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.
Visitors get their first look at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which opened to the public on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The new memorial is located off Independence Ave. SW between the Rayburn House Office Building and HHS. Buy photo here.