Archive | November, 2010

FeEt

13 Nov


In all their glory…feet… most of us are fortunate enough to have two of them. Utilitarian in their function, these finger-like projections at the end of our legs are taken for granted far too often! This truth becomes clearer the more patients feet I observe (and believe me it’s not a pretty sight!) Some feet look like they have never seen the light of day, while others could slap the smile right off your face! The worst are the discolored ones with sores that look like claws! Grrrr….
I have noticed that I have a habit of looking at patient’s feet in the hospital. Now don’t get me wrong this is not one of those sick fetishes by any means! I guess I am looking for some sort of personality in this patient who lays lifeless in front of me. I think it happened because some procedures are a bit too intense for me to watch so I’ll look away and I just happen to look in the direction of the patient’s feet.
But that being said I have a message for the world: If anything else please take care of your feet! I think it’s like that adage “always wear clean underwear in case you get in an accident”. Take care of your feet, get a pedicure once…in a lifetime… for the love of the healthcare professionals taking care of you! I’d like to go to the hospital one day and see pretty feet, not feet that have literally been dogged and kicked to the curb!

Thank you.

Death, Bodily Fluids, and Other Atrocities

6 Nov


Life is a definite learning experience. That being said, I must say that I’ve really challenged myself in the healthcare field. Don’t get me wrong I love helping people to feel better, it’s just seeing people in pain, people that look dead, or are dead is new for me! I do well at having a poker face and pretending like I see this every day even though seeing lots of blood and other bodily fluids is enough to make the hairs of my nose stand on end!
Another thing that boggles the mind is that they have drugs (or should I say medication) that can literally make you dead! I mean you’re not dead, but you look dead, limp and lifeless. And then 10 minutes after the procedure you’re asking when they are going to start the procedure that they just finished! That’s so wild!
And since this is all new for me I think it gives me a greater appreciation for life, because in the blink of an eye everything can totally change!
p.s. I did my 1st TEE this week. And it wasn’t so bad! I’m so excited I’m leaving the confines of my nest slowly but surely!

Rome Wasn’t BUilt In A Day

1 Nov


Life is full of humbling experiences. I have been learning French for the greater part of my life and I have to constantly remind myself that Rome wasn’t built in a day and to enjoy the journey of learning a language.
Well I have now been at my externship for one month (man time flies), and it feels a lot like learning a language! It can be intimidating being around cardiologists, and techs that have many years more experience than me! But I just try to remind myself to take life one day at a time. And so far so good! Everybody has been very encouraging and positive, so I feel comfortable trying anything and everything. I am going to see if I can start doing TEE’s (Transesophageal echo’s) on my own with the cardiologist. Yikes!