Nurses - One in a Million

It's National Nurses Week - Lisa's Favorites

Nurses are amazing. Not that you don’t already know that, but I will say it again: Nurses are AMAZING! I would bet that even the nurses we don’t mesh with as individuals have other patients who rave about their compassion and concern. To piggyback onto Colin’s post earlier this week, nurses really do make a HUGE difference in the clinical experience of each PI patient, whether or not you receive IVIG. I figured I would also celebrate National Nurses’ Week and tell you a little about my favorite nurses. 

Jeannie- You’ve heard about the heroic Nurse Jeannie who I credit with my survival that first awful night. What I didn’t say about Jeannie before was that she was as funny as she was skilled and really made an awful night far less lonely. She looked out for me that night in a way that she didn’t have to, and I will be eternally grateful for her. 

Lucy- Lucy was my very first infusion nurse. I was in a stark little exam room with my IV pole for a year, not really sure of what this IVIG business was all about. Lucy shared her insights. It’s because of her that I know how to mitigate massive side effects. It’s because of her that I thought that IVIG was really no big deal. In retrospect, she made the transition so easy, but had her quirks. She ran all my IVIG treatments without the aid of a pump. Yes, folks. She counted my rate on her wristwatch. I certainly loved Lucy.

Delilah- I moved to the DC area soon after college and settled into my current immunology practice. Delilah was a very young nurse, even to my 21 year old eyes, but she had the confidence and experience to get my veins with one stick. She taught me the beauty of the upper arm IV placement and that even the longest, scariest needles could be handled with precision. She was absolutely deft at getting crazy big IV catheters into my veins. 

Jose- The nurse manager of my current immunology practice, Jose knows his sh*t. He always made me feel 100% comfortable and is the only nurse allowed to put an IV in my wrist because, I swear to you, the man is a magician. He’s the only nurse that has ever made that placement without intense pain. He is also the only nurse who has been allowed to even approach a placement in my hand since my Kentucky hospital stay. He also is the one I call when I need my prior authorization forms for my insurance. He is an exeptional human. 

Claudia- Since I’ve been getting home infusions, I’ve had nurse Claudia. She’s been amazing. I don’t know that I would have lasted this long with any other nurse. Seriously. She’s professional, direct, and experienced. She’s been doing IVIG longer than I’ve been receiving it, but continues to engage in professional societies and conferences to continuously improve the care her patients receive. She is dedicated, both to her patients and to various Washington sports teams. She even reads my blog (Hi Claudia) and shares her wisdom freely. 

Obviously, I’ve been incredibly fortunate in the clinical care I’ve received from the nurses who I’ve trusted with my care. I have a great fondness for each of them, and I can’t say enough how much they make this whole disease business easier. My hat is off to them, because I know I couldn’t do what they do so wonderfully every 4 weeks. THANK YOU!.