"...praying for a miracle."
Miggie Suarez, A.S. Nursing Student
TranscriptYou never believe you'd get a phone call saying your best friend is in the hospital, and the doctors aren't sure she's going to make it. After spending the last month partying, working and going to school and not resting, my best friend, Deanna, had ended up getting strep through out her whole body. She had gone septic, and if she lived through the night, she would survive. This was probably the worst news of my life. I spent the night praying for a miracle. Thankfully, she made it through, and survived. A few days later, when she could have visitors, I came to see her. She had told me that because the infection had spead to her blood, and her organs had begun to shut down, there wasn't enough blood flow to her feet, and she was going to loose her pinky toe. I knew she wasn't too thrilled, but I tried to explain that it was better than not being alive. She finally came to grips with the fact that she was still alive, and loosing a pinky toe, wasn't that big of a deal. Jokingly, we had said we would make it our mission to find her the cutest shoes that wouldn't reveal her missing pinky toe. A day later, she had the surgery, and was discharged two days after that. Now, she's completely healthy, and has no health issues. Ironically, 8 years later, she jokes about it, telling people all sorts of funny stories about how she was surfing and a shark bit it off, or how an alligator attacked her, and as she was fighting him off, she lost the toe. As I think about my philosophy of health, I remember how life is so fragile, and unstable. We need to be thankful for the times we have together. My philosophy of health is to treat each patient as if they were my best friend or family memeber. This helps me to give the best care I can, no matter what the situation is.
Updated: January 11, 2011 - 3:39pm - by Yvette Saliba