This was just one of those days that made ya wish you had stayed in bed. I got "showered" three times by machines this morning when I was setting up (at 4:30am). We've been having trouble with the "quick-disconnect" water supply hoses. We use Braun machines & get a "water supply disturbance" message sometimes in the mornings. We think it may be the cleaning crew...maybe. Anyway, ususally if you push the two bits of hose together tightly, it solves the problem. Well, I did this to one of our machines first thing this morning & it blew apart on me & I got SOAKED. I looked like I had wet myself! :imbar Then it happened again.
Then I was disconnecting a patient and instead of connecting the arterial line to the saline line for rinseback, I connected it to the wrong end and ended up dumping about 200cc NS on my shoe. Loooovely. :stone
Later, I was flipping through a patient's chart & caught my middle fingertip on a staple and punctured it...OUCH. :angryfire
And did I mention that it was my birthday today too?
On a sad note...today one of our patients took a turn. She'd been going downhill for awhile now & was always on O2 during tx. Well, she started turning blue around the gills (while on O2) and asked that her husband be called to come in. Then she started saying good-bye to the staff. (I wasn't in the section that she was in, so I heard all of this from a co-worker who was working that section.) Apparently she let a sigh/shudder out at one point and my co-workers told me that they looked at each other, knowing that this lady had just given off a "death rattle". She refused to be taken off of dialysis because she was worried that she would die before her husband would get there. Well, he got there ok and she told him that she loved him and asked him to tell some of her friends that she'll miss them and she loves them. Finally her tx was over, they disconnected her and she went back to the nursing home where she's been living. They called a cab for her husband to take to the nursing home. We're laying odds that she didn't last much longer. I'm wondering if she even made it back to the home, from the way everyone was talking. Poor thing. She was a sweet lady & a former nurse.
We've lost patients along the way, but usually they aren't THAT close to dying when they're at the clinic. This was pretty unusual.