So her student wouldn’t have to miss a test, one professor took affairs – and a child – into her own hands.
Katie Lewis credits Allie, her five-week-old daughter, with inspiring her to complete nursing school. She also expresses gratitude to her University of Texas at Tyler-Palestine professor for holding her while Lewis was taking an exam.
Lewis is a 22-year-old single mother enrolled in nursing school at the fourth level. Lewis will receive her bachelor’s degree in nursing on May 2, with her baby Allie on her hip.
Lewis sped through the hands-on section of nursing school in just six weeks, allowing her to spend more time with her newborn. However, Lewis’ pregnancy was complicated by a problem, making her work even more difficult.
“I was diagnosed with hyperemesis during my pregnancy,” she explained. “Throughout my pregnancy, I was throwing up all day, every day.” I was running out of the testing room to throw up in a garbage can in the hallway during two of my examinations. It was quite difficult. There were times when I was ready to abandon my studies. It was extremely difficult, but Allie provided me with all of the motivation I needed to keep going and finish.”
Lewis continued to face hurdles when Allie was born, making it more difficult for her to obtain her degree. Fortunately, she had a fantastic support system. Lewis’ mother frequently looked after Allie when Lewis was in need, and even Lewis’ professors began to help.
“I had to go back to school fourteen days after Alianna was born to take a test for my leadership class,” she added. “I joked with Dr. George that I was irritated with her since I had to leave my two-week-old baby for the first time.” She stated that she would have been delighted to take her in her arms. “Three weeks later, she was able to hold her during a test.”
Lewis usually has tests at 9:00 a.m., which is when her mother, who works as a nurse practitioner from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., can take Allie. She tried to find someone to take her child when the timing of her test changed.
“I texted Dr. George a few days before the exam since my mom had to work, my dad was out of town, and my primary babysitter had school,” Lewis explained.
‘Hey, Dr. George,’ I said. I realize this is extremely unusual, but I’m having difficulties getting a sitter for Allie on Monday because it is in the afternoon. You had previously offered to hold her through a test… Is it possible for me to bring her with me?’
Dr. George was fast to answer.
“Ummm, you can definitely bring her… “I’m already looking forward to it!” Dr. George responded with a letter.
A change in Allie’s health on the day of the test was something neither Lewis nor Dr. George expected. Allie was diagnosed with an ear infection and an upper respiratory illness on that particular day.
“Dr. George held and rocked my ill and unhappy infant during the entire test without hesitation.” Teachers like Dr. George make nursing school accessible to everyone, but notably single mothers. At the Palestine Campus, all of our teachers genuinely care about us and will assist us in any way they can to help us reach our objectives. I’m thankful for the school and all of our wonderful professors, particularly Dr. George.”
Natalie Norman, who observed Dr. George’s kind deed, snapped a picture and shared it on Facebook.
Norman told Good Morning America, “She has always urged us not to skip a test and to call her if we get in a difficulty.” “Not only was she fine with it, but she was overjoyed at the prospect of holding the kid.” She must have held her for an hour.”
Lewis’s quest for a degree would have been significantly more difficult if she hadn’t had the support of people around her. Dr. George reminds us that we don’t have to do it all by ourselves. Be like Dr. George when you have the chance to help someone who is in need.