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Your Stories: Love Conquers All

By Scrubadoo‘s Jen Hankin

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and now more than ever we see how powerful love can be in the healing process. Read Marlene’s touching story about how love truly conquers all, even comatose states.

Home is truly where the heart is. There are times, however, when the heart must leave the home and enter an emergency ward. Such was the case recently when I took my father, a congestive-heart-failure patient to our local hospital. What you see on television about the wildness of emergency rooms is an understatement, compared to the reality of this particular night. Chaos reigned.

Every cubicle was filled and so we were sent to a bed in a corridor, where we waited eight hours. Given the overcrowded situations, we were virtually on top of other patients, separated only by thin fabric which, when pulled along the metal tracks, allowed visual but not oral privacy in the adjoining cubicles.

In a nearby room was an elderly man, apparently comatose. His wife stood beside him, holding his hand, gently stroking his arm. Doctors, nurses, technicians were in and out, asking her the usual litany of questions.

Finally, an authoritative figure and not one of the sleep-deprived interns entered the room and pulled the drapes around the bed. But we could still hear. “Mr. Jones, Mr. Jones,” the head nurse demanded, “Can you tell me where you are?”

No reply.

The nurse was persistent: “Can you tell me who the President is?”

Again, no reply.

With pauses in-between, the nurse continued, “What day is this?”

No reply.

“What year is this?”

No reply.

“Do you know what happened to you?”

No reply.

“Are you feeling pain?”

No reply.

“Can you hear me?”

No reply.

“Can you see my hand in front of your face?”

No reply.

In an out-of-the-medical-box and in desperation, the nurse finally asked, “What is the name of the woman you love?”

Softly, quivering came a response, “Anna Marie.”

–Story Written by Marlene Caroselli, Ed.D.

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Your Stories: Favorite Aspect of Working in Scrubs

Compiled by Scrubadoo‘s Jen Hankin

‘Tis the Season! Now is a great time to take a moment to sit back and reflect on all the good in your life. In honor of all the goodness and happiness medical professionals bring to others, this month’s Your Stories is dedicated to your favorite part of working in scrubs.

“I am the Supervisor of Volunteers for a hospital and I love all aspects of my job. Working with the volunteers is not only rewarding but completely satisfying. They bring such joy to the work environment and being able to direct their assignments and find new ways to offer support in the hospital is such job gratification.”   -Robin L Hunt

“Given the unemployment statistics in this country, we have to be grateful to even have a job. Whether or not we like what we do, the fact that we are receiving a weekly paycheck means we are more fortunate than millions of other Americans. As a “solopreneur,” I am most grateful for the freedom that allows me to make choices that please me. I’ve turned down assignments that are boring and have accepted assignments (sometimes gratis) that permit creative explorations. My favorite tasks involve experimenting, learning, and expressing individualism. I’m not good with more tedious tasks that involve paperwork, but I do them as early in the day as I can. To quote Mark Twain, ‘If you have to swallow a frog, don’t stare at it too long.’”   -Marlene Caroselli, Ed.D

“I’m grateful to get to work with kids and with people who are passionate about pain relief.”   -Amy Baxter MD CEO MMJ Labs

“A hospital is like a small city. There’s always something going on, someone who needs help, and someone prepared to help. The people who visit our city are here for a specific reason, and often at life-changing junctures. The smallest act of kindness can forever impact a person’s life, whether through the medical care they receive, or if someone took the time to help the one they love. In a world where it’s easy to feel lost and insignificant, it’s normal to wonder if one life can really make a difference. As the marketing director at Yakima Regional, I get the chance to touch people’s lives in a memorable way every day. And there’s nothing more spectacular than that!”   -Debra Yergen

“The biggest part of my job is helping people who are struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol. When these individuals come to KLEAN Treatment Center to get help, they have lost everything they care about in life due to their using. Physically, they often look like they are on the verge of death. Throughout the treatment process, I get the privilege of watching their transformation back into the person who they really are. I went through this experience myself, and watching it soberly on the other end is truly amazing. I’m so very grateful I have this opportunity; seeing them go home healthy and stable to their families for the holidays is the greatest gift I could receive.”   -Andrew Spanswick, Chairman and CEO, KLEAN

What’s your favorite, best part of your job? Please share with us!

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