Tuesday, December 29, 2009
With that said.....
1. Don't get FTW tattooed across you forehead and expect people not to stare.
2. Don't be surprised when a nurse asks if you shoot up, we might get that idea from the bulls eye tattoo over your vein with a needle tattooed in the center.
3. Don't tell the nurse that you are afraid of needle when there is not one inch of skin not tattooed on you.
4.Don't be surprised when the nurse offers you a paper lab jacket to cover your tattoos of naked women in bondage while you are in the waiting room with young children.
5. If you are going to tattoo your girlfriends name of Jackie on your penis, make sure that you get her full name on there, don't stop at the name of Jack because it just hurts too much. If you do, don't be so surprise when you end up in the ER for stitches after Jackie threw a lamp at you when she saw Jack on your penis.
Monday, December 28, 2009
1. If you don't have your menstrual for 9 months.... you could be pregnant
2. If you seem to just gain weight around your belly...... you could be pregnant
3. If after you have experienced 1 & 2 above, you feel severe cramping and a gush of fluid come between your legs..... you might be pregnant and about to give birth
4. If you come into the ER with all of the above symptoms and the nurse asks to take a look and tells you that you are crowning..... you are pregnant, in labor, and about to give birth
5. If you husband if with you that has been deployed for the last 18 months, you are busted!!! And no, he did not believe you when you curse at the nurse and say that she set you up and just happened to have a spare baby that she wanted to pawn off on you.
What is sad is that was the highlight of my day.
Friday, December 25, 2009
1. They are in the ED every holiday, and you start to think something REALLY happened to them if they don't make it in on your shift.
2. They send the ER staff cookies for Christmas, which we are afraid to eat.
3. They send a Christmas card to the ER and address it to everyone who works in the ER
Sunday, December 20, 2009
EMS call on the phone that should have been my first clue that it was something bad.
Apparently, family found grandma not breathing and bluish/black on one side of her body... that should have been my second clue. Family had started CPR when they found her. EMS arrived and attempted to inform them that there was nothing they could do and that grandma had been gone for a very long time. Family insist that EMS start CPR and EMS did. (No fault of their own, the situation they was in, I would have started also). Family then insist that one of them rides with grandma to the ER. In route, EMS call police and have them met them at the ER. I am called to the EMS bay.
This is what I find.....Picture it
Police are cuffing relative because he had pulled a gun on EMS to keep them doing CPR. Poor paramedics are bagging and doing compression on a very deceased grandma
....... Grandma had passed away sitting in her chair. She then had slumped over to her left side, which had pulled with all of her blood. Hence, one side of her body was about black. Wheeling her in, was interesting. There laid poor grandma on the stretcher with her arms and legs sticking straight up in the air.... She was in full rigor, basically in the sitting position.
I truly do feel bad for the family, not very educated, they did not know any better. Still... I have to tease the medics
I do have to say thank you to all of the emails and tweets asking where I was. Did not know that many people were reading my little rants.
So, since I have been off, I have no really interesting ER stories to share. However, being a patient for over 2 weeks....... I do have some horror stories :)
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Patient was seen in minor medical area for his chronic low back pain, which shocked us because he is a drug seeking cardiac cripple. Doc deemed him non urgent, business office informed that he need to pay co-pay, or be seen by his primary care doctor, he utilized his extensive vocabulary of profanity. Then he reverted back to his old complaints of chest pain. This is were I was called to handle the problem. Told nurse to get a wheel chair. This is when Mr. dying decided to put on a show. Refused to get into wheel chair and to be taking back to the main ED. Stumbled out of the minor med area screaming that he was dying, stumbling into walls the whole way. Shaking and weaving c/o chest pain and dizziness. fell to floor in the middle of the waiting room screaming at the top of his lungs that we refuse to treat him unless he paid. Told us not to touch him and that we was going to attempt to walk the 30 miles to the better hospital for treatment, if he didn't die prior to getting there. Popping nitro and grabbing his chest while still refusing to have his chest pain evaluated. So, what was my response to all of this. Well being the charge nurse, I had to look out for the liability of what would happen if this patient really did code in the waiting room and we treated him against his wishes. I informed patient that he would not be treated for his back pain without a co-pay, but that we would be more than happy to eval him for his chest pain. Also, because he refused treatment at this time, it would be considered assault and battery if we picked him up off the floor and rushed him back for treatment. Further more, if he was serious regarding no treatment, then would you please sign this DNR, and I handed him the form.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
1. do I still have a job....... yes
2. Will I get a raise..... damn it.... nope, in fact we still are on a pay freeze
3. What will happen to all my vacation time?..... doesn't matter, I used it all a long time ago
Now,what I find funny, just got a notice that I am up for wage review and to make sure that I have all of my education and shot records up to date and turned back in, or I will not get my raise..... LMAO, what is the purpose of the review????? Am I missing something???? We have been on a pay freeze for 4 years, which means that I have not gotten a raise and will not get on for a long time. Freaking morons
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Guy comes in with his wife. she had a laceration that needed to be sutured. He was all into looking at the wound, without a problem. The minute he saw the small needle that was going to be used to numb her, he passed out cold. He hit the ground, smacked his head, and was now in the need of stitches. Instead of his wife showing any concern, she just says he always does this when he sees a needle. Now, what I don't understand is:
If the sight of a needle makes you pass out, why are you watching us stitch your wife????
