"...when every medical measure has been exhausted, sometimes your presence is just enough."
Alexis Waldorf, Nursing Student
TranscriptI sat by the bedside of an elderly gentleman who I had just helped a few hours before. He had been involved in a car accident. I escorted the gentleman’s 91 year old, Alzheimer wife to the hospital. We all talked for a bit, while I waited for the elderly gentleman’s daughter to arrive. Then things happened so fast. The elderly gentleman stopped being responsive to the doctor. The doctor was saying he had bleeding on the brain. He wasn’t going to survive. So as I sat next to this elderly gentleman, with his wife holding my hand, and the both of us crying his daughter walked in and asked what had happened. I told her and she began to cry. We prayed together and cried together and we watched her father take his last breath. I left the hospital in tears. A few months later I received a card in the mail from this gentleman’s daughter. She thanked me for stopping to help a stranger, and staying with them, and providing support and love for them in their time of grief. My philosophy of healthcare, is when every medical measure has been exhausted, sometimes your presence is just enough.
Updated: April 23, 2013 - 2:21pm - by Yvette Saliba