Dearest Nurse who’s caring for me,
I am not the young person I used to be,
I feel so fragile and frail and hurt everywhere,
And when you ask me a question sometimes I just stare.
One day I was working and laughing and playing,
Then I’m in the hospital confused by what you’re saying,
And for months now this is where I have been laying,
I know you are busy and I know you are tired,
And you have a million things to do so you won’t be fired,
But please take a minute and please give me one,
Life has become full of pain and no fun,
I wake up to pokes, prods and questions about my bowels,
Then you are impatient if I give you scowls,
Sometimes you are so gentle and kind,
But when I am scared or lonely you are nowhere to find,
I feel like a bother if I ask for a favor,
I lie in bed and eat food with no flavor,
Even going to the bathroom has become a chore,
I have to wait cause there’s too few staff on the floor.
Please take a minute to ask how I feel,
And listen for an answer that’s real,
Please think to bring in a book,
Or say something when you come in to look,
I may not be the person I used to be,
But please remember I am still me.
Thank you for the long hours and loving care,
I am grateful when I see a kind face there.