It’s not everyday that people appreciate how truly demanding the job of being a nurse is. Nurses sacrifice a lot of their time healing and helping other people, while using the little time that’s left with their families. If there are a people who understand how challenging and exhausting a nurse‘s work is, it would be our families.
A man from Alabama understands that and wanted the world to know just that as well.
Bobby Wesson wrote a touching message describing how his wife will wake up and go to a long shift at a hospital in Birmingham as a trauma nurse.
“She will take care of you,” he says with a picture of Rayena and her son sleeping.
“She will come home 14 hours later and remove shoes that have walked through blood, bile, tears and fire from aching feet and leave them outside. Sometimes she will not want to talk about it. Sometimes she can’t wait to talk about it. Sometimes she will laugh until she cries and sometimes she will just cry – but regardless of those sometimes she will be on time for her next shift,” the post with more than 120,000 shares says.
“My wife is a trauma nurse. My wife is a hero,” he added.
Bobby’s love letter to her wife has now more than 400,000 likes with users taking their time to comment their appreciation for the work that nurses do.
This is my wife Rayena Wesson taking a nap. In an hour she will wake up, put on her scrubs and get ready for work.
The tools and items she needs to perform her job will be gathered and checked meticulously – her hair and makeup will be done quickly. She will complain that she looks awful. I will disagree, emphatically, and get her a cup of coffee.
She will sit on the couch with her legs crossed under her and try to drink it while happily playing with the toddler that’s crawling all over her.
She will occasionally stare off blankly as we talk; silently steeling herself for the coming shift. She thinks I don’t notice.
She will kiss the baby, she will kiss me and she will leave to go take care of people that are having the worst day of their entire lives. Car wrecks, gunshot wounds, explosions, burns and breaks – professionals, poor, pastors, addicts and prostitutes – mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and families – it doesn’t matter who you are or what happened to you.
She will take care of you.
She will come home 14 hours later and remove shoes that have walked through blood, bile, tears and fire from aching feet and leave them outside.
Sometimes she will not want to talk about it. Sometimes she can’t wait to talk about it. Sometimes she will laugh until she cries and sometimes she will just cry – but regardless of those sometimes she will be on time for her next shift.
My wife is a trauma nurse. My wife is a hero.
Wesson posted afterwards, “Rayena and I have been humbled by all of the stories that nurses, medical professionals, patients and people from all over the world have shared with us.”
He continued: “Those of you that know my wife know that she flinches at the word hero”.
“She doesn’t miss an opportunity to downplay her role and tell people that she is a small part of a very large team – but she is a large part of my very small team and I’m proud of her.”