66-year-old Lynn Bartos says that when you get to be her age, you often wonder if you’ve ever truly made a difference in someone else’s life.
For the past 44 years, Lynn has worked as a nurse. She’s seen countless patients come and go — but she never expected her relationship with one patient in particular to go viral.
Flash back to the late 80s, when a little girl named Nicole was Lynn’s most beloved patients. Nicole was born with her intestines twisted, and doctors needed to remove her small intestines entirely. For the first few years of her life, she was supplied with nutrition intravenously and saw Lynn on a regular basis.
The bond between them was undeniable, and they were even photographed together for a 1988 article in a nursing magazine.
A few years later, Nicole was healthier and her visits to Lynn became fewer and farther between. Lynn ended up transferring to another hospital in Wisconsin, and Nicole grew up wanting to be a nurse, just like Lynn. They never saw each other again, but always remembered the bond they shared.
Flash forward to this past summer when Nicole was working at an infusion clinic. She felt something was different about one of the women who came to receive her medication every five weeks — and the woman felt it, too.
What happened next is absolutely incredible, and it’s a story everyone should see…
Nicole, 30, spent much of her infancy in the 80s stuck inside a hospital. She was born with twisted intestines. For the first few years of her life, she was supplied with nutrition intravenously.
Lynn Bartos was Nicole’s primary ambulatory nurse for years at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Lynn and Nicole shared a special bond. When Nicole was two years old, she and Lynn were even featured in a 1988 article in Children’s Nurse magazine.
Over time, Nicole’s health began to improve. She was eating solid food, gaining weight, and decreased her trips to the hospital.
In the early 90s, Lynn took a new job at another hospital. It was unlikely she’d ever see little Nicole (or “Nini” as she called her) — but she never forgot her.
When Nicole was in high school, she decided she wanted to be a nurse. She had such fond, powerful memories of Lynn and the care she received as a child.
For the past two years, Nicole has been a registered nurse at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin.
This past summer, something incredible happened at the infusion clinic where Nicole works.
Every few weeks, an elderly woman receives medications to relieve her symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. She and Nicole got to talking, and the woman told her that she’s also a nurse at Froedtert — but she used to work at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Things started to snowball, and the lightbulb went off.
“Nini?” Lynn asked.
“Oh, my God, yes,” Nicole replied.
Incredible. The little girl who Lynn once cared for so long ago was now the same woman taking care of her as a 66-year-old.
“When you get to be my age, you look back and think: Did all that stuff I do matter? Did it make a difference?” Lynn told the Journal Sentinel. “What I did mattered, and now here’s someone who can follow in my footsteps and other nurses my age as we reach retirement.”
Isn’t it incredible how Lynn and Nicole’s roles have switched? And how they both work in the very same hospital now? I hope they continue to grow their relationship moving forward. If you agree, please SHARE their story with your friends on Facebook!