At the end of my pregnancy, I was in the hospital nearly three weeks during two separate stays due to HELLP and pre-eclampsia. Rebecca, on Labor and Delivery, went above and beyond in my care, and I am honored she was part in my daughter's birth. During my first admission, Rebecca was working at night. After meeting her, my very worried family felt comfortable enough to go home to rest for the first time in a few days. That's the kind of confidence she is able to instantly instill through her actions and demeanor as a nurse. Later in my stay, when I had been in bed for a week, she helped my husband and I have a "Game of Thrones" date to perk me up and feel like we were having a "normal" Sunday night.
During my second admission, Rebecca was working the day shift. When she walked in the room at 6:45 am, I was nearly in tears; this was equally from feeling miserable and happiness at seeing her. I'll never forget how calm and reassuring she was while still doing 500 things at once. She treated my headache and nausea, moved me to a quieter room, and went over our plan for the day. A few hours later, after getting an epidural, my blood pressure dropped, I was having difficulty speaking and breathing, and couldn't move my arms. It was the most terrifying moment of my life. Rebecca didn't leave me during the entire ordeal. I don't remember everything that happened during those two hours, but I will always remember hearing her voice, reassuring me. She talked to me the entire time, not just giving me a generic, "It's going to be ok," but explained what was going on and what they were doing. She was able to not just get me stable, but calm again when the dust settled. Baton Rouge General is very lucky to have a nurse like Rebecca, and I am thankful to have been her patient.