It's Veteran's Day as I'm sure you know, and I want to tell you a little bit about a veteran that is incredibly close to me.
|I'm pretty sure this is the look Aly would give me when I would tell her that it was the orientee's job to place the rectal tubes.|
I met Aly in September of 2012. She had just graduated from nursing school, and I was her preceptor. When you are a new grad, you spend A LOT of time with your preceptor. About 3-4 months of working all day, every day with them. Your preceptor teaches you how to be a nurse in that particular department. I mostly just taught her bad habits. :)
We had too much fun together. While we took amazing care of our patients, we grew to be great friends. Aly had to move to Louisville for her husband's job, so she's now working in a large trauma center. I miss seeing her around more than I can express on here. We were partners in crime, and I don't know if I will ever form a work friendship as close as the one I had with Aly.
Aly is leaving for Texas the day before Thanksgiving and will arrive in Afghanistan on Christmas. She is going to be a nurse out there but not one that is safe on the base. Aly will be out flying around in a helicopter and treating the critically wounded. She has chosen to put herself in danger to protect the rest of us, and I am beyond thankful.
Even though Aly is older, stronger, wiser, and faster than I am... I still feel like I need to protect her. The thought of having her out there in such a dangerous place makes me sick to think about. I will definitely be counting down the days until the she back in the U.S. and safe.
So listen here, my Aly-Poo & Dolphin Pup (I have some very odd nicknames for this girl), you be careful! All of us at St. Francis will be praying for you and sending you lots of love and cookies! We miss you and thank you for your service!