About Me

In case you’re wondering,

This is what I look like on the outside:

 

This is what I look like on the inside:

I could tell you that I’m a wife, mother, primary caregiver, writer and nurse. But at heart, I’m a hermit. Luckily, God knows this, and gave me the perfect way to earn a living. I call myself the “third string, after hours, emergency back-up” hospice nurse.

My car is my hermitage, where I spend hours on the road after dark, in prayer and reflection (when I’m not listening to the Midnight Trucker radio show). My contact with patients and their families is often fleeting. My job is to fix one problem until morning, which works out great, since I have a touch of ADD. I get to careen around in the middle of the night, sometimes in dangerous neighborhoods, which satisfies my secret desire to live on the edge.

I actually get paid to pray and practice works of mercy! Hardly a night goes by that I don’t hear incredible stories and witness miracles. My work is rich with meaning and fueled by grace. (Also, gas. Drill, baby, drill!)

My job has two perks that are priceless:

1.The Uniform: I get to wear scrubs, which are really just another name for pajamas. They’re not particularly attractive, but they provide sufficient coverage and are quite comfortable. I’ve become so spoiled that I resent any occasion that requires me to wear actual clothes.

2. Secret Saints: Over the years, I have collected hundreds of friends who have crossed the finish line, who are known to a precious few. I dearly love all the big saints, who have been formally canonized, but I figure my secret saints aren’t nearly as busy. I hit them up frequently for assistance, and I consider myself rich beyond measure to call them my friends.

Since I’m a hermit, this seems like the perfect place for us to get to know each other. Otherwise, we’d only meet by chance on your front porch, if you happened to live in Texas and have a family member on my hospice program. Or maybe at the tire store. (On an average night, I drive between 100 and 300 miles, so I go through a lot of tires!)

The purpose of this blog is to share the stories and lessons I collect on my travels and in my life. I pray that there is something here that will enlighten, encourage and sustain you. And I hope that you will share your thoughts with me. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Thanks for visiting!

Kathy Kalina

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