Quote from hillflower
[ I am 60 years old...no chair had seen my hinny all day long. Lunch was a bite...then start an IV, another bite, then call lab, another bite, then draw blood for the lab when I started an IV, then strip the patient down to a hospital gown so they could have a chest x-ray...you get the picture. Am I too old for this? I keep my CEU's up to date, acls, pals etc. I hurt everywhere this morning. I can't afford to retire, but I am soooooooooo tired!
I feel for you. I had been at work for only an hour yesterday morning, when I suddenly became diaphoretic, cold and clammy, with waves of nausea. Fearing that I was having a silent MI, my supervisor called 911 and had me transported to the nearest ER. Thank goodness it only turned out to be an acute viral illness (one of my co-workers had been sick with the same thing last week). They popped me full of sedatives and then wheeled me out of the treatment room and into the hallway...to make room for another stretcher case. I lay there for the next five hours. It was FREEZING cold in that hallway, and if I hadn't had my coat with me, I guess I would have froze to death. The nurses were too busy to offer comfort measures (those were the days!), and by the time they got around to discharging me, they discovered that no vital signs had been taken on me since 11:30 that morning..and it was now 4:30 PM. A male nurse, obviously frazzled by this realization, tried to get them, as I stood by my stretcher, dizzy and nauseated, but the machine wouldn't work. Finally, at the end of his patience, he literally snatched the cuff off and flung it down and onto the floor, muttering: "Nothing in this place works!". He got a manual cuff, but it wouldn't work, either.
I can't begin
to tell you how happy I was, when a co-worker arrived to take me home. It's bad enough having to work in the conditions you guys have to work in...but being on the receiving
end, is another. God bless you!