My other patients were ok...I felt like I was working in a psych ward in a nursing home. I think dementia has to be one of the saddest conditions I've ever seen...simply because nothing you say or do will affect the way your patient is behaving - however, that didn't stop me from trying to reason with my patient. :) She would not stop yelling out...she was calling her daughter's name, then the name of the woman that takes care of her at the nursing home, then she was pleading for water - which I gave her often & finally it was "helpppppppp meeeeeeeee." All night long.....didn't matter how much Haldol or Ativan I gave her, the results were the same. She did not sleep for one second. She was in restraints because she would attempt to get out of bed, pull out her foley, pull out her IV. By the end of the shift, I also was resorting to saying "helppppppp meeeee."
In addition to those two patients, I had two combative males that required a sitter. Did I also mention that on this floor....it was just me & one other nurse? That's it. I handled these guys fine......one wanted his sleeping pill & pain medicine, once he got that, he was cooperative & the other one just wanted to be left alone so he could sleep. Not a problem.......sweet dreams.
I got my 5th patient around midnight...a woman that had checked herself out AMA two days earlier. Not a wise decision when you have a DVT (blood clot). She was pleasant as can be...I had no complaints.
I'm not feeling too good today...not sure if it's the weather or pms or if I'm fighting off some kind of cold or flu. I just feel blahhhh. Luckily I'm not scheduled to work until Sunday. I go back to a full-time schedule for a few weeks. I don't like feeling blah. Maybe some chocolate chip cookies & milk will make things better, right????
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving & got lots of Christmas shopping accomplished!