If you know that you husband is going to collapse when we pull out the needle, why not warn us? why not suggest that he sits down? why the hell have him in your room?
Monday, November 16, 2009
Today he questioned why the nurse pulled a Foley out without his order and he wanted them to be written up
Me: No, I am not writing them up, I told them to pull it, It was clogged, from nursing home with debris and green discharge, nursing home notes reported last changed 3 months ago, client had 900 ml of fluid in bladder per bedside bladder scanner. Here is the form, you can write me up!
His response: none
2 hours later received call from director about me being written up for ordering diagnostic lab without order. Dr. hates women neglected to list which test was done
Me: answered with written nursing protocol signed by medical director
What I should not have done was run protocol through language scanner for his native tongue(Arabic) and posted it on his locker... opps...bad nurse
I wonder how he would respond to this posted on his locker????
تقبيل الكاحل بلدي تبين بمقبض الأمريكية
Saturday, November 14, 2009
What is it with people this month? I have had way to many objects where they should never be. 2am seems to be the magic time that I get the foreign bodies shove only god knows where. This morning was no different.
Pt came in c/o abd pain x 2 days. Fever, n/v, but was constipated and refused to give me any other details. He wanted a male doc only and he stressed this point over and over again. I have been doing this long enough to know that it is related to 2 things. He has a blockage or something shoved where it should be. Well he was out of luck, the only docs on where both female. Pt did not fess up to anything and lab work showed that he was septic. After coming out of his room, I noticed that the doc was staring at the x rays with her head cocked to the side, a look of puzzlement on her face. Anytime a doc gets this look, you have to just go see for yourself because it is something odd. The cause of this pt's pain and vomiting was indeed a blockage. 16inches worth of wooden broom handle had been inserted and broken off. Pt ended up going to surgery, going to ICU, and having his bowel redirected. The only story we got out of the guy.... He fell while sweeping and was to embarrassed to come in. I can't wait to see that surgical report.
Friday, November 13, 2009
I have three pet peeves, and everyone that works with me knows them by heart, or at least I thought so. That was until the nurse that only works two days a week decided to make me want to snatch her by the back of the head by violating every single one of them.
1. Help your coworkers. I don't want to hear that it is not your room! If the rack is full, the waiting room is standing room only, I have patients lined up in strechers down the hall, waiting room is standing room only, and your patients are taking care of, please get off of you ass and help discharge. There is no I in emergency nursing, or any position in the emergency room, for that matter. Working in the ER is a team sport. That is the only way we can get everything and keep everything flowing. Especially, when I convince our docs to help discharge, you should not be sitting there goofing off.
2. Wipe a butt, place a Foley, wheel out patients, when the techs are getting their butts kicked Just because you are a RN, does not mean that you can not do personal care. As far as I am concerned, RN means that you can do EVERYTHING from CNA to RN. And if you talk down to my staff, I swear, that I will give you the next patient that has to have Kayexalate while convincing the Doc that they do not need a rectal tube!
3. Finally, but one of the most important.... the diet cherry limeade from sonic that EMS and Docs always bring me in is ... MINE, so keep your lazy, grubby, nursitis hands off. That is my crack of choice, if I don't get it one of my multiple personalities will come out and make your life hell!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
After having my butt kicked by an 90 year old, maybe 89lb dementia patient today, which ended in me with bites, scratches, and tetanus shot and her in hard restraints. I found it humorous at what items that I end up taking form patients over the last few months.
