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Please thank your nurse this Christmas
December 21st, 2011
01:45 PM ET

Please thank your nurse this Christmas

Anthony Youn, M.D., is a plastic surgeon in Metro Detroit. He is the author of “In Stitches,” a humorous memoir about growing up Asian American and becoming a doctor.

You can guarantee that three places will be open on Christmas day: Chinese restaurants, Denny’s and hospitals.

I spent part of last Christmas in the hospital visiting my mother-in-law who was recovering from open heart surgery.  I felt depressed walking into the building that morning.  My mother-in-law treasures the holidays more than anyone else in my family.  Lying in a hospital bed was the absolute last way she wanted to spend Christmas.

But during the time I spent at her bedside, my depression lifted, replaced by an overwhelming sense of gratitude for her doctors, nurses, and medical technicians.  I never felt for one second that her care suffered because her medical team was working on Christmas.  The nurses and support staff were cheerful, accommodating and responsive. One male nurse even wore a Santa’s cap and greeted my mother-in-law with “Merry Christmas” and “Ho-ho-ho” before he took her blood pressure.

Most physicians who work on Christmas - with some exceptions like ER docs - round on patients in the morning so they can get back home in time for Christmas dinner.  Not so for nurses and other hospital employees.  They put in full or extended shifts on Christmas to make sure that all the patients are cared for.  Thankfully, hospitals never close; medical care never takes days off.

Each Christmas, nurses and hospital support staff juggle their work schedules and sacrifice their time, giving up their own Christmases to accommodate the needs of patients.  As I sat by my mother-in-law’s bedside and looked forward to my own Christmas dinner, I thought about the dedicated caregivers who would spend their day changing catheters and cleaning wounds while the rest of us enjoyed being with our families in the warmth of our homes.

Some nurses go way beyond the call of duty.  A few years ago I went to the hospital on Christmas morning to see a patient who had undergone reconstructive surgery.  Her nurse, Sara, smiled as she worked.  Even so, I thought she looked a little tired.  I asked her how she was doing.  She told me she was working her second twelve-hour shift in two days.  She was covering for a nurse who had called in sick.  You would never know it. Sara was professional, caring and attentive to my patient, as well as to the five other patients assigned to her.  I was in awe of Sara.

Operating on almost no sleep, she was spending Christmas working in the hospital, instead of with her small children, and she was going about her job cheerfully without complaint and with consummate professionalism.

We owe a great debt to the people who serve us and our country - our military, our teachers, police officers, fire fighters, mail carriers and others in civil service.  I know that many people give generously to all those who keep us safe, educated and connected.  But if you happen to have a little extra time or can spare a few extra dollars, consider showing your appreciation to the nurses in your local hospital who are spending their Christmas caring for patients.

And here’s a suggestion.  Since hospital food can be  iffy and on Christmas day really iffy, how about sending some Chinese take-out to the nurses’ station at your local hospital?

Because I know from experience that Denny’s doesn’t deliver.


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  1. Retired E R Nurse

    I worked for 30 years in the E R. It was a wonderful career.

    Working on the Holidays was extra special.

    I loved all my patients, even the grouchy ones.

    I'm glad I chose Nursing.

    It was the right choice for me.

    December 27, 2011 at 21:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Christopher Dycha

    Not just the nurses, but everyone along the way that we rely on and would truly be in a crisis without their support and expertise. They are many things that are good. Mostly, our direct link to a little bit of divine intervention. Thank them and say a prayer for them as well. Christopher Dycha

    December 30, 2011 at 08:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Emily

    Found this website with cute nurse ornaments that I bought for the kids school nurse! http://www.christmas-decorations-gifts-store.com/store/PPF/Category_ID/44/products.asp

    February 9, 2012 at 14:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Alice

    My husband is a Med Surg nurse at our VA hospital nearby. This year he lost his twin brother to bone cancer, and his niece to pancreatic cancer. Last year he lost his sister to breast cancer. He will be working Christmas. It's lonely for the patients, but the staff each have their own story. I was probably going to be alone for the first time this Christmas...but I think I'll feed 1 South.
    Hohoho!!!

