blueheaven 6,634 Views
Joined Feb 3, '04.
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I posted this a long time ago on another forum here at AN. This was in the early 80's and cardiac care was much different than it is now. Mr. V was a 59yr old who was admitted to the ICU with a large anteroseptal MI. We kept MIs at least 10 days. He suffered a cardiac arrest and they worked on him for about 45 minutes. The doctor called the code. They were getting ready to do post-mortem care and he got a pulse back. He said he was floating over top his body. He could name the Dr.s, nurses etc. that were there during the code. He even remembered one nurse who made a snide comment about his male anatomy when putting a catheter in. From that point on, he refused to have this nurse care for him.
As I've been a nurse a long time and worked much of it on night shift. I know a few stories!
I call the VA the VA Spa. Even though the ICU I work in isn't a spa a lot of the time. It is what it is. The scooters some of them ride-VA Harleys. Change is slow but it does happen. Even though I'm an older nurse, I've only been in the system for 10 years after working in the private sector. Each VA has it's own personality. It took me a while to get accustomed to how things work. I love working with the vets. They are tough! I especially love the WW 2 guys.
I transferred from one VA to another one 400 miles away. Because it is more expensive to live where I am now, they have locality pay. This adjusts your income if you move to an area where it costs more to live. I make more money because it costs more to live in this area.
One of my coworkers had suffered a massive MI. Over the course of the next 2 years, she would be in the hospital frequently in our ICU. I worked nights and we would talk about everything. At times we would pray, other times I would just sit with her if we wern't too crazy busy. I was going to be off over the weekend. She told me that she wasn't going to have a funeral or put her obit in the paper and that she was going to pass soon. Thurs. morning I hugged her, told her I loved her and that I would see her on Mon. Sat. night @ 1:30am I had a "dream" that she had come over to tell me good-bye and she would see me later. I found out Monday that it was the exact time she had passed.
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