I went back to work on Monday. I was sort of looking forward to it and also dreading it.
Monday was pretty good. I did triage which involved a lot of sitting which turned out of course to be painful. It was a pretty busy day, and by the end of it, I was really really exhausted and sore. But I was really happy that I had managed it.
Tuesday on the other hand was well, interesting.
I was assigned to the most difficult assignment in the joint, the trauma rooms. The charge nurse alluded to the fact that she has seen that I have been biking and using the elliptical, so I must not need any special help. Well. I will do my workouts any day over a 12 hr day in the trauma rooms.
But I bit it. I ended up with a man with a heart rate of 18, took him eventually to the cath lab.
It kind of looked like this.
Odd thing is that the guy was wide awake and seemed to be tolerating this pretty well. Of course, one can not tolerate a rate of 18-20 for long. So the Cath lab was the place to go. I think I got a little tense while waiting for the cath lab to clear, mostly because the only medication we could give him was not doing a darn thing for his heart rate, and it kept getting slower. By the time we got him over to the lab, I was in Miserable pain. I really felt terrible. Oddly, about a half hour later, I started to feel better. I think I may have just tensed up the hip due to my stress.
After that, I got a 3 yr old kid who needed a Lumbar Puncture, not exactly a fun thing to do, and a little bit scary because you have to have a little kid stay still….a little cranky sick kid, hold still while we cause pain. So we did that. Not fun, but the child was an absolute trooper and did better than many adults.
While this was all going on, I was managing some type of intractable pain, a blood transfusion, and something else….
So I was feeling pretty good at the end of the day, when they pulled my kid out of the room, and stuck another patient in my room who was so ill that we had to helicopter her out….
The bath was super helpful. I admit, I was a bit peeved over the assignment, but, at the same time it was nice to see I could do it. I did have a few moments that morning of just staring at the software trying to figure out which thing to press to get to various area of the charting system…
I have a total new respect for my job.
I would rather do this all day than my job:
Walk 2-3 miles
elliptical 3 miles on level 5
Ride a stationary bike for 9 miles
Do a weights workout for 45 minutes
and run for 30 minutes in the pool.
All that in one day, did not make me as exhausted as 12 hours in the Emergency Department!
Luckily I have some time off now to recover, and track Tropical Storm Emily!
I was peeved today also, my friend who had a horrific bicycle accident and had her shoulder replaced and her hip pinned, was able to start running last week. Bah! I am still not allowed. But I did run on the trampoline again!