Knowledge is Power

I honored her today.

I have enacted a change that, while it will never bring her back, might help to ensure that no one I work with will have to go through what I have been through.

I discovered yesterday through a long series of events that I have unwittingly been exposed to numerous antineoplastic agents and chemotherapy drugs throughout my two years in my current position. The major side effects of these types of drugs are fetal abnormalities and infertility and increased rates of both have been reported in nurses and pharmacists who handle these drugs.

I used to rest in the fact that nothing I did or could have done changed my daughter's chromosomes. Now I know that is not the case. Now I will forever have to wonder.

I never knew that touching the outside of the sealed vial or box could expose me to harmful chemicals. However, now that I know, I am changing the way our pharmacy receives these types of drugs so that no one else will be exposed.

It's all because of her.
If she hadn't been, I would never have known.
If she hadn't been, this policy wouldn't have been changed.

If she hadn't been, I wouldn't have been changed.


The Blue Sparrow said...

They should name the policy after your angel *HUGS*

Rebecca said...

She continues to leave her footprints. Your changed heart is just more evidence of that. Raelyn has not been forgotten.

Happy Mother's Day, Dana. May your day be filled with blessings.


Michelle said...

Good for you Dana! I also wanted to say Happy Mother's Day to you. We're praying for you and I know God has great things in store for you and Philip.

Once A Mother said...

the good you are doing in her name will impact so many lives. god bless you for taking the time to make a difference.

Laura said...

Amazing! This is very powerful! She is saving lives through you! Thinking of you and understanding the bitter-sweetness in this. My son (a twin) went to 39 weeks and died of a cord accident. They no longer allow moms of twins to go that long at our hospital. I often wonder (when I see twins) if they may have been here because he wasn't.