I started my career at Midstate as a new grad and learned how to be a nurse from my phenomenal colleagues. So, at 4 am on Thursday when I finally admitted I couldn't breathe, I came home to an ER I knew I can trust to expertly, efficiently and properly care for me.
I didn't realize how critical I was until they mentioned intubation. It is humbling as an experienced nurse practitioner to now be the patient; aware of the rationale, science, interventions, but unable to contribute to the problem itself. I had to surrender.
ALL my care was exceptional and I highly recommend Midstate as a hospital but I MUST single out one nurse, as myself a nurse, NP, daughter of a nurse, who worked among so many, trained, taught students; Amanda from the ICU was absolutely exquisite. I could fill up three of these pamphlets with my chicken scratch (sorry I'm still fluid overloaded and my fingers are swollen), regarding her care but no words will ever be enough.
Amanda anticipated every physical/medical need I could have and always delivered. Even when I was barely conscious or awake she explained every intervention and why. She provided emotional support, reassurance, kindness, and compassion, not only to me with every single interaction but also to my worried, concerned family. She provided updates, advocated for me as well as them. She even said goodbye before she left and checked on me a few days later on stepdown and offered assistance anytime "only right down the hall!" (she said).
She exemplifies the heart, compassion, empathy, ART of nursing and besides my own mother is probably the greatest nurse I've met in 15 years of a career. Thank you to all but especially thank you, Amanda, I will always remember your efforts. You helped save my life.