I was informed that my son was in CPICU. I threw some clothes in the car and left Raleigh, North Carolina and drove through snow flurries, high winds and headed to Charleston, WV. I arrived at the hospital late in the evening and did not know what room he was in. I asked several people for information regarding the ICU and was directed to the second floor. The nurse in the ICU took me to the 5th floor. I went to the ICU on the wrong side and eventually made it to room 5 on CPICU. I was so upset and could hardly breathe let along talk. My lovely Nurse, Robin, calmly spoke to me and explained all the meds and machines and offered me a cup of hot tea, a simple gift. We talked that night about my son’s father wanting a full code. I promised to talk with his father the next day and encouraged a DNR. That night my son had a major heart attack, but did not code. The nurse was lovely to me and explained everything and was a wonderful advocate for my son.
This wonderful woman pulled up a chair for me to sit on and hold my son’s hand. Robin was a wonderful patient advocate and helped me understand how sick my son was and then I could help the family the next day.
Robin’s clinical skills were outstanding. She responded to every emergency and kept my son comfortable. Robin explained everything and gave me time to digest the information. I will never forget this wonderful woman and her gentleness, kindness, skill knowledge and name.