    November 27, 2012 at 15:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. THANKS DR SHIVA

    Am Joy by name i want to use this opportunity to give thanks to Dr.Shiva the great spell caster that made my husband come to me, he's really great, am very happy now that my husband is back to me. This is what happened, on Saturday evening my husband went out and came back very late in the night 12AM and he was drunk, as his wife i was now quarreling with him, from there he now slept off, and he woke up in the morning by 8AM, all of a sudden he just called me and he ask me to leave his house that he does not love me any more, i was now laughing i thought he was joking,i ask he to repeat what he said and he repeated it,i thought it was the drink that was still worrying him, i never knew he was under a love spell from another woman and already i have had two kids for him, i was confused not know what to do, i now seek for an advice from my very close friend Vivian and told her how it all happened, she now ask me not to worry that she going to introduce me to a very powerful spell caster and she really did, when we contacted the temple, the Dr.Shiva ask us what brought us to his temple, i now told him everything, from there he now ask me not to worry that my husband is going to come back to me begging on his knees after 24hours after the spell is cast, that my husband is under a love spell, he ask me to provide somethings that he is going to use in caster out the love spell, i really did that fast fast,after 24hours when the spell was cast my husband really came back begging on his knees asking me and my kids to forgive him that he does not know what came over him, that was when i know that Dr.Shiva is a powerful spell caster.Am now happy with my husband now. I want to use this opportunity to tell those that want their EX back to contact him on hinduspelltemple@yahoo.com he is really powerful, he can solve all your problems. Once again Dr. Shiva thanks for bringing back my lovely husband i really appreciate thanks.hinduspelltemple@yahoo.com

    December 18, 2012 at 14:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. mary

    I and my boy friend as been separated for a long period, I cam across different spell caster and they were all unable to bring my lover back. I was so sad and almost gave up on him when i met a spell man Dr Orissa that helped me get my lover back. Ever since then i have been so happy and couldn't believe it would happen. He also helped me with success spell, I have been living happily with my lover now and will be getting married soon. Here is his contact if you need his help orissatemple@yahoo.com

    December 20, 2012 at 11:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. THANKS DR SHIVA

    My ex-boyfriend dumped me 0ne week ago after I accused him of seeing someone else and insulting him. I want him back in my life but he refuse to have any contact with me. I was so confuse and don’t know what to do, so I reach to the internet for help and I saw a testimony of how a spell caster help them to get their ex back so I contact the spell caster and explain my problem to him and he cast a spell for me and assure me of 3days that my ex will return to me and to my greatest surprise the third day my ex came knocking on my door and beg for forgiveness. I am so happy that my love is back again and not only that, we are about to get married. Once again thank you Hindu spell. You are truly talented and gifted. Email: hinduspelltemple@yahoo.com is the only answer. He can be of great help and I will not stop publishing him because he is a wonderful man

    December 27, 2012 at 12:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. stephanie

    Hello everybody. Am STEPHANIE from FLORIDA i want to share my life experience to every body on this site. i was in a serious relationship with mike i love him so much we have dated for almost 6 years now. until he meant another girl called charity he told me that he is know longer interested in dating me any more. i was so confuse i don't know what to do so i told my friend about what my love just told me and he told me that she can solve my problem i was doubting her how can that be possible so she directed me to a spell caster called DR voodoo .so i contacted him and i explain every thing to him and he told me that my problem will be solved within 2days if i believe i said OK .So he caste_ a spell for me and after 2days my love came back to me begging me on his knees on the ground asking me to forgive him. And I was surprise just like a dream and today Am so happy now. so that why i decided to share my experience with every body incase there is anyone out there that have such problem should contact him via voodoospiritualtemple@yahoo.com

    March 8, 2013 at 06:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Orison

    This is not just a story this is how Ajayi Ololo spell casting temple saved my life and that of my family. ok to start my name is Orison Mark i am a family man with my family over here. Just One month ago i felt like i should end my life because my house was on fire that is i had all the problem a man can ever have. I had a very good job and it paid very well and a lovely wife who i love with my whole heart. But some how along the line things went wrong i lost my job. My wife always thought that it was my fault all this happen. It got to the stage my daughter had to drop out of the universities because of lack of fund. This made my wife more angry. She move out of my house with our daughters cos i had nothing to offer them. All i had was my house and my car. I was bankrupted and could not find a job at the smallest firm here my wife started seeing another guy just a month after she left me and filed for a divorce i could kill myself any time soon because my daughter and my wife abandoned me at this time of my life but thank to Ajayi the Ololo spells priest i had all i lost back. I did not even care about the the job i did not have all i wanted was my family back. I went to the internet for some suggestion on how to get back your wife, I saw a lot of tips online and testimony like they wrote on there comment. Some of these comment were so convincing but an anonymous comment talked about how Ajayi of Ololo spell temple help him it was just so real, I did not know how i even got to contact him but i did through his email: ajayiololo@yahoo.com . I EXPLAINED my problem to him and i mentioned how i lost my job and every thing started falling apart all he said was that i had a small problem. He told me all he was going to do and what i too will do which include paying some money i did not have i had to risk borrowing and thanks to the spirits of Ololo spells that it worked. For the sake of time i just want to say that all he did worked. my wife came back and my daughter too and even got a better job that what i had before. I MOST TELL IF I CAN FIND HELP IN THIS TEMPLE I DO NOT SEE WHY YOU FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY CAN NOT FIND HELP. CONTACT HIM AT: ajayiololo@yahoo.com Ajayi is a great and a reliable spell caster.

