Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Real Life Hero

On the day after the horrific terrorist attack in London, I feel compelled to look for an example of good in humanity.  It didn't take long to find one.

On last night's evening news, they did a feature on the oldest working nurse in the United States. 

Florence "SeeSee" Rigney has been working as a nurse for over 70 years. She started out as a student in 1946.  Now in her 90's (she will turn 92 in May), she has scaled down to working two days a week.  On her work days, she sometimes walks three miles, and can still set up an operating room with good speed.  She no longer works directly with patients.

She even makes coffee for the break room for her co-workers.

She wouldn't have it any other way.  Her zest for life is obvious.

What an inspiration, to make a career out of caring for other people and doing it for so long.  And, if you want to read even more stories of inspiration next month, tune into the Blogging from A to Z Challenge and the posts of a man in India who will be blogging about "real life heroes".

Do you have an inspiring story to share today?

19 comments:

  1. Not to mention that she keeps her bank account balance positive with the additional funds. Too many of our seniors have only depleted financials.

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  2. I love that she's still working two days a week & making coffee for her work colleagues. She sounds amazing.

    I actually just wrote a blog post about my great-grand Uncle, fireman Robert Ceiley, who saved the lives of three people while risking his own life. This was a story I'd always heard about while growing up, but I was recently able to find out some of the specifics that had been lost over time.

    -very inspiring stuff!

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    1. I intend to sit down with your blog this weekend, when I hopefully will find time to indulge my love of history.

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  3. Wow. That's a long time to be working at such a physical profession. (I won't be showing this to my mother. She just retired. She's been a nurse since before I was born. I don't want to give her any ideas.)

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    1. One of my uncles worked (part time) until he was around 80. But not as a nurse. No, please let your Mom enjoy her retirement.

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  4. Mildred Wolfe, in Orlando, is a more inspiring sight than anything Disney.

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    1. I'm not familiar with Mildred Wolfe, and will have to look her up. I am not, incidentally, a great fan of Disney. Never have been.

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  5. I really needed a feel good story today. Thank you for this!

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  6. What a woman - thank you for sharing, Alana.
    Incidentally, Roshan is a medical doctor too. I'm sure he'll appreciate this a lot.

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    1. I see Roshan's comment below. Thank you for tagging this; I had forgotten to.

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  7. Thanks for the mention. And yes, have found my heroes. Now to make them into worthy posts.

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    1. I have perfect confidence that you will, Doctor.

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  8. This sure is an inspiring story; a hero we ought to emulate!

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  9. Florence is amazing. Thanks for sharing a positive story!

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