I care for people a great deal. i first began being a caregiver when my best friend had to have a knee replacement. The doctors did not want to give her a knee replacement on the first try, so they used cadaver parts. This didn't work and the doctors actually said to Shelly and I they shouldn't have tried this as there wasn't enough bone and cartiledge for the cadaver parts to adhere to. Then they did the full knee replacement and she was exposed to the worst kind of MRSA ever. Shelly had to undergo 7 more knee operations, several blood transfusions, and was bedridden for over a year without a knee, just a plate in place of a knee. She went into deep clinical depression and gained 130 pounds at least. I felt her pain, misery, and depression in my heart and began to spend time with her when she was bedridden and took care of all her needs from 2006 until she passed away in March of 2013. She never recovered from the MRSA she got in the hospital and toward the end of her life, she didn't and couldn't leave her bedroom. She was so depressed, but hardly complained and had a great sense of humor. I miss her more and more everyday and wish I could have done more for her. This experience has taught me to be even more compassionate than I am, to listen to my patients, give 110% care, spend quality time, and be a good friend as well as the best caregiver I can be. There is so much more that I experienced and learned with Shelly, but it is very difficult to put in wor
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