Hard couple of weeks……Dealing with VERY sick patients who pulled…… tugged……. YANKED at my heart…….
One young man was so sick we had to institute the “Massive Transfusion Protocol”which meant pushing blood so fast to save his life…….
Coolers filled with blood products
IT was QUITE a NIGHT…..
THAT patient WALKED out of the PICU a week later
My greatest gift that night besides “working hard for the $$$$” was allowing the parents 2.5 hours of uninterrupted sleep in the room while their son was in surgery to find the bleeding.
I felt so much gratitude from his family for the gift of sleep…..”works hard for the $$$$$ pays off!!!”
My next pt was an 11-year-old girl who was very sick, but stable enough to remind me of my OWN 12-year-old son…..she baked like him…….she was kind like him….
I cried in my car on the way home……
The morning after I worked with her she asked me “Who will be my day nurse?”
I told her someone very nice as she was such a nice patient.
She said “Well THAT is YOU right?”
Be still my “knows too much PICU nurse heart…..”
One week later, she is now on the liver transplant list fighting hard for her life……
The parking garage heard many tears in the last 2 weeks……..BUT