This is a story of about a day in the life of an ICU nurse. It is a tale of strong women, the men they met, the choices they made, and the consequences that followed which put them all in the ICU on the same day. Mandy is a widowed mother of a thirteen-year-old boy and an intensive care nurse in a prestigious hospital. Working in an environment that is forever surrounded by pain, suffering, and death, an unexpected visit from a poltergeist is never far away. This day was no exception.
When Mandy first meets her patients, their backstory is unknown. As those tales gradually unfold, Mandy becomes a psychiatrist, family counselor, referee, medical mediator, legal interpreter, and disciplinary mom as the line between what's legal and what's ethical becomes blurred. The personalities of her patients, their families, their lawyers, and the antics of her son rule the day as she struggles to maintain some semblance of workday order. In the midst of all this hubbub, Mandy longs for an intimate relationship but denies that she even wants one. Her nurse friend Darcy is her antagonist who eggs her on to find a date that has a hilarious ending.
We are all weary of an unforgiving world that slowly chisels away at our sense of well-being. But, I offer you a temporary respite from this uncomfortable onslaught and introduce you to “Soldier On”. A true story of my late wife’s 15-year losing battle with ovarian cancer. The biography is told through my eyes, her husband of 30 years and an RN for 40, 20 of those in the ICU. It is a tale of how those seemingly innocuous life lessons that she learned before cancer had inadvertently prepared her to deal with the profound challenges she faced after the cancer diagnosis. I witnessed Kath's unbelievable calmness while she confronted a long drawn out uncertain future. It's a courageous tale of a strong woman. It is her story. Hopefully, even though she died in the end, understanding how she faced her death, will leave you just a little bit stronger and remind you of what is really important in life
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