Today, after a few bites from the above patient, I took her dentures. Now, she could only gum people.
After a homicidal/ suicidal pysc patient attempted to run away for the 3rd time, I took his artificial leg. Now, he could only hop away, which he attempted, but he was easier to catch.
I have taken a cane from a women that was attempting to hit my poor doc with it.
A bucket of snakes from some guy who was bitten catching snakes. Apparently, he was not the best snake charmer in this neck of the woods
Finally,the patients favorite, but my worst... a 10in vibrator from a patient with a lower GI bleed, who was c/o pain, but still attempting to use it.... Hmmm, wonder how he got the bleed!!!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Me: Hello XXXX ER, MLee, RN can I help you?
Them: I was there last night, sick and all, in bad pain
Me: Okay, what can I help you with
Them: I cant read what it says on the drug pad
Me: The prescriptions you can't read? Did you get them filled?
Them: Naw, didn't want to fill them unless it was some good shit, you know to take care of bad pain
Me: Give me you name and SSN, I will look you up and let you know what meds they wrote you
Them: Name and SSN
Me:He wrote for naproxen for pain
Them: Never had that, it any good?
Me: Yup, it is great for back pain
Me: Hello XXXX ER, MLee, RN can I help you?
Them: Ya man, just talking to some chic, the bitch told me that the drugs the doc gave me were good
Me: Yes, That chic was me, Naproxen is a good pain reliever for chronic low back pain
Them: naw, it is just Aleve, I am allergic to Aleve, Cant the doc wright me something else? I'm in bad pain
Me: sorry, but our doctors are unable to write you anything stronger unless they see you because the doctor that saw you is not here at this time.
Pt came in with c/p low back pain x 2 years, stated he was in bad pain and that bitch (me) lied to him about Aleve being good.
Doctor saw pt,went through every one of his allergies and informed him of a new pain medication that he was not allergic to. I discharged him with a Celebrex script, he flipped me the bird and said told ya I get something good..... I can't wait till he sees the cost of the script
What is so frustrating is that this pt, along with many others abuse the ER for pain medications. When they do not get what they want, they keep showing up. I am sure that he will show up again and again. Hopefully, he will not get what he wants, less than two weeks ago, I took care of him for OD on prescription meds.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I thought to myself, how hard could it really be to put together a few Mayo stands. Hell I have directions and tools. Well, 3 hours later, I finally get the damn things together... Would have helped if the instructions were in English. or if I knew what the freak an Allen wench was!!
Monday, November 9, 2009
Was not really sure of where to post this one, my ER blog, or my home blog because it fits into both.
The other day I was just out puttering around with odd and end chores when I heard my husband scream. He was repairing part of the chicken coop, so that is the direction I headed thinking my god what happened, is he okay, and all the other wonderful things that run through a persons head when they think that someone they love is hurt. I find him yelling and screaming, yet I can't figure out why. Then I saw it, he had nailed his hand to the chicken coop. Once he calmed down, I was unable to keep a straight face. He was stuck and there was noway to get him unstuck without cutting the board that he was nailed to. I am positive that it was painful, but come on it was pretty funny,. what made it even funnier was that it was my husband. After taking him to the ER with board, nail and all, my poor hubby had to endure my friends and coworkers. Even the ER doc was unable to keep a straight face. His words to my husband, "if it was anyone else i would not tease ya, but that was not the smartest thing you have ever done."
Just for the record, that is not my husbands x-ray.
He is fine with no real damage, but pride
The chicken coop has been patched
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Okay, I understand wanting to spice things up a bit. I have no problem with being adventurous, but checking into the ER just to get your rocks off is insane.
Apparently, a older man was going along for the ride with a much younger women. We have seen her before, all the ER's know her a little too well. She is the patient that complains of abdominal pain and vaginal conditions while requesting not to have anyone in the room with the doctor during her pelvic exams. She has a fetish for gyno beds and anything, male or female in a lab coat. Well, today was her day. She checked in for a headache, which shocked us because it meant no pelvic exam. However, she had a friend with her. I had to go and do the nursing assessment on her. As I walked into her room, I heard the shuffle of pants being pulled up. There she was buck naked, kneeling on the floor in front of this "friend", with a smirk on her face. He looked mortified, she just crawled over to me and stated, "I have always wanted to play with you" My first reaction, which I had to suppress, was to snatch her by the head and drag her out of the ER. However, I just walked out. The guy took off, security called the cops. After arresting her for lewd behavior and three other offenses, my poor ER doc still had to treat her for the headache prior to them taking her to jail. He gave her 1 gram of Tylenol
What I am wondering....
