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An Angel Got Her Wings
Crystal Healy, Retired RN
I had just graduated nursing school in May that year and took my boards in June. My first ever patient encounter was on the Oncology floor with a young mother with two small boys. She had undergone a pulmonary surgery with lobe removal and had two dual chest tubes placed. I was her nurse on the day her chest tubes were to come out, so her surgeon asked if I would assist him, but something led me to refuse and tell him I'd rather watch and hold my patient’s hand as she endured the pain of this procedure.
A few nights later, she took a horrible turn. I called her husband to tell him to get there quickly as she wasn’t responding to me and was seeing lights and figures. When he arrived, we cried and prayed together, and held my patient’s hands all through the night. She managed to pull through with the grace of God and went on to tell everyone how much I had meant to her and how much of an angel I was for holding her hands all those times.
It's now ten years later and the woman who had once thought of me as her angel, just gained her wings a few days ago. Cancer didn’t win this battle, she
won this battle. I was her angel for ten years, but she will now be mine for the rest of my life!