It has been a strange week at work. First off - we are full. Usually the summer months are our slow months, but we are full...the entire hospital. ICU was the busy unit this week - lots of unstable patients. One came in walking & talking and within a couple of hours - coded & died. She was only 53 years old. Another one recently had open heart surgery at another hospital. Came to our hospital with symptoms of a stroke - sure enough it was & within hours she was non-responsive & on the verge of death. It's scary to see how quickly things can change - so unpredictable.
I only worked on Monday & Tuesday nights - that was enough. We get patients from this certain skilled nursing facility where they are spoiled beyond belief. I had one a few weeks ago that wanted me to scratch his butt...ummm, never will I be doing that for a patient - especially one that has 2 hands that work just fine!!!!! Another nurse got a patient from that place & this patient was in a room near where I was sitting. Literally every 5 minutes it was "Nurseeeeee, I need this. Nurseeeee, I need that." Non-stop the entire day & night. She would doze off & wake up demanding more things. I went in to help the nurse move her up in bed & sure enough - I heard her asking for a butt massage. Ummmm....neverrrrrrrrr. This is health care...not a massage therapy center. She wanted some wave/water bed type bed because she wasn't comfortable. I don't even know what she was talking about. All she did was complain non-stop too - even after you bend over backwards to meet her needs. I stopped responding to her calling out. It was all just needy stuff - not necessary stuff. She woke up about 1 am demanding apple sauce. I felt like asking - what would you do if you were at home? No one would be getting up & getting you apple sauce at 1 am. It's time for bed! This wasn't even my patient & she was on my nerves...lol.
Of course my patients were on my nerves too. Just silly little demands...repeatedly. I had one patient that kept lifting up his gown & showing all he had. Do I really need to see that every time I go in the room? He was totally alert & oriented too. I think he just enjoyed flashing whoever was around. I finally told him that he had to stay covered up, that people walk by his door & don't need to see that. His reply "They can look the other way." Ummm, no buddy, that's not how it works. Finally I just shut his door. What is wrong with some people???
I had another one that was obsessed with constipation. I gave him dulcolax and lactulose. He complained the entire night that they wouldn't work and how he takes 9023840 things at home to make him go. Well, that's why - his body got used to needing those medciations in order to have a bowel movement. He was mad that we weren't giving him all of those things. Some people get too obsessed with this. Within a few hours, he went plenty...but the next night I had to hear it all again. Sigh!!!
I got a new admit on Tuesday night. A 38 yr old with chest pain. I actually felt bad for him because he had no insurance and a newborn baby at home. I kept thinking about how high his hospital bills must be. I do like the younger patients though - they are much more self-sufficient and grateful.
My puppy is growing. Her ears are trying to stand up...it's cute. My class is over with - I had a 96 average...yay...an A. It's nice to be free again without any papers to write.
I think I'm going to go watch a movie! Bye all!