Friday, October 15, 2010

So Basically

Here I am. Friday night and I am drunker than drunk and trying to write a paper on Transposition of the Great Vessels. This is what happens when your aorta and pulmonary artery are switched around and without surgery you are basically completely screwed.

I am done my last shift in the NICU. It wasn't too busy. The big change was that I was actually comfortable. I helped nurses lift 500 gram babies and I measured baby's heads for cpap toques like I was born to do that. I applied nasal prongs, and I stimulated a baby back from the brink of a serious brady. Man I loved those kids. This was a bit shocking considering I called in sick one day this week from a plain old case of apathy.
I assisted a mom in holding her 23 weeker infant for the VERY FIRST TIME. It was happy and depressing, as I can't help but think that this may be the only time she ever holds him alive -the prognosis is not good. We received a second Jet ventilator from Salt Lake this week in order to give this little on the same treatment that his twin is receiving.

We were a bit slow this day and spent part of the day looking up... placenta recipes. Yes that is right, some people actually eat their placenta. Gross. Well whatever - do what you want. Also some people also engage in a "lotus birth" which means you basically leave the placenta attached to the baby until it falls off. Again... whatever.

I'm not sure if I am ready to return to the land of dosing palliative senior citizens with Ventolin and Respiratory Steroids. Yes - how meaningful.

Tomorrow (totally unrelated to my respiratory life) I am going to San Francisco to watch my partner complete her very first marathon. I'll be all alone there on Saturday night and although I'd like to think I would explore the city and do something exciting, I will probably use the opportunity to catch up on sleep. (Exhausted).

A photo of a lotus birth. Seriously. Is this a bowl they received for their wedding?? A perfect placenta holding device. This is an awesome photo that I found randomly on the internets. GROSS.

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