By: Cassie Van Der Hyde
If there is ever anything that sobers you up to the realities of life, it’s spending any amount of time in the hospital. I’ve been a nurse for thirteen years now, and I’ve seen a whole lot of that reality. In healthcare we often have to address things with patients that are sad and hard to talk about. Financial hardships, the loss of decision-making ability, medical decisions…. For the most part, at least in my nursing specialty, this happens to people much farther along in life, at a time when illness is more of an “expected” thing. Sometimes, though, it happens when people are younger and it is much less expected.