Friday, June 12, 2009

Post #99 or I had a crappy night...take your pick!

One patient, coded just before shift her 1/2 way through report. Can we say 7 pumps equals 7 drips needing titrated. No BP, No pulse (pulseless electrical activity), no pee, no real temperature (93 degrees is not compatible with life for long). Intubated (not breathing on her own). Guess you can see where this is going....8 hours later I remembered to pee. Oh, and to actually look at my other patient a few times (she had 5 drips going and unstable BP), but her grand-daughter...who was a Veterinarian was at her bedside and more than happy to call me...frequently...but mostly I can say when I was needed. I figured out I hate arterial lines.....they can be a pain in the hiney when not working properly.

Left both of my peep's alive ... and if not stable...with titratable drips. Wow...I'm pooped.

So I'm headed to bed. Kids will be starting out from North Carolina for here today. Thank God it will take them two days to get here. I think it will take me two days to recoup from last night.


Aleta said...

I'm so sorry you go through nights like that. I couldn't do your job. I don't have the heart. It would consume my emotions, so God bless you for what you do!

Ness said...

It takes a special person to do the work you do and I am never more appreciative as when I am in the ER/hospital with my family and see nurses at work. Enjoy your visit with your family.

Debbie Y. said...

Take a rest, you deserve it. I really don't know how you do it, but I love it that there are dedicated wonderful souls like you that do. I appreciate you sooooo much. Thanks for being there and hopefully if I ever need nursing care I get someone as wonderful as you.

Good luck with the kids when they finally get there. Waiting to hear all the funny stories and details of life with kids.

GingerJar said...

Thanks all...I have finally recooped...and have had a much needed week off!