Tuesday, January 6, 2009

For some reason, I am an emotional wreck today. It is probably due to a major increase in work-related stress; hospice nursing can really take on a person's mental state. You have to always pretend to be happy and strong for your patients and their families, when somedays all you want to do is sit down and have a good cry with them. Yes, I know I am not supposed to get attached to the people I take care of, but it is very difficult to provide good care without forming some sort of bond to these people. The stress and fatigue add up quickly, and before I realize it, I am spending my evenings trying to fight back the tears. Yes, it is time to take a vacation! 

OK now that I got that off my chest, what I really wanted to share with you was the story of Two Bobbies. This story made me (once again) a little teary-eyed. I read it on another woman's blog tonight, and I thought it was so sweet I had to share. Apparently, there is a children's book coming out with the same name, and it is based on the true story of a cat and a dog, both named Bobbie for their bobbed-tails, who were left behind during Katrina. 

The story is that a construction worker picked up the animals one day after they started playing with his dog, and he took them to the shelter. The man told the shelter staff that when he found them they were very thin, so he began to feed them. However, he found that the two were such good friends that if he tried to separate them, the dog would "bark its head off," and if he even tried to pick up the cat, the dog would growl. The shelter workers noticed the same things, and in order to keep the peace, they had to keep the animals in the same cage. They finally came to realize that the cat was blind, and the dog had been leading her through the ruins of New Orleans following the hurricane.

The animals were eventually adopted together by a woman who owns a 50-acre ranch in Oregon on which she runs a therapeutic equestrian program for children. How sweet is that story?!?!?


Holly said...

Is it a bad thing to sit down and cry with them? I don't know the rules of hospice, but I think having someone show their emotions like that about their loved one might help to know that person touched you too. Just a thought! Hope you and Josh had a Merry XMas and Happy New Year!

Kirsten said...

I read this story to my girls because they love animals, and they loved it! As for job related stress, I can feel your pain. As a teacher, I am frowned upon if I form any kind of bond with these kids, but how do you not want to cry with them when they are telling you things that are hurting them in their lives? I have a really hard time with it. Hope we can get together again soon.

Anonymous said...

hi taylor! thanks for linking to my blog! it's good to see what you're up to. i had sort of an emotional week last week too, but i can't imagine doing hospice work. you must be so strong to do that. i've returned the link love over at peacoat. (just let me know if you don't want that) looking forward to reading more!

best, laura

Anonymous said...

um...i have no idea why my comment name is showing up like that. sorry!!

Heather said...

love your blog! love your stories! you just might have persuaded me to start one. :) h