I got a call on Thursday telling me some more sad news. One of my nursing school classmates that I graduated with had passed away at my hospital's ER last weekend. I was shocked! She was 36 years old and I was told that she died from a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs). It's another reminder that life isn't fair and your entire world can change in a second. You just never know when that will be....soooo scary.
Carlene - I don't know why I thought about that patient from earlier in the week the way I did. I didn't connect it to myself or my family at all though. Maybe I was overly tired & things got to me more than usual. I'm not really sure. It can be a tough job sometimes - having to deal with critical situations, death and grieving families. I can usually separate what needs to be done at work from what I take home at the end of a difficult shift. For some reason...that day I wasn't able to. Sometimes it doesn't always make sense and I'm ok with that. Like anytime in life...there will be some good days and some not so good days.
I'm doing better now. I've been off since Monday and have been doing a variety of things including getting some rest & relaxation, getting back into working out & balancing between staying busy socially and having time to myself. I work tonight and tomorrow night and then will be off until Friday and work 4 in a row...eeekkk...lol. It's spring break for my youngest niece and nephew so I plan on making sure they have some fun. Being around kids is always refreshing....as long as I can send them home after a few days. :)
Enjoy the weekend everyone!