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Nurse Stories, Part Sixteen: An Open Letter To The E.R. (By Louisiana M. Sandusky, R.N.)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Wednesday, July 21, 2004

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Louisiana Sandusky writes a letter of appreciation to the Emergency Department, on behalf of her children, whose lives were saved by these heroic men and women who battle life and death on a daily basis.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004~

Dear E.R. staff at Nashville Memorial Hospital:

I was sitting here today, thinking of how you have made such an impact on the lives of myself, my husband, and especially my children; and I just wanted to write to you, to show you my gratitude and appreciation. If it were not for you, my kids wouldn't be here today, and I wouldn't be here today, writing this letter.

My kids, as you know, have been through so much medically and emotionally throughout their young lives, and they have been forced to grow up a lot faster than most kids their age because of things they may have seen or experienced. My kids have seen things that no child should ever have to see (the deaths of siblings or parents, abuse, violence, hatred of the disabled or "different", etc.), and I am sure that some of this has scarred them emotionally inside. They don't trust people, and they are wary of strange and unfamiliar situations. Yet you went out of your way to make their experiences in the Emergency Room a little more pleasant, a little less stressful, by giving them reassurance, or by giving them support, or even giving them a soft, cuddly, furry teddy bear to hold. You don't know how much that meant to them, and it showed them that although you may have caused pain or suffering to them, you still cared for their feelings, and you wanted to make things just a little "bit better" considering the circumstances that they were facing.

And when one of my kids was doing poorly or came into your E.R., pulseless or completely without breath and all hope seemed lost, you went into hyperdrive, and you tried your utmost best to try to bring them back. You eventually succeeded because if it were not for your fast, quick, lifesaving actions, your knowledge that God gave you, or the skill in your hands, or the ability to operate under pressure, kids like Johnny, Ronee', Jodie, Richard, Anh, or Todd would not be here today, and it is because of your talents as a cohesive unit that you saved their young lives, and they are still here, today, amazing all who see them in person.

You also gave my husband and myself emotional support when things seemed dicey, and although you didn't beat around the bush regarding their prognosis following their sudden accident/illness/injury, you still somehow brought comfort, especially when you prayed right along with us and told us that God was in control of the situation. You relied on a Higher Power, and that really meant so much to me. You turned the situation over to God, and being Christians, we were moved by your faith and the compassion you showed towards us and our children.

I wish more people were as caring, or as openminded as you have been over the years. You are to be commended on a job well done, and if I could, I would give you a well deserved raise or a two-week paid vacation! But I ~WILL~ let your supervisors know of the fine job you are doing, and our hospital is clearly blessed in having skilled, talented, and dedicated people like yourselves. I am very proud of you all, and as a mother and a nurse, and also in the medical profession, I just want to say a heartfelt thank you from the deepest part of my heart! God bless each and every one of you, and thank you for saving the lives of those in need! My children thank you too, and they wanted to let me know that they pray for you each and every night! Thank you again for your dedicated service in saving lives when your services are needed the most!

Most sincerely yours,

In His Service, and in the service of our community,

Louisiana M. Sandusky, R.N.

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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 7/22/2004
This is another awesome write, keep it up...
God Bless
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/22/2004
Appreciation means everything and so much more in life Karen!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/21/2004
(((o, karen)))

that's all medical personnel want, is to know that they are appreciated...this is just magnificent writing! well done! and thank you!

(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :)

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