Saturday, February 25, 2006

And the hits just keep on comin'

NewFNP has been on hiatus, largely although not entirely due to a lack of fun/interesting stories to share. Nonetheless, as newFNP indugles in a some moments of reflection here and there, she finds that there are some stories worth sharing.

In the on-going series of firsts, allow newFNP to share some of the new experiences she has had in the past two weeks:

-first patient passing out, becoming diaphoretic and having a BP of 68/42 and a HR of 40 during venipuncture.

-first patient with 8+ hours of uncontrolled epistaxis coupled with first experience of being unable to find 1:1000 epi and served with a side of being the only provider in the clinic.

-first realization that my 19-year old patient is engaged to and not the daughter of my 58-year old patient. Permit me an aside, s'il vous plait. Upon further questioning, this young woman disclosed that she and her partner had begun "dating" when she was an assumingly worldly 13-years old. Their son is three. What was her life like that a then 52-year old man was attractive to her? Where were her parents? Why did the man troll down that path of pedophilia? And why is the gentleman I know today, the same man who was screwing a child, so incredibly likeable?

-first suspected child abuse reporting call, only it wasn't suspected. Note: don't forget to ask what the child is hit with, ie. a belt, a hand, a shitty start to life.

-first time of blinking back tears due to feeling utterly overwhelmed, suprisingly not on the same day as the child abuse report.

-first time looking in an ear and seeing something resembling the aftermath of a roadside bomb. Shades of red and gray, jagged edges to a clearly blown TM. Tumor v. traumatic rupture of TM? Let's have the ED decide.

Oh, life. Is it too soon to ask for a raise?


Nurse Practitioners Save Lives said...

It's never too soon to ask for a raise! Of course, they never think it's time to give one.. What a pervert to be after such a youngster! How disgusting some people are..

Anonymous said...

wait - so what did you do with the diaphoretic patient, ammonia salts and a close monitor of the vitals? epi?