There's a song that goes: "Have you done any good in the world today?"...That was going through my mind at work this day. Everyone has those quirkie days that make you scratch your head. The first thing that happened to me was as we were having our "time out" before one of my cases. A time out is done before we start any case, or hand the Surgeon a knife. The patient's name is read, their birthdate, and what operation they're having and the site..(left or right). When the name was read I looked up and asked it to be repeated...then I asked what their address was..yep, it was my next door neighbor. How observant I am. Then we had a patient that made me bite my tongue. I don't care if anyone is on medicaid, insurance, self pay..whatever. But when they have 6 kids, not married, on medicaid (ie..no money) and are having an operation to see why they can't get pregnant...I do pause. My fav thought is: "Are you kidding me?" (not "get me a baseball bat!") Then when said Pt. is belligerent to the staff, with yelling, swearing, just plain not nice...I have to remember my mantra for 2011.." Just because you think it, it doesn't mean you have to say it"..I will, however, blog it. Please excuse me and forgive me if you think me callous. Now, a bigger question looms..should I bake my neighbor some cookies and go visit and see how they're doing? Explaining that I know they had surgery because I was there, but failed to recognize them? Or not..please send help, I need it. Here's a quick look at yesterday, it was a bit less weird.
Thursday we got a sneak peek at the soon to be finished operating rooms...I remember in 1978 when I started working here that the OR we're in now was only about a year old. Now it's outdated and these are the future. Big, technically awesome! Everyone is excited about it. Great way to start a new year.
Here we're having our inservice on all the new booms that will house the equipment that we normally have to lug into the rooms, plug into walls, side step cords all over the place...unless you're me and actually have tripped over them and hit the floor. Not one of my better days! The new lights are to die for! LED... 90 of them and they will not burn out until after I retire!
The nurses desk in the room will be a God send. Charting will be all on computers and just having that space is wonderful...hey, I wonder if they can get my blog on it?? Hmmmmm.
I want this screen for my family room...I think this will be fun. We can get x-rays sent up in digital form and displayed on this baby..the construction workers had a soap opera on it one day...maybe we can get HGTV?
Donna and her trusty