Angels Among us

by Angela Brooks

Angels – The Body Guards that walk with me

I was raised in a small Methodist church out in the country where my family have always attended. I grew up hearing about angels and how they watch over us but had never had an angel experience, until I began working in  a state funded mental hospital.

As I drive to work, usually in the peace and quiet of the car – I use my time for prayer with God. I want Him to walk alongside me as I go into an environment that is so unpredictable.

On many occasions I will ask in prayer to be covered with a protective shield before I reach the unit. There are times I have been confirmed that it was answered by a client on the unit or an event that shows up.


After a long week of very difficult clients I dreaded coming into work this particular day. I felt drained going in. As I stepped on the unit a long term client who I have worked with over the years came in this admission in worse shape than normal for him. He had sat on the hall talking to his internal stimuli most of the time with little interaction to the staff.

This day as I stepping on the unit he came walking straight to me and I stopped because we had direct eye contact. He said, "Mrs Angie can I tell you something?" I said, "Sure how can I help you?" He says, "Mrs Angie when I see you walk on the unit. I know I am going to be ok. I said, "Thank you I appreciate that." He goes on to say, "You remind me of a light house." I turned my head – smiled and stated, "Really why is that" He speaks very clear and very sincere as he continues to explain. "A light house is a safe place for those that are out to sea. When the boat is rocking back and forth in rough water the sailors begin looking for the light. I see that in you. A bright light that shines all over this town reaching others. But your light is going to reach more than this town – it will reach way out into the world and others will see you. Thank you for taking care of me when I am sick." He turned and walked back down the hall way to his room. We did not talk any more that shift.

I was speechless. Actually I had to step across the hall in private to wipe my tears because he had just answered the prayer I had spoken in the van on the way to work less than 10 minutes before. I had dreaded coming to work that day and my prayer was – God just let me be a light to one person. Let that person see you in me.

When we have a disturbed client we have a buzzer than will sound called a 'Code D' all available staff will go to that area to assist on that unit. Most the time when a client sees a large group of people entering the unit they will stop on their own.

This young man around the age of 23 years old began throwing chairs. Raging until the staff felt he was out of control and called a code D. The buzzer sounded and the unit number was given over the loud speaker. You could hear people running across the floors above and doors opening and slamming closed as staff ran to that area.

When you go to a high risk situation you have no idea what will be waiting on the other side of the cold steel door. You put your key in the lock, turn the key and step in to the unknown. As I run to these situations I am asking for 10,000 angels to show up and go with me for protection for the client and the staff so that no one gets hurt. That is our main goal, safety.

I opened the door and locked eyes with the young man we were going to assist. He stopped, leaned back against the wall, slid down to a sitting position on the floor. We began talking to him to see what was going on. He became very cooperation with the staff and walked to his room to receive medication the doctor had ordered.

Later that evening I went back to check on him and see how the medication was helping. He was standing at the desk talking to the staff. He turned to me and said, "Did I hurt you earlier?" I answered, "No one was hurt how are you feeling?" He stated, "I am feeling better why did you have to bring those great big men with you? I looked at him puzzled and questioned him, "I do not remember any one walking in with me. I came alone. What men are you talking about? He said, "They were big guys that came in with you and pushed me to the ground.

It did not dawn on me until later who those men were. They were my body guards that I did not hire, but they walk with me. Angels really do walk among us.

Another gentleman that comes to mind has a long history of hurting the nurses that work with him. He stands 5'10 around 250 lbs. In 21 years not to many of the men give me the good ole creeps. He did. I did not walk close to him when out on the hall. This evening we were watching a movie with the clients.I stood against the wall because I felt more comfortable with him still awake on the unit. There was another male sitting in a chair between us and he leans over to speak to me.

His eyes carried a darkness and his smile looked so evil he said, "I ain't gonna mess with you." I looked at him and questioned him "What did you say?" He said again. "I am not going to hurt you. You always walk around with your big ole guards." The other client sitting between us smiled and snickered as he glanced at me listening to this man speak. There was no one standing beside me. No other staff. No other clients. Just me. I smiled and stated "Thank you, I am glad you feel that way." From that day forward – he walked on the other side of the hall from me.

Another Angel spoke, After a long hard stressful night another staff member and I were walking through the connecting unit to go to our cars. A lady sitting in a chair at the end of the hall close to the door sat rocking back and forth. I have never spoken to this lady before. I did not know her name. All I had ever seen her do was rock. Both of us were walking mentally exhausted from all the drama that had happened during the night and I was wondering to myself how could anything that had happened really helped anyone in those 13 hours. When the rocking lady looked up – not really gaining eye contact but looking upward and said, "God said, you did good ladies." She looked back down and went back to rocking. I smiled, looked up and said "Thank you".

