Month: June 2005

Rest

Nine days in a row, then a week’s vacation, then 8 days in a row & finally a day off. Vacation doesn’t really seem like time off because it leaves little time at home to get things done, and I spent most of today catching up on sleep. Three on, one off, three on, two off, one on and I’m…

What’s your secret?

I discovered PostSecret while browsing through my blogroll via Veshland. This is a strangly fascinating site full of visual secrets. Bloggers may post one image as a link to the site, but I had to carefully choose the image to post…after all, I don’t want to give away any of my own secrets…

And the pool…

I forgot to mention the near drowning patient, a six year old who got water splashed in her face, inhaled it, started coughing, passed out face down in the pool. One of the people at the pool was an EMT who pulled her out and performed rescue breathing with success. She went from a limp blue kid to a coughing,…

Eight

Todays shift was as if somebody opened up a fire hydrant at our front doors and flooded the department with sick, sick patients. I think I admitted 10 patients today and sent another 10 home. I was afraid to touch another chart because I knew they would be too sick to send home. I helped save the life of a…

Update "spider bite"

Remember the post a few weeks back about the guy who came in with a “spider bite”? Turns out he did indeed have infective endocarditis as I suspected when I first saw him. he had his aortic valve replaced, which became abcessed, he abcessed his spleen which had to be removed and he developed kidney failure, possibly due to the…

Nine

Can you believe it? Into the single digits now. Wow. I got my signing bonus today. All I can say is wow, that’s a lot of taxes! 🙂 Enough about that, just excited, that’s all…the first fruits of my labor right here in my hands. I feel like a sports star. Somehow I bet their’s are a few orders of…

Ride

Did another ride today before work. How fantastic. New trails, and lots of them. One HUGE uphill followed by what seemed like 30 minutes of zooming down trails, back & forth along the hillside, steep, rolling, fun, amusement park like ride to the bottom of the hill, and then…back UP the mountainside to do it all over again. We reached…

Ten

It’s one thing to try and coast your way through your last ten shifts. But when nurses grab you and say, “He’s not breathing so well,” you still need to jump into action. This guy was circling the drain when he came in , unable to talk, gasping for air. he only said one word to me. I asked him…