1. WTF would make her think anyone in the ER would allow her to touch us with a 10 foot pole?
2. WTF is would make her want to have sex in the ER?
3. Why was she completely naked to give a man head?
4. What is it with some people and the pelvic beds?
Some days are just long days. Unfortunately, there are more and more days where we work shorthanded. People seem to be sicker every day, and to complicate the situation, more people seem to use the emergency room as their personal doctor’s office. Today was just one of those very long days. We see these days written in the body language of the doctors and nurses that are exiting the hospital. Head down, shoulders slumped, and exhaustion in their eyes. Today, I believe that I went through almost every emotion possible before I did the long walk to my truck with the day written all over my body.
Dread hit within minutes of clocking in and realizing that four of the nine nurses scheduled had called out with flu like symptoms. This means that not only will we be short today, but for at least a week.
Ah, shit hit after someone that had no real reason to, went asystole.
Anger spread when I hit the code button and no one responded because the secretary was bull shitting on the phone with her new boyfriend.
Sadness hit when a mother came running in with a 4 week old that was blue and lifeless.
Humor snuck in when I decided that it was the perfect time to payback a doctor for handing me a snake a few months ago. I slipped a glass eye into his coffee, what a shriek he made, as he went to sip and realized something was looking back at him. Revenge is great.
Homicidal thoughts kicked in when a patient had the balls to say, “I am going to just stand here and cough in your face so you get the flu, unless you get the doctor in here right now.”
Embarrassment struck when I realized that I had a handprint on my butt from the powered later gloves. (The handprint was my own, for the record)
Gratefulness hit around 1500 when one of my doctors thought to bring me some food because I had not eaten yet.
Relief and accomplishment kicked in when I got a tube a tough patient.
Joy finally kicked in when I saw my relief come walking through the EMS doors.
Basically.... It was a long day, but for all of the crap, I still enjoyed it. I am just feeling a little exhausted and beaten down right now.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
There are so many crazy, insane, idiotic, and sad events that happen in the ER. However, every so often, there are those that make me smile, cry, laugh, or just think how lucky I am a to work where I do. Here are a few:
A 5 year old is brought into the ER, just yelling and screaming, complains of everything under the sun from belly ache to fever. Her parents are frantic because they have no clue what is wrong with their precious little child. Once I walked into the room and sat down to talk with her and get her to calm down a bit, she leaned over to me and asked if I could keep a secret. The horrible thoughts of what this child was going to tell were running through my head. She than produced a very small turtle out of her pocket and said I think he is hurt because he won't move. You have to fix him!!! Her big blue eyes full of tears just broke my heart. After looking at the turtle, I got a wash basin and place him in it. I explained to the child that he was just scared and was hiding. After a few minutes, he poked his head out and looked around. The little girl was so excited that she gave me the biggest hug I have ever had. She walked out with wash basin and a very alive turtle a happy camper.
While in triage, a little boy came in with classical symptoms of the influenza, plus a possible ear infection. I provide him with a mask and tried to explain that he needed to wear it so other people did not get what he had. After I put it on him, I looked away for just a minute, when I turned back around he had the mask over his ear. Trying not to laugh, I attempted to adjust the mask for him. He very logically stated," cough ain't bad, sneeze ain't bad, body hurting ain't that bad, but no one wants me to give them this ear!!!"
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
1. Pregnant patient states,
"every morning when I get up, I get sick and vomit all over the place, it goes away after an hour or so then it comes back the next day."
2. Patients says, "dude, can't you give me something for this vomiting and headache? I had one hell of a party last night and have plans tonight, I can't go out with a hangover."
3. A known drug seeker reports that his vomiting is killing him and he needs some pain medicine now for his life threatening pain. This has not been the first time this patient has requested pain meds for this complaint, so doctor tells me to tell that patient that he is not getting anything till we see some vomit. Patient says hold on and proceeds to shove his fingers down is throat.
4. 16 year old male came in violently vomiting. Come to find out he did not want to go to school so he ingested some good old fashion ipecac.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
We are just overrun with hunters doing stupid things this time of the year. Now don't get me wrong, I am 100% for hunting, as long as I don't have to clean the deer. But come on, a little common sense would help.
