MICU nurse becomes Trauma Pt. - page 3

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Recently I was traveling in Florida with my family to Disney World and a cement truck traveling in the opposite direction, on I 10, had a catastrophic blow out of a front steer tire. He started flipping and went through the... Read More


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    Well my slap tear repair was a little more complicated then we first thought, it seems as though that has been my lot in life lately. There were multiple tears on my labrum and my rotator cuff was torn. Anchors were installed and tears repaired....phew it isn't as bad as I had anticipated! Pain is moderate but controlled and I finally feel like I'm on the road to recovery. Hallelujah!
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    Well my slap tear repair was a little more complicated then we first thought, it seems as though that has been my lot in life lately. There were multiple tears on my labrum and my rotator cuff was torn. Anchors were installed and tears repaired....phew it isn't as bad as I had anticipated! Pain is moderate but controlled and I finally feel like I'm on the road to recovery. Hallelujah!
    So happy for you! I wish you strength and renewal during your recovery. May the new year be your happiest, hugs!
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    I had a hsterectomy over 30 yrs ago and what could go wrong did go wrong. After 2 days they took my foley out and didn't check to se if I had peed I had told them many times I hadn't, my bladder flap tore and after about 3 days my belly started getting big and as an ICU nurse I told them I was bleeding They didn't believe me and ignored me until the doc checked all my labs by then I was confused and scared. The bad thing about being a nurse and confused is you still have your nursing knowledge, but you can't do anything about it. In the end I arrested and woke up in ICU on a vent. Knowing all along I was in bad bad shape and in a pitch black room, still confused and now restrained.
    Enough about that. Now I know to never, ever ignore anything your patient says, frequently check urine output after foley removal, if the bp is very low and heart rate is fast it better be the first thing you don't ignore. Tell your patient what is going on. Constantly reassure your patient they are going to be okay and leave a night light on and a call button close even if they are confused. All basic nursing 101 stuff. These simple little things are so very important and I never forgot them. I almost died because there was no compassion, patience, or tolerance in many of that facilities nurses
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    Well my slap tear repair was a little more complicated then we first thought, it seems as though that has been my lot in life lately. There were multiple tears on my labrum and my rotator cuff was torn. Anchors were installed and tears repaired....phew it isn't as bad as I had anticipated! Pain is moderate but controlled and I finally feel like I'm on the road to recovery. Hallelujah!
    I am so glad!!!!!Happy New Year!!!!
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    Well here's to an awesome new year! So excited to be moving on. I went to PT today for my foot and knees and was released...Whoot Whoot! Said he thought I'd be 100% in no time. It sure is nice to get some good news.

    Nurses thank you for all of your stories. I'm sure they were equally horrific. I will take every experience you have shared with me. Thanks
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    Recently I was traveling in Florida with my family to Disney World and a cement truck traveling in the opposite direction, on I 10, had a catastrophic blow out of a front steer tire. He started flipping and went through the median and hit us head on. The impact threw our car 88ft and we landed in a drainage ditch pointing the opposite direction we were traveling.

    To make a long story shorter, I had to be extricated with jaws of life, I went in to shock and while paramedics were medicating me for pain. I had an anaphylactic reaction to Fentanyl and lost my airway.I was airlifted to a trauma center and my kids were taken to ALABAMA to another trauma center because we overloaded the Panama City hospital with our wreck. I didn't know how my kids were doing for over 8 hours.

    The worst part was hearing the screams from my kids asking them not to let their mommy die. I am an RN in the MICU and I it was so hard knowing everything going on and having absolutely no control. I was the one that gave paramedics report when they arrived on scene and I told them when I was loosing my airway.

    Once I lost consciousness and they cut my clothes off and stuck things in every orifice I had, I became scared and realized I was no longer a nurse, I was a patient. I am used to doing this to my patients and I have never stopped to think how I make them feel. I rarely ever was told what was going on or that they were getting ready to do a procedure to me. I just wonder if any of you have experienced being a trauma patient and how did it make you feel.

    This experience has taught me to ALWAYS, whether they are conscious or not, tell my patient what I'm doing. They may not understand but when you are having a rectal probe used on you and they just flop you over and use it..WARN ME that its coming! I never knew how much Lovenox burns when going in, I never realized how hard it is to "cough and deep breathe" with broken ribs, or how it feels to ambulate with a broken foot and busted knees. Also, DVT's HURT like heck! Yeah, I got one.

    Needless to say I have learned so much from being a patient and if I can help one nurse realize that patients are scared and just to have a friendly voice or a hand to hold, MAKES a HUGE difference. Once I have recovered and get back on the unit my patient care will be quite different and I think my patients will be better for it.
    My near-death experience taught me the same lessons!!! Makes us stronger nurses. Will be 5 years January 29th...sending positive vibes on to your recovery holistically!!!


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