Well fellow students, I have come full circle. Last night- I got to put in my first foley catheter on a 85 year old woman.
This is a huge deal for me. The one thing I was scared half to death over, and now I am the 2nd person in the entire class to have completed the procedure in clinicals. (We are in 2nd quarter but first quarter that we have done clinicals).
My CI told me that my patient had been ordered a catheter, I just told her ok, I definitely want to watch- and she kept staring at me, until I finally said what? She just smiled and said grab your gloves kiddo- you are doing this! I almost passed out then and there. The first words out of my mouth were ok, but I haven't practiced that much in lab. But she walked me through everything- and I got it in on the first try, and the sterile field wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I felt a little lightheaded afterwards- I don't think I was breathing the entire time lol.
Just wanted to share my excitedness. I told my CI and my other classmate that it was an adrenaline rush not like I have had before (and i have bungee jumped!)...it was crazy!!!!
This is how I felt afterwards!