In my job as a CT Technologist I see a LOT of stuff. In my 22 years of working, I’ve learned to compartmentalize in order to keep my sanity. I’ve seen a lot and I see a LOT. The kind of stuff that regularly makes me shut up about my “little problems” and stuff that makes me say, “Gee, those are the same symptoms I’ve been having and holy……..”, stuff that makes me take a little more time with a patient, go the extra mile, give the extra smile and sometimes even the hug (although generally I save those for my 80-somethings who shamelessly flirt with me). You having a bad day? Come hang with me sometime, we’ll put that pity party to bed. Today was another day.
Today, we had a 51-year-old male newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. 51. 51!!!
A 53-year-old woman with a middle schooler and a high schooler with Stage 3 colon cancer.
And this morning, I learned that a sweet former acquaintance from the Junior League went home from work yesterday not feeling well and laid down for a bit. She never woke up. She leaves behind 3 boys and a husband and a river wide of mourning friends.
I was the early girl today at work and when I got home, my husband was already home. God knows what we need and when we need it. Today I needed his strong arms and shoulder to cry on.
People, get busy living.