Palliative Care: A Day in the Life

“Life is pleasant; Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that is troublesome”- Isaac Asimov Palliative care is a field of medicine that focuses on an individual’s and family’s quality of life as they suffer from a chronic illness. It involves ensuring the individual is knowledgeable about their disease process, has all of the resources theyContinue reading “Palliative Care: A Day in the Life”

A Glass Half Full

“For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are.” ― C.S. Lewis I sit here alone with my two dogs on a snowy afternoon. My alone time often brings on my anxiety as my mind is able to wander. I amContinue reading “A Glass Half Full”

A Passionate Purpose

“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” —Bishop T.D. Jakes Wasted time is my biggest fear. Time only moves forward and you cannot get it back. So many people simply settle for the ordinary, go the safe or easy route, andContinue reading “A Passionate Purpose”

It is okay to be selfish

“If you feel ‘burnout’ setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself.”- Dalai Lama “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” – Maya Angelou “For the whole lawContinue reading “It is okay to be selfish”

I got the COVID-19…

Speak out on behalf of the voiceless and for the rights of all who are vulnerable. -Proverbs 31:8 After working five 12-hr shifts this week, I was one of the fortunate people to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. I choose to receive this vaccine for the return of social gatherings, hugs, concerts, game days, toContinue reading “I got the COVID-19…”

Clots, Codes, and COVID

A 50 y/o COVID positive male is admitted to the med-Surg floor on 4L BNC. Shortly after arriving, the patient turned blue and became hypoxic. The rapid response team was called and the patient was immediately taken to get a CT scan with PE protocol to assess for a clot in the lung. The patientContinue reading “Clots, Codes, and COVID”

The Corona Pool

As cases continue to rise in the hospital, fatigue continues to settle into the organization. We have filled the ICU, expanded the ICU, and currently have nearly two full COVID floors apart from critical care. There have been an increase in patients and a decrease in nursing staff due to also succumbing to the illness.Continue reading “The Corona Pool”

Masking is not political: Nursing in the age of COVID

72 y/o female with h/o hypertension presents to the ED complaining of a sore throat and diarrhea. She has no known allergies, lives alone, and enjoys cooking for her family. She is diagnosed with COVID-19 (Day #1). She is asked to stay overnight in the hospital for observation and IV fluid replacement. Overnight, her O2Continue reading “Masking is not political: Nursing in the age of COVID”

If your leg hurts, don’t wish to cut it off

A woman in her 50s was treated in a burn center and brought to our facility for continued medical treatment of her delayed healing leg. It looked like she got her lower leg stuck underneath a lawn mower, when it was actually due to a heating pad. Surgery was done to clean out the woundContinue reading “If your leg hurts, don’t wish to cut it off”

I Owe You a Coffee

The hospital has hired several new hospitalists during the past few months. One in particular really clicked with me. I introduced myself to her because she had several of my patients for the day, who required a lot of attention. I had to call her several times regarding discharge planning/issues, a change in antibiotics, andContinue reading “I Owe You a Coffee”

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