I did mention to mom on my second call (when pain increased and I saw a change in her arm) that I might call 911 if she grew more distressed before Mom arrived and she was on board with it. So that helped the decision.
Thank you for your reassurance.
It's hard because on the one hand I know she will survive, on the other hand I know sometimes 911 is called for chest pain that turns out to be acid reflux, on the other hand I am concerned about how her parent will manage transporting if she is in such distress, on the other hand I am a health care professional and should be able to control the situation, on the other hand others have been reprimanded for not calling when Tylenol is found in a student's possession (
). All the staff I work with trust my judgment and I am just afraid to lose that trust.
As for recess, we have 800+ students and two grades out for recess at a time. The supervisors are amazing and I know some things cannot be prevented. Sometimes I am impressed that more emergencies don't happen. One student who broke his arm badly had just been told to stop doing the thing he was doing when he did it again, fell, and sustained the injury. Today's student fell on her way outside. The issue is a lot of students NOT currently at recess also come in during those hours. Many recess visits are for minor discomforts like "my arm started hurting while I was on the monkey bars" which is part of why I'm on my ice pack crusade, limiting ice pack use so students learn not to worry about such minor discomforts (or to go to the nurse for an ice pack reward) but those hours of the day feel like slaughter sometimes.
I really love my job. My health aide is awesome and believes in me and tells me it will get better with time. I am actually appreciated by the school and my supervisor as well as the students... I just need to prove to myself that I am enough to be responsible for all of them.