.#FinebySunday #living #Riser
I am running my 5th Boston marathon for the team that I work with, in memory of Amanda who loved our unit. In 2020 it will be five years since she was taken from us.
In December 2015 my friend and coworker Amanda was hit by a car while on a training run for the Boston Marathon. We worked together on Labor & Delivery and shared a passion for running, Disney and music. She had planned to run for our hospital to raise money for the NICU. 6 days later she passed away. She died the way that she lived, giving hope to others through the gift of life. Amanda was an amazing nurse who had a passion for photography. Every morning she would go to the roof of the hospital to take a picture of the sun rising over Boston harbor. She provided every patient with incredible nursing care, but she had a special place in her heart for those patients’ who were experiencing a loss. The compassion she showed those patients was truly a miracle to behold. Amanda had an enthusiasm for life that was contagious and she frequently would remind us that no matter how busy the unit got everything would be fine by Sunday.
Although Amanda is no longer with us I feel her presence in many areas of my life. The song Living by Dierks Bentley reminds me of Amanda’s zest for life. “ This morning I got up at 6:01, I walked out and saw the rising sun, and I drink it in like whiskey. I saw a tree I’d seen a thousand times, A bird on a branch and I watched it fly away in the wind And it hit me. It’s a beautiful world, sometimes I don’t see so clear” Every day I try to find ways in which I can "live" my life, ways that Amanda would love like sky diving or attending concerts or climbing mountains. The nurses that I work with every day in Labor & Delivery bring life into this world with grace and passion and compassion. They truly know the meaning of living and enjoying life to the fullest. I know that Amanda would want us to make the most of every day in our lives, to be Risers.
Many people think of Labor and Delivery as a happy place, a place where nothing bad ever happens. But our unit can be challenging, patients are sicker and sometimes outcomes are not what we want, wish for or expect. I work with incredible nurses and doctors who provide top notch care to every patient. When a patient experiences a loss the care that is given is extraordinarily compassionate. The nurses that I work with side by side amaze me every day. They are not afraid to experience joy with their families as well as cry with them if there is a loss or an unexpected outcome. They are capable of responding quickly in times of emergency as well as never flinching from any challenge that is put before them. I admire and respect them for providing the care that they do. Risers, every single one of them.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Clinicians within our Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology deliver approximately 5,000 babies every year. The department has become a national, award-winning leader in the movement to improve health care quality and safety, pioneering a groundbreaking "team training" approach to reducing medical errors—a methodology based on safety principles from the military, commercial aviation, and other industries.