Every week, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through five fun questions. This week, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) talks about dessert and being a nurse.
Q: How is the first year in office treating you?
A: It has been every bit of the challenge I knew it would be.
Q: What was an interesting or challenging case you worked on as a registered nurse?
A: One challenge I remember took place when I was an [intensive care unit] nurse in Michigan. I had a 19-year-old female brought in who was hit by a train. Needless to say, she had sustained traumatic, irreversible brain damage and was taken off life support and died. I remember the family. ... They were from out of state. As we stood at her bedside moments before removing the ventilator, her mother turned to me and asked if I thought her daughter knew they were there and if her soul was still with her body. I remember simply answering, “Yes”. ...
About a month later, the family sent Mass cards to our unit for the nurses that had taken care of their daughter. I carry that card in my wallet today.
Q: Favorite quote?
A: “Seldom do well-behaved women make history.”
Q: Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, treat of choice?
A: I especially like cherry or apple pie.
Q: Fondest high school memory?
A: Climbing up on the football field stadium lights with my fellow senior classmates to hang a huge “EAGLES” sign we made out of old sheets I took from my mother’s linen closet in the middle of the night before homecoming.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.