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Mellow yellow… you reap what you sow! July 8, 2007

Posted by 5 Wester in General Announcements.

I had the privilege of taking care of a 40+ year old man who came to the ICU with low sodium among other things. As they wheeled him in I can’t help but notice his skin complexion. He reminded me of those Blue Men Group members, except his color was yellow.

My patient apparently had been drinking a bottle of vodka since he was 17! A co-worker of mine upon hearing that exclaimed, “wow, does he still have a liver?” Apparently not… at least not in good working condition. His liver is shot from all the years of drinking. Now he’s in a hospital bed, in pain, yellow as the sun, with a whole bunch of problems including renal shutdown. Family pouring at the bedside hoping for a liver transplant. What can I say?

It’s truly sad to see people suffer like this, especially when family is around to try to ease the pain and comfort them. You see his mother and father come in, his daughter, sisters, and girlfriend, all staying at the bedside as much as visiting hours would allow, here to make sure he’s going to be OK. Sad… but where were they when he had his health, drinking his liver away? I guess we pay the price later on when we abuse our bodies like this.

As I gave report at the end of my shift my colleague said something I’m sure you’re familiar with. It’s about sowing and reaping. It reminds me of this passage in the Bible that states, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” (Galatians 6:7). Yes my friends, the Good Book is still the Good Book, after all these years the message is still relevant today. My patient’s only hope is a miracle. In a situation as bleak as his, who knows, it’s in God’s hands what the outcome will be.

As I left that day his girlfriend comes in early in the morning before visiting hours to check in on him. She asked me how he was doing. I tell her that he’s a lot better than yesterday, at least today he remembered my name for some reason. She tells me, “yes, he likes you as his nurse, he’s been telling me that you’re doing a good job taking care of him.” I wish I could do more, I can see that his family loves him dearly. Unfortunately it is up to the individual to change his ways before it is too late. So my friends, be good to yourself and sow good seeds, because one day the harvest will come and you’ll be glad you did! 🙂



1. motherjones-rn - July 8, 2007

I’ve seen that kind of thing throughout my career as a nurse. It’s sad to watch, and so it goes. We do indeed reap what we sow.

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