sooo i haven’t been on here in a while
dealing w/ some personal stuff lately
anyways here is a condensed (as much as possible) update!
so that nightshift i worked a few wks ago in the ER here is in short what i saw (wrote it down for y’all)
blind lady- i didn’t know she was blind because the sign hadn’t been put up (yes i thought she was just wearing shades) and i asked her to describe her nurse to me. she was like HONEY IDK I’M BLIND!!!! lol whoopsie.. we both laughed. then registration came to get her to sign a form because she too didn’t know she was blind..i should’ve warned her. idk y i didn’t.
couple- there was a couple in the ER and i was about to transport the lady when she asked to stop by to check on her hubby i didn’t know her hubby was there. anyways they were so cute. she was askin how he was holdin up and what they had told him and they kissed e/o just lovelovelove. i felt bad because she got a room and he was stuck in that uncomfy bed all night idk y. the ER beds suck compared to the beds on the main floors. and he was so sweet. he later asked me what was going on why did he have that pain in his chest and i was like ‘no1 told you what your diagnosis was??’ afib. so i got to do some patient teaching w/ him =)
groin abscess guy- this guy came in w/ his gf with a hugeeeeeeeeeeeee abscess in his groin area…like an infected ingrown hair x 10. i was w/ the NP when she opened it to drain it it was like a thick red and white flowing river and it smelled like milk lol. i took pics for him.
drunk old lady/catheter- like i said half of the ER was drunk that night (game night) and 1 of the people was this 80something yr old old lady who was just out of control but she had me cracking up. being a smartass w/ the nurse…dramatic fake tears…trying to climb out of the bed despite her restraints. and layin open eagle for her catheter placement for as long as we needed (2 attempts and i was given the opportunity to try the first one..but im used to doing it on males so..yea…fail..but then the nurse failed 2) her son was there and he just seemed over it and her behavior. she didn’t even go to the game…i guess just stayed home n drank
drunk young lady- this girl was soooo drunk she was throwing up sooo much they put a biohazard bag over her head smh and she kept blacking out. i heard her crying at the top of her lungs about how she’d never drink again. then her 2 friends asked me for blankets because they wanted to sleep on the floor because they thought the chairs were uncomfy. that was in our trauma room so i suggested they not go anywhere near the floor considering how many diff bodily fluids had been on that floor…
drunk seizure ‘r u ok’ guy- this guy came in claiming to have seizures ( i say ‘claiming’ because they nurse didn’t believe him) and when i went to transport him he jumped up at me out of his sleep i was so scared i immediately realized i don’t really know any defensive moves off the top of my head except for to swing back. but hten he lied down and asked me if i was ok…the whole way up he kept askin if i was ok lol.
drunk bloody face- this guy was the first patient i saw when i got there. blood everywhere and just completely wasted and cursing out everyone who tried to help him.
cane lady- this cute old lady wanted me to hide her cane so no1 would steal it lol she was embarrassed to admit that was her reason because everyone was standin around waitin for her to explain why she was telling me to place it elsewhere. she then mumbled ‘will any1 take it?’ her son was like WHO WANTS YOUR CANE?!? lol
pancreatitis girl/cut arms/urine dip- this girl came in w/ severe pains in her abdomen and thought it had something to do w/ ovarian cysts (her words) and turns out she had acute pancreatitis from drinking too much had to be admitted for like 3-4 days. crazy right? her bf was w/ her and i tlkd to him and he said they hadn’t been together longer. she was crying and balled up and i noticed when i put the bp cuff on she had cuts on her arms/wrists. i asked (appropriately) about htem but she didn’t say much. i told the NP who was going to do her pelvic and i think she asked about them later. but still no real answer. i forget what she said but it made no sense. also i had to do a urine dip and record the results but i had the strip backwards and felt like a fool -_-
yellow lady- idr much about this 1 but i remember a lady being super yellow. soon as i saw her it was just like…YELLOW. wonder if she has pancreatic cancer =(
baker act girl- this girl was baker acted so i had to go w/ her to the bathroom and when i asked what happ she told me that she broke into the girl’s house who her bf was cheating w/ and broke all her stuff and they arrested her for robbery but she didn’t steal. then she started tlkn about how much her life sucked and about her kids ..she was really young. so i asked if she was havin suicidal thoughts and she said yea. wasn’t expecting that. so i told the nurse and she was heading off to the mental health place anyways but i encouraged her to be as honest w/ them as possible so they could help..not to hold back her feelings in hopes of getting out sooner they’ve heard it all. hope shes ok. told her to at least stick around for her kids because if not ppl could tell them anything htey want about her and she won’t be there to set the record straight. she thought a lil on that..
old squeaky voice lady in 3- this lady was a trip. she fussed at me about everything but her voice was so squeaky all i could do was smile. she was so picky about stuff but i couldn’t even get annoyed lol
bed switch man/son- this man wanted a real bed not an ER bed and he had been complaining and such but then i found out l8r his son had just died and i felt so bad..not that i had mistreated him but i mean dang he didn’t seem at all like he was goin thru it but he must’ve been..he just wanted to watch the came so i rearranged the room so he could face his TV.
smell good ppl- idr this but i do know there’s a lady who works at the hosp who smells so good i love when she walks by because so many ER patients just…smell..and flake…they just…yea. i love her for smelling good.
stab wound guy- this guy was defending this girl from a guy trying to hard her and he got in a fight w/ the bad guy and his brother jumped in and both of them got stabbed. the brother couldn’t see him at first due to being in separate rooms and he was really quiet and i could tell trying not to cry but then when he heard about his brother’s injuries he just broke down so we let him go see him. his brother was awake but his injuries were real… knicked spleen and punctured lung w/ hemathorax so he was rushed to the trauma hosp for emerg surgery. oh and when i say ‘this guy’ and ‘his brother’ i mean this ‘boy’ my bad…they were teens. young teens. this was at like 3am. and the girl involved was in handcuffs in another room. also a young teen. later another young teen came in w/ his brother after falling off his bike and blacking out. idk where they were goin so late. he said home and that he was leavin a fam members’ house. i couldn’t take his breath so i had to ask if he had been drinkn he kinda tlkd around it but said that they had been..sorta..but not gettin drunk. i told him i wasn’t tryin to report him i just needed to identify the smell because i was about to puke. got to do some wound care on him. nose lip cheek hands ear etc i like the paramedic trainees help they were bored that night.
lumbar puncture/meningitis lady- idr this as much either but i know they suspected she had meningitis and were preparing her for a LP but then my shift ended and in the interest of saving money the charge nurse was rushing me to go clock out (annoying). let me not even get started on my issues w/ the charge nurse!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ugh! i promise one night i almost quit as soon as i clocked in. i’ll save that for another post maybe
oh also, i was called in to help a dr (although i didn’t do anything to help…) remove a patient’s impacted stools…. literally walked in on him just scooping poop out of her butt. sounded painful. and the smell was nauseating..and lingered.. i wasn’t sure why exactly i was called. but nice to see it’s not just nurses and techs dealing w/ poop ;-) i kid..kinda
ok i think that’s about it from that night!