Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Anyway just wanted to share a moment I had at work the other night that made me think "That's why I love nursing!"
Patients baby had been having decels all night. We all watch the "icky" strips at the desk even if they aren't ours. And all night we were saying.."now That's ugly!" concerning this one strip. Doc was on site and doing all kinds of interventions. Nothing was working. We all knew she probably was going to get "cut". And we were all sitting there when the call light went off and we heard "Call a STAT Csection" when the clerk said "can I help you?". I think most of us got up and sprinted to the room.
There is always alot going on Especially when the section is called stat. No time to waste. So as I helped in the room I noticed the two grandmothers-to-be in the corner. They were holding each other and crying.
"It's going to be alright!" I said to them even tho this was the first time I'd seen them. I sure hoped it would be alright but you never know. But I could see the fear and somehow I just felt it Was going to be alright. As I helped get the girl to the OR I thought more about those mothers. I felt for them...so I went back to her room. They were still there holding onto each other. I told them where they could wait and then reassured them that their baby would come into the world in probably 15 minutes or less. Then I told them that I would peek into the OR and come out and tell them when he was born. "Ohhh thank youuuuu!!!" they both said in chorus.
I didn't have a patient at that moment so I was free. I tossed on a cap and mask and headed for OR#1.
As I stepped inside I could see them pulling the little guy out. It's such a surreal thing to see doctors fish baby's out of abdomens. I still am so amazed by the skill. He was limp and not very responsive; but the Ped team quickly got him stimulated and with a little blowby O2 he started crying loudly. We all breathed a sigh of relief.
I headed out the door and down the hall. There in the waiting room were the grandmothers. Not grandmothers to BE but real grandma's!
I shouted as I walked towards them. They jumped to their feet shouting and running for me. They both were crying but now it was tears of joy. I almost started crying with them lol. "Ohhh thank you nurse..." they both said. "Oh no problem; I understand; I'm a grandmother too" I said to them. You should of seen the looks of relief on their faces. I felt so good to be the bearer of great news. And I thought as I walked away...this is why I love being a nurse =)
Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
So now you know what we're having for supper tonight. But first we're going to the movies this afternoon to see Australia. See you later *urp*
Thursday, November 27, 2008
The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
...but thanks to Shutter Sisters =)
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Well the class is not until 8:30am. So here I sit in the library killing time before I walk down to the other end of the hospital. I could of stayed in bed longer this am!!! I like sleeping in =)
Course poor hubby said I was snoring like a walrus last night. Blech. I may eventually go to the docs to see about that.
So anyway I will be sitting in the class allllll day. Then back to work tomorrow night. This is my weekend to work too. So it will be a busy weekend for me. They say it's going to rain. I don't care since I'll be spending the days sleeping lol. Sorry!
Ok off to class. Sorry I have nothing mind blowing to share at the moment. But check back. Tomorrow's another new day!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I now love photographing small seemingly insignificant things. Stones, old benches, sky and even leaves on the ground. They become art. Timeless.
So I encourage you if you aren't already a photographer, to become one. Start with a cheap digital camera and start snapping. Trust me soon you'll want an upgrade. Money well spent. And just think of the timeless moments you will capture for years of remembrance and reminiscing. You won't regret one photo =)
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
But I just called out for tonight again and I feel guilty as heck. Why? Because I know that by my not being there that the other nurses may have to pick up the slack. So I feel bad. BUT when I start feeling too badly I remind myself of the other night and almost not getting sent home at 5am because basically they forgot I was sick. I guess. You other nurses know how it is in the real world. They shouldn't want you there Ill, but they don't mind it if you push yourself harder; because they want your warm body there. It just doesn't work like that in the corporate world does it? Oh well. So I'm home tonight. Poor hubby. He said I was snoring like a Beast last night lol. I'm so clogged up.
But on a brighter note I wanted to share a neat birth story from a few nights ago. As you all know I'm relatively new to the L&D dept. Its been about 8 months now. And I've learned so much. I truly love my job. Especially the laboring moms. It's my fave. bit about my job.
So this night I sent my pt. to the OB ward and for a moment didn't have a patient. Yeah for a Minute lol. Charge nurse assigns me a mom laboring stuck at 9.5 cms. Just a lip left on her cervix. But you don't really want to push with a lip. Can cause all kinds of nasty swelling. So they had sitting straight up in the bed. She was Not a happy camper when I came into her room. She asked how long would she have to wait before pushing. So I checked her. Newp. Still had that darn lip. She almost cried...I felt bad, but told her we'd just try sitting for a bit more and I gave her an Epidural (PCA) bolus.
