Texas-based Laura McIntyre uploaded a photo of her twin, Caty DiBari, to Facebook. DiBari works as a nurse, which means grueling hours, unflattering uniforms, a long commute, and a level of care for sick and vulnerable people that most people can’t comprehend. McIntyre joked that her sister would kill her over the pic showing DiBari as her most tired and overworked, but asked, “Can we just give it up for nurses for a minute?”
Then she explained what was happening in this image:
this pic is from a night back in july where she came to my house after a particularly hard day. she delivered a stillborn. have you guys ever really thought about what a labor & delivery nurse sees? they see great joy in smooth deliveries & healthy moms & babies. they see panic & anxiety when a new mom is scared.
they see fear when a stat c-section is called. they see peace when the mom has support from her family – bc not all new moms do. they see teenagers giving birth. they see an addicted mom give birth to a baby who is withdrawing. they see cps come. they see funeral homes come. did you know that they have to make arrangements for the funeral home to come pick up the baby? i didn’t either.
caty (& all other nurses) – you are SPECIAL. you bless your patients & their families more than you will ever know. thank you for all that you do.
she's gonna kill me for this pic, but can we just give it up for nurses for a minute?•caty just wrapped up her fourth…
The images has over 100k shares, which is a testament to how meaningful the work nurses do is for people. Many of the over 18 thousand comments were from nurses themselves or somebody related to one, but even more were from folks who wanted to acknowledge the care they or a family member received when they most needed it:
A nurse is not only working their hardest at a hospital, they’re also being hit by the pain and need of so everyone at once, day in and out. This message from McIntyre goes out to all nurses, who deserve recognition for being heroes to so many. Take care of yourselves, too.