ANY YEARS HAVE passed since Ive worked in
the ICU, but I remember this patient as though it was yesterday.
At the time, I worked with a great group of nurses. We were dedicated
and caring, but not always attuned to the spiritual side of our
frail, elderly woman was admitted to the ICU extremely ill. Her
body temperature and heart rate was very low. We tried to warm her
by wrapping her head in warm towels and her body in heated bath
blankets. We warmed her IV fluids and monitored her closely. She
was quiet and kept her eyes closed, but would answer when we spoke
Every time we went to the bedside, her arm was out
of the covers and her hand through the rail. We would ask if she
needed anything and gently re-wrap her. Finally, I said, “Mrs.
Jones, why do you keep putting your hand out? Is there something
“No, dear,” she said. “Im
just holding the hand of Jesus.” Later that day, she died
with her hand through the rail and a smile on her face. Many times
since then, patients have told me theyve seen Jesus or angels
beside them. I have no doubt!
CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital