When I was 10 I was hospitalized at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis, MO for ulcers. They were testing me for a reason and the condition. I had to stay a couple of days and that involved getting shots and extensive tests. I was scared when my parents left, because I believed they would give me shots while they were gone and not listen to me refuse. I knew that as a young person my opinion and fear meant nothing. The first night I went to bed and worried and cried the whole time. A nurse came in my room, sat down and read a book. I don't remember her name and never "met" her. Every time I woke up and looked she was still sitting there. She will never know how much that mattered and it has been 25 years later now. Just her caring about my feelings and making me feel safe made a difference.
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