Iowa Specialty Hospital

Making the Rounds

December 21, 2017

Warm Places

Today was a great day around the hospital.  We take care of people here.  The day started with a trauma call in the ER.  I observed, once again, everyone in their “element”.  Vinnie was drawing up medication, Brian was holding cervical traction and Dr. Willerth was preparing to place a chest tube.  The patient was stable, but scared and being comforted and informed by the paramedics and nurses.  Our hospice room was occupied.  I walked by several times and overheard family members sharing memories through their tears and laughter. I went to lunch in the “Wildflower” and listened as people shared their various Christmas activities including nativity scenes, “elf on the shelf” and what they make for dinner.  April even shared how her daughter asked “Siri” how old Santa Claus is.  Siri told Ava, “you are on the naughty list for even asking!” She started crying.  Ash chimed in and said you can go online and create “naughty and nice” lists.  He suggested April should create a list and put Siri on the naughty list and then show Ava. Fun stuff.

Later on, in the afternoon, Steve led a group of Christmas carolers around the hospital.  Then we had the pie in the face activity.  Kelly and Ryan were great sports about the whole thing.  I sat back (eating a cookie) and watched as everyone in the room was laughing and had huge smiles on their faces. On the way home today I reflected on what a great place we have the privilege to work in.  A comforting place.  A safe place.  A warm place.  Not everywhere is like this and I am very thankful.  When people are considering Iowa Specialty to either work or seek healthcare, I wish they could just take a “shot” of what I had today.  They wouldn’t want to go anywhere else. Our warm place.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance.  The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”  -  CS Lewis

I think that is a great quote for both my “Merry Christmas” friends and my “Happy Holidays” friends.  :-)

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