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Life experiences, rewarding or difficult, are the factors that influence us. My great grandmother has always been one of my key role models. I have always admired her independence, strong will, and caring nature towards all. For many years, she proudly lived by herself and independently took care of herself. At seventeen years old, she became very ill. When she became exceedingly sick, my family realized that someone needed to incessantly be with her, so my family and I moved into my great grandmother's home to bestow quality care and make her comfortable. Living at my great grandmother's home for the last six months of her life was the most emotionally and physically difficult experience I have ever had to endure or deal with, but it was the most rewarding and influential experience of my entire life. Taking care of my great grandmother was physically stressful. Since she was immobilized, my family and I had the responsibility of assisting her when she needed to be transported to a different location. Since my siblings were too young and my dad worked full time, my mother, a registered nurse, and I primarily had the physical strain of moving her around the house and to her various doctor's appointments every week. We also had the corporeal stress of keeping her healthy and clean by giving her baths and preparing nutritious meals that would fit her diabetic diet. Though the physical aspect was a burden, the most grueling part of taking care of my great grandmother was the emotional component. I not only abhorred the fact that she, my role model and best friend, was suffering from these debilitating ailments, I loathed that she was not able to be who she genuinely was. Since I was a child, I always remembered my great grandmother living by herself and never wanting to rely on anyone for anything. It was arduous to see my great grandmother, my loved one, in such an incapacitating state. I despised that she had lost her ability to be autonomous, one of the fundamental characteristics that made her who she was, but I had to learn how to deal with it. Though I was affected emotionally and physically, I learned an important lesson that I used to deal with the anxiety of providing care for my great grandmother and plan to use throughout my nursing career: Use your emotions to empower you to perform the physical tasks that need to be performed in order for the patient to sustain a state of comfort. Though it would be psychologically demanding to take care of someone who you are slightly emotionally attached to, it would be more emotionally complex to take care of someone who you have been emotionally attached to since the beginning of your existence. Since I was very emotionally attached to my great grandmother, it made the situation more problematic for me, yet it also made me a better person. When my family recognized that we were medically needed to facilitate my great grandmother, I was frightened at first because I knew I would be one of the primary caregivers living with her. At first, I was alarmed over the thought of taking care of someone I significantly loved and admired because I would be watching them suffer constantly, yet I did not let this hinder me. I learned to use my feelings for her to enable and strengthen me mentally to implement the somatic and mental tasks that are required in order to maintain a patient's well-being. This experience not only impacted my life by teaching me this essential, pertinent lesson, it was also a rewarding life event because it prominently influenced my decision to become a nurse. For most of my great grandmother's last days in the last six months of her life, I was able to help her live at home with dignity. I was able to be there for her mentally and physically to support her medical needs as a patient and her desires as a human being, and through this experience, I decided to become a nurse in hopes to someday support someone else's great grandmother, their loved one or role model. I wholeheartedly yearn to physically and psychologically support the patient and the patient's friends and family through their distress because I know I will be able to associate with them on every emotional level and be loyal to them by physically being there for them as a knowledgeable, attentive nurse. Through this life, I have encountered many difficult situations, yet the most challenging of these situations was the most influential and rewarding. I experienced immeasurable stress through taking care of my great grandmother; it was the utmost difficult situation I have ever had to deal with in my life, but it was the most rewarding because I learned how to deal with my emotions when caring for someone, and I was able to be there for my great grandmother. Moreover, I decided to become a nurse. Though nursing is a profession with many emotive and physical pressures due to the pain and suffering experienced on a daily basis through medically caring for patients, I know I will be able to confidently manage my emotions and be a strong advocate for the loved ones of the patient and the patient.
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Caring For My Great-Grandmother

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              Life experiences, rewarding or difficult, are the factors that influence us. My great grandmother has always been one of my key role models. I have always admired her independence, strong will, and caring nature towards all. For many years, she proudly lived by herself and independently took care of herself. At seventeen years old, she became very ill. When she became exceedingly sick, my family realized that someone needed to incessantly be with her, so my family and I moved into my great grandmother's home to bestow quality care and make her comfortable. Living at my great grandmother's home for the last six months of her life was the most emotionally and physically difficult experience I have ever had to endure or deal with, but it was the most rewarding and influential experience of my entire life.
              Taking care of my great grandmother was physically stressful. Since she was immobilized, my family and I had the responsibility of assisting her when she needed to be transported to a different location. Since my siblings were too young and my dad worked full time, my mother, a registered nurse, and I primarily had the physical strain of moving her around the house and to her various doctor's appointments every week. We also had the corporeal stress of keeping her healthy and clean by giving her baths and preparing nutritious meals that would fit her diabetic diet. Though the physical aspect was a burden, the most grueling part of taking care of my great grandmother was the emotional component. I not only abhorred the fact that she, my role model and best friend, was suffering from these debilitating ailments, I loathed that she was not able to be who she genuinely was. Since I was a child, I always remembered my great grandmother living by herself and never wanting to rely on anyone for anything. It was arduous to see my great grandmother, my loved one, in such an incapacitating state. I despised that she had lost her ability to be autonomous, one of the fundamental characteristics that made her who she was, but I had to learn how to deal with it.
              Though I was affected emotionally and physically, I learned an important lesson that I used to deal with the anxiety of providing care for my great grandmother and plan to use throughout my nursing career: Use your emotions to empower you to perform the physical tasks that need to be performed in order for the patient to sustain a state of comfort. Though it would be psychologically demanding to take care of someone who you are slightly emotionally attached to, it would be more emotionally complex to take care of someone who you have been emotionally attached to since the beginning of your existence. Since I was very emotionally attached to my great grandmother, it made the situation more problematic for me, yet it also made me a better person. When my family recognized that we were medically needed to facilitate my great grandmother, I was frightened at first because I knew I would be one of the primary caregivers living with her. At first, I was alarmed over the thought of taking care of someone I significantly loved and admired because I would be watching them suffer constantly, yet I did not let this hinder me. I learned to use my feelings for her to enable and strengthen me mentally to implement the somatic and mental tasks that are required in order to maintain a patient's well-being.
              This experience not only impacted my life by teaching me this essential, pertinent lesson, it was also a rewarding life event because it prominently influenced my decision to become a nurse. For most of my great grandmother's last days in the last six months of her life, I was able to help her live at home with dignity. I was able to be there for her mentally and physically to support her medical needs as a patient and her desires as a human being, and through this experience, I decided to become a nurse in hopes to someday support someone else's great grandmother, their loved one or role model. I wholeheartedly yearn to physically and psychologically support the patient and the patient's friends and family through their distress because I know I will be able to associate with them on every emotional level and be loyal to them by physically being there for them as a knowledgeable, attentive nurse.
              Through this life, I have encountered many difficult situations, yet the most challenging of these situations was the most influential and rewarding. I experienced immeasurable stress through taking care of my great grandmother; it was the utmost difficult situation I have ever had to deal with in my life, but it was the most rewarding because I learned how to deal with my emotions when caring for someone, and I was able to be there for my great grandmother. Moreover, I decided to become a nurse. Though nursing is a profession with many emotive and physical pressures due to the pain and suffering experienced on a daily basis through medically caring for patients, I know I will be able to confidently manage my emotions and be a strong advocate for the loved ones of the patient and the patient.
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