May 2016
ICU, Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital
Los Angeles
United States




When I had my baby, I lost a lot of blood and had to be taken to the ICU. I was a first time mom and I was separated from my baby. I was terrified and here I was in the intensive care. I feared for myself and I feared even worse for my new baby. What would happen to her if something happened to me? I was taken to the ICU and I was greeted by my nurse who was reassuring and very nurturing. She was efficient but most importantly, she was anticipating my needs like she was reading my mind. All I recall from the ICU experience was her loving care and soothing voice which made everything ok. She told me her name and it was written on the board, but I did not pay attention. I just wanted to get out of ICU and back to my baby. Being an employee here at the university, I recently attended an Urban Zen presentation by the Pain Control team. There were three presentations and the third presenter made me cry. When she began speaking I recognized this angel. I did not know her name and I did not recognize her face, but I knew her angel voice. This was the voice of the amazing woman who gave me the courage to be strong. This was the nurse who brought me through my darkest moment. This nurse was my light at the end of the tunnel. I will never forget that voice or her loving care. After the meeting, I just wanted to hug her and say thank you. Thank you Nishi!