Of course, this week is even harder.
I got to the point where my brain stopped working. I just sat at my computer, folded origami elephants, and watched episodes of Charmed. I couldn't bear to read anything nursing-related.
What's going on?
Well, things didn't go so well at clinical. I had a patient whose condition deteriorated last week. She was fine by the time I left, but it really scared me. It was so bad that they pulled the licensed practical nurse off and put a registered nurse in her place. After that, I got to see what it was like to work with an RN under pressure.
I never knew it was so hard!
All of her patients were total care, which means that the patients can't really do anything by themselves. She was running around giving medications, washing them, checking up on them, and constantly re-prioritizing what had to be done first. It was quite the hectic job!
I watched, helped, and learned. Honestly, it was a really good learning experience, but I was exhausted by the end of the day. I felt fuzzy in the head and not quite right. Of course, it might have been the bug I was brewing. I ended up sick on the weekend and basically slept through it.
I still ended up handing in a journal assignment by Sunday, and finished writing a paper for Monday. I was so relieved to be done with the paper on Monday!
Of course, all was not well.
It turned out that the paper was due at 11:30 am for a 12:00 noon class. Who would have guessed? So I handed it in at 11:45, thinking that I was early, only to receive an instant 5% off for being 15 minutes LATE. Grrrr!
So, here comes another week. Fry brain, flip, repeat.
I hope yours turns out better than mine!