Hairstylist Pays Tribute to Exhausted Nurse Who Fell Asleep in Chair

Hairstylist Pays Tribute to Exhausted Nurse Who Fell Asleep in Chair

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Doctors often get all the credit for their labors in the medical field – but one compassionate hairstylist wanted to pay homage to the hardworking nurse who fell asleep in her chair.

Kentucky hairdresser Ashley Boiling was styling the hair of one of her salon’s regular customers, a 43-year-old nurse named Jodi Back. In the middle of Jodi’s appointment, the exhaustion from working a 13-hour night shift at Whitesburg ARH Hospital caught up to her, and she dozed off in her seat with her feet propped up in front of her.

Touched by the image of such a hard worker, the 34-year-old snapped a picture of her client’s sneakers and later made a Facebook post commemorating Jodi’s diligence.

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Ashley wrote: “As she dozed off, I gently rested her head on my stomach and continued to foil her hair… then I noticed her shoes. I wondered how many miles those shoes have walked.”

“I wondered what they’d walked through. Blood? Tears? In and out of the countless rooms of the patients she’s cared for? I wondered how many hours they’ve carried her, and all those like her, while they literally save the lives of those we love and hold the hands of the ones who can no longer fight that fight.”

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“I’ve always respected and valued these amazing superheroes and am proud to be the sister, daughter, niece, friend and hairstylist of so many. Know you are appreciated, know you are irreplaceable, know you are loved!”

The post was shared thousands of times, garnering support and appreciation from other people who understood the sacrifices that caring nurses make – but no one appreciated the gesture more than Jodi.

“I was very tired,” Jodi told TODAY. “It had been a rough night. It was just so gratifying to see Ashley’s message. My daughter told me I had to look at Facebook, and it was a total shock. That was so nice of her to do.”

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(Photo by Ashley Boiling)

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