"You made a mistake."

  1. "You made a mistake." whispered my friend and co worker. I wondered what that could have been. She whispered "the gabapentin, you made an error". I mentally went over the list of medications for this patient-it was short less than 10 but no gabapentin. I racked my brain, I hadn't taken any new orders from the attending. It was hard to concentrate it was so loud. The phone was ringing, customers were lined up at the counter to pick up their doughnut carryouts and there was a delivery guy standing there telling me his truck needed the AC worked on. My task box was overflowing. Call lights everywhere. Standing there with a piggyback in my hand spinning in a circle.

    The cat jumped up on the bed and then I woke up in a cold sweat. Two years off the floor and I still have anxiety dreams
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  3. by   doodlebuttRN
    How about the dream where I am giving report at the end of my shift and I suddenly discover that I was assigned a patient but didn't realize until now, and have not even laid eyes on them? Or the hallway I am working that doesn't have an end, just door after door going into infinity.......
  4. by   Davey Do
    Speaking of dreams, this morning I had one where I was with a psychotic one on one, I felt sick and fell on the floor, and a code green behavior call was called.

    A doctor who came to the code said he'd write me a script for some antibiotics. At first I was happy but became disappointed when he gave me his ink-stained business card with blurry directions to his office. I looked at him and saw that he was naked under his lab coat and thought, "This guy is Wrongway Regional Medical Center material".
  5. by   missmollie
    I was expecting a comic for this one Davey!

    I still have the dream where I forget that I had a patient, and I don't check on them all night.
  6. by   Davey Do
    Quote from missmollie
    I was expecting a comic for this one Davey!
    naked-doc-png
  7. by   missmollie
    That'll do, Davey, That'll do.
  8. by   Luckyyou
    Quote from doodlebuttRN
    How about the dream where I am giving report at the end of my shift and I suddenly discover that I was assigned a patient but didn't realize until now, and have not even laid eyes on them? Or the hallway I am working that doesn't have an end, just door after door going into infinity.......
    Haven't worked NICU in a while, yet it's still always the dream that I'm giving report and discover there was a third baby in my assignment I never fed or laid eyes on all night...
  9. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from doodlebuttRN
    How about the dream where I am giving report at the end of my shift and I suddenly discover that I was assigned a patient but didn't realize until now, and have not even laid eyes on them?
    OMG, YES!!! I have had the same dream! We are standing in front of the whiteboard in my old ED, and I am saying, "that wasn't my patient," but there is my name next to the room number ... ARRRGHHH!
  10. by   Davey Do
    Quote from missmollie
    That'll do, Davey, That'll do.
    naked-doc2-png
  11. by   ruby_jane
    I can't "like" this, but YESSS! I have been out of ICU for eight years and sometimes I wake up to the sound of cardiac monitor alarms dinging.
  12. by   Horseshoe
    Quote from Pixie.RN
    OMG, YES!!! I have had the same dream! We are standing in front of the whiteboard in my old ED, and I am saying, "that wasn't my patient," but there is my name next to the room number ... ARRRGHHH!
    I actually thought I was the only basket case who has that dream...repeatedly.
  13. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from Horseshoe
    I actually thought I was the only basket case who has that dream...repeatedly.
    Hahaha, I thought it was just me! That, and the dream where my teeth are falling out and I am trying desperately to stick them back in the sockets. Yikes!
  14. by   TriciaJ
    Quote from Horseshoe
    I actually thought I was the only basket case who has that dream...repeatedly.
    No, that is my most frequent recurrent dream and figured prominently on a similar thread a few years back. Since neglecting a patient for a whole shift is a pretty rare occurrence, why is it such a ubiquitous dream among us? Anyone have any theories or research?

    We could be dreaming about coming to work naked, or making a terrible error and killing someone, so why is it about the neglected patient? Where does that come from?

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