I have been an LPN for 31 years and love it. A little background: 23 years ER nursing along with 10 years as Paramedic mixed with ER. Floor and pediatric nursing in the beginning of my career. Five years as a deputy coroner....very interesting job. But,the job I have now and for the past 3 years feels more like play time than work. I take care of medically fragile children in their homes.
The little boy I care for now is 8 years old, has a trach, a GJ tube. He was born with 2 chromosomal defects, is unable to talk, but make multiple sounds, eats a little by mouth, goes to school (half days) 4 days a week. He has the best personality, always happy, and the biggest, best smile ever. He just melts my heart as does his family. His dad is military and they are moving in the next 2 months-9 hours away. My heart is breaking as he and his family have become part of my family. I will be taking time off and helping them move and train nurses with another Pediatric home company.
It breaks my heart to know I will not get to care for him, or have him wake up 5 days a week with a big smile on his face once he sees me there.
It has been nothing but pure joy caring for this little boy. I will him his so.