The Inner Most thoughts of a Somali Insomniac

"I am a nurse. For 30 years of my career, I was a labor and delivery nurse. I took care of women through all stages of labor and through their delivery. Due to the many times that I have worked 16 hour shifts, I bonded with many women and helped them through long hours. Finally, through much work on the mom’s part with my guidance, she would be ready to deliver. In would sail the doctor, spend five minutes catching the baby, and then pose for all the pictures. I would hear from the families how wonderful he/she was. Really? Then why is my back killing me because I stood for two to three hours with a woman in a variety of positions including resting her foot on my shoulder while she pushed? Oh, and did I mention that she is also paralyzed from the waist down from the epidural, so I was also helping to hold her up while she squatted to push? Why have I had to change my scrub clothes twice in a shift because someone either puked on me or amniotic fluid soaked everything? Really? Who is it that actually got that IV started while reassuring the poor mom? Who is it that took the camera out of the daddy’s trembling hand and started taking family pictures because she knew that otherwise there would be no proof that he had even been in the room? And capturing the look of wonder on both parent’s faces at the same time. Who is it that cleaned up every body fluid that can spew from a human, with a smile on her face and encouraging words for the mortified patient who has never been sick in front of a stranger in her life? Who is it that tracked down the anesthesia people, chased them out of the lounge, and threatened them with their lives if they didn’t take care of her patient, NOW? And when things didn’t go well, who was it that took that poor baby that didn’t make it, cleaned it up, dressed it, wrapped it in a soft blanket, and brought it to the broken-hearted parents to hold for the first and last time? Oh, yeah, Dr. Marvelous is just great. I’m just a nurse."

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- Kathy Hurst Davis, Nurse, quoted in this Slate article. (via thedaysofforever)

Nurses are so underappreciated, like, seriously guys. All of my best memories from hospitals as a child were because of nurses.

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..I’ll never forget the first baby I caught as a student nurse because the doctor was out buying a magazine or something because the mom was “only 50 cents’ worth of dilated” and couldn’t possibly be ready to deliver for another three or four hours. Oh yeah.

Most doctors are wonderful. No question. But 90% of the people who take care of you in the hospital are the nurses.

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Important.

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Amen!

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Apr 27

phanphanphan:

part of me wants to do really well in school and get an amazing job and the other part of me just wants to lie on the floor and do nothing ever because i’m gonna die in the end anyway

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Apr 27
Apr 27

Two Worlds, One Family

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Apr 27

ceevee5:

blvcknvy:

Licia Ronzulli, member of the European Parliament, has been taking her daughter Vittoria to the Parliament sessions for two years now.

Every time this is on my dash, it’s an automatic reblog.

So awesome mashallah!!!

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"He will march upon you pompous and smug like a tiny dictator into the motherland. He will slash and burn everything in his path, but he does not remember that you are more. A woman is not fresh fruit, dropped once, bruised and spoiled. She is resilient, she is nature. She shall grow from his ashes and send him running."

- Michelle K., You Cannot Conquer a Woman. (via michellekpoems)

Apr 27
Apr 27

ifrosa:

hadeiadel:


You have within you more love than you could ever understand.

-Rumi

Yes you are.

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"A little prayer for the strugglers (I’m with you): The Prophet (sa) would say every morning and evening, “Allah, I seek solace in you from hamm and hazn.” Hamm means things we’ve experienced in the past that sadden and worry us. Hazin are things in the future that scare us and sadden us. Allah is al-Qadīr and al-Rahīm. May Allah lift the hamm and hazin from us, relieve our burdens and grant us the faith to soar above dark times. Stay strong and know that there are others going through what you are going through, even Imams and activists. You are not alone! With faith, worship and community, you can do it - with God’s help, you got this. “Indeed, Allah’s help is (constantly) close.” Even though I don’t know you, consider my prayers as a crutch with you at every tear and sad feeling. My prayers are not strong - I’m in need of yours more. But everyone holding on to their faith amongst the rocky seas of life, I love you for the sake of Allah and I’m happy to share in the struggle with you. Have a great Sunday!"

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Suhaib Webb

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

The explanation of hamm and hazn just blew my mind. I’ve known that dua for years and loved it when I read the translation but now it means so much more. 

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Apr 7

"It is quite possible to leave your home for a walk in the early morning air and return a different person – beguiled, enchanted."

- Mary Ellen Chase (via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)

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Apr 7
Apr 7

imran-suleiman:

"Humans, strange but wonderful creatures, each with their own individual stories that come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors."

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Apr 7

policymic:

15 famous landmarks zoomed out that tell a different story

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Tres cool!

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