I left her for an hour and she didn't call out. So I went in and checked her again. Ick still had the lip. Now I thought for a few minutes and said "lets try some trial pushing". I knew that it might be possible to help streach the lip over the baby's head if she pushed effectively. So we pushed for about 20 mins. Now I didn't say anything to her but I felt lots of Capet. That's the skin at the top of the babys head that sometimes gives them a conehead because of prolonged pushing. The baby's head was very soft and pointy. I tell her to keep pushing and I'll be right back. I'm thinking to myself all the way to the desk about the situation. I knew I had to call the MD. I spoke with the resident at the desk about it and asked if this could do harm to the baby. Newp she said. Just makes em pointy lol. Then I call the MD. I tell him that I'm not sure she's really moving the baby down, and I feel lots of Capet. He says "Well she's had adequate time to prove herself. Just set her up for a section. Call me back when you know the OR is ready. Byeee!"
I hang up and think. Hhmp! So you think I'm going into this room and tell this 19yr old girl her doc said its section time for her? I tell the Charge nurse but go back and we resume pushing.
Well don't you know it. She makes progress!! I can fell the baby's head closer now and it feels rounder. Goood! So I put the nurses light on and tell them to call the doc but tell him we're delivering via vagina (not in so many words lol).
We push and push!! I can really feel baby moving now, and can see the famous perineal bulging that means the baby's head is very close to delivery. I know call out for Resident standby.
Pushhhhhhh!! Come on girl pushhhh!! THEN. Baby is def. crowning. As I reach for the sterile drape to support her perineum her doctor walks in. "You just made it in time" I say to him. He chuckles. Baby is born about 4 pushes later.
So I felt so good about this. I could of just had her stop pushing and let him come in and section her. But something in my gut (gotten always listen to your gut) made me want to try harder.
Personally, I feel as if I saved her from a section. I mean her doctor couldn't even be bothered to come in and check her himself. He was basically leaving it all to me to evaluate.
Well doesn't matter. I still feel like I helped her avoid getting cut. I know I did. And that was a defining moment for me.
I love my job =)
Sunday, November 2, 2008
But I've felt sorta odd all day. My throats dry and scratchy and I have a dry cough. I know its my sinus's cause its really irritating the heck out of the back of my throat. Hmmm. So I am here for 12 hrs. Then 12 x 2 again before I get a day off.
I blame that darn Michelle (who's last name will remain a secret) cause she worked the other night sick as a Dawg and I was near her.
So that's it. I don't feel well. Just wanted to let you know. Gifts would be appreciated hehe!!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
And her darling sister Hailey =)
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
We were challenged to find the beauty sitting right before our eyes. In our kitchen! I took scads of photo's of this and that. But this one jumped off the page at me. So I submitted it =)
I had washed dishes and left the water sitting. I know. Bad girl. Oh well I had things to do..ie: catch up on my blog reading and flickr loading lol. So after I read the challenge I headed downstairs with trusty canon in hand. There was my sink. With the sponge floating. And I thought Why Not!
Pop over and read a bit on the above site. I promise you won't be disapointed! Laters!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
An abject lesson in patience is the flower outside our doorway
planted when the spring was young watered,
tended, nurtured through the spring, the summer,
into the cooling of fall bursting into a single bloomin
the middle of October just days before frost
will come into our world
Watching over this flower,
waiting for its blooming
wondering what fruit
it will bear all summer long
by Raymond A. Foss
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
They know I like the natural ones..cause its how I birthed my baby's. So I usually get those mommy's. And I love it!
This mom was a first time mother and determined to go without medication. I asked her why and she said she just didn't want a needle stuck in her back; and she was afraid of the side effects of the epidural on her baby. Her dad asked me what his first grandchild felt like when I did the vag exam. He asked for my name again and said he wanted to remember the name of the first person to have her hands (or fingers) on his lovely wee one. I was touched..
Good points mom! Sorry girls. I know its the popular way to birth these days..and I Have been convinced by more than a few that its appropriate for some situation. But I'm not convinced there isn't risk that we don't know about......now. I'm thinking that one day they will come out with some facts that will scare the crap out of us. Ok so call me crazy. It's just what I wonder about.
