A devoted husband from Alabama, America, has captured the hearts of people globally in a touching Facebook post, outlining the average day in the life of his wife, a passionate but overworked and overwrought nurse.
In the message, which describes the physical and emotional strain of a career in the medical profession, Bobby Wesson names his wife a ‘hero’ for the tasks she undertakes to help and protect society every day.
Originally posted on November 7, the tribute has continued to be shared across the week and into the weekend. At this time, the picture of Wesson's wife and their toddler sharing a rare moment of peace together has had over 147,500 shares.
“This is my wife taking a nap. In an hour she will wake up, put on her scrubs and get ready for work.
“The tools and items she needs to perform her job will be gathered and checked meticulously - her hair and makeup will be done quickly. She will complain that she looks awful. I will disagree, emphatically, and get her a cup of coffee.
“She will sit on the couch with her legs crossed under her and try to drink it while happily playing with the toddler that's crawling all over her.
“She will occasionally stare off blankly as we talk; silently steeling herself for the coming shift. She thinks I don't notice.
“She will kiss the baby, she will kiss me and she will leave to go take care of people that are having the worst day of their entire lives. Car wrecks, gunshot wounds, explosions, burns and breaks - professionals, poor, pastors, addicts and prostitutes - mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and families - it doesn't matter who you are or what happened to you.
“She will take care of you.
“She will come home 14 hours later and remove shoes that have walked through blood, bile, tears and fire from aching feet and leave them outside.
“Sometimes she will not want to talk about it. Sometimes she can't wait to talk about it.
Sometimes she will laugh until she cries and sometimes she will just cry - but regardless of those sometimes she will be on time for her next shift.
“My wife is a nurse. My wife is a hero.”
As well as being shared in many countries across the world, comments have flooded in to thank both Wesson's wife and nurses everywhere.
One commenter wrote: “Nurses are the closest things to Saints. Thank you to all you nurses!”
And another: “Unwavering dedication our nurses are our true heroes. Never complaining, but always supportive of their patients and their families.”
In light of recent events, Wesson’s tribute serves as an important reminder of the hard work medical professionals put in to help heal people every day – often at the sacrifice of their own personal wellbeing, from the emotional trauma it can result in, to the hours of sleep lost and the precious time taken away from spending with family. One that he has helped us stop and appreciate.
After the unexpected response to his post, Wesson followed up on Facebook to thank people for taking in his message, saying:
“My wife and I have been humbled by all of the stories that nurses, medical professionals, patients, first responders and people across the globe have shared with us.
"Those of you that know my wife know that she flinches at the word hero. She doesn't miss an opportunity to say that she is a small part of a very large team - but she is a large part of my very small team and I'm proud of her.”