For those who belong in the medical field, saving lives is just another day in the job. Many nurses, doctors, and paramedics devote their time and energy to ensuring the comfort and well-being of their patients. They also extend their care to alleviate the emotional stress felt by the patient’s loved ones.
Oftentimes, people do not give healthcare workers the recognition they deserve. So when stylist Ashley Bolling came across an exhausted nurse, she became fascinated over the woman’s selfless dedication to saving lives and gave her something equally special in return.
Nurse Falls Asleep in Salon Chair, Then Stylist Snaps Photo of Her Shoes
Ashley Bolling, a mother of three, runs a salon called the Captivate Salon & Spa. One of her customers was a woman who worked as a nurse. Clearly exhausted from working the night shift, the nurse began to doze off in the salon chair. Ashley allowed the young woman to rest and eventually took notice of her shoes. While her soles were not dirty or worn out, they did symbolize all the hard work this nurse does for her patients.
Moved by the sight, Ashley decided to write a sweet and moving tribute. You can read her touching words below.
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“I had one of those ‘stop-you-in-your-tracks,’ extremely humbling moments while working quietly on the hair of a very exhausted, sleeping nurse.
“She’d been at work all night and hadn’t been to bed when she landed in my chair, but not before stopping to buy my breakfast on her way.
“As she dozed off, I gently rested her head on my stomach and continued to foil her hair . . . , then I noticed her shoes.
“I wondered how many miles those shoes have walked. I wondered what they’d walked through. Blood? Tears? In and out of the countless rooms of the patients she’s cared for? I wondered how many hours they’ve carried her, and all those like her, while they literally save the lives of those we love and hold the hands of the ones who can no longer fight that fight.
“But with those shoes propped up in that chair, phone in her lap, I got the chance to take care of her (even if it was just for a few hours), and I felt extremely honored to take care of such a hard-working, inspiring woman I’m so lucky to call my friend.
“I’ve always respected and valued these amazing superheroes and am proud to be the sister, daughter, niece, friend, and hairstylist of so many. Know you are appreciated, know you are irreplaceable, know you are loved!”
A scene where a nurse falls asleep in salon chair sounds just an ordinary moment, but this story tells you more than what your eyes see. It makes you realize that around us are people who endure tough days just so others can have a better one.