How My Nurse Practitioner Nurtured Me To Good Health

I have been a patient at an osteopathic practice in Michigan for more than eight years. Before that time, I don’t think I ever really understood the true qualities of nurses. My mom is a nurse, but naturally, I thought all she did (and still does) for me was a result of a mother’s care and love. But now, I know the truth: It takes a real loving heart and caring personality to be a great nurse.

Last year, after I had a bad week of pain, I went in to see my nurse practitioner with the complaint that I just felt broken. I had been having back, shoulder, hip, and leg pain for more than 10 years, and this had been one of my really rough, can’t-take-it-anymore weeks. My doctors always attributed this pain to tension and stress and even prescribed antidepressants at one point. They suggested more exercise, over-the-counter pain medicine, and even massages, but this visit was different. Looking back, I know it had to be different because I was at my wits’ end.

At this particular visit, I met a new nurse practitioner, and I liked her a lot from the start. She was personable, kind, and refreshingly to the point. She was, in a way, very motherly in her care. She even told me she was sorry I was having such a hard time. As we discussed my current problem, she asked me questions, read through my chart, and examined my body. She was very serious about getting relief for me and gave her opinion of the potential causes of my pain. She shared that she believed my problem was due to arthritis or some similar ailment. We decided I would have more tests done and go from there. In the meantime, she prescribed some pain medicine, and we agreed I should return in a week.

Just as the NP had guessed, I was diagnosed with cervical spondylosis and lower lumbar spinal stenosis. Getting this diagnosis was so helpful. The previous advice for treating the symptoms was helpful at times, but it was a bigger relief to know that I wasn’t going crazy and there was something we could do to understand the causes and lessen the pain. I was so appreciative of my nurse; she truly made a difference in my life!

It’s important for nurses to possess natural empathetic qualities because they treat and care for patients who come looking for help and healing. I am so thankful to be able to say my nurses are caring, sincere, and deserving of top-notch recognition.

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