Poems from a Nurse Who Works With a
My Severely-Autistic Patient: "To hear you laugh makes me smile. To see you walk, makes me proud. To help you learn, makes me stronger. To feel your touch makes my heart grow. For you help make me a better person. You, who says so little, yet says so much. It's not the words that I hear daily. But the actions that show me the way. To live for me, without worry of what others think. That is what you have showed me. That is why I am a better me: for knowing you."
"As I sit and watch you sleep, my mind is full of questions. Who are you? What do you like? Why are you this way? Yet you answer these questions everyday. You are who you are. You like the outdoors and music, you love bath time. And cuddling with me while looking at pictures. You are who you are. And you are here to show love. And, be loved. In your own unique way."
You Make my heart grow. Whether you know it or not. My love grows larger each time you laugh. You show me what it is to be strong. People may not understand you, but you just keep living.
Watching him sleep, I sometimes wonder what he dreams about. Does he dream of having of voice? Being able to tell people about himself, what he likes and such. Then I realize I am one of his voices..........
To help him share and show who he is. Does he dream of what he wants to ? Does he dream of being an astronaut? Painter? Singer? Or even the President? Hes' all of these things. And more: He enjoys using crayons. He sometimes claps his hands and hums along with the radio. He is my mentor, showing me what he wants. In my time with him, I believe he has taught me. More, than I've taught him. How to not judge. To love unconditionally, to never give up, I am a different person because of you Jamey..and for that I am eternally grateful.
San Diego Nurse working with Severely-Autistic Patient