Greater Baltimore Medical Center
"Guardian Angel"

Susann McKenna's Story


As a child, before going to bed, I remember always praying TO my guardian angel. In my mind, guardian angels served to protect whichever person God assigned to them.

Now, as an adult, I pray FOR my guardian angel. She is a different angel than the one I had as a child, but her purpose is the same, “To protect the person to whom God assigned her,” and, as the GBMC mission states, “to provide the care she would give her own loved ones.”

My story with my guardian angel began when I was diagnosed with an abscess in my liver.

After the procedure was performed to remove the abscess and insert a tube, I went into shock, my blood pressure went crazy, my breathing was labored and I was shaking so much that I had the whole bed moving. Instead of being moved to a unit and monitored there, a nurse assigned to me stayed with me for over six hours.

After that I was moved into a unit. That same nurse came and showed me my abscess and liver on a computer, checked the drain tube that I needed to leave in for about six weeks and told me the procedure to keep it clean and drained. She gave me supplies for this purpose to take home and, in addition, gave me her card should I have any questions or problems.

I’ve heard other nurses say that this nurse has quite a following of grateful patients, and others say that she is so dedicated to her work that she spends most of her life at GBMC. She would say that that is what is expected of her position. I would say she has work ethics that we should all want to emulate.

Obviously I am one of her grateful followers and was blessed that her dedication of spending additional time with her patients was carried over to me. I feel unending gratitude, thankfulness, appreciation, indebtedness, and the list goes on and on. As each day comes to me refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself.

If anyone had asked me before, including myself, what I would want to do as a volunteer, I would have said substitute teaching. I never would have said work in a hospital. But, as we all get older, we all experience some sort of life-changing experience(s). For me, it was the above. As a result I have become a volunteer at GBMC, and it is truly a humbling and spiritually uplifting experience.

The power of gratitude opens the floodgates and unleashes an infinite and unlimited flow of abundance and happiness into every aspect of my life. I will forever be grateful for the care I received at GBMC.

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