So today was my first "true code." I've seen several trauma patients code, and cardiac patients code, but those are somewhat expected. This patient was not expected, and it was my first time assisting in CPR.
I think the physical exhaustion of doing chest compressions, the adrenaline of fighting to help keep the patient alive, and the depression of the unsuccessful outcome has taken its toll on me. I'm usually not too sensitive, but I'm pretty out of sorts.
How do you usually feel after a code? How do you get back to feeling normal?