Sunday, June 29, 2008

post-duty ako

i never thought i'd surpass tuesday's record of 10 admissions. but at the end of my second 24-hr duty in the e.r., we counted our admissions and surprise surprise, 12 freaking admissions! at this point, i'd still like to think that i'm NOT a toxic magnet.

toxic magnet [n] pgh term for a clerk or intern who manages to get an unbelievably huge number of admissions, and/or the most toxic of patients consistently (in other words, malas)

amazingly, everyone seemed to have the same idea of accidentally breaking his/her arm or leg and be brought to pgh all on the same day. these patients also managed to show up at the same time. and to top things off, there was this patient whom we had to monitor every hour because he was hypotensive and very tachypneic. hindi naman nya kasalanan, pero toxic nonetheless. at around 1:00 am, i was asked to extract arterial blood (something i've never done in my entire life) on someone with an absent radial pulse. after failing miserably, arthur (one of the best people ever), helped me out. thank goodness our interns are so nice and skillful. :)

some posi things about this duty:
1. i now know how to fill out an abg request
2. i performed a successful iv insertion (sorry, mababaw)
3. i'm getting confident with my blood extractions
4. i can read x-rays!
5. sir gave us free puto

see? i can be posi too. *collapses and dies*

verse for the day:
endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. for what son is not disciplined by his father? therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. "make level paths for your feet," so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed. [hebrews 12:7,12]