So anyway her labor went wonderfully. She came to me at 1am at 5-6Cm's and was 8-9Cm's by 7am. She sat upright (HF) in the bed and was able to walk around her room and go to the bathroom. She breathed thru her contractions and her family was there to rub her back and encourage her. She was just so IN control it blew my mind! I kept the praise up to her and told her what a wonderful job she was doing. At some point when I told my fav OB resident that the pt. was the poster child for natural childbirth, the resident said.."Oh no You're the poster child lol". She knows about my large chubby baby's =)
I was disappointed to leave this am. I hope she had a fabulous birth this am and I can't wait to see how she did.
Women you CAN DO IT!!!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
One of my fav blogs and bloggers is http://www.dolcepics.com/
She is a fab. photographer and amazing person! She has this game we play each week where we take a photo off her site that she's posted and we umm..well we Play with it. We do whatever we like!! This is my take on the spooky fall door.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
But this dad looked very rough. But was polite and softspoken. Mom ended up pushing but not able to pass the baby under the arch. You L/D nurses know what I mean. So after one very long icky decel and then bradycardia, off to the OR we go at 3am.
Surgery went well. Baby boy was glorious!! Apgars 8-9. Perfect.
But what touched me was the dad. Once his little boy took his first breath and was being looked at by Peds; I looked over at dad. He was wiping his eyes and lovingly staring at his son. I told him to come over and see his boy. Dad was just full of tears and apologized for it. "Ohh no" I said. "You shed all the tears you want. You've just become a daddy and your life will Never be the same..."
Small silly post perhaps..but a moment in my job that touched my heart. It's why I love my job =)
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
.. I am going thru all my old photo's looking for some to save on my Flickr page. I came across some really sweet photo's..which makes me sorta sad. My kids have grown up!
You guys with the little ones hear me and here me good! They Do grow up fast. And time Does fly. It might sound trite now. Or you say Ohh Jody they're sometimes just driving me Crazy!
But before you know it they'll be big. And moved out. And on their own. And yes! Thats what is suppose to happen I know! But sometimes I shed a small tear, wishing I could relive those days of young motherhood.
So today, hold your babies close. Even if they're teens. And tell them you love them. And take loads of photo's =).
"You're gonna miss this
You're gonna want this back
You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast
These are some good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you're gonna miss this"
Monday, September 15, 2008
I will eat these blueberries tonight and celebrate my summer.
I encourage you to do the same. And post a photo of something you love about summer. I'd love to see!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
So last night I was scheduled for 11-7. I arrived at work and was assigned a patient who had delivered but was waiting to be discharged to the postpartum. floor. So there was little for me to do other than assess mom and baby and fill out various paperwork. Easy peasy. Gone by midnight. Then I had no patient until about 3am. The floor was unusually quiet..
We had a baby born with anacephalus. Long story short it means no brain. It was not my patient but I did go into the room to help the nurse assigned to them. Baby was preterm at 21 weeks. Parents were Incredibly strong! Nurse and doctor were incredibly shaken. What a tough thing to deal with. I can't even imagine. They are in my prayers tonight...
So about 3am the Charge nurse comes and asks me to circulate for the next CSection. Yes you heard right. The Next CSection. Apparently they had one after another all evening and thru the night.
Ok so I set up the OR and await the patient. She was a full term mommy who had reached 9cm's but stalled there for a few hours. The Doctor said she had waited long enough. "Failure to Progress" He was "cutting" her. Yeah cutting is the accepted and widely used term for CSection in the OB world. How sad huh? To dilate to 9cms and have to go thru a section. The baby was doing fine; tolerating the Pit well. No decels. No loss of variability. Hmm. So why the section? I don't know but I think he could of given her a little more time. She was not my patient until she hit OR#1...
The section went well. Mom delivered an 8lb plus baby boy and everyone was happy. So after I got her settled into her postop room everything looked fine. I assessed the baby and found his breathing to be very rapid. In the 90's! I called Peds, attached the pulsox and did a blood sugar. Baby looked fine. Just was breathing very fast. I got a phone call to say I could go home if I wanted...things were slow; so off I went. I think the baby probably went to OBS. Observation for 4 hrs. I gave report to the nurse taking over for me and headed for the time clock.
It was 5:30am. Nice to head out a little early =)
I got to see the sun rise as I drove over the bridge towards home.
So that was my night. September 5th, 2008. I'm off the weekend. But already wondering what Sunday night will bring my way..
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Gosh is it really Wednesday? LOL yeah. Well I've been off for a few days and I've lost track. Hmm. Ok so take a look here. This is my first time playing..not my last!