A Day in the Life: Measuring Magic - page 2

I am an intern at a pediatric cardiologist's office. On clinical days I get to run ECGs (electrocardiogram) on tiny patients. Running ECGs is relatively simple. I stick eight electrodes onto... Read More

  1. Visit  Kendel.G profile page
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    Quote from Esnooopy
    she didn't interpret. that's the point. she specifically said she wasn't telling them the interpretation: "i can't tell you if your heart is all better, that's not my job." she brought a little joy to a sick girl by talking about something non-medical, something kid-like: magic. this post made me cry, and i am disgusted that someone would somehow make a negative spin out of it. my 6 year old son just died. we spent months and months in and out of the hospital, and he died there. it is the place where i have experienced the most horrifying thing a person can go through. but i look upon that hospital as a place of joy. because of people like the original poster. let me tell you, MAGIC goes a long way. Magic and joy is what can make the last few months of a child's life something wonderful. To the OP: Good for you. Keep up the magic. It makes a big difference.
    Thank you for sharing, I'm hoping that I'll be the kind of nurse that can give families like yours little bits of joy when I move into more acute care in the next few years. Also, thank you for sticking up for me, I really appreciate it ☺️
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  2. Visit  Bruth profile page
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    You have changed an ordeal for a mother and her child to a magical experience, and no one should hold you up to any blame for doing this. Our job is to care for the whole patient, and that includes their emotions. That child needed some reassurrance that her heart was ok, and while you could not share the information about the EKG, yet what you did share will have made such an immeasurable difference to how that child views future tests, that you should be given a pat on the back, and a hug as well! You are the type of nurse that I am proud to call a colleague. Well done!!
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  3. Visit  sckooshy1 profile page
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    I loved this! I may just steal this and tell my little guy next time we have his EKG (ECG?) done that they are measuring the magic in his heart.
  4. Visit  Kendel.G profile page
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    ECG=EKG (just a variance in name)
    feel free to steal it!!!! I love it!!!
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  5. Visit  sckooshy1 profile page
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    Thanks! He will like that. He is 4 and has Tetralogy Of Fallot. He has always done awesome! You guys do a great job when the kids don't like all those stickers.
  6. Visit  Esnooopy profile page
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    different kids will like different things - caleb liked to "see" his heart, and liked to help put the stickers on.
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  7. Visit  smudgetool profile page
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    To royhanosn - Methinks that you need to read the original posting again. Take a deep breath, relax, and realize that the OP did not interpret the results. I'm sorry that you failed to see the magic in the posting and the magic that made a difference in this child's visit. OP, you are my hero. Thanks!
    elixRN, krisiepoo, and cardiacfreak like this.
  8. Visit  seunbaby profile page
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    What's with this response? She knows that interpretation is not her job, hence the silence when the little girl asked about her condition. She only displayed a "virtue" most nurses threw away after graduation. That Virtue is called "compassion". Nice post Kendel. G. I hope I can put a smile on someone's face (even if it's momentary) just like you did!
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  9. Visit  TheLiberation profile page
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    Totally made my day. thanks for spreading the magic!
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  10. Visit  Deuceswild1 profile page
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    Quote from sckooshy1
    I loved this! I may just steal this and tell my little guy next time we have his EKG (ECG?) done that they are measuring the magic in his heart.
    yea America is switching over to ECG to represent Cardio, EKG is represented in a different language I believe it is Kardio or something like that.

    Awesome story, by the way.
  11. Visit  aiwish profile page
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    This melted my heart and brightened up my day!
  12. Visit  royhanosn profile page
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    you do not give the patient false positive hopes. I just tell the patient no matter what age, the doctor will give you the intrepretation. Even though you may know, its not your job.
  13. Visit  NurseOnAMotorcycle profile page
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    Quote from royhanosn
    you do not give the patient false positive hopes. I just tell the patient no matter what age, the doctor will give you the intrepretation. Even though you may know, its not your job.
    You really need to reread the original post. I agree that you are taking a comforting moment and spinning it into something it's not.


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