5 years ago, I was diagnosed with Chrohn's and MS and have been bed-bound with an indwelling catheter and colostomy. Kaija Martinez was my nurse. Being a nurse- you need to have your head and heart in this profession. Nurse Kaija emphasizes both. The first moment I met Kaija was during an evening shift. I was immediately impressed by how she assessed my situation and how comfortable she made me feel. Time and time again, throughout my stay, Kaija treated me with kindness and dignity. Spending long nights in the hospital can be disorienting but Kaija has been able to address all and any concerns that have arose.
Recently, I had an accident and have needed additional and immediate attention. Kaija summoned her staff and soon they had everything straightened out. Another incident was when I needed help to try to obtain both a comfort and hygiene issue. I attempted to explain what was going on but my words were not coherent. To my relief, Kaija deciphered what I was trying to say and she was ready to help. Kaija has the mind of an engineer! She and I constructed a plan together and she informed me that she would update the next shift on what we were doing for my care. I felt a burden being lifted off of me. Once again, I go back to her sympathy, empathy and her inert ability to treat people with dignity. She is a very important member of your healthcare team. Thank you so much.