    March 16, 2013 at 21:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Andy sowers

    An amazing testimony on a spell caster who brought my wife back to me..
    My name is Andy Sowers,i live in Australia,and I'm happily married to a lovely and caring wife,with two kids.A very big problem occurred in my family seven months ago,between me and my wife.so terrible that she took the case to court for a divorce.she said that she never wanted to stay with me again,and that she didn't love me anymore.So she packed out of my house and made me and my children passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get her back,after much begging,but all to no avail.and she confirmed it that she has made her decision,and she never wanted to see me again.
    So on one evening,as i was coming back from work,i met an old friend of mine who asked of my wife.So i explained every thing to her,so she told me that the only way i can get my wife back,is to visit a spell caster,because it has really worked for her too.So i never believed in spell,but i had no other choice,than to follow her advice. Then she gave me the email address of the spell caster whom she visited.{voodoospiritualtemple@yahoo.com}.
    So the next morning,i sent a mail to the address she gave to me,and the spell caster assured me that i will get my wife back the next day.What an amazing statement!! I never believed,so he spoke with me,and told me everything that i need to do. Then the next morning, So surprisingly, my wife who didn't call me for the past seven {7}months,gave me a call to inform me that she was coming back.So Amazing!! So that was how she came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and she apologized for her mistake,and for the pain she caused me and my children. Then from that day,our relationship was now stronger than how it were before,by the help of a spell caster.
    So, i will advice you out there to kindly visit the same website {voodoospiritualtemple@yahoo.com},if you are in any condition like this,or you have any problem related to "bringing your ex back.
    So thanks to the Dr voodoo for bringing back my wife,and brought great joy to my family once again.
    {voodoospiritualtemple@yahoo.com},
    Thanks

    June 12, 2013 at 04:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. SONIA

    My name is Sonia, and i live in uk.I have been through hell and pain,looking for a good and real spell caster who can help me get my husband back.I have been scammed so many times,by some who claimed to be real spell casters.until i found the real and great spell caster PROPHETLUDASPELLTEMPLE" who helped me,and solved all my problems concerning my boyfriend who left me since eight months ago.and after that i also took my friend along,who was also having the same problem concerning her husband,who left her since five months ago,and the problem was also solved by the same PROPHETLUDASPELLTEMPLE". Can't you see! the real and great spell caster is here,all you need to do now is to contact this same address whenever you are in any problem related to spell casting.It took me a very long period of time,before i could get this real and great spell caster.So right now "prophetludaspelltemple@outlook.com" is here,and the best for you to solve your problems.......
    prophetludaspelltemple@outlook.com

    July 9, 2013 at 07:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Maryann

    Hello,
    Good day to you all.
    I am Miss Maryann,
    I want to share my testimony to you all.
    I was in a relationship to my Ex husband for 2 years but because he was not
    meeting up and was constantly in financial problems,
    my family encouraged me to divorce him.
    I ended up marrying someone else but now,I am not happy anymore.
    All I think about now is my ex-husband. He is now the only thing I think
    about all day.
    At the moment, I breaking up with my current husband because I am no
    longer happy with him and he seems to agree that we go our separate ways.
    I have been thinking of contacting my Ex husband but I don’t know how he
    would react since i left him when he was really in a financial mess. It’s
    been 1 years since we divorced.
    i do not know how to contact him so i told a friend of mine, who has told
    me before that she has used his power before.
    I was told that he is a spell caster, that he can help me,
    so i contact him.
    i was not thinking that he can help me but i just try and meet that he is a
    good man.
    only DR OKAFOR was able to help me.
    you can contact him via email:okaforlovespell666@gmail.com

    November 14, 2013 at 17:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Bernice

