Sometimes in jokes or conversation you might hear that it’s bad to go to a job where one has to wear a dreaded, often misplaced or constantly forgotten or even unappreciated Name Tag. You know, the old stigma: Name Tag = Crappy Job
Well, tell that to the ICU Doctors and Nurses who all proudly wore Name Tags and have helped to save my dad’s life and the lives of others too numerous to mention all around us. Name Tags can be critical. In the times of stress, the doctor or nurse may introduce himself or herself, say very clearly say his or her name, perhaps even a few times, and tell you what is going on or the course of treatment. When my dad was ill or when I’ve been in the ER with an allergic reaction to food, I’ve needed to glance at the Name Tag twice or even more to even try to remember, because under the stress I couldn’t recall who I was talking to and things were happening fast.
Chaplain Holly, who visited with us when my dad was in the ICU, had to repeat her name at least four times and I found myself looking at her Name Tag to finally set it in my brain. Then along came the Priest before surgery to Annoint him. I saw the Priest was wearing a Name Tag. The head ICU doctor “The Intensivist” came in Name Tag and all. (Oh, and he was here at 1am and 4am too <with Name Tag> checking on my dad.)
In fact, most people who do things for you, probably have a Name Tag. Think of the person who cleans your teeth. There are people wearing name tags who change the oil in your car. Pilots wear them. The people who help make you beautiful in clothes at your favorite store wear them. Waiters and waitresses brings you goodies to eat when you are out complete with name tag on. The ones who fit you with the most perfect pair of shoes sport tags. Those folks who make you that first cup of coffee each day wear them too. Many people wear name tags including those who may one day save your life or that of a loved one. Doctors, Nurses and those who have gone to school for a very, very long time put a name tag on.
This blog makes me realize how many people in my life to this point that I probably haven’t thanked and realize that for a few years now, I’ve been much more aware. I wish I could remember the names of all the entire Emergency Responders crew that saved my life back in 1998 and then again in 1999. I’ve gone back and thanked the doctor and the folks in the Emergency Room, but never those first responders. I need to do that. I will do that.
You have Name Tag Angels all around you. Cherish them and smile and most of all, take the time to know their name. They are helping you. Maybe even give them a high five or a handshake too 🙂 Thank You notes are always good too.
Pause, if you can, and take a moment to thank those people who help you moment to moment or daily.