How embarassing (LONG) - page 2

It has been a couple of days and I am just now getting to the point where I can write about the situation, am not sure what it is going to be like to go back to work on Saturday. I work in a... Read More

  1. by   Jolie
    I agree with the others that it is unlikely that anyone took offense to your remarks, and that home-made goodies heal all wounds!

    If you are afraid that you will be tongue-tied and unable to apologize in person, just write a short note and deliver it to the unit along with the goodies.

    Hope you feel better!
  2. by   fuegorama
    Full on the above. It's your co-workers who were basically spectating at your situation. You transferred from nurse to pt. when you first reported symptoms/were recognized as being in distress. Cookies make nice-nice, but I hope some of your co-workers apologize for gawking at you during your time of illness.

    Re: your query.
    If this is your third episode of SVT why aren't you seeing a cardiologist now? You may need a trip to the EP lab to clear up this recurrent dysrhythmia. ask the Cards guy's advice.
  3. by   Nightcrawler
    Thank all of you for your replies, like any of us nurses, I listened to every word that came out of the cards doc's mouth, memorized it and used it to do internet research over the last couple of days. He said at the time that it looked like AV nodal re-entry. Thankfully it doesnt seem to be that serious except that I become soooo symptomatic. It also doesn't make me feel very good that it took IV meds to break the cycle. With that in mind I made an appointment with the same doc today for the end of next month, hoping that he will tell me that I really DONT need the continuing care of a cardiologist. Actually Im hoping that I have the chance to thank him for his help before then and that he tells me that I dont need to come see him after all. I would actually rather see one of his partners who are more personable, but he has already seen me when I am in the rhythm, and most doc's dont get to actually see episodic probs outside of the EPS lab, and he is also the best area EPS guy, so if things get worse I will end up with him anyway.
  4. by   texas_lvn
    Quote from Sylv
    They probably won't even remember it. You could bring in a big plate of cookies or something and add a card saying what you feel in case you don't see everyone in person, thanks for your concern, sorry I snapped.

    P.S. Keep your legs shaved, (at least on the days you go to work). :wink2:

    Sylvester
    Totally agree on the cookies. Food is an apology understood in every language.
  5. by   jill48
    Could have been worse. You could be working an OB unit and have a gynecological emergency . Your coworkers will understand. I would if it was me you snapped at. If anything, I would probably feel bad for crowding you. Just let them know that you are sorry and you know they meant well.
  6. by   RN BSN 2009
    I'm sure they'll understand... good luck!!
  7. by   bethin
    I agree with others to bring some doughnuts, cupcakes, etc in. I have a great recipe for mocha chocolate chip cheesecake bars that are easy to make - and are gone in less than 5 mins.

    Also, maybe bring a card apologizing so those who aren't there for the food are aware that you are sorry.

    When I was in the hospital in July, in excrutiating pain (d/t Crohns) and no pain med was working, and banging my head against the IV pole, I got snippy with the nurse. I was a crying, blubbering idiot. I felt bad because I also have to work with her. I pulled her aside during work and apologized. She said "honey, no need, I could tell you were in pain." I think nurses make the worst pts, but also nurses are often the most forgiving.
  8. by   Sylv
    Quote from bethin
    I have a great recipe for mocha chocolate chip cheesecake bars that are easy to make - and are gone in less than 5 mins.

    Aren't ya gonna share the recipe?
  9. by   mhull
    I am sooo sorry this happened to you.

    I just want to tell you a secret. I know I can't give medical advice but let me share something with you.

    When I was 15 I started having problems with my HR going up to 180-200s. I went to my PCP who accused me of drug abuse (until my drug screen came back negative), to having anxiety, then to not wanting to go to school.

    One night I was getting ready to go out to eat and it happened, my mom who was my biggest supporter and knew I was not faking or doing this to myself took me to the ER. I was in SVT. I received Adenosine and was sent to a EP doc. I had ablation the summer before I turned 16. That was the best thing that ever happened to me.

    I did have a problem about a year ago with my HR running around 120. I was put on Toprol XL until this past September and went on a diet. (I got pregnant in July so I quit the diet), but I am now off the Toprol XL and feel much better.

    All I can tell you is to please see a doctor you can trust, make the necessary lifestyle changes, and follow what you feel is best. Please don't be embrassed. This is not something you can help.

    If you have any questions, feel free to ask me or PM me. I will keep you in my thoughts.
  10. by   canoehead
    I agree with everyone else- you were stressed, and ill, and they were crowding you, all good reasons to be a bit irritable. Just bring in a card thanking them for their rapid and caring response (the cookies will help tremendously) and not another word need be said.
  11. by   Justhere
    I've had this happen before when I first learned I had mitral valve prolapse, heart would start racing, then I would feel like I would pass out. Sweet snacks and treats usually go over very well as an apology.
  12. by   Jayne LPN
    Oh I do understand,

    I collapsed at work, (about 2 yrs ago now) walking down the unit, and bam.......next thing i know i am waking up on the floor with my co-workers, house doc, and nursing supervisor hoovering all around me.......someone was asking me what meds i was on......blah, blah, blah..........all i wanted to do was run for the hills i was sooooooooooooo mortified.
    Again like yourself, i was rolled down to the E.R. labs drawn, cxr and ekg performed, blah, blah, blah.........had pain under the left breast radiating up my neck, down my arm......freaking out at this point......ekg was fine....cxr showed my diaphram was inflammed which was pusing against my rib cage.....hence the pain.....labs showed low K level, elevated bun, and low H/H......given iv fluids, some potassium...blah, blah, blah.........I was also short with the staff....worked with them on many a float night.........but my 1st night back at work......I had pizza delivered to both my home floor, and the E.R.

    Oh and P.S. I always make sure now I am hair free
  13. by   jojotoo
    Take cookies. Tell them that you were hypoxic.

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