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9 I i Thursday, December 2, ,MN2010 Make Kristi's room a reality By Carl Hoffman Main 4th floor looks very much Thursday, Oct. 21, we received today as it did in 2000 when Kristi the terribly sad news that Kristi graduated. The nursing depart- Merten was killed in a tragic auto- ment is working diligently to mobile accident. She has left change that. New plans are in the behind husband Steve and five works for the long-awaited simu- children; Brooke, Luke, Rachel, lation laboratory along with state- Paige and Jackie. Her parents, of-the-art collaborative class- Howard and Terri Bahn, her bus- rooms, a functional home-care band Steve, and all of her family, space, and a nurse's station. as well as many of us that knew her To honor Kristi, the members of well, are incredibly proud of Kris- the College of St. Benedict Depart- ti's accomplishments as a gradu- ment of Nursing are going to ded- ate of the College of St. Benedict icate the pediatric critical care nursing class of 2000. and family nursing simulation to Kristi has received many testi- her. Her name will continue to live monials attesting to her skill and through and among those who compassion as a pediatric critical use and visit the building. Kristi's care nurse at the St. Cloud Hospi- children and family will be ever- tal. She had a tremendous com- reminded of how important she passion for the well being of her was to the members of the nursing young patients and quicklyearned department as both a colleague their respect, love and adoration, and friend. On occasion, her genuine con- You can help make this a real- cerns for her patients even lead to ity. In total, $125,000 will need to questioning a doctor regarding his be raised to build and equip Kris- orders. The mother of one of her ti's Room. Your immediate gift or a patients, a boy with Type 1 did- pledge gift will be greatly appreci- betes who had a severe anaphy- ated. All contributions will be ear- lactic reaction from allergy shots, marked for Kristi's Room. THANK writes; "My son was placed under YOU! Kristi's care in the pediatric unit of Send your gift to the following St. Cloud Hospital, and I remem- address: ber Kristi walking into the hos- College of Saint Benedict pital room for the first time. Her Nursing Department big smile, bright eyes and zest of ATTN: Curie Braun energy instantly comforted my 37 S. College Ave son. I will be forever grateful to St. Joseph, MN 56374 Kristi for her compassionate nurs- Check the progress of Kristi's ing skills as well as being an amaz- Room on the nursing department ingperson." website beginning Jan. 1, 2011: Curie Braun, Chair of the Col- . If you legeofSt. Benedict Department of have questions, contact Curie Nursing, informs us that Kristiwas Braun, Chair of the Department educated in the Main Building 4th of Nursing at (320) 363-5223. For floor at the College of St. Benedict. a packet showing the plan for the This was the place where the nurs- Nursing Department Transforma- ing students learned how to be the tion including Kristi's Room and best nurses possible and to exude more information on contributing evidence-based ~ractice, even to her room, Contact Carl Hoff- before that phase existed. The man at(320)398-5390. We will Im going door-to-door in City of Kimlmll on Saturday, December 4, l ginning at 9 a.m., replacing batteries in home smoke alarms, FREE-of- Charge! Also, smoke alarms can be ordered, in advance, for a nominal fee should you need to replace an existing alarm or ff you want to add another one. Contact John Goh nm at 7,49- - -27 or lVl ry at 398-6841 to preorder alarms or for too? inftmMtkm. g Saturday; Participating Merchants A.M. Bnotiq,,e All 11iqs Good Mnandale [mrniderf Diva's Hair & Body Care Flower Depot Gardendale & Gift Center Grandpa Earl's In Hot Water Judy's Cottage Kaz Hardware 51100ti FOX Gallell. lle Creel Gallell. vimge refreshment, speciak drawings, all.nunS, per~m~ attention wlh local merchams *hat can meet ~ of' I pDm I d ays I Jill Pertler "Slices of Life" the candle I never imagined the simpleswinging with both fists. That's task of lighting a candle could be how it felt when I had to light the completely overwhelming. Today candle: like an insurmountable I lit one candle and it took all the punch in the gut. strength I had in me, and then As I stood waiting for my turn, some. I worried about a flame catching The day started innocently fire on someone's clothing. Hun- enough. We went to church - a dreds of people filled the church. custom many people follow on There are so many good reasons Sundays. Only problem was, this not to allow hundreds of people tO week we celebrated saints. At my light hundreds of candles indoors. church that means lighting a can- What were we thinking? die in remembrance of a saint in If I'd known it was candle your lifewhohas died. lighting day at church I might Last year I recall sitting in my have skipped. Then I would have pew. I didn't light a candle because escaped grieving publicly. Peo- I didn't personally know any saints ple would not have witnessed my who had died. I didn't realize the tears. significance of that at the time. Then I would have missed the Six months later, my morn memories that flooded me today. passed away. I don't think she saw I would have missed the oppor- herself as a saint. I'm not sure if tunity to honor my mom with a any religion would consider her a flame representing memories of saint. I certainly did. her. I won't go into details, but she My turn came and my hand was a wonderful mother, wife and shook. I only hoped I wasn't going person. She had her baggage, like to be the one to set the church on we all do, but I could always count fire. on my mom to answer the phone I tried not to cry and failed hor- when I called. She put me first, or ribly. I attempted to wipe my tears at least she made me feel like she away so no one would see, but as put me first. In this day and age soon as I completed a face swipe that means something, with the back of my hand, my eyes She understood me better, produced even more tears. Note to sometimes, than I understood self: carry a tissue in your pocket myself. She had a sixth sense at all times. You can never predict about things. Each time ! got preg- when you'll be asked to complete a nant, she knew before I ever got difficult task like lighting a candle. the chance to tell her. If I ran into I did light the candle. I stood a her a minute after finding out moment to watch the flame. And I myself, she'd look at me with a remembered my mom. knowing eye and ask the question: I returned to my seat and some- "Are you?" thing magical happened. Some- 1 IE[3Oll WIlD l(ll0r/a you iIlOiU 011 to lug mot II n and out- and manages to love you I was surrounded by support. It anyway - is like the credit card didn't take the sadness away, but it commercial: priceless. My morn made it bearable, somehow. was priceless. If I'd realized it was candle light- Then she got Alzheimer's. And ing day at church today, I might then shedied, have stayed home because I It's been six months and I thought it would be too hard. I'm thought I was doing well. I can glad I didn't know. I'm glad I went. talk about her without crying. I Jill Pertler is a syndicated colum- am starting to remember the good nist and author of"The Do-It-Your- times. I understand grief, while selfer's Guide to Self-Syndication." infinite, is not insurmountable. E-marl her at ; But grief is a curious beast. Follow Slices of Life on Facebook, You think you have it licked. You or check out her website at . it comes out from the shadows, www.tricountynews. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353. The Tri-County News (USPS 639- 180) is entered at the Post Office, Kimbal, Minnesota 55353, as Periodi- cals. It is published Thursdays by the Tn-County News, Inc., RO. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353, Stearns County. 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