The ER is a totally different page from EMS. You are on the go the whole time. Honestly, I love it because I don't have to worry about much. You barely have time to think for yourself. I have 4 six hour shifts to do and am half way done. The first one was easy because it was a slow day. Last night was hell on wheels honestly because The only break I had was at 1030 to eat and go to the bathroom. It was a nice 20 min.
I have learned so much in the little time I have been in the ER. I know that little six year old girls are a hell of a lot tougher than 16 year old boys. We had at least four car accidents yesterday. The little girl had a three inch laceration on her scalp to which you could see her skull. She got 14 staples put in her head. I told her she was braver than I was when I cut my thumb and had to get three stitches.
Labs, they smell like pee...
Hospital beds are a lot harder to manuver than you think.
Your hands smell like rubber no matter how much you wash them...Its been 12 hours and I can still smell it and I have had a shower and have washed my hands at least 12 times since 8am.
Coffee becomes your BFF again...especially after I kind of stopped drinking it because when you get done at midnight and it takes 30 min to get home and 30 min to fall asleep, you do not get to sleep till 1am and then with a toddler you are up at 7.
I really have not seen anything bad per-say. My worst was watching some one puke, I do not do puke...not even my sons. Blood, guts, gashes...bring it.
I think the one thing I would love to avoid (ok maybe two) is CPR and babies. I don't know how well I would handle seeing a small baby in the ER hooked up to things. Some one who is so helpless and who cannot tell us what is wrong makes me squirm. I had to take my son into the ER at 4 months48...........
With that I had to stop and help my mom. She fell. I called 911 and I had to hold her c-spine because she was in such a bad seizure that she was hitting hte back of her head.She broke her hip in may 2010 and her leg just looked off. I can do diabeties and get her out of that, but the leg I cannot do to much.
.............As I was saying I had to take my son into the ER at 4 months old for RSV. It was the worst thing ever. He was so sick. Thank God he did not need an IV I would have lost it.
Well that is about all I have to say for now because I am so full of adrenaline that I can barely type.