We have many unsung heroes in society, those who do jobs and fill roles both taxing and largely unrewarding.
Take nurses, for example, who more often than not run themselves into the ground to ensure their patients are cared for and comfortable.
A picture depicting an exhausted nurse mid-breakdown has gone viral on Facebook, exposing the stark reality of the conditions they work in. Caty Nixon was so overwhelmed following a string of lengthy shifts – one of which included delivering a stillborn baby – that she was reduced to tears when she got home.
Her sister, Laura McIntyre, took a photo of the moment, and her accompanied post has opened a lot of eyes.
“She’s gonna kill me for this pic, but can we just give it up for nurses for a minute?
Caty just wrapped up her fourth shift in a row. That’s around 53+ hours in four days. That’s not including the 1.5 hours she’s in the car each day. she usually doesn’t get a chance to eat lunch or even drink much water (& she has to dress like a blueberry.. I mean, come on). She is so good at what she does that she often forgets how to take care of herself while she’s taking care of her patients.
This pic is from a night back in july where she came to my house after a particularly hard day. She delivered a stillborn. Have you guys ever really thought about what a labor & delivery nurse sees?
They see great joy in smooth deliveries & healthy moms & babies.
They see panic & anxiety when a new mom is scared.
They see fear when a stat c-section is called.
They see peace when the mom has support from her family – because not all new moms do.
They see teenagers giving birth.
They see an addicted mom give birth to a baby who is withdrawing.
They see cps come.
They see funeral homes come. Did you know that they have to make arrangements for the funeral home to come pick up the baby? I didn’t either.”
To Caty (& all other nurses) – you are SPECIAL. you bless your patients & their families more than you will ever know. Thank you for all that you do. 💛✨