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Excuse Me, Would You Mind Chatting For A Minute?

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I was walking by a room recently, when I made eye contact with a patient and offered them a happy, good morning smile. They kindly smiled back and just as I passed the door and lost the eye contact, I heard a soft voice say, “excuse me sir, would you mind chatting for a minute?”

I took a step back, bringing the patient back into my line of sight. “Of course I can. What can I do for you?” I said.

I introduced myself as Zac, the charge nurse, and the patient mentioned that they had read a few of my blogs so they felt like they already knew me. I thanked them and since they said they felt like they already knew me a bit, I asked the patient if I could get to know them a bit and if they would share their story with me.

“Well, I just wanted to talk to someone about my surgery I had yesterday.”

I am lucky to have the opportunity at our hospital of being a nursing supervisor / charge nurse, so I was already in the loop of what was going on with the patient, but I was happy to sit down with the patient and let them share their feelings with me.

“I just can’t believe it finally happened… I just can’t believe it”.

I wish I could share with you the look on the patient’s face when they talked about finally having their surgery. I know we all can picture what it looks like when someone is happy, but this was a type of joy and pride that I rarely see.

They were so incredibly joyous and so calm. So at peace and so thankful. So grateful and so happy.

“Dr. Higa has saved my life. You guys have given me my life back. Even though I’m sore from the surgery, I slept better last night than I have in I don’t know how many years. I woke up this morning feeling happier than I have ever felt.” They said.

“I just feel like I need to tell you how happy I am. I want to tell everyone!”

I’m telling you, it was inspiring. We talked for a few minutes about all the mental and physical preparation involved in getting ready for the surgery. The patient told me they had never worked so hard preparing for something in their entire life. And they had never been more proud of themselves for accomplishing a goal.

I felt such pride and happiness for them. It was truly something special to see how amazing they felt and experience their energy beaming around the room and lighting up the hospital.

“Maybe you could write a blog about how amazing this feels?” The patient said to me.

I think that was a beautiful idea. Congratulations, we are so proud of you, and here’s to you my friend.