Sick

And more sick.  Turns out, we’ve got some sick people in our little village and this past week has wiped me out.  Long days working overtime and pulling an all-nighter have pretty much defined the last few days.

When the radio goes off, I feel the nervous energy immediately start in my brain.

It has, however; been a huge learning experience.  And for that, I am grateful.

My favorite moment, was probably one night last week, when my patient became a bit panicked and started to hyperventilate.  His pulse rose to a dangerous level.  My mind immediately scrolled back through my ETT files and pulled out a card:

I leaned over, put my hand on the patient’s shoulder, and got eye to eye with him.

Calmly, I said:  “I want you to take a deep breath in through your nose and out through your mouth…I’ll do it with you…ready?

And we both breathed a cleansing breath.

His pulse immediately went back to normal and his breaths became deep and regular again.  He began to relax and he laid his head back and closed his eyes.

And again, I was reminded that these moments were worth all the headaches, the stress of learning a million different things, the fear of failure….

I don’t think there could be a better feeling in the world.

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