Saturday, March 6, 2010

Ranting a bit

You know that it is time to take a few days and relax when you have a very bad run of patients and all you want to do is complain. Here is a small sample of the last few weeks:

1 child shoot in the head while the mother was committing a crime.

1 child brought in at 3 weeks old with SIDS, 6 hours to get the mother to the point that I could take the child and turn over to coroner.

Pys patient asking me for her purse because people are out to kill her, when asked why the purse she tell me to get her gun!.Ended up taking a 22 ca hand gun fully loaded, 1 in chamber, and cocked back out of purse. After clearing the gun and handing it off, she stated that she was going to kill me.

After some narcan someone ended up with projectile vomit in face and down scrub top.

At the end of a 20 hour shift, ended up spending 2 hour attempting to keep a airway open of a very obsess women, with no neck to be found, that had just had a total neck done. Her neck was so large and swollen that we could not get her tubed and was unable to place a cric. I guess when a person weighs over 700lbs they are going to be hard, but hell, I do not have to go to the gym today after that fight.

And the is a number of other just bad cases that make a nurse just want to throw up their arms and walk out.

So why do we do what we do???? Could question.

I work in the ED because for every bad case there are 10 that I can help, just need to take a break sometimes. Planning on sitting on a friends front porch, sweet tea, deer chili, and watching all of our kids play in the fields. Will go back to reality on Monday


  1. I ask myself "why" a lot... I still dont know the answer. Your shift sounds trying but at least its better than taking care of sore throats, 3 week old back pains and abdominal pains for 12 hours. I have had way too many of those shifts lately. lol

  2. I know what you mean, I have a slight advantage, all back pains, sore throats and "spider bites" are diverted to our minor medical portion of the er, which for me is great because I never work that area:)