October 25, 2011

The Helper

Something you may know about me is that I work in the Computer Industry at Dell selling workstations and servers to small and medium businesses around the US. Something you may NOT know is that I am working my way through college to become a Registured Nurse.

 Ever since I was little, I've been a helper. I always tried to play "mom" and help my little brother when I was a kid and raise my baby sister. With friends, I was always the listener and loved to be there for them. I'm sure a lot/most of you can say you've been the same growing up, putting others before you and just thriving off of others being happy. That's what makes me happy.

I found out I wanted to be a nurse early on when I was babysitting. I know it sounds crazy, but there was an experience that really stood out to me, and ever since then I've always felt like helping others was my calling from God.

I was about 13 years old, babysitting my next door neighbors two kids who were about 2 and 5 yrs old. They had two dogs, and their grandmother lived upstairs, but was older and wasn't able to watch the kids while the parents went out at night. So we did crafts, and all the fun things babysitters do - watch silly TV shows etc.

Well, one day the dogs were running around and their grandmother was trying to make it down the stairs. We were in the kitchen for snacks, and I heard a huge crash. I ran over immediately to see what was going on, and sure enough their grandmother fell when the dogs rushed past her on the stairs. She was sitting there on the ground holding her arm that had a major cut in it, one that most people's stomach would hurt to see. 

 As my heart practically dropped, I didn't think twice and got the kids into another room so they wouldn't see her, and grabbed a damp towel to place on her arm and put pressure on it. I helped their grandmother up and sat her down on the chair, and called 911 & the parents. They came quickly and took her to the hospital. As the kids were freaking out and upset about their grandma, we sat down and made get well cards and decorated them, and it kept them busy for the few hours their parents were gone at the hospital with their grandma. 

 It may sound silly, but I knew from then I wanted to be the nurse that got to take care of her. I want to make everyone happy and feel better. I feel like I have a gift to care for others and calm people. I am the mediator in my wide range of siblings as the middle child, and I love it that way. 

 It's memories like these, and being able to be that listener and that helper of my friends and family that keeps me encouraged to continue this RN degree and become that special person others can count on to help and be there for them. It's in my nature, and I love it! 

Today, I want to encourage everyone to take that extra few minutes to help someone out with something, even if it's something small. Maybe call up your siblings or parents and tell them you're thinking about them, or if they're having an issue with something, be a listener for them. :)   


Today I am linking up with two beautiful ladies, Mrs. T from Mrs. T, Naturally, and Jami from Call Me Blessed.



Jen said...

I love this! How amazing, I think God put that experience in your life to guide you and now you have so much direction. I love that you can look back on that as a way to stay motivated. My sister wants to be a nurse too. I think it takes special people like you who are willing to help others and who are kind. Good luck with your schooling! :)

siddathornton said...

good luck with school! my mom is an RN, & she loves her job. do you know what department you want to work in? hope you're having a great tuesday :)

Camille said...

That is so beautiful! I'd be so happy if you were my nurse because you are doing it for all of the right reasons! Bless you!

Leah from Sweet and Sour Showers said...

I had no idea you were working to become a nurse. What a great goal! Good luck with everything. :)

Ashley said...

Being a nurse is something I am considering. I was thinking really hard about it before we got pregnant with our first and now I really want to go back to school once my kids are a bit older. It is daunting, though to think of starting school all over again.

Ruthie Hart said...

This is SO great Amanda! I have always wanted to be a nurse but I don't have the stomach for it. I think it is beautiful you are doing it for all the right reasons. It will be such a fulfilling job!