THESE SHOES

Dansko Professional Nursing Clogs


24 hours. 24 hours in the past 2 days I've worked in these shoes. I have walked miles up and down a maze of hallways. These shoes know the routine. They have learned the way. Every path, back hallway, elevator and exam room. They are no stranger to the hospital tile they walk upon.

These shoes have carried me from patient to patient who are in need of help in some way, shape or form. They've seen the elderly who have many stories to tell, the middle aged who are caught up in everyday tasks and even innocent children who have yet to begin to live a life of their own. These shoes have seen patients who are able to walk and others that have been pushed in wheelchairs. They've seen patients and family members that have repeatedly asked the same questions and repeatedly, have received the same answers with a smile.

These shoes may look bright, shiny and new but in reality they hold dark secrets beneath the leather seams. They have seen people who are anything but bright and full of life. These shoes have worn blood, urine and any other bodily fluid you can think of. These shoes don't complain. Every shift they are cleaned multiple times with any sanitizing wipes I can get my hands on, anticipating the next patient and what they will bring.

These shoes have witnessed dark moments. They have seen people who are distraught with uncertainty, clinging to hope that they may get to leave in a better state than they arrived. These shoes have seen pain, tears and a multitude of sadness in their short journey on my feet. They have greeted ambulances and said goodbye to those departing by helicopter in search of more intense care. These shoes have seen skin of every color: red, pink, black, brown, white, and sometimes even blue.

These shoes have witnessed life begin and have witnessed life end for others. They've seen hearts that have been healed and beating hearts that have stopped. These shoes have been the holding foundation for me in moments where I have seen others fall. These shoes are a crutch to help me carry on when I won't allow myself to display any emotion. They have kept me humble and appreciative in times when I've felt sorry for myself. These shoes are a reminder that tragedy is a very real thing that can happen at any time. They have kept a record of every person I've ever cared for, even the ones I can't remember. These shoes are more than just shoes.

24 hours. 24 hours in the past 2 days I've worked in these shoes and I can't think of a better pair to continue to walk in every day other than these.



THE CHRONICLE BEGINS



When I told my husband I wanted to create a website dedicated to blog writing, I thought he would look at me like I had just grown five heads. Fortunately for me, he sat down immediately and by the end of the night, my inspiration had been brought to life and Katie Scarlett Chronicles had been born.

For starters, I knew I wanted to incorporate my name into the title to completely own what I was posting. However, after a decent amount of time searching 'Katie Scarlett" on Google, I was amazed at how many other people out there with my exact name wanted their voice heard too. It was then after searching for the perfect word to establish myself from the rest that I found - chronicle, defined as:

chron·i·cle
ˈkränək(ə)l/
noun
  1. 1
    a factual written account of important or historical events in the order of their occurrence.

verb
  1. 1
    record (a related series of events) in a factual and detailed way.


This intrigued me because it described exactly how I wanted to start my blog. I want to record important or historical events in the order that they occur in my life from this day forward. Secretly, I had been thinking of blogging for quite sometime, I have just never taken the leap of faith or verbalized it to anyone. Well, maybe to my dogs, but they're excellent at keeping secrets.

Now, as I sit here sipping my coffee, a million ideas and concerns (about 99% concerns) are running through my head. "What do I write? Will people even read it? Maybe it will bring someone new meaning to my life? Does this mean I can write about food?!" "No, Katie you can't just write about food!" It goes on and on...

In time I know that I'll find my niche only by writing, and this blog may take direction towards a particular topic in which is unknown currently. My aspirations are that whoever reads my blog posts, wherever they may be, I hope that a message is heard and they can take something positive away from it.

Closing, I am inviting you on this journey with me. Peace & love!




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