Monday, March 29, 2010

Let's play a game:

I've been dying to know who's out there.

So come in and get comfy. Would you like a glass of sun tea? I brewed it myself! A little Q&A time. Ask me anything. Don't be afraid, I don't bite. Don't want to reveal yourself? How about you just post it anonymously.



Sara B said...

I love sun tea!

Do you find your job is more difficult emotionally now that you are a mother? My son has been hospitalized a number of times and I know I would have a hard time witnessing other people's children in pain and terrified parents. I feel like the Peds Unit is one of the most difficult units in a hospital, since you're dealing with children you can't rationalize with and parents who are irrational with fear.

Also curious if you are dating?

Jen said...

Yes. Yes, I find my job more difficult emotionally since becoming a mom. Permanent disability and death are things we deal with at my job. To put it bluntly, it sucks. It sucks knowing that this little life is going to be cut short. People get angry with God. I get it. He has a plan, but sometimes the plan just sucks. But we also see miracles everyday. Someone once said, "every single one of these kids would die without a bone marrow transplant. The fact that one survives is a miracle." And it's true. To see one walk out of our unit makes us swell with pride.

On the other hand it's important to make that separation. We can't get attached emotionally, or we try not to. My child is healthy (Thank the Lord!!) so I have no clue what these parents are going through. They have lives and friends and jobs that are outside of that hospital room. It's important to take care of the whole family, not just the patient. Even if that means standing in there and being a sounding board for them to vent to. If that's the least I can do, I do it happily.

Many parents are irrational and angry sometimes, not just hospitalized parents. But honesty gets you a long way I've found. Many times they aren't angry AT you, something else is going on. That's where I find again, being a sounding board is sometimes the best therapy. Also, education. TELL THEM what's going on. Many parents simply fear the unknown.

Did I answer your question? I tend to ramble. :)

::blushes:: Oh dear. Dating? I hardly think so. I'm sure I don't even remember how to flirt anymore, let alone date anyone. I've said it before and I'll say it again. If God has a man in mind for me, he's going to have to put him on my front porch. Not only do I not know where to look for him, I don't know when to find the time to GO OUT AND LOOK!

billiestevens said...

Do you miss me? I love reading your blog buddy!! and seeing new pictures of Avery!! So cute! :o)

Jen said...
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Jen said...

Oh Billie, Billie, Billie! I miss you like crazy! I was just saying how I need to make a trip to Indy. I miss Indy and all my Indy friends. Cincinnati just isn't the same. Not even close.