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Just Call Me “Boots”
Viva Pediatrics Home Health
When I was nine, I was sent to Itasca Presbyterian children's home to live after my mother was committed to a mental hospital. My father was no longer able to care for me as he was suddenly left to care for his own eight children, plus three of his young stepsons.
Two months later I became very ill with a fever of 107. I had passed out, but when I awoke, I was alone and in a hospital bed with my right arm taped down to a board. Realizing I couldn't get my thumb into my mouth, I began to cry. A young woman in a white mini-dress and boots suddenly entered my room and then asked why I was crying. When I told her, she immediately went to work un-taping and re-taping my IV to the board so I could bend my arm to reach my thumb! She then told me I could call her “Boots” and patted me gently on my head before leaving my room. I felt I was in heaven and that she was my own personal angel. As I drifted back to sleep I kept thinking that when I grow up, I want to be just like her. So, wherever you are Boots, I want you to know that the reason I became a nurse is because of you!