My whole life I have always had such great respect for nurses- they truly are the lifeline for patients everywhere. So many brilliant and dedicated friends and family members have been on the front lines of taking care of others, but these past few days have given me even greater perspective for all they do.
In complete honesty, I woke up today in a rage of tears unlike I've ever faced. Perhaps coupled by the pregnancy hormones, I felt defeated and "stuck". With Grant out of town and the baby being a handful for my parents, I was pretty lonely and feeling helpless. My nurse Deborah came right in and did more than check up on my vitals, she befriended me- acknowledging that while I may be a patient she is taking care of physically, I'm also a terrified woman who is facing a roller coaster of emotions. Excited that we reached the 25 week milestone today (hooray!) but overwhelmed that we still have 15 more weeks of pregnancy to hit the 40 mark. That is a long long time.
If you know me well, you know I am also terrible at asking for help and sitting still, so being so dependent on these strangers has been a challenge. That said, the kindness each nurse bestows upon me makes the loneliness far more bearable. I can't do all that much to thank them, but with some basics on hand, I figured I could at least surprise them with a little sweet treat to brighten their day (and long long shifts) as they brighten mine!
Ghost Tootsie Pops
a childhood favorite, my mom has made these every year! Simple and quick, was able to make a nice batch in about twenty minutes from the comfort of my hospital bed! They're not much, but it is something!
- white paper napkins (single ply works best. I only had double in hand but pulled them apart)
- tootsie pops
- fine tip black felt marker
- pipe cleaners or ribbons
- cover each tootsie pop with the napkin
- secure with ribbon or pipe cleaner
- draw a scary ghost face