The Little Boy & the Nurse

Short Story: A pediatric nurse makes a connection with one of her patients.

150177481874653Once upon a time, there was a little boy and he was gravely ill. He was on the pediatrics unit of a very busy hospital. Because it was one of the best units in the state, his parents had brought him there even though that meant they could not be with him most of the time. They wished with all their hearts that they could be there, but they had responsibilities and other small children at their home far, far away.

The little boy was so small and so ill that his bed had bars on it to keep him in place. In his chest, inserted between his ribs, was a tube which was draining fluid to a container on the floor. The little boy cried because he was alone and in terrible pain.

One day, a young, new nurse was assigned to care for the little boy. She had never met him before but she knew that the little boy would not like some of the duties she had to perform that day with him.

The little boy was too young to use an incentive spirometer.* This was a problem because he needed to exercise his lungs with deep breaths. The nurse understood that the little boy would not want to take deep breaths because the illness and tube in his chest made him hurt terribly.

The nurse visited the boy often during the day. Every time she entered the room, the boy’s big brown eyes warily followed her every move from his prison-bed.

She spoke softly to him and even though he was a child, she explained everything she was doing while she performed her tasks.

During one of these visits with the little boy, the nurse decided not to go to lunch. Instead, she lowered the bars on the bed and sat in a chair next to him. She took his little hand and told him a story.

“Once upon a time,” she began softly, “there were three little pigs…”

The little boy seemed to be very interested in the story, so the nurse continued.

Before long, the nurse came to the most important part…

“You have to tell me what the big, bad wolf said,” the nurse told him. “I can’t remember.”

With all the animation he could muster, the little boy loudly recited, “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blooooooooooow your house down!”

And then the little boy did just that. He showed the nurse how he could huff and puff and blow the house down just as the big, bad wolf had done.

The nurse laughed and gave the little boy a hug. He didn’t know it, but throughout the story, he had done his breathing exercises.

The nurse visited him often over the next few weeks even though he wasn’t always one of her assigned patients. She had learned something very valuable, you see, about taking time with people and communicating with them, no matter their age.

Before long, the boy was well enough to go home. The reunion with his overwrought parents was very emotional but the nurse didn’t cry until she got in her car to go home for the day.

The nurse would never cross paths with the little boy again but she hoped he would live happily ever after.

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. – Mahatma Gandhi

 

*An incentive spirometer is a plastic device used to measure how deeply you can inhale and helps keep lungs healthy during diseases such as pneumonia. It is also often used after surgery. It helps with slow, deep breathing to fill your lungs with air which can prevent many lung problems. 

  1. That was a beautiful short story! Thank you 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Addy! 🙂

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  2. It’s a great story. So kind! The nurse is wonderful.
    I also love the quotation.

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    1. Thank you so much! 🙂

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  3. That is a lovely short story!

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    1. Thank you, Lila! 🙂

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  4. That was lovely! Such a nice message as well 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! 🙂

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  5. Marjorie Watts May 10, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    My mom was a nurse, and the personal rewards were many! As a nurse yourself, I am sure you already knew that. And I have had to use one of those spirometers so often with pneumonia, they actually sent one home with me!!! (I hate it!) Beautiful story! ♥♥

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    1. Yeah, we do send those home! lol 🙂 I’m glad you liked my story. ❤ Thank you for reading and commenting. 🙂

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  6. What a lucky little boy and a lovely little story!

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    1. Thank you, Jesse! 🙂

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  7. Great story, bestie. I love you and your beautiful heart. You have such a tender, giving, caring spirit. Your love for others runs deep.

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    1. Thank you, bestie. I love you, too, and could very well say the same things about you! 🙂

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  8. Nice! I was hoping I’d see pictures of Sims illustrating the story, though! Here’s a wonderful video I thought you might like:
    http://www.mnn.com/family/family-activities/blogs/dont-judge-puppy-by-its-cover

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  9. So…**** is really dead then? But… (sigh)

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  10. Lovely story

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  11. Nusrath Sariffo'deen May 21, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Lovely story! May I have the permission to reblog?

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    1. Thank you so much! 🙂 And most certainly! I’m honored that you would like to reblog it. 🙂

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      1. Nusrath Sariffo'deen May 21, 2017 at 10:19 am

        This doesn’t work. Isn’t your site wordpress?

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        1. Yes, it’s wordpress. I can’t imagine why it’s not working.

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          1. Nusrath Sariffo'deen May 21, 2017 at 10:21 am

            It shows a ‘pinterest’ button instead of the ‘press this’ button I use to reblog other articles.

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            1. The Pinterest button is above the Reblog button. I just reblogged this to my own site and it worked. 🙂 I hope you’re able to do it, too. 😀

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              1. I should mention that I deleted my reblog, in case you are looking for it on my site. 🙂

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                1. I apologize, I didn’t realize I was missing the “Press This” button. It is there now. 🙂

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              2. Nusrath Sariffo'deen May 21, 2017 at 10:31 am

                Nah the reblog button doesn’t do it right on mine. I’ll trying something else.

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                1. I just added the Press This button. I didn’t realize it was missing. Sorry for the trouble.

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                2. Nusrath Sariffo'deen May 21, 2017 at 10:39 am

                  I just did it the long and hard way. 🙃 It’s fine. I’ll make sure to ask the next person to add the ‘press this’ button incase I can’t find it.

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                3. Nusrath Sariffo'deen May 21, 2017 at 10:51 am

                  If you don’t mind, how do you add the ‘press this’ button? I started blogging recently. Haven’t got this figured out all that much yet.

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                4. I’m so glad you’re blogging as you seem like a very gifted writer! 🙂

                  To add the “Press This” button, you must first go to your dashboard (which you get to by this url: https://thediaryofamuslimgirlblog/wp-admin/). Once there, look for the “Settings” tab on the list on the left hand side; it’s toward the bottom. In “Settings” you will find the tab “Sharing.” Click on that and you will be able to drag any of the social media share buttons around in order to add/delete them. 🙂

                  I hope that helps.

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                5. Nusrath Sariffo'deen May 21, 2017 at 6:35 pm

                  Wow! That is more than the help I asked for! Thanks a lot! 😇

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                6. You are so welcome! 🙂

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  12. Nusrath Sariffo'deen May 21, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Reblogged this on The Diary Of A Muslim Girl.

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  13. Beautiful… btw, are you playing the Sims4? I want it for my birthday. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! 🙂

      I do play Sims 4, but what you see on this blog is Sims 3. 🙂 I love those games so much! I hope you get it for your birthday! ❤

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      1. I am trying to play the Sims2 on my Dell but I am running into errors. Grr!

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        1. I haven’t played Sims 2 in a long time so I don’t remember the ins and outs of that game. Do you use mods or custom content? That could be the problem. 🙂

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  14. So touching story it is. Thanks for writing this.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, reading and commenting. I’m really glad you liked the story. ❤

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  15. Amazing!! Surely worth the read. That shows the humility and care. Simply superb!!

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    1. Thank you so very much! ❤

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  16. […] Read it here: The little boy and the nurse […]

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  17. I loved it and am sending this to my daughter who is in nursing school.

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    1. Wonderful! Thank you. 🙂 I hope she enjoys it.

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      1. Me too! I’m sure she will.

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  18. Wonderful story! May I repost it?

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    1. Thank you so much! I would be honored if you did. 🙂

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  19. So glad to know that you had that opportunity! You will be blessed with sweet dreams.

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet and kind words. ❤

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  20. So beautiful and touching!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jerry! 🙂

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  21. Short, sweet, informative. Well done!

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    1. Thank you so very much! 🙂

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