getting more comfortable with everything I have to do. His mom, for the
first time in almost a month, left the hospital without another family
member present in her son’s room!! Yay for me (that she trusts me this
much) and for her- she needed to get away for awile!
I have a few cute stories for you:
I helped my friend Rachel clean up her patient who had diarrhea all
over himself. He was an adorable elderly man, and he was very confused.
He knew we were there and working with him, but I don’t think he
realized he had made a mess, or what we were doing. This fact became
clear when we had him rolled onto his side, and when I asked if he was
ok, his response was, "Would you like to hear a science joke?" Uh..
sure? Unfortunately, he did not actually have a science joke for us.
Patients can say the most random things at the weirdest moments!
Rachel was in the room with her patient (same one from story above). He
was doing completely fine until Danielle walked in. All of the sudden,
he started breathing heavy, and Rachel asked, "Are you having trouble
breathing?!" He responded, "I am having trouble breathing. But
I’m not having trouble pooping!" Rachel lifted up the sheet and once
again, there was diarrhea everywhere.
A few hours later, Rachel
was working with her patient when Danielle came in to see if she
needed help. Pretty soon, the patient had diarrhea. Somehow Danielle
must have a laxitive effect on our patients! As a result, Danielle has
been forbidden from entering any of our patient’s rooms, and earned the
nickname The Fecal Queen!
After flushing my patient’s feeding
tube with water today, I remembered to turn the feeding tube back on (I
forgot to do this yesterday, and was made fun of by his mom). I walked
around to the other side of my patient to help him feed himself (he has
a feeding tube & eats a little on his own). Well, fifteen minutes
later, I walk back around the bed, and there is a puddle on the floor.
I see the liquid food dripping, but can’t figure out where it is coming
from. Is there a hole in the tube? Is there a problem with the
connection between the food jar and the tube? Nope. Then it hits me, I
had hung the connection part of the tube up at the top of the IV pole
and although I turned the machine back on, I did not remember to
connect the tube to my patient. The food was dripping all the way down
all over everything. Oops! I quickly fixed my mistake and cleaned up
the mess. My patient was laughing at me. At least I brightened his day,
When a patient is considered a "fall risk", there is a
red sign put on their door, and everyone who walks by is required to
peek in and make sure the patient is not trying to get out of bed. I
peeked into a fall risk patient’s room today, and saw the guy at the
end of his bed trying to stand up. I ran over to him and said, "What
are you doing?!" He replied, "I was just about to lay myself down."
Sure you were. Reminds me of a little kid whose face is covered with
chocolate, saying "I don’t know what happened to all the candy!"
I stayed and talked with the man for a few minutes, and he was a really
friendly guy. When I told him my name was Katie, he said that my name
scared him. Never heard that before! So I asked him why, and he
replied, "From that awful Hurricaine Katie!!" Geez! I should have
Flapping in the wind
This is an
image I will never forget~ While eating lunch in the cafeteria, I
looked out the window and saw a middle aged man smoking a cigarette.
Well, this man happened to be a patient. Wearing nothing but his
hospital gown (yes, they still make them where they don’t close in the
back). Still attached to his IV pole. Smoking a cigarette!? That is
what I call dedication.
And just in case you were wondering,
my patient stood up with Physical Therapy five times today!!! Yeah!!!!
It normally takes three therapists to get him up, but today, it only
took two. He’s getting stronger! I am really proud of him.
went in to his room this morning and he was sleeping, I watched as he
would grab his paralyzed arm with his good arm, shake his paralyzed
arm, and whimper. This was heartbreaking to see, especially for his
mom. I really hope he keeps his determination and gets better!