    An amazing testimony on a spell caster who brought my husband back to me. My name is Bernice Lees, And I’m happily married to a lovely and caring man,with three kids. A very big problem occurred in my family 4 months ago,between me and my husband. So terrible that he took the case to court for a divorce. He said that he never wanted to stay with me again,and that he didn’t love me anymore. So he packed out of the house to where i do not know about and made me and my children passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get him back. After much begging,but all to no avail / Success. And he confirmed it that he has made his decision,and he never wanted to see me again. So on one afternoon when i came back from the house of my best friend that know how to advise me very well. As i was coming back from her place, I saw an old friend of mine who asked of my husband. So i also explained every thing to her just the way i did to my best friend on what happened between me and my husband. So she told me that the only way i can get my husband back is to visit a spell caster. Because it has really worked for her. As a Christian i never believed in spell casting,but during all this problem and letting the love of my life go just like that and the father to my lovely kids i had no other choice than to follow her advice. Then she gave me the email address of the spell caster whom she visited to solve hers also. At this time i was full with so much grief and confusion on how this can really be true to the extent that i have to ask my friend so many question like if this is not to harm or have an effect on my life and that of my lovely children after it has been done. But she replied with so much seriousness by telling me that there is no harm and there is no side effect on the spell casting, That is just to get back my husband for my kids and also for him to love me like never before. After her explanation that there is noting that will happen to us other than to just get back my husband i requested on how i could i contact this great and powerful spell caster that she is talking about. She gave his email address to me that i wrote down on a jotter and when i got home i emailed the spell caster with the following email: ajayiololo@yahoo.com after some few minutes that same day i received a form that i will fill and return to him. After that i was asked to get some materials that will be needed to cast this spell that if i can not provide them i will send the cost which was what i did just to see the outcome of the spell casting. And before i send the cost of the materials to him he assured me that even that same day if he get the charges that my lover husband will return back in the next 4 to 5 hours time same-day after the spell has been casted with the materials he will get with the money that i will send down since i could not get the materials on my own to send to him to do the spell casting. The spell caster assured me that i will get my husband back after that process. What an amazing statement!! I never believed, So surprisingly after the 4 to 5 hours he told me i will get my husband back things changed in my life. My husband who has not call me for the past four months called me on the phone to inform me that he was coming back home. So Amazing!! So that was how he came back the next day with lots of love and joy,and he apologized for his mistake and for the pain he caused me and my children. Then from that day,our relationship was now stronger than how it were before,by the help of a spell caster. So i will advice you all out there to kindly send your contact to : ajayiololo@yahoo.com if you are in any problem like this or you have any problem related to “bringing your ex back, Wanting a good job in fact any problem you think you are passing through that do not have solution just send your email with complains to him and he will help you out perfectly well without disappointment. So thanks to the great spell caster called OLOLO TEMPLE WHICH USES THE FOLLOWING EMAIL: ajayiololo@yahoo.com for bringing back my husband and also for bringing great joy to my family once again. Dr Ajayi Ololo I ascribe praises to your name..

    December 12, 2013 at 12:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. JADE

    NAME: JADE
    COUNTRY: USA.
    Hello readers realy it might sound some how to believe in this my testimony on how DR AJAGBO help me get my ex back. i never believe in spell ontill when my boyfriend broke my hearth, for the deep love i have for him.
    i was so suprise when he called me and said that our relationship is over, just because he had found another girl out side club that he is so much in love with more than me. and to me i did not know what else to do, i also explain things to my best friend SONIA, and did you know what she told me she told me that when she was about to loose her husband she contacted DR AJAGBO for help on how she can get her husband back and the spell realy worked for her.she contacted dr ajagbo WITH HIS EMAIL; AJAGBOSPELLTEMPLE@GMAIL.COM.PHONE NUMBER;
    +2348156759423. and realy the spell work for her. that what am i waiting for, and me as a person i did not so much believe in spell work. i try my best and i also contact DR AJAGBOSPELLTEMPLE@GMAIL.COM
    PHONE NUMBER;+2348156759423. and i also explaian things to him and he said to me woman let not your hearth be troubled dont worry between 2days time you will see the result of my spell. i did not believe not ontill after 2days time my boyfriend gave me a phone call and was begging that he is so sorry for what has happened. not him alone but he came with his friends and they all started begging me for forgiveness.
    i realy think their are some people that need's help from this dr ajagbo. because me and my husband have now love each other as never before.no need for you to die in pains. contact him he will help you out i believe he can also do your own for you.all thanks to dr ajagbo for work well don in my life.a realy spell yes you are dr ajagbo, indeed you have saved my marriage. you can contact Dr Ajagbo AT AJAGBOSPELLTEMPLE@GMAIL.COM

    March 11, 2014 at 05:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Stephen

    Stephen is my name, i am just so happy and don't know What more i can say in this life? how will i thank Lord Zilialia enough for the good job which he just did for me.i have been searching for long a real spell caster, for me to get who will help me get back my wife back but i have been scammed so many times by a lot of people who claim they are spell casters and are not, so i was tired of searching then one morning i visited a neighbor and she introduced me to this man Lord Zilialia and i contacted him and he make a spell for me in the night and after the spell he tells me what to do and i did it and immediately the thing was done he gave me assurance that my wife will start looking for me and pleading for me to accept her back and i was kind of not sure and what make me amaze he said just 2 days after that is when she will come and as i am talking to you people now my wife came back to me exactly the 2nd day as he said and now i am very happy. LORD ZILIALIA IS REAL!!!! you can contact Lord Zilialia through this email, spellcaster1202@gmail.com.

    May 29, 2014 at 04:36 | Report abuse | Reply
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