Tuesday, March 15, 2011

What Did Caesar have to do with it?

So yesterday was my first day in labor and delivery, and although it was fairly slow as far as L&D can go, I did get to witness a C-section straight off the bat.  I do have to say, EWWW, fairly gross cause of course it's an operating room procedure and those are not my favorites, but of course I got to see that baby be born and then was with her for the first 20 minutes of her life.  I also got to play photographer for the family and take pictures in the OR of baby with Daddy and baby with Mom & Dad.  That part was awesome~especially since Dad had this really nice camera!  What was not awesome was learning that sometimes staying silent...is not the best thing in the world.  Our patient, right before transferring her to post partum (or as I've called it on here before, mother-baby unit), the nurse expressed what seemed to me to be a really large clot [It gets graphic a bit here folks so read on only if you are not faint of heart].  Now it is of course normal for a woman to bleed after delivering a baby, even with a C-section, the uterus is going through the process of involution, which is returning it to its normal pre-pregnancy state, however they shouldn't be having big clots.  Now my nurse questioned the other nurse about whether or not we should transfer her and the other nurse said she'd just let them know on the other side.  I later found out that she of course did not let them know once they transferred.  Right after I finished a lengthy conversation with my instructor about what I had seen with this patient and questioning what they were doing with her, I returned to L&D only to hear them call a hemorrhage on this patient and have everyone rush over to her over in MBU.  It was crazy, and I came right after them, adrenaline pumping in this weird way.  Of course being a teaching hospital there were way too many people present in her little room, but I tracked down baby in another room with her visiting family.  My patient ultimately ended up back in L&D where there is more one on one care (1 nurse to 1 patient).  Ultimately I'm not certain what will end up happening with this patient, but overall it was pretty scary.  Through it all, I was able to work with baby, Dad, and the 2 1/2 year old sister.  I still think this is definitely the right career move for me and I look forward to every experience it brings.

And because I've had this song in my head since last night, it wins the blog song of today's post:
"How To Save A Life"~The Fray

Step one you say we need to talk
He walks you say sit down it's just a talk
He smiles politely back at you
You stare politely right on through
Some sort of window to your right
As he goes left and you stay right
Between the lines of fear and blame
And you begin to wonder why you came

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

Let him know that you know best
Cause after all you do know best
Try to slip past his defense
Without granting innocence
Lay down a list of what is wrong
The things you've told him all along
And pray to God, he hears you
And pray to God, he hears you

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

As he begins to raise his voice
You lower yours and grant him one last choice
Drive until you lose the road
Or break with the ones you've followed
He will do one of two things
He will admit to everything
Or he'll say he's just not the same
And you begin to wonder why you came

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

How to save a life

How to save a life

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life
How to save a life

How to save a life 

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