This is Nurse’s Appreciation Week. The pandemic has landed upon those skilled, educated, and compassionate people who have answered the vocational call to become nurses.
New Spirit, and before us, Spanish Trail Lutheran, have had a great number of nurses among our community of faith. Some serve(d) in Tucson hospitals and clinics. Some served as military nurses, and a few were military nurses deployed in time of war.
Over the years we have called upon a number of them to go an “extra mile” to check on, and care for aged members of the church who were infirmed at home for a number of health/aging issues.
Many, if not most of our retired language live with “nurse’s back” a common condition of lower and mid-back pain caused by years of turning patients, and adjusting patients in hospital beds. The truth is those who have compassionate hearts often go that extra mile in caring for patients, and in doing, have injured themselves in hands on care for patients.
Thank you to our nurses both active and retired. Thank you for your long hours, your compassionate care, and for you willingness to do the difficult work of caring for us, when we are at our worst, our weakest, and at our most vulnerable. Thank you, and God blesses you.