When Mom is a nurse

by Angela Brooks


Every since the 1st day that I became a nurse, people have ask me medical questions. Not that they were going to do what I suggested anymore than what the doctor told them to do but they would ask. When I did not give them the answer they thought I should give they would argue with me. I was not up for an argument because no matter what I said – they would not hear me.

When I became a mental health nurse, I found the same type of questions would come my way. Even though the information provided was still not going to be used. I would sometimes ask "Why did you ask me, if that is not what you wanted to hear?"

However, being a mom who is a nurse, I should be able to fix almost anything – and I have tried. Anytime my children have gotten hurt mom's band aids always felt best – the pain quickly went away. I wished it could work that way in my working roll but it just doesn't.

This week we took my baseball playing son to the doctor for complaint of a sore elbow after each game that he either pitched or threw hard baseballs from the center of the outfield. The information we received was not something a mom wants to hear. The right pitching arm had a separation in the growth plate of his elbow. Meaning he has a long recovery time in front of him and there will be no ball throwing at all.
(information on Little League Elbow – osteochondritis dissecans)

The sound in that room became very weird and quiet; the feelings felt like a heavy brick. All I could do was shake my head that I was hearing what the sports doctor was saying. "This is very serious we have to rest that arm for the best recovery. If you do not do what I am telling you to do your baseball career could be over right now today." I swallowed hard and tried to not blink. 

He has played baseball since he was 5 years old and loves every moment he is on the field. How could he say that his baseball years could be over?

I swallowed and said "Ok – what do we need to do for the best recovery to happen." He gave us strict instruction NO BALL THROWING.  Rest is the key – and he sent us to physical therapy for exercises to do every day at home.

We got in the van, as both of us sat quietly riding over to the PT department. I stopped in middle of the road and began texting a doctor friend of mine who is a chiropractor. My message read "what oils do we need for growth plate elbow trouble." She responded right back "Lemongrass, wintergreen, and lots of NingXia red."

I looked at him and said: – you can be the DH and master your batting – sit back heal – whether it is July or 9 months and come back more focused more powerful and stronger than you are right now. Champions do not fall – they grow in down time. Mindset is your game right now and you can totally control that.

He was heartbroken and the tears fell. How could they not, the love of his life was standing in front of him injured.

As a mom, as a nurse my hands were tied. I could not make this all better with a band aid. Nor could I make it all better with hugs and kisses. I had to spend time in prayer, and provide the oils, encourage rest and let time heal the arm.

I began reaching out to the connections that I have and the Mindset Maven was one that I knew would be a perfect connection. In his high school years he was also a sports athlete. How we set our mind in the beginning of an injury shows up in the healing process. Not always a cure, but how we handle the things that are laid in front of us. We can lay back and pout, whine and give it the ole poor me attitude or we can think like a champion and know that we are sitting back healing waiting for the next step that God has designed us for.

I told my son: You can become the champion God has designed you to be – a friend of mine spoke these words about his arm. "The sign of a Champion is not that you don't break or fall down but it's who you become and what you do when you have to set aside for a few.

Even though I am a nurse – I cannot heal my children any more than I can my patients. The hardest thing to admit is I cannot. However the connection I have through prayer and the powerful support of great friends we will come through the injury as champions one way or the other.

Angela Brooks is a leading distributor of Young Living Essential Oils. Dedicated to natural health solutions, Brooksprovides people with healing alternatives without harsh side effects. Additionally, Brooks is a mental health nurse committed to bringing mental happiness to the nursing profession by motivating and supporting nurses around the country.



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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 PJ McClure May 21, 2011 at 6:04 am

You're a great nurse and a better momma Angela. Keep his head focused on possibilities, not limitations and he'll come out stronger than ever.
Be blessed and be your best.

2 Angela Brooks May 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Thank you PJ – we will and we will stay focused for the good

3 Fay May 22, 2011 at 2:46 am

Angela, I have no doubt that you son will do amazing things with his life with your inspirational guidance and love. Thanks for sharing.

4 Carla J Gardiner May 22, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I'm sorry for your son's injury. However, I know how you both feel. My daughter was an aspiring gymnastics competitor. She worked hard, was at the top of her game and then…she took a growing spurt. Shouldn't seem that bad, but her spine decided to give way to scoliosis. Her equilibrium could not recover and she could not flip, twirl or work the beam. She was devastated, but she worked through it and moved on to other sports. Today that trial has helped her to help her kids in whatever trials they encounter. Heads up young man, momma's got your back and you will rise up in all you do, if you choose to do it.

5 Tara Geissinger May 23, 2011 at 8:03 am

You've done everything right Angela — focusing on the mental and physical healing, combining traditional medicine and therapy with oils and providing your son with the encouragement he's going to need. You are a GREAT Mom and nurse. He'll be even stronger for this setback, I'm sure!

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