When listing off the best Christmas presents, people usually name things like electronics and clothes. While these are great, I received something much better tonight: my sister and her boyfriend, Mark, taught me how to start an IV. And, Mark let me practice on his arm. YAY!!! I started my first IV, and I did an ok job!! I honestly don’t think I could have asked for anything better. At my school, we have so many students and so few resources that I have only practiced poking a dummy with a needle to start an IV once. My second attempt was supposed to be on a real patient who would have no idea that I had no clue what I was doing. I’m sure you can imagine how stressful this has been for me- every day at clinicals I have been praying that I wouldn’t have to start an IV. Now, I am so much more confident, and I was blessed to have such wonderful, patient teachers. So, Mary Ann and Mark, from the bottom of my heart (and all of my future patients’ hearts) THANK YOU!!!
To the rest of you, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate)!
Cross country punk. 🙂