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Working the Holiday

By Shannon Carpani, BSN RN

 

There was a time

When working a holiday

Was something to dread

And hardly worth the extra pay.

 

Working the Holiday

By Shannon Carpani, BSN RN

 

There was a time

When working a holiday

Was something to dread

And hardly worth the extra pay.

 

It was a day of missed fun;

Missed events and holiday cheer.

Missed loved ones;

Wishing that I could be there.

 

There with family and friends

With good conversation and food.

With happiness all around

And memories accrued.

 

It is hard sometimes

To miss these things,

But, also, realizing that this place

Is full of all alone beings.

 

My family, I will see them

Before and after my shift.

Will those stuck here and infirm

Be blessed with such a gift?

 

On a busy holiday

Full of planning and delight,

Those often overlooked

Are those in a sad plight.

 

No one is there;

They are left alone.

Perhaps someone will take the time

To call on the phone.

 

They don’t want to be here;

They didn’t ask to be sick.

Yet here they are

Monitored for a new antiarrhythmic.

 

As a caregiver,

I am faced with a choice:

My attitude can be poor

Or I can show gladness in my voice.

 

I can be glad to uplift

Those that need it most.

Saying “Happy holiday”

As I check their glucose.

 

And if that sugar

Isn’t too crazy high,

I may be the one

To sneak you forbidden pie.

 

Sometimes being there for the one

With no one at all

Is more important

Than food, friends, and football.

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