Little explanation first, I was telling my mom about having to do a male cath, which I need signed off on during my orientation. Set out all the sterile equipment, undressed the pt, and was confronted with a 2-3 inch penis with about 5 inches of foreskin. I did a great job with this, peeling and prepping with one hand, (you all know what I mean!). My mom said, why in the world would you enjoy this? My answer was, well, he was miserable, uncomfortable with 440 mls in his bladder, I did a great job, straight cathed him with minimal discomfort, got 420mls out, and the pt was soo much more comfortable and happy. So, yep the job is hard, peeling penises one handed isnt a thrill, but the result, well, that is the satisfying part. a comfortable, happy pt, who can now go on to do his OT and PT without feeling so miserable. The hugs, (dc'ed a cath on a pt who kept c/o pain in his nether regions, investigated and found not just a fissure but an eraser sized wound due to his cath being strapped to tight to his leg. After the procedure, went back in to check on the funny, delightful older man, and he took my hand, spread out my palm and kissed it, and said "Bless you, I feel so much better." Its the little things. I also love the fast pace, there is no such thing as looking at the clock and going, OH God, I still have 4 more hours to work. My coworkers, supportive, caring, willing to share their knowledge with me, patient with my newness, and just awesome all the way around. Learning something new everyday. Feeling like you make a difference.
Yup, I love it!