Living my transitions......at this very moment in my life something is coming to an end, as another just begins. When I became a Newborn Intensive Care (NICU) nurse back in the 90's I never imagined I'd experience the love and loss of caring for complete strangers and their families.....I also never imagined what happened this school year as I took a position as a school nurse. I worked one day a week at this school, my first month into the role I would learn one of "my"former preemie babies was now one of my students! He began to shed light on our obvious spiritual connection, as he would share with me in detail his memories of being born premature, with no idea...or so I thought, of me being a former NICU nurse, he vividly described the environment, sounds, and lights of the NICU, how nurses would care for him gently removing and replacing electrode leads as alarms signaled. His memory stuck with me and led me back to my time as a NICU nurse and indeed, it was I who cared for this young man 11 years ago. Confirmation came when his mother walked into the school, the moment we locked eyes our emotions let go as we both realized, it was them and this was me...we shared tears and hugs for twenty minutes.
......four years ago I made the decision to return to college complete my undergrad and obtain my masters degree.....this weekend is graduation. Because of life obstacles and decisions I took a term off which now has me receiving my actual degree September 13 instead of this weekend. Once I realized I would not participate in graduation ceremonies, I took a Few moments to sulk, and then said to myself move along stay focused and all will be well.......A month later I received a call from the Dean of my college, asking me to sit on the advisory board for the college of nursing, and was also nominating me for honor society!!! After catching my breath I accepted, and explained I would not receive my masters until September and would not be participating in graduation. She then informed me that as a board member I WILL be attending all things graduation this weekend, as well as my first advisory board meeting where I will be introduced to new colleagues and opportunities!
The look on my students face followed by his verbal expression of sadness that I would not be returning as his nurse broke my heart, yet in the next breath my calendar alarm sounded alerting me that I have hotel reservations......packing my suitcase my heart flutters thinking about my advisory board position and graduation. Yesterday I received bunches and bunch of hugs and kisses from students and colleagues, this morning I'm greeted by another student I've spent a great deal of time with, he gifted me with this beautiful red rose. He came in with a half dozen red roses for his teachers counselors....and Me......my eyes welled-up, leaving my heart smiling.......I'm saying good by this morning, and nice to meet you this evening.
LIFE is extremely beautiful if you stay awake, connected within and open to it all.....Live Your Best Life!!!
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