Damaged Goods - page 2

So one year, I ruined Thanksgiving. Not on purpose. It's just that I worked Thanksgiving Eve, which means my work shift rolled into Thanksgiving day. And there we are at the end of our shift,... Read More

  1. by   traumaerRN
    Unfortunately, we that work in the ER see death way too much. Pediatric codes are the worst. Rarely ever do they make it. I completely understand you and unfortunately I have been there too. Hang in there.
  2. by   Adelinna
    First of all thank you for being open and sharing your story with us. Wow!
    Second your mention of laughing at inappropriate times reminded me of this afternoon when I was bringing this confused elderly man from X-ray back to his spot in ER. He yelled very loudly the entire time "Help! Help! Their trying to kill me! HELP!" (The X-ray techs had to move him about quite a bit for all the images requested which upset him) Nurses and Doctors, Care Aides and Unit Clerks come running to see what the commotion is about, only to see me, not holding back my laughter very well, pushing him down the hall, through the entirety of our ER to his spot in the far corner by the Ambulance Bay. My face was red and I couldn't stop laughing, almost silently thankfully. (With all his yelling, he couldn't hear me) I just couldn't keep a straight face and all the patients and their families must've thought I was a lunatic!
    Just another day in the ER!
  3. by   LikeTheDeadSea
    I wanted to stand up and clap after reading this.
  4. by   blackmamba123
    This was beautifully written, and heart wrenching. Very touching.
  5. by   josieridad2018
    Dear Lex,
    You were not a damaged good. God used you for a purpose. First of all, He gave life to that infant. He gave that infant to the world for a purpose. It was a very short time lived for him, but that infant had completed his mission and now must go back to his creator. You gave part of yourself to the infant's family. There were lessons to be learned for everyone. We are all here on earth to learn our lessons which bottom down to love. Love for God and love for one another. The Lord has giveth and the Lord has taketh away. Everything happens for a reason.