(yes, that is a Harry Potter reference...)
On Friday, my good friend and co-worker Amanda, was trapped in her car by falling ice on the Seward highway. Thanks to the quick thinking of some good samaritans, she is alive. She remains in critical condition in the ICU, but she is stable and is making small improvements every day.
Over the weekend her Facebook page was flooded with words of love and support from her co-workers as well and friends across the country. Her family is with her now, so her support system is large and strong. Those of us who work with her are still wanting to do something to help...we're nurses, we help heal people and it's really hard to sit back and not do anything to help. As the weekend went on we've all come up with ways to help out. There's a "Help Amanda" Facebook page so everyone can get updates on her. Some of our co-workers ordered bracelets to sell to help raise money for the expenses her and her family will accrue throughout her journey towards healing. Another friend (and co-worker) and I are making a quilt for everyone to sign.
Starting tomorrow, I will be donating 50% of all the sales I make in my Etsy shop to Amanda and her family. If you want to help my simply making a donation rather than purchasing something let me know via email or comment and I will send you instructions on how to do so.
I have a few new items that I will be listing over the next couple of days as well, so keep an eye out for those as well!
I have always know that I was surrounded by extraordinary people both at work and at home, but the amount of love and support that has been extended to her has been overwhelming. I am most thankful for my friends who don't know Amanda who have shown their support. The fact that Amanda is important to me and that is enough for them makes me very happy.
Amanda is an amazing nurse and a wonderful person and she deserves all the love she can get right now. I know she will be grateful for it, but I'm sure she will also be a little pissed off at all the attention we've been giving her. When her electricity and water were out for three days after a wind storm, I offered to let her shower at my house, "thank you, but I'll be fine," was her response. The time she stayed extra at work (until 2am when she is supposed to go home at 7:30pm), I offered to let her sleep on my couch (I live about five minutes from the hospital) so she didn't have to make the 30+ minute drive to her house in the middle of the night, she said, "thank you for the offer, but Greg [her husband] will worry."
Keep fighting Amanda. We love you!