Saturday, January 28, 2006

talking to Jielian

I just had a very pleasant conversation with Jielian (the Chinese version of Jillian I was told), my nurse. After starting me on my next treatment of cytoxsin, we started talking and our conversation flowed easily. She sat in the green chair opposite the sofa, where I sat and we talked about her job, the office politics of working in a hospital, my diagnosis, and schooling. I like to learn a bit about my caregivers, the nurses and doctors, who attend to my needs everyday. I feel a bit more comfortable, I think, when I know more about these individuals in plain white jackets and colored uniforms, who come to my bedside daily. They know so much about me, but I don't know anything about them. From what they have told me, nursing can be a very stressful profession. But why do they do it? What interested them in medicine and in particular in oncology? These are just a few of the questions I'm always curious to ask the nurses.

I'll continue to sit on the sofa for a while, from where I can see the length of the East River and the span of the 59th Street Bridge at night. The view is lovely at night just as it is during the day. Earlier today, I watched barges and tugboats move up and down the river. It was a pleasant sight.

2 Comments:

Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Duane

My mom just showed me how to get to your blog. Chris and I had watch Star War Avenge of the Sith. This is what made me think of you and Anthony because we all went to the last Star Wars movie when you both were here in Philly. We did enjoy going out with the both of you. This is a blessing you are doing with your blog because I am also learning too. You are in my prayers.
Love Paula

9:05 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Thanks Paula.

Love,
Duane

9:48 PM  

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