Phillip and Jessica Urtz live in Rome, New York. Recently Phillip went to Facebook to honor his wife in a sweet way.
Jessica is a stroke nurse. She cares for people who’ve suffered traumatic brain injury or stroke. The long 14-hour days wear on her emotionally and physically, yet she never complains.
One night, after such a day, Jessica came home, made herself a sandwich for dinner, and went to bed so she could head back to work the next day. Every day she gets up, makes lunch and goes to work with a smile.
Though overworked and weary, Jessica knows she is doing important work and that makes it worth it to her. Her passion for her work was recognized in this missive from Phillip on his timeline as he gazed at his then napping wife.
“This is my wife taking a nap. In an hour she will wake up, put on her scrubs and get ready for work.
The tools and items she needs to perform her job will be gathered and checked meticulously – her hair and makeup will be done quickly. She will complain that she looks awful. I will disagree, emphatically, and get her a cup of coffee.
She will sit on the couch with her legs crossed under her and try to drink it while happily playing with the toddler that’s crawling all over her.
She will occasionally stare off blankly as we talk; silently steeling herself for the coming shift. She thinks I don’t notice.
She will kiss the baby, she will kiss me and she will leave to go take care of people that are having the worst day of their entire lives. Car wrecks, gunshot wounds, explosions, burns and breaks – professionals, poor, pastors, addicts and prostitutes – mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and families – it doesn’t matter who you are or what happened to you.
She will take care of you.
She will come home 14 hours later and remove shoes that have walked through blood, bile, tears and fire from aching feet and leave them outside.
Sometimes she will not want to talk about it. Sometimes she can’t wait to talk about it.
Sometimes she will laugh until she cries and sometimes she will just cry – but regardless of those sometimes she will be on time for her next shift.
My wife is a nurse. My wife is a hero.”
[Source: Facebook – Phillip Urtz]
We agree Phillip.