Monday, September 15, 2014
This is a reminder to me…to truly ENJOY each and every day, because we never know how many days we will be blessed with.
Last night at work was a doozy…very busy and also emotionally tough. I’m so glad there were two supervisors on to handle it all. To make a long story short, a patient had come in through the ER following a syncopal episode and was getting worked up. The plan was for her to be admitted to the medical/surgical floor. However, things took a turn for the worse because for some reason (no one knows why), the patient got up from the stretcher, closed the curtain around the stretcher, and proceeded to get dressed. However, during that time she either fell and had a seizure or had a seizure and fell. When she fell she hit her head. A CT scan showed a massive subdural bleed. Her condition was complicated by the fact that she had a high INR (meaning her bleeding time was higher, so the bleed would spread faster) and she had a low platelet count (meaning she had less clotting factors). The patient was intubated and transferred to Baystate. I asked the ER doc how he thought she would fare…he said he was fairly certain she would die because there was such severe swelling and herniation from the bleed.
It was no one’s fault, yet we all felt horrible.
All I could think of was the life this lady no longer had to live…and how she never even knew that it was going to end.
…don’t go to bed angry
…say “I love you” often
…give those bear hugs
…talk to those who mean something to you and tell them how much they mean to you
…spend time with those who make you feel good
…have that piece of chocolate 🙂