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Mom Thanks Pediatric Nurses in Heartfelt Letter: “i See You. We All See You.”
"Dear Peds Nurses,
(And incredible nurse techs!)

I see you. I sit on this couch all day long and, I see you. You try so hard to be unnoticed by me and my child. I see your face drop a little when she sees you and cries. You try so many ways to ease her fears and win her over. I see you hesitate to stick her or pull bandaids off. You say 'No owies' and 'I'm sorry' more times in one day than most people say 'thank you'.

I see all of those rubber bracelets on your arms and wrapped around your stethoscope, each one for a child that you've cared for and loved. I see you carrying arm loads of medicine and supplies into one child's room all while your phone is ringing in your pocket from the room of another. I see you put on gloves and a mask and try not to make too much noise at night. I see you sorting piles of beads so you can give them to your patient to add to their ever growing milestone necklace. I see you stroke her little bald head and tuck her covers around her tightly. I see you holding the crying mom that got bad news. I see you trying to chart on the computer while holding the baby whose mom can't-or won't be at the hospital with her.

You put aside what's happening in your life for 12 hours straight to care for very sick and sometimes dying children. You go into each room with a smile no matter what's happening in there. You see Sophie's name on the schedule and come to check on us even when she isn't your patient. You call the doctor, blood bank, and pharmacy as many times as necessary to get my child what she needs in a timely manner. You check on me as often as you check on her. You sit and listen to me ramble for 10 minutes even though your phone is buzzing and your to do list is a mile long.

I see you using your phone as a template to paint the perfect cartoon character on the new kid's window. I see you cheering so enthusiastically for the kid taking laps around the nurses station. I see you with that Nerf gun hiding from the kid around the corner. I see you hold tiny hands, change dirty sheets, translate medical talk for parents, and wipe your eyes coming out of a particularly hard room. I see you put on gloves, masks, and a gown then pause before you hang an IV bag of poison chemo for my kid.

I see you. We all see you. No amount of snack baskets or cards can fully express how appreciated you are. You are Jesus to us every single day. Our children wouldn't get what they need without you. Moms like me wouldn't feel sane or heard without you. You save our babies and we couldn't do this without you.

A mom that sees all you do and loves you dearly for it."

Credit: Sophie The Brave
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Ro Ro 340 points
The Mother Who Wrote about Pedi Nurses Needs to be recognized because She said What Others Have been wanting to say ..Maybe Someone can help Them With Their Medical Bills ..
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Oct 19, 2017
Robinskaggs 360 points
I know this family! Such a sweet and loving family. The mother was my sons 3rd grade teacher and she always went above and beyond for her students! We miss and love Sophie and her family so much.
+11 votes
Oct 19, 2017
Wattywatson 290 points
Nurse Rebekah Sopko says parents and families like Sophie's- "We see you too
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Oct 19, 2017
Thall1421 280 points
Love!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️
+5 votes
Oct 19, 2017
erin4jesus 260 points
This sweet woman and her family are amazing and an inspiration to everyone who is touched by her story.  AND..... it's her birthday!!!
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Oct 19, 2017
JacyWatson 300 points
Sweetest story and baby girl! Shelby Skiles deserves recognition ❤️
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Oct 19, 2017
Sarah Glass 270 points
Such a beautiful tribute Shelby!  I know you’re a blessing to them too!
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Oct 20, 2017
KeriJarvis 230 points
We have been praying for you guys through this difficult journey. The way you put things into words is just spot on and helps us all better understand the difficult and hardships Sophie faces, you guys face, and the hard and dedicated work that nurses face. So much love for your family and those who seem like family ❤️❤️
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Oct 20, 2017
tiff0718 150 points
this is beautiful
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Nov 19, 2017
sarashafer 150 points
I am the mom of a pediatric nurse--she specializes in transplants and cardiac and her patients are so sick.    And in the 20 minute drive home from every shift, I hear the profound sadness for these babies, toddlers, kids and teenagers.  Some have wonderful parents and some don't have any one at all.  She is 25 years old and has lived a lifetime of being a mom in the most heartbreaking way possible.  She is my absolute hero, every day.   She is so joyous when one of her patients is able to go home.  The ones that don't have taken a piece of her heart with them forever. Thank you to this mom while struggling with her own child's illness for recognizing the nurses.
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Nov 20, 2017