I worked 3 nights in a row last week. My first night/shift was busy - as it usually is at the start of a new week. I was doing a juggling act with two patients who both had electrolyte problems. Luckily, they were both on the electrolyte protocol, but even with replacement - the rechecked results would be lower than before I gave the replacement. That never made sense to me, but anyways, I spent most of the night dealing with that kind of stuff.
I had another patient that seemed to be losing the will to live. I don't know what he's normally like, but he was acting a little bizarre. It got worse the next day and the family and doctor decided it was time for Hospice. I'm not exactly sure why, I never had the time to really look back in his chart to see what brought them to that final conclusion. The patient seemed to know - he was requesting the chaplain to visit so he could make things right with the Lord. I often wonder if some people know when it is their time. It certainly seems that way sometimes.
I started my first class towards my Bachelor's Degree in Nursing yesterday. We meet online for a 1 hr chat on Tuesday mornings. Silly me thought I needed to have all the reading & all the lectures done by the chat today...so I stayed up all night to get it done. Turns out, it wasn't necessary. She gave us a break since the class just started yesterday. Grrr! Now I'm working on a 500 word paper that is due on Friday. I haven't written a paper in years & it is tough getting started. I'm lost. Luckily I was able to find an online program that walks you thru how to write the papers in the style (APA) that needs to be done. Hopefully, that will be a lifesaver. Now I just need to find material on what to write. There are 5 different topics. I need to pick one! Wish me luck. This will be my routine for the next 7 weeks. I'm hoping to get ahead of the game. It's only day 2 & I feel like I'm behind. Especially since I'll be working Thurs thru Sunday night.
I will post pictures of mytrip as soon as I have time. I'm not scheduled next week other than Sunday - so maybe I'll catch up then. Then again, we're so short-staffed, I may volunteer to work. My tailbone is feeling better - still sore when I sit or stand or move around while sitting or lying down, but it is a lot, lot better. I think working & moving around was good for it last week as much as I dreaded it.
Have a good week everyone!!!