Wednesday, December 01, 2004
An Interesting DayI'm getting more used to working up in CCU - "the unit". Today I felt like I was able to help out and I hope I was useful.
A woman had a sudden onset of bleeding into her stomach. From what I understand she had episodes of bleeding before, but this time it got really bad really fast. I felt really bad for her, it must have been terrifying watching yourself throw up just tons of blood. The nurses just went into action like a commando team and got everything going - IV fluids and blood and plasma, got the doc up there, got respiratory care, etc. I brought towels and washcloths and tried to keep her suctioned. I cleaned up as much blood as I could and measured the amount - there was about 1400ml from the bins and unknown more being soaked up by towels and suction (in about 15 min). A doc came up from the cath lab and they decided to take her down there, so I went along struggling to keep 3 IV poles rolling along at the same speed as the bed (of course, each pole has 5 wheels, and only 3/5 roll worth a crap so I looked like one of those guys at a circus who spins plates on sticks). After she was on the cath table I went to get more blood and plasma from the lab. It was very interesting, and like I said, I felt good about being able to help out at least a bit. In the end, they did stop her bleeding and she was back up in the unit before I went home. I really do admire the nurses I work with.
THEN I went to get a loose filling replaced. The dentist I use doesn't charge for 'laughing gas' and I get it every time. Why not? It's a pretty weird feeling, but certianly calms me down. I wonder why they don't use it in the hospital? It seems like it would be much easier to put in sutures or do a lumbar puncture if a patient could have some. I asked a few nurses when I worked in the ER over the summer, and they didn't know. My tooth looks good and my lip has finally gotten feeling back into it. Finally.
After that I picked up my daughter and headed to the mall to pick up a wedding band for my husband of 3 months. We had a civil ceremony and didn't have rings at the time, but since then I bought one for myself. He told me just to get him a plain gold band, not anything expensive. I ended up with a moderately-priced comfort band from Weisfield's. I'm pretty happy with it. It was reasonable and serves the purpose and doesn't make me feel like a cheapskate.
Yes, I paid for it. Why? Because for the last 3 years he has been working while I was unemployed and spending all of my time in nursing school. He has paid the bills, rent, insurance, you-name-it, and supported my daughter and myself. Over the summer break I started working and he still pays the bills from his account but I buy food/clothing/gas/toilet paper etc. from mine. I figure this is one of those incidental items like... fabric softner.
OK enough for now. I've got school in the morning, so I've got to get some rest!
Posted by HypnoKitten at 9:32 PM