A Day in the Life: Measuring Magic - page 2

by Kendel.G

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I am an intern at a pediatric cardiologistís office. On clinical days I get to run ECGs (electrocardiogram) on tiny patients. Running ECGs is relatively simple. I stick eight electrodes onto little bodies and hook them up to... Read More


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    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.
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    This made me cry, and made my day!
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    Quote from royhanosn
    that is NOT your job to interpret. Dealing with a child is sensitive, especially with mom or dad hanging over your shoulder. Its the doctor, your BOSS, that does the interpretaion. Dont over drama this. Perhaps you are too sensitive for this job. you do the slog work, let the boss doctor do what he is trained to do, interpret. Perhaps there are things on the reading that need to be interpretted, the patient should not need to know.
    I didn't interpret the report. I specifically stated that I didn't interpret because I am not educated enough, nor is it my job. I did my job and ran the EKG, and took a little extra time to be sweet with the patient. Maybe the way you do your job is different then how I do mine, but I will be continuing to take time to make my patients day more magical. Yes, I do slog work, with a smile. The point of this post had absolutely nothing to do with reading the report, but everything to do with the attitude taken when doing the slog work. No, I don't think having a good attitude and joyful heart that takes the time to bring joy into my patients day makes me too sensitive to do my job, in fact I think it's one of the reasons that I am good at my job (and will be good at the jobs that follow as I receive more education). Thank you for your opinion, I hope you have a magical day!
    Lev <3, cardiacfreak, aiwish, and 2 others like this.
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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 ☺️
    Lev <3 likes this.
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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!!
    seunbaby and Kendel.G like this.
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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.
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    ECG=EKG (just a variance in name)
    feel free to steal it!!!! I love it!!!
    sckooshy1 likes this.
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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.
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    different kids will like different things - caleb liked to "see" his heart, and liked to help put the stickers on.
    sckooshy1 likes this.
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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!
    krisiepoo and cardiacfreak like this.


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