In honour of Father’s Day I wanted to dedicate this blog to my dad. My dad is a continuous source of inspiration, guidance and support.
One of the most inspiring qualities that my dad possesses is how hard-working he is. Dad is one of the most hard-working individuals I have ever come across. Working as a doctor for forty-three years before retiring to an almost as busy lifestyle now! Dad worked long hours, sometimes up to three days of working day and night, with a few little naps in between, before getting a proper nights sleep.
It is also partly due to dad that I chose to study nursing. He believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself, saw the potential of what I was capable of and encouraged me to be the best version of myself. Now that I am studying nursing our close relationship has been even more enhanced. We now share another common interest. When I come home excited to share the new skills that I have learnt, discuss a new medication I have come across or sometimes come home a bit reflective on what I have seen that day, dad is always listening to what I have to say, teaching me about things I am unsure of, encouraging my learning and supporting me with everything I am doing. Each dinner time is filled with conversations about wounds, surgery, necrotic areas (much to my mum’s horror!), acute illnesses, and medications.
One special moment that particularly stands out for me is when I came home unsure about a medication I had come across caring for a patient who was having palliative support. We sat on the bottom step and looked through dad’s palliative care books together, refreshing dad’s knowledge and increasing mine.
Dad is one of the first people I turn to when I have exciting news to share or if I need help with something. I don’t know what I would do without him. Happy Father’s Day dad!