Do you have angels that walk with you? Tell me about it by leaving a comment below in the comment box or find me on facebook. I want to hear your story.

Angela is a nurse that has worked for 21 years in the same state funded psychiatric hospital assisting some clients that others might refuse to treat. She works on the psychiatric ward.

She also runs her own company on the side and supports other nurses in how to bring passion into their role at work. Out of the box remedies for speaking to people and more.


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Angela Brooks is a retired nurse after 25 years in mental health. She used her lunch breaks to build her business part time on the night shift. Her car became a mobile university as she listened to business training, coaching calls on CD and phone webinars. She blogged while she was at her sons' baseball practices.

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1 Sandi Krakowski September 2, 2010 at 5:12 am

Great article Angela! Several times my hair was standing on end as I was reading it!
The tales angels could tell of how they protected us and we had no idea!
Such an amazing story…… I'd love to see you write a book about your years in this hospital! Oprah would love it too I imagine! 
Sandi Krakowski

2 Brenda September 2, 2010 at 6:36 am

 
Angela, this was an extremely touching article. Your relationship with God is evident not only through the article, but your life as well. I had tears in my eyes reading this. What a blessing you are to those patients; and they are so fortunate to have you as their nurse. You can go to work knowing that you have the protection of God's Angels surrounding you. There is no better protection than that. Great article.          Brenda Lee

3 Angela Brooks September 2, 2010 at 7:05 am

Thank you for reading this article. When ask to be spoken too – there are no guide lines as to how the message will arrive. It gives you great comfort knowing you don't have to walk alone. Sometimes we go to bless someone else…and walk away with the blessing.

Sandi … I think you are right .. She will love the book !

4 Michelle Perrone September 2, 2010 at 7:35 am

Angela,

I just wanted to thank you. I read your story about your encounter with Angels. It brought me peace this morning and to tears.  I know my Angels walk beside me everyday.  I like to say a prayer and ask my angels to protect me from anything bad by wrapping their wings around me and keeping all the negativity out.  It makes me smile when I do that. 

You are such a bright light and God has called you to do AMAZING things.  You are so blessed and now I have just been blessed by your friendship on FB. 

Have an awesome day.

Michelle

5 Angela Brooks September 2, 2010 at 7:54 am

Michelle thank you for your comment. I am looking forward to this journey. It has been amazing. Connecting with wonderful people make it even better

6 Carla J Gardiner September 2, 2010 at 9:42 am

Angela,
Your compelling story captivated me to the very end. As the story unfolded I felt every emotion I think there is to feel. From sheer terror to the raw, loving tears that fell when you graciously accepted the compliment.
I look forward with anticipation to your next article. You are the blessing as I continue to learn from every stroke of your pen. You go girl!
Carla
 

7 Angela Brooks September 2, 2010 at 9:55 am

Carla – I will never look at my job the same again … after all. Who knows who I will meet there. 🙂

8 Tatyana Gann September 2, 2010 at 10:40 am

I am having goosebumps.. Amazing story.. Thank you for sharing. Especially about the men standing and you were alone.. That was so beautiful. You are such awesome writer Angela!

Tat

9 April Huycke September 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I was overwhelmed with tears reading your stories. I signed up to subscribe to the website. Honestly, you should write a book. I was so taken in. I love the nurses' support aspect as well. I have only been in mental health nursing for 3 years as opposed to your TWENTY ONE YEARS (WOW) and I love my patients, but sometimes I catch myself saying things that a "burnt-out" nurse would say, not even characteristic of myself…like who just spoke out of my mouth.

10 Mona Lisa September 3, 2010 at 9:15 pm

I finally found time to read this and it was so touching.  I don't know if I have angels to watch over me but I know that being a nurse is a calling from God.  A lot of us older nurses know what we mean be a calling to be a nurse.  I wish some of the new grads could understand that and realize that we are not here for the money that we make but the compassion, caring and loving that we feel for our patients.  I miss the old ways of nursing but you have to learn the new things to be able to move on.

11 Tatyana September 4, 2010 at 9:14 am

I saw dreams about my angels, two young men.. I believe my boys are my angels…Beautiful proof of divine intervention..
 
Tatyana

12 denny hagel March 11, 2011 at 6:44 am

You bring us into the minds of the inflicted and the minds of the "earth angels" who care for them…by sharing your stories you put humanity back into a place of compassion and understanding. You are a blessing ANGEL-A!

13 DeborahPenner October 21, 2013 at 3:56 am

Powerpacked and Real! This is real life and I love that it is here!

14 Angela Brooks October 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Thank you for reading – real is the way I am. 🙂

15 Patty Kogutek November 8, 2014 at 8:41 am

Love the account of your angels working with you. As a “light house” you need protection and I believe that is an area where we really call upon our angels most often. Glad to hear that the angels are at work!

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