Article by Reiki Nurse
It had been a day since I’d left my assignment at a small, acute care facility in Lake Worth, Florida, U.S.A. I’d left a lovely patient I’d been working with for a few weeks, who was now awaiting his son’s arrival from another state before he transitioned from this plane to the next. Before I left him, I asked him if it was okay to do some Reiki on him. I explained Reiki energy to him, and he agreed to allow me to give him some Reiki energy. This patient was one of my favorites, as it goes in nursing. You are given a set assignment of patients when you show up for your shift on any given day, and if you’re working three 12-hour shifts in a row, you essentially keep the same assignment, or group of patients, for what is termed ‘continuity of care’, unless something happens and either the patient or the family requests a different nurse.
Anyway, on this particular day, I was assigned to this wonderful patient with whom I’d worked previously. He was a joy to work with, and even though he was non-verbal at this juncture, his eyes and a brief nod or shake of his head always told me more than I needed to know to keep him comfortable, and as stable as possible despite his precarious and declining condition. His status had changed over the weeks, and he was now being treated with a ‘palliative care’ status, as his Life on this plane was coming to a close. He was in his late 80’s, and his wife had said he lived a happy, relaxing life. She was at peace knowing we were caring for him to the best of our ability.
When there are no treatments left in Western medicine to sustain a patient, and no treatments that will bring the patient’s condition back into balance and stability, palliative care is an option that is discussed with the family members. No matter what, this patient always had a big, toothless grin for me when I entered his room, and his lovely, blue eyes would sparkle and twinkle as I announced to him: “Good morning, Handsome!”
I cared for him as I would any other patient ~ with love, kindness, and compassion. This is something we learn over the years if we are truly nurses, as nurses are meant to be: We learn to put principles before personalities; which is to say, no matter what our personal judgments may be, we learn to love and care for each patient as though they were one of our loved ones, one of our own.
There is no room in nursing for preferential treatment. Our patients are our patients: They are our responsibility, and they are given over to our care and trust for the time that we are with them. It is our responsibility to nurture them during our shift, but above all to respect them while we are entrusted to caring for them. It really isn’t our place to judge our patients or their former lives, only to care for, love, and nurture them back to health and well being, or comfort them and their family members during their impending transition from this Life.
After my mini-Reiki session with him (in which I saw darkness being transmuted to light), I left him and the rest of my patients, feeling a little melancholy, as I felt in my heart that I wouldn’t see my ‘favorite’ patient again after my 4 days off. I knew he was not long for this world, and I didn’t want to begrudge him that, as he’d been struggling to breathe now for way too long.
The next night I had a dream in which a bright and glowing entity hovered in front of my vision, and I heard the whispered words: “Thank you!” announced, simply and succinct. That was it. That was all. I instantly opened my eyes, and a familiar knowing entered my Consciousness. In that instant, I knew my patient had finally been released and was free from his struggle.
When I returned to work the following week, I found out from one of my colleagues that he’d indeed passed on that very night; and I knew it was he who had come to me in my dream to express his gratitude to me. It’s interesting how those things happen.
If we’re open to miracles, we see them happening all the time!
In Love, Light, and Blessings!
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Reiki Nurse is a Registered Nurse, who is also certified in Usui Rhoyo Reiki and more recently in Karuna Holy Fire® Reiki as a Master Teacher. Reiki Nurse holds a Certificate in Clinical Hypnotherapy and a professional license as a Massage Therapist. Reiki discovered her gifts of clairsentience and clairaudience as a young child, and has also studied various forms of divination throughout this incarnation. Reiki Nurse grew up in New England, U.S.A., and currently resides in South Florida for the last 16 years with her Toy Poodle, Kody. Her first book “Family Sin: How Reiki Helped Heal My Life” was published in February 2018. Reiki Nurse can be reached via Facebook: www.facebook.com/familysinbook, website: www.kathirancourt.com, or blog: www.nurseswithreiki.blogspot.com.