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Today was a better day.  As you know I’m a nurse and I had to take care of another, IUFD (Interuterine Fetal Demise) in short it means the baby is already dead in utero.  As many times as I’ve delivered demised babies, sometime it is still hard to do.  I often encourgae moms, and let them know that it’s not their fault and offer emotional support.
Today was again a really special day. My 18yr old patient, was delivering her first child, only to find out it was going to be born “stillborn“. She was so upset and her family was distraught. I wanted to be that bright spot in her gloomy, dark world. I can only imagine that everything must really look so bleak for her at this time. It was such an emotional moment when she was told...
She came in to the hospital with complaints that she couldn’t feel her baby moving inside of her. By the time she made it to the hospital, sorrowfully, we confirmed her suspicion. As the doctor was explaining that there was no heart-beat from the fetus, I noticed he too, was tearing up and was seen occasionaly wiping a tear from his eyes as he spoke with her. I really don’t think the patient heard a word he said after she heard “no heart beat” because she was quite histerical.
I loved on both her and her family as she was being induced to deliver. Since it is a first pregnancy, she’s in for a long ride.
At first, I asked my charge nurse NOT to give me this patient, but as it turned out later, I’m glad she did. You see, I have a ministry inside of me. It’s the ministry of healing (so I like to think). As the other staff did not want to care for her; and since I was called in on my off day to come in and help out, she was pretty much dumped on me. It turned out that I got to counsel with her and talk with her. She came off to the other nurses as this really bad person, cursing and being so loud. I just kept the small still voice that’s mentioned in the Bible and when we were left alone, she said to me “I’m scared of all of this, I’m... scared“. I assured her that she was not going through this alone and that I and the doctor will be with her every step of the way. I noticed as I explain things to her, she began to relax a little more, and calmed down tremendously.
At the end of my shift, I introduced her to the oncoming nurse, I could tell she was disappointed as she asked, “Are you leaving me now.” I told her that I would see her in the morning when I return and I was leaving her in good hands.
My bigest delight in caring for patients is the calmness and joy I’m able to bring.  I enjoy allowing God’s light to shine through me.

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