At 66-years of age, Lynn Bartos is just like any other older person, and the way in which they tend to think. How does Lynn think? Well, being an older person, it makes one reflect on life in general and makes one kind of assess if he or she has managed to make a difference somehow in their lives? Lynn was wondering the same. Because for the past 44 years, Lynn worked as a very devoted nurse, and she had seen numerous patients come and go throughout her life and job. However, not in her widest of dreams, did she ever expect that one of her relationships with a former patient would ever go viral and it did!
A flashback to the 1980s, and there was a precious little girl once named Nicole, which was one of Lynn’s most beloved of all patients. This was because of one reason, little Nicole had been born with her intestines twisted, something that would require doctors to have to remove her small intestines all together. For the first few years of her life in the world, the little girl has to be fed nutritiously via intravenous, and this is how Lynn came to know and see her regularly every day. The bond that existed between the dedicated nurse and the child was evident for all to see. The pair were even photographed for a news story in 1988 for a nursing magazine.
A few years later, saw Nicole doing much better, and eventually Lynn’s visits with her did decrease over the course of time. Lynn ended up transferring over to another hospital that was away in Wisconsin. Nicole never forgot Lynn. She also remembered the impact that the nurse had on her little life then. She wanted to grow up and become a nurse just like the one Lynn was. Despite the fact that they never saw each other again, the duo did remember the bond, and that would always be something that they had.
Now, with this said, flash forward in time to this past summer where Nicole is now working at an infusion clinic as a nurse. Nicole felt different about one of the women patients who visited there, and who had come in, to get her medicine every five weeks. The woman patient also felt something different too. What was it?
What does happen next between the two women is totally amazing. Here is a story, which everyone should see and know, and does show what the power of love and caring is all about in essence. Have a look…
Nicole, who is now 30 years old, once did spend a good deal of her infant life in the 1980s, stuck in the hospital. She was born with a condition that caused her intestines to twist up. For the first few years of her life, she had to be fed intravenously, which was the way she lived her life with her medical problem.
Lynn Bartos was Nicole’s very caring and loving nurse during that time frame. She was the primary ambulatory nurse for yearsat Children’s’ Hospital in Wisconsin.
Lynn and Nicole grew to like each other a whole lot. The duo shared a special bond that was very unbreakable. When Nicole was just two years old, she and Lynn shared a photograph together, and it was for a nursing article featured in Children’s Nurse magazine in 1988.
As time moved on, Nicole’s health got much better, and she was able to eat solid foods and put on some weight. Her trips to Children’s Hospital was something that did steadily decrease.
In the early 1990s, Lynn took a job at another hospital, and it was very unlikely that she would ever see her precious “Nini” as she called her ever again. Nonetheless, she never forgot her, because love doesn’t permit one to forget.
When Nicole went on to high school, she decided on one thing, and this one thing was to become a nurse. This is because Lynn strongly influenced her life as a child. Lynn gave her such caring and love, she never forgot it, and she wanted to do the same thing for people just like her.
For two years, Nicole was a nurse at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin.
This summer something very amazing happens to Nicole. It occurs at the infusion clinic where she works. What happens? Every couples of weeks at this infusion clinic, Nicole has been encountering an elderly woman who receives medication, in order to relieve her symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Nicole and the elderly lady get to talking, and the woman tells the young nurse, she also used to be a nurse at Froedtert. She also, was once, a nurse who worked at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Things started to hit home and a light-bulb did eventually go off.
“Nini?” asked Lynn to the younger nurse.
“Oh, my God, yes, it’s me,” replied Nicole back to Lynn.
What is totally incredible here is very clear. Nicole, who was the precious little girl, which Lynn tended to so many years ago as a child patient was now an adult nurse. She was also, the very same nurse, who was taking care of the 66-year-old Lynn.
“When you get to be the age, which I am now, you tend to wonder one thing. You look back and ask yourself. Did I do anything that mattered? Did I make a difference in some way?” Lynn stated to the Journal Sentinel in an interview. “What I did do, did indeed matter, and now there is someone who can indeed follow in my footsteps and other nurses who are retired and are my age.”
Isn’t it indeed very incredible? Lynn and Nicole’s roles have truly switched in detail. They both work at the very same hospital too. I do hope they continue to grow their relationship moving forward from this point. If you do agree with me, please make sure to SHARE this awesome story with everyone you know on Facebook!