My Day

A very quick post as not only am I on twelve hour shifts, but I also have lots of other things to do as well. Sleep is coming pretty low down in the priorities unfortunately…

Here is my day.

Eight a.m. – Drunk woman on the tube. Coincides nicely with the British Liver Trust report. We were called by the station staff as they had trouble waking her. By the time (three minutes) we got there she was upright and chatty. We left her to make her own way home.

Then a maternataxi, contractions every ten minutes with this being her first baby meant that delivery was probably some way off.

After that we were sent to a call we was right on top of, and 88 year old man who'd been mugged by a teenage girl. Once more we let the police use our ambulance as an interview room. Luckily he wasn't seriously hurt and we drove him home where he is the sole carer of his disabled wife.

Then a patient who had collapsed in an office. Every test came back normal so we were at a loss to explain it. Off to hospital she went.

After that a student who had apparently been hit on the head with a hammer. Usual story of him being beaten by a gang of fifteen people. He wasn't seriously injured and was more intent on talking to his friends on his phone than to us, so we drove him to hospital and let them try to get some story out of him.

Off we went to a nursing home, one of the decent ones, full of people suffering serious dementia. She was in tears because she had abdominal pain yet couldn't explain it properly to us. We were as gentle as we could be getting her down to the ambulance and off to hospital. I gave her a little hug around the shoulders to calm her down which seemed to do the trick.

Finally we went to the 'bog standard' call of a young child having a febrile fit. By the time we reached the hospital he was sitting up and was intent on playing with some of the toys in the paediatric waiting room.

Add in a couple of jobs where we got cancelled on the way to them and you have a fairly uneventful, and pretty easy day.

Hopefully we'll have the same sort of thing tomorrow.

12 thoughts on “My Day”

  1. A hug can be worth a thousand words.We moved a gent from his home (different means of transport than my own amb) not long ago. His wife, whilst trying to be helpful also kept interfering, getting in the way, telling us to be careful, generally over-fussing yet pragmatic that hubby would not be long for this world. At one point i had to be firm and tell her to calm down/back off ( i forget my true words) but i did so with a wee hint of humour so that the admonishment would be taken well. We saw her husband off in the other vehicle and i returned to the house along with her special needs son making sure he was ok with things. I confirmed where hubby was going. She apologised for the way she'd been and promptly gave me a big hug and this was followed by her son doing the same.

    More than words! It goes both ways

  2. One thing is that I'll bet you aren't supposed to hug patients, as ridiculous as it is. I've spoken to paediatric nurses who can give no more to a distressed child than a 1 armed hug around the shoulders. For some kids I bet that's all they need to calm them down, but it's disciplinary action if you do.

  3. Do you live to work or work to live ? How are your holiday plans going ? Oh and sod the world if someone needs a hug then I hug them ! so should you !

  4. Agreed Cookie! When I was working as a care assistant last summer one of the ladies had an accident – she wasn't very mobile but could manage usually and so she was mortified. All it took to cheer her up was a hug and a promise that I wouldn't tell anyone beyond the nursing staff who would have to fill in a 'whoopsie' form. So like you Cookie, I think, sod the world, if they want a hug, I'll damn well give them one. Am looking forward to working there again this summer!

  5. I'd love to get Tom's thoughts on this storyhttp://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23746588-29277,00.html

    Do UK/London ambulances have cameras in the back of them (or will they soon?)

    (And for some reason I couldn't embed that as a proper link)

  6. What the hell's wrong with this world that we can't hug someone who needs it?? If I am with a patient or relative and they need a hug, a hug they will get!

  7. Contractions every 10 mins is pretty frequent! I was under the impression that it is at this stage that the hospital ask you to go in…… I know that Tom hates these kinds of jobs, but it is better to be safe than very, very sorry…

  8. No, contractions every 10 minutes is not the stage where the hospital asks you to go provided there is not another problem. Best thing to do is to call them first (the hospital, not the ambulance ;-))

  9. No, it really isn't. Unless you've a history of quick labours, we don't tell our women to call until they are having contractions at least one every FIVE minutes, lasting long enough that you can't talk through them. And for first babies we mostly say stay at home until you are having 3 contractions in 10 minutes. One contraction every 10 minutes- usually not in established labour, even. It can all stop when it's been like that, and not happen for a couple of days!

  10. That hug probably meant more to the patient than anything else you could do !!I remeber when a gp rushed me into hossie via ambulane for a twisted/blocked bowel that I hade 2 major operations for in the end – the paramedic who I knew well from my brittle asthma admissions – he sat there with me and because they couldnt get an IV I couldnt have painkillers as gas+air wasnt appropriate – he sat there and could do no more than “hold” my hand all the way in after control had upgraded it to a blues+2's response BUT when you are in pain sometimes any form of supportive contact is better than any painkillers you could have given !!

  11. “Playing with some of the toys in the paediatric waiting room”? Not in my hospital. Following an infection control inspection, the toys AND books have been removed from the children's playroom in the outpatient eye clinic. These children are generally in good health, and I can't see any difference from the average playgroup. The nature of the examination means children may have to wait twice, to see two different people, and have to wait for at least 30 minutes if they have been given eye drops. The inspection team are considering removing magazines from the waiting room, but this is academic as only the totally deaf are able to ignore the screams of the bored children.Best blog on the web, Tom – enjoy your holiday, and I hope you return ready to battle the NHS managers for many years to come.

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