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Monday, November 11, 2013

My Veteran, My Dolphin Pup

Hey all,

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.
My friend Aly, is...how do I put this?... one of the coolest, bravest, baddest chicks around.  She is soft spoken and sweet, but just as crazy as I am when you get down to it.  Aly is definitely one of the most interesting people I've ever met.  Besides working just about every job you can think of (baggage person at Air Tran, working at Sea World with the dolphins (video of her speaking dolphin here), teaching, waitressing, being a nurse) she is also an active member of our military.  Aly has done one tour in the middle east and is about to leave on her second.



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!

13 comments :

  1. What a brave friend you have!! Most nurses are content just getting our hours in. Nope she has to be right there on front line being a badass! I hope the best of luck to her!

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  2. What an amazing friend and person! Prayers for her for a safe trip.

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  3. Wow how amazing!!! She sounds like quite a person :) Lots of good thoughts and prayers for her.

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  4. Eeek, brings tears to my eyes. STAY SAFE, Aly!

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  5. Wow Aly sounds like an amazing woman! Prayers for your friends safety!

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  6. Your friend sounds truly amazing!! I wish her the best on her tour.

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  7. Wow! That's awesome! What a stand up woman! I wish I could have just an ounce of her braveness! I wish her the best of luck as she is in Afghanistan and pray for her safety.

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  8. WOW what an awesome woman!! Praying for her safety :)

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  9. Sending prayers for your friend while she is out there helping our country. What a great woman!

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  10. She sounds amazing! Sending prayers and all the positive thoughts in the world for your friend!

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  11. We here at the VA ER knew Aly as a nursing student and she was AMAZING!!! I agree with Emily----- Aly is the most interesting, most hillarious, bravest, smartest, wordliest, adventurous girl/ person that I have ever encountered....I know that most people after talking to Aly would agree. We love YOU ALY!!! We will also being wishing the best for you and sending prayers your way!!! You are definately one LOVED girl!
    We appreciate your service Aly!!!

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  12. What a great heart and determination. Will continue to keep her and her family in my prayers especially this Christmas season.

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  13. What an amazing tribute to your friend! I pray she has a safe tour of duty and returns home healthy and happy. And please let her know so many of us appreciate and thank her for her service to our country.

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