Patient came rolling in all dressed in camo and blood, I expected accidental shooting or some trauma. Nope. He had fallen out of his deer stand and had a bloody nose. This is were my mouth gets me in the most trouble. I ask, "did you get yourself a deer?" He says, "nope, but I saw a bunch of turkeys." I say, "yup, I see a bunch of them in here every day."
Just love seeing kids all dressed up. I understand wanting kids to be safe, but really??? have them line up and walk through the ER to collect candy? Is that the best way to prevent them from getting sick????? Anyway, I didn't know they were coming and I didn't have candy, yet trooping though the ER they come. Now they were just too cute holding out their bags with me having nothing to give. So, I grabbed band-aids and gave handed them out like they were the coolest thing on earth. Kids loved the special stickers, as I called them. They were 4 and 5 years old. However, a little boy had a clue, he told me in the most logical voice that "these are band-aids,"
I said, "yes they are," he said, "we don't need these, no treat we give a trick" Without thinking, I said, "yes, you do when they give you that flu shot down the hall." Man, the look on his face was pure horror, then he popped off with, "not me, I can't eat eggs and no eggs is no shot." Then he kicked me..... I laugh so hard tears started rolling down. That is when it just got cute... Little girl came running up and put her sponge bob square pants sticker right on my knee saying "don't cry, the shots don't really hurt.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Now, I am just going to curl up to a stack of homework and applications for student funding.... Work was better!!!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Lessons learned: don't take someones medications and stay away from drugs.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Condoms may only be sold by doctors and wholesale druggists.
Condom sellers must be licensed and the license must always be on public display.
The use of condoms in Nevada brothels is compulsory. (Really!!! )
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
guy comes in and we are told that it is a possible stroke. One minute we are talking to him and hooking everything up, the next he stopped breathing. Felt for a pulse, found none, thumped him, that did no good, started CPR and after 10 to 15 compressions I hear, DAMN IT, I look down and he is awake, did rhythm check and he had a NSR. Now that is one of the reasons that I became a nurse. Outcome for him was that he did have a stroke, we have no clue why he arrested, but he should be fine.... Just a little sore for the 1 broke rib, opps
Monday, October 19, 2009
Him, "What do you mean I can't go right back, are you an idiot, can't you see I am in pain"
Me, "I know you do not feel well and I will get you a room as soon as possible"
Him, "You just let them cut in line on me, they came right in and you gave them a room, you are a racist cracker"
Me, "you have a back pain for 6 months, they cut off their finger, they get a room first"
Her, "this is bulls##@!, why can't I bring my McDonald's back, I paid for this"
Me, "It is policy that there is no food or drinks allowed in the back, as I point to the 4 large signs displayed in the waiting area. You should not be eating, you complain of abd pain, and n/v"
Her. "you bi@# h, you can't tell me what to do"
Them, "I have been here for 30 minutes waiting on a room, my head is killing me, can't you just take me back?"
Me, "Sorry, I do not have a room for you at this time, when one comes open I will place you in it"
Them, "you just expect me to sit out her with all of these people, I am going to catch the swine flu and then I am going to sue you"
them, "i waited all this time and the doc sent me home with nothing, I have the flu and he won't give me an antibiotic"
Me, "the flu is a virus and an antibiotic will not help"
Them, "fine then you have it," then he spit on me
patient asked me what determines who gets seen first, I told him that the sickest have a higher priority, he then falls to the floor and look up at me and states with a straight face, "I keep fainting, you saw it, I get to go straight back now, right"
Patient walks in and asks "are you busy today, can I be seen fast?
I say yes we are busy, but it depends on your acuity to how fast you get seen, the sickest are seen first.
then they just threw their clip board at me
these are just a few. Today I have had food, clipboards, soda and an unknown object thrown at me. I have been called every name in the book. I have been spit on and threatened with violence. All because people had to wait for a room, wait to be seen, not happy with the toradol prescription, and referred to walk in clinic.
I just love my job some days!!!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
•In any situation you should always be aware of your surroundings.
•Stay in well-lit areas.
•Walk on the side of the street facing traffic. Walk confidently at a steady pace.
•Avoid walking were assailants can hide, such as doorways, bushes or alleys
•If you believe you are being followed, walk quickly to a lighted area and where there are people.
•If you believe a car is following you, turn around and walk in the opposite direction or on the other side of the street.
•If someone stops you and wants directions or anything else, reply to them from a distance. Do not get too close.
