I spent my nursing career as a labor and delivery nurse, midwife, and educator.
When my own daughter had her first baby I was so impressed that she did not accept pain medication and birthed a nonmedicated child. Eighteen years later, we found out that her son was addicted to heroin. We spent a decade spent in trying to recapture the rapture of his birth and innocence. The dreams that went unfulfilled and wondering of where it would all end. To watch my child mourn and rage at the life being led by her precious son was cruel.
He is now almost 30 and, with the exception of a couple of backslides, has held the same job for two years, has a savings account, a girlfriend and will have a baby next month.
He is thinking of others and not himself which is something we did not see during that decade. I see my beautiful daughter being able to flourish in her own way professionally and personally. While none of us know what tomorrow may bring, the present is good enough for me and I am storing memories of these good times to savor along the way.
-Joan Moon, Nurse Educator, Retired Certified Nurse Midwife