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  • Annemiek

    November 19, 2006 at 5:05 pm

    For them, there has to be a Jeopardy in heaven!

  • Wendy, S.N.
    Wendy, S.N.

    November 20, 2006 at 5:37 am

    Oh, Kim. It’s not nice to make people cry. That was sweeter than “The Notebook.” (sniff)

    W. 🙂

  • apgaRN

    November 20, 2006 at 6:16 am

    Thanks a lot, Kim!… I’m supposed to be bustling the kids off to school in a few minutes, and I’m sitting here with tears running down my cheeks. You should warn a girl about these posts! 🙂 N

  • Rita Schwab
    Rita Schwab

    November 20, 2006 at 2:52 pm

    I’m starting to think you’ve got stock in Kleenex and Puffs…

    sniff, sniff

  • Steven F. Palter, MD
    Steven F. Palter, MD

    November 20, 2006 at 5:34 pm

    Kim– Boy I was honored when you posted a link to my research on infertility and my docinthemachine blog but I never expected it to be side by side with such a touching story. Thanks for both!

  • difficultpt

    November 21, 2006 at 10:39 am

    Thanks Kim I love it (I always love your posts) . . . and they sound like my grandparents! 🙂

  • Judy

    November 24, 2006 at 8:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful story!

  • klima servisi
    klima servisi

    May 28, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I?m starting to think you?ve got stock in Kleenex and Puffs?

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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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