Once a week Virginia assesses Jacob's lungs, answers our questions and concerns, deals with medication issues and is often our sounding board for medical questions/issues. She has been a huge asset for Jacob and the rest of us.
Jacob has learned who Virginia is and we are sure he realizes she is going to get her stethoscope out because he usually starts snorting and breathing really loud. The noise can be so loud through the stethoscope that I'm sure she has left more than once with ringing ears. She's gotten so used to his noises that at times she doesn't even try to get an assessment because she knows all she's going to hear is upper airway noises which are deafening. I'm so thankful that Virginia sees humour through it all.
One time several months ago Virginia came while one of our night nurses was here. His lungs had been great for the nurse Andrea for several hours until...Virginia came in. Instantly he started snorting, snoring and making all sorts of noises. After attempting to assess a noisy situation, she finally exclaimed, "I'm not Virginia, but Andrea.' Her reasoning didn't work, but needless to say we were all in stitches. That's Virginia. She can make a tough situation into a much lighter one!
There are nurses, but there are also nurses who go above and beyond their calling and Virginia is one of them!! :) What a gem!! Thanks Virginia!!
|Yep, he's complaining that the stethoscope came out!|
|He was more than noisy this particular day and Virginia can still smile :)|