Tuesday, January 1, 2008

a new year, a new start

i'm changing my name from stephanie to stevie. i've told my family and friends and now i'm telling the world. i also told a doctor at work who, at one point, started saying "stevie....stevie.... stevie..." then i finally responded. ha! my uncle had said it may happen, people actually using the name and me not responding. i'm that type of person though, kind of flaky, kind of ditzy. oh hell, very ditzy.
i just recently asked if you needed a passport to visit hawaii. yes, i know it's a u.s. state, that's what makes it worse.
i could say my resolution is to stop making ditzy comments but, honestly, who am i kidding?
the ER was horrible tonight. worse than i've ever seen it. i walked in at 3pm and the rack where we stick the charts from the patients in triage waiting for rooms was full from the top to the floor. there are probably 30 slots, so LOTS of people were waiting. including a 78 year old man with dizziness and his heart rate was 48. that is way slow, especially with no past history of heart problems and complaints of dizziness.
i spent the turn of the year in a patients room putting her on the bedpan. i then went to take it out and urine spilled all over her sheets and gown. i had to clean it all up and before i knew it everyone had already toasted with the faux champagne and plastic glasses i bought. needless to say i was irritated. oh well, i vow NEVER to work another new year's eve again. the rest of the night we saw mainly drunk people. i helped start a urinary catheter on a 28 year old man who was drinking and driving and in an accident. go figure. everything that came out of his mouth was straight up Scarface style. "you looking at me?" "what the expletive are you looking at me like that for" "hey officer, what the hell, who do you think you are" then he tried to start biting his neck brace off. sentences weren't making sense and his accent was just making me laugh. when we inserted the foley (urine catheter) he actually didn't do anything for a couple of minutes and then started squirming but he then said "man that felt good at first". i almost fell on the floor because i was laughing so hard.
we had 5 drunk patients in the ER when i left at close to 4:30am.
i'm tired and a little feisty and am ready for my bed.
happy 2008, may it bring on the best for us!!!

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