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A weird thing that (I think) helps me cope with the work stress/lots of death... when I've had a patient for a while & have gotten to know them (well, as much as I can anyway)... after they die I always imagine them partying afterwards. Like on super nice days (like today), I imagine them young & healthy, sitting back with an icy cold drink, wearing shorts & sunglasses, with their feet up and a big smile on their face bopping to the music. Just hanging out in the sun or cruising in some kick-ass car with the breeze making their hair float up. Some happy song playing in the background, like "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" by The Four Tops or The Stones' "Get Off My Cloud". :) I don't know why but it makes me happy to think of them this way. And maybe that's what does happen when we die and the ugly death part is sloughing off all the stress and sickness and stuff so we can emerge clean and strong and free. I don't think that would be so bad. :)


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Mar. 8th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
I love this entry.

I'm not even a nurse but I do volunteer at a hospital and I only see most of the patients briefly let alone care for them. Some of them in the ICU stay with me from seeing them in the condition they're in and I love this idea you have.
Mar. 9th, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)
I think that's really cool actually. <3
Mar. 11th, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
God that is just so so so amazing of you. Honest, it really is. I know it may just be a coping mechanism for you but it's so moving on so many levels.
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