It's hard to describe a Wonder Woman and that is truly what she was to me, a Wonder Woman but I will do my best. I arrived at MCR feeling pain in my abdomen. I was 30 weeks pregnant and rushed in for an emergency C-section after fetal monitoring showed a rapid drop in my son's heartbeat. Unfortunately, I lost my son due to a placental abruption and no parent should ever have to go through this. Because of this, I got to know the labor and delivery floor staff a lot sooner than I expected. I was in the hospital a total of 4 days and 3 nights. During these days, I got the pleasure of having an amazing nurse named Candice oversee my care and forever find a place in my heart.
Due to my saddening reason for the hospital admission, I had a lot of family members in and out of my room, all very opinionated and with strong personalities. Candice answered any questions helping my family to understand and heal in their loss of my son. She was always making jokes and feisty comments when my family would show their personalities making everyone laugh. My family loved Candice because she fit right in with them! She showed so much kindness and patience when I was stubborn, showed empathy for my pain and showed true sorrow for the grieving heart of a mother. Candice Bailey is truly a gift to this world in her profession.
Her care didn't just impact me and my family, but it impacted all who took care of me and my son. To be able to take the time to take care of those momentarily unable to do so is true excellence. She educated me on life, love, and health. She mentally, physically and emotionally took care of me when I was falling apart and unable to care for myself. She helped to make sure I knew that although I had lost my son physically, I would never truly lose him and that I still had an amazing son at home who needed me. She reminded me that it was and is okay to feel my pain and sadness and that the medical staff could help me with the physical pain I felt due to my surgery. I do not believe I would have truly been able to deal with the loss of my son and begin healing in a healthy way without her. Our many conversations and her loving nudges were just what I needed to pull through.
I cannot describe in words how amazing she is and this letter does not do her true justice. I will forever be grateful, appreciative and in awe of Candice. She will always have a special place in my heart. She is beyond kind and the most amazing genuine, big-hearted person I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. She deserves the world, but since it is not mine to give I shall let everyone else know by nominating her for this award. She has beyond exceptional skills with people interactions. If it were a requirement to be a truly caring person to work in the medical field, then she'd be a perfect match.