Thursday, July 31, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Unless I find some time and think of some old stories there will be nothing new here for a little while. I'm going to the other side of the bed (or should I say my daughter is) and I will be off for the next 1 1/2 weeks.
My daughter has a laryngel cleft and is going to have it repaired tomorrow (Monday, July 14). I think it is hard to be a nurse and be on the other side of the bed for any reason. Whether it is youself or any family member.
I recently experienced this with my husband as he had an AFib ablation done just prior to Christmas and then his follow up in April. And I have experienced it a ton with my daughter as she has had issues since birth and this will be her 5th hospitalization in her almost 3 years.
I have yet to decide if being a nurse makes it harder because you want to "do it all" or if it is because you just know too much. Or in the case of my daughter I know too much but too little at the same time as I have no real pedi experience. Either way, I'll be away from this blog until I come back to work. But if you want updates on her progress you can still visit me at her blog titled Jenny's Journey.
Good tidings until I'm here again.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Here is a sampling of the families we had the last shift I worked:
We had a lady who spoke little English and so her family stayed with her for much of her hospitalization. They sacrificied their own home life to help provide for her. They were quite nice to us and helped us in any way they could.
We had a man who was estranged from his family and though he had been in the hospital for over a month we have been unable to get ahold of any family to let them know what he has been through.
We had another family who saw how busy we were with the relvolving door of transfers out to get admits in and felt bad for us so brought us a "snack" which was really a pizza enough to feed us all.
Then we had a family of a man dying. And it was an unexpected death that was going to occur so they were just entering the stages of grief. His first day there everyone was nice and everything was thank you etc. Then it all changed and we could do nothing right in their eyes. It made for a miserable shift. I can understand a family member being upset with me if I've done something wrong to their loved one or made a mistake. But when I have taken care of them like I would my own family member and you are yelling at me just because you need someone to take your grief out on I just don't deal well with that. I know it's not personal but I'm not a punching bad ya know.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
There are various reasons I work the night shift most of which I won't get into now but I did want to share this reason. I brought my camera to work a few nights in a row as we marvel at the sunrise each morning. For years I have said that I want to get a picture of it so finally I did. Of course, pictures just don't do it justice but here is our view each morning. I took it a couple of different mornings as it looks so different each day. We overlook a river from my side of the hospital and it is just so pretty each morning. These are taken through the window of a patient room.
The river looks pretty neat with all the lights shining off it each night too. A coworker and I went to the top level of the parking garage and took this:
Like I said, the pictures just don't do it justice but seeing the sun rise each morning that I'm here is a pretty cool thing!!