General Nursing, International Nursing

Nursing Tour of China – Part 3

To Xian, China - 1986 We're on the plane this morning from Nanjing to Xian in western China. There was a quick change of plans so we will not be seeing the Nanjing bridge. I thank the Lord because this will give me an extra day in Xian. I hope to see Mrs. Li, wife… Continue reading Nursing Tour of China – Part 3

General Nursing, International Nursing, Pediatric Nursing

Nursing Tour of China – Part 2

Shanghai & Nanjing, China - 1986 June 3 - Shanghai I was too tired to write last night and am weary again tonight, so this will probably be a short journal. Yesterday we went to our first hospital tour in Shanghai. We met in a large boardroom where the nurse managers told us about the… Continue reading Nursing Tour of China – Part 2

International Nursing

Nursing Tour of China – Part I

May 31, 1986 - Midwest, USA to Shanghai, China After arising at 4:30 a.m. in the Midwest, I caught a 7 a.m. flight to LaGuardia Airport in New York City. I waited two hours for the free bus to take me to JFK, but it never came. Finally, I split a cab with a man… Continue reading Nursing Tour of China – Part I

Uncategorized

“Please Marry Before I Die”

Easter weekend, April 1986 I went home to spend Easter weekend with my parents. Mom was lying in bed because she was so weak from the chemo for her lymphoma. We were enjoying watching an old movie together on TV when all of a sudden her teeth began chattering, and she asked me to get… Continue reading “Please Marry Before I Die”

Christian Single, General Nursing

Heartaches

January 1986 As I sat at my desk in staff development preparing a class, suddenly I saw flashing lights through wavy jello with clear floaters. My ophthalmologist told me at my last eye exam that I am high risk for retinal detachment because my nearsightedness makes my retina paper-thin. I knew the flashing lights could… Continue reading Heartaches

General Nursing, International Nursing, Nursing Staff Development

New Friends from Asia

October 1985 I thank God that I feel much better physically since I switched to day shift last spring. I asked the Lord how I could reach more students at The Ohio State University and decided to post a sign on the bulletin board for a Bible study in the international graduate student dorm. I… Continue reading New Friends from Asia

Dialysis Nurse, Holidays

Dialysis Nurse on the High Seas

January 1, 1991 - Caribbean Sea 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-  "HAPPY NEW YEAR" blared the loudspeaker. I shot out of bed and stood in the middle of the pitch black room with my heart racing. Where was I? What was happening? Oh yes. I signed up to work as a dialysis nurse on this nine-story ship for the… Continue reading Dialysis Nurse on the High Seas

Holidays, Labor & Delivery Nurse

Babe of Bethlehem

"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod, the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him." Matthew:2:1-2 (KJV) Bethlehem,… Continue reading Babe of Bethlehem

Christian Nurse, Labor & Delivery Nurse

More Christmas Babies

December 25, 1981 - 2 a.m. Labor & Delivery Staff Nurse I returned to my other patient, Marie, and checked her progress internally. "You can push now with each contraction, Marie." She groaned from the exhaustion of 16 hours of painful labor. An hour later, I saw a patch of the baby's black hair peak… Continue reading More Christmas Babies

Holidays, Labor & Delivery Nurse

Christmas Babies

December 25, 1981 - 2 a.m. Labor & Delivery Staff Nurse I finished my night shift orientation in September and feel more comfortable with my skills. Since this is my first Christmas in Labor & Delivery, I am required to work. Management assigned me to be the charge nurse since the Assistant Nurse Manager is… Continue reading Christmas Babies