Ladies and gentlemen it’s official, I’m a travel nurse. Starting April 19, one day after my birthday, I’ll be on the road headed to my first destination as a travel nurse. Kinda of nervous, scared, and a whole lot of other emotions. The strangest is sadness, I feel sorta sad, I know I shouldn’t but I guess it’s just saying goodbye to this part of my life and letting go. Maybe sad that I’m saying goodbye to so many people. I haven’t really lived anywhere else but this small town.
I’ll tell you about a friend who I worked with at a hospital. She was so funny and very smart. I knew that she had my back no matter what. We were roommates at one point for just a few months. She was probably the same age as I am now. So I had started another job in a different city. She had started a travel job and she loved it. She’d call me and would be so excited telling me all the things that she was doing and seeing.
Six months after she started that travel assignment late one night I get a phone call, a number I don’t recognize. I pick up the phone and say, “hello” with my questioning voice. The man on the other end said, “Are you Patty?” And my last name, I said, “yes”. He said, “Do you Know a…..” and said my friends name? I haven’t spoke to her in about a month, but “yes,” The man on the other end said, “I’m sorry to inform you ma’am but she expired the day before yesterday. She was found in her hotel room, do you know if she had any family?” I couldn’t understand. I didn’t know what to say. And I just sat there mouth open and tears running down my cheek. I couldn’t talk. The man on the other end of the phone said, “Ma’am? Are you there, ma’am?” I finally came too and said, “Yes, she had two kids and her mom!”
Choked up. The next phone call was one of the hardest I had ever had to make. It was to her daughter. Than to her mom. I’m not sure if it was cardiac or something else. I know she did have some medical problems. I didn’t even think to ask, which is strange, on my part. But I guess the shock set in. I have had phone calls where I had to tell patient family manners that their loved one was gone, but nothing like this.
When I spoke to my friends family I just gave them the corner’s number and told them that they need to call and find out what happened. Im not sure if I just couldn’t face it and that’s why I didn’t ask. Im not sure. It was strange and unlike me to not ask. I still think of her a lot and miss her. She would of disliked Covid though. “To much work” I could hear her say. “I’d rather be on a beach somewhere” “they got me working all these hours” “these PPE”s are to heavy and hot”. I guess I never would try travel nursing for that reason, I didn’t want to die in some random hotel room by myself. I didn’t want my kids to deal with that kind of trauma like her kids had to do.
Well I’m planning on stopping a few places on the way to the travel nurse assignment so stay tuned..You never know when or where I’ll show up.. Hehe. Have a blessed week, day, month, and year.