We met on the 4th floor, the medical oncology and telemetry unit. I was new and had just finished up orientation. I was returning to hospital nursing after working in hospice and case management, so I was very overwhelmed! When I first saw him, he said, 'Hi, I'm William, the PICC line nurse.' All I could think was 'Oh no! This is another thing I have to remember...another thing I have to be responsible for.' We chatted for a few minutes and even though I thought he was nice, I was more worried about my work. Then one day we met up accidentally at a Deerlake Middle School football game...my daughter was a majorette and his grandson was playing football. It was very serendipitous, and things just evolved from there. As we learned more about one another, we found that we are totally opposite! We disagree on things like politics and religion...we even have different taste in food, but we always respect each other. In the big picture, these things don't really matter because I know who he is. He's a person that takes care of everyone, and when's he with me and my family, he's really there...he's always very present. We've been through a lot together...surgeries, hospitalizations, moves, a child going off to college...and those situations have a way of showing you someone's true colors. We've been together for a couple of years now, and we truly can't imagine life without one another. It's definitely true what they say...when you meet someone, you never know what role they're going to play in your life. He's my best friend. I love him dearly.
-Ellen Amato, RN, Behavioral Health and William Tully, PICC RN