•If at any time you feel you are in danger or need help, attract people in any way you can. Scream as loud as you can. If you are carrying a self-defense product such as Mace, pepper spray or a stun gun, use it and run.
•When you are in your car, lock the doors. If you are not in your car, keep the doors locked so that no one is able to enter your car and hide in it.
•While walking to your car have your keys in hand and ready to unlock the door. Before you get in your car look inside to make sure no one is hiding inside.
•While driving, if you think you are being followed, either drive to a well-lit public area or drive to a police station.
•If your car breaks down, open the hood and attach a white cloth to the antenna and get back in your car and lock the doors. If someone stops to help, remain in your car with the doors locked and ask them to call the police.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Mother did not fill prescription for albuterol updraft, son has asthma attack, so instead bring to ER, she give a tap water updraft because it looks just like the albuterol. Kid gets to the ED, is suffering from hypoxia. We have child on a simple mask and child's O2 Sat's goes up to 98%, off of O2, Sat's drop to 79% and child becomes confused and screams nonstop because he is "seeing" snakes allover the room. Tell mother to keep O2 on or child will end up on a vent. So what does mom do???? you guess it, she takes off the O2 stating that child is not comfortable. She than sneaks out to smoke and comes running in when child ends up in resp distress, which leads to cardiac arrest, we code child and he survives, but is probably has anoxic brain...... WAY TO GO MOM!!!!
6 year old comes in the ER with her heel basically shave off. Ask mom what happened, she was playing on the steps and cut foot on piece of glass that she broke the day before. Mom was mad because she told the 6 year old to pick up the glass and she got what she deserved. My questions are why did the mom not be a mom and pick up the glass herself when it was broken? My god this was a child.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Today, I received a letter in the mail. It was from a child that I had taken care a few years back. Every year, on the same date, he sends me a little gift and note. I keep all of them tuck away where I do not see them and I cannot be reminded of that night I first encountered him. He and his family do not mean any harm. They are just sending their thanks and letting me know that I had made a change in their lives. Now, with that said, I became a nurse because I wanted to be able to make a change people’s lives. I did not know then, that making a helping someone would ever be painful.
So here is the story. Child is on vacation with father and they are driving to the child’s birthday party. It was a very dark, rainy night with thunderstorm warnings and tornados watches out. Drunk driver came across and struck the vehicle that the child and father were in. Father died instantly on impact and his body pinned the child down in the car. It took over 3 hours to get this child out. He then came to me. He had many injuries and his closest family was three states away. I took care of him, and when he would fall asleep, he would wake up in screaming. There was nothing that I could do to comfort him, but sit with him, hold him, and pray he did not ask about his father. His family that was driving in wanted to be the ones to tell, which I understand, but hell the boy already knew. He would tell me over and over what happened and finally, he just asked for the truth, which I was could not tell him. A few of us nurses ended up staying with him for the day while his family was on the way up. I felt guilty leaving him because I would hope that in the same situation someone would try to comfort my child. We had switch from acting as a nurse and now was acting as a protective mothers. As nurses, we tend to band together to protect our patients, especially children. The child had four older brothers, who are the ones that came to get him. For some reason the child had bonded with me and I to him. So every year he now sends me a thank you thinking of you letter.
Many ask why it bothers me so much. Shouldn’t I be happy that I did make a difference in someone’s life? So here is the back-story. I had two children who were killed by a drunk driver at the age of 6months and 3 years on my older son’s birthday. The night this child came in was the anniversary of their death and was the same age my child would have been if he was alive. It also did not help that he had the same name as my older son.
Here’s the point. Many people go through, read our medical blogs, and wonder how we can be so cold and find humor in everything. Our jokes and laughing are a way that we protect ourselves from everything that we see and hear. Moreover, there are times that our patient’s stories and situations break though our protective walls.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
1. In middle of chest compressions, we hear the song Ex-Girlfriend coming from the patients phone. His cause of death = shot by ex-girlfriend
2. In the middle of retrieving a "lost Tampon" woman's phone rings, Her ring tone "Hello in here, get me out, answer me, help it is dark in here." --- I could not help but laugh
3. My favorite to date, I all the sudden I hear a song, "Dear penis I don't like you anymore, you used to stare at me in the morning while i shave, now all you do is look down at the floor, It use to be me, you, a paper towel and a magazine was all we needed to get by," At this point and time, my tech was putting a Foley in the patient
So please be aware that your phone will ring at the most inopportune time, and I as your nurse, will attempt not to laugh my butt off!!!