Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Couple of Things

First things first, I passed boards!!! What a relief to have that behind me. I told my hubby that I am more proud of passing NCLEX than I am of graduating college. It's true, I am. Now I can actually have a day off!! No more studying, I am officially done! WOOOOOO HOOOOOO!

Everything is going really well with my new job. I like the people I work with and I feel that I am getting into a groove. Unfortunately, this will all change when I switch from the day shift to night. Oh well, we all have to pay our dues. Everyday is a new learning experience. Nursing school prepares you for how to pass boards, not how things really are in the hospital setting. By time I get done with a 12 hour shift, my brain is full and I am fried.

Oncology is an amazing and heartbreaking place to work. There are days when I am certain that I have witnessed what can only be described as a miracle and there are days when you are certain that there is no good in the world at all. It's an emotional job, for me and the patient.

Tuesday, I witnessed both hell and miracle for one patient. He is in his 50's and has colon cancer. He had been fine most of the day but by noon there was definitely something off about him. He was having new and unusual symptoms. By 3pm he was in septic shock because his bowel had perforated. He was immediately transported to have emergency surgery. The outcome was bleak as his bowel had perforated not once but three times. The chance of surviving this surgery is next to nothing, but he is alive. He lived through the surgery and is on the road to recovery. Amazing.

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