We all love stories, whether they come in the form of a song, a book, a movie, or a narrative from a friend. But lately there has been a trend on Twitter that packs a punch of a story in just a few short lines.
Medical professionals of all kinds are using 280 characters to share some of their most heartwarming and bittersweet stories with the world.
A lot of them are tales of hope of nearly impossible odds beaten and death sentences turned on their heads.
You were hit by a car right in front of me while walking your dog
I ran to you, did CPR, didn’t think you’d live
I was burned out, empty, ready to quit med
6 mo later, you called me on Christmas Eve & told me I saved you
And you ended up saving me.
— Brave Enough MD (@RUBraveEnough) May 5, 2018
There are quite a few like this, where more than one life is saved. Being a doctor or nurse is a noble but draining career, and there are plenty of times where you will be used up and burned out.
But then sometimes you have an incident like this one and it’s a positive meeting. You save someone’s life, and they — by simply living and reminding you of that fact — save yours.
I was a new 22yo nurse, absorbed in heartache from a breakup like only someone of that age can be. You were newly trached & had been in ICU for 2 wks. You touched my face & asked *me* what was wrong. I learned to be less selfish that day. #ShareAStoryInOneTweet
— Tia X_line (@TiaX_line) May 5, 2018
Some people are just helpers, no matter how bad a state they are in. They can’t seem to help but reach out and nurture those around them.
Especially in a hospital though… of all places, when you are the patient but have the patience and concern to ask your attendant how they are, that’s true charity.
Gyn Onc attending screamed at me for missing meeting. Didn’t tell him that you, dying of cervical cancer, had laid your head in my lap while rounding, I stroked your head as you told me about the sons you were leaving behind. You taught me compassion. #ShareaStoryInOneTweet
— GinaLa (@GLagalbo) May 6, 2018
Your priorities shift when you face your mortality. The things that once bothered you or kept you up at night are meaningless.
Sometimes you have to make decisions for the greater good that will get you into hot water, like the writer of this tweet did. But usually those decisions are their own reward.
You were worried because of abdominal pain. Your husband feared the worst.
You had 7 miscarriages previously.
The entire ER heard you and your husband shriek and then cry tears of joy when you heard that you were 12 weeks pregnant with twins.
we cried too?#ShareAStoryInOneTweet
— Ł B C ² (@lbcsquared2) May 6, 2018
There’s nothing like a story that starts out dark and ends with a wonderful twist.
And it’s a boost for those who work in places like the ER, where they generally see worst-case scenarios. It’s uplifting to experience the best-case, too — and in this case, the joy was doubled!
Delivered a 450g baby. Told she was too small- had no chance. She kept stopping breathing so stayed up with her for 2 nights rubbing her chest for every breath. Consultant said I was wasting my time.
She just performed her first ballet as a healthy 6y.o.#ShareAStoryInOneTweet
— Alastair McAlpine (@AlastairMcA30) May 5, 2018
Whenever children are involved, the tension runs a little higher. The passing of someone who has had a life well lived is one thing, but having to say goodbye just after you say hello is another kind of horror altogether.
It’s nice to hear that sometimes the littlest ones do thrive and that despite all the odds and advice, some people do persist and do what they know in their hearts to be right.
You came into ICU with a dissecting AAA at age 19. We coded you for hours. MD told family you had passed, not knowing we just got a rhythm They came to say goodbye and I had you give them the thumbs up. You graduated college with honors 4 years later. #ShareAStoryInOneTweet
— Katie (@katieicunurse) May 6, 2018
In most cases, misinformation or a misdiagnosis is absolutely appalling, and those hit by it feel deceived.
But it works both ways, and sometimes a misdiagnosis is the best news a person can get.
We hope you enjoyed these examples of perseverance and human kindness. Make sure if you have a medical professional in your life that you thank them for all their hard work, dedication, and sacrifice.
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