Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Looking back, did your life make a difference?

In this photo from a 1988 issue of Children's Nurse Magazine, nurse Lynn Bartos is shown caring for little Nicole Frye, who was born with a birth defect at Children's Hospital in Wisconsin. Nicole called her nurse "Sweet Lynnie" and the nurse called Nicole "Ninni" -- pronounced "nee-nee." Eventually Ninni regained her health and the two lost touch, until recently.

After almost 25 years, they met again and Lynn learned how much difference she made in the lives of her patients. This time, she was the patient, being treated at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin for arthritis. She felt something familiar about her nurse and read the name on her tag. "Ninni?" she asked? Nicole answered, "Oh my God, yes."

"When you get to be my age," said Lynn, "you look back and wonder if you made a difference. I feel so good about this. What I did mattered."

                                                                                                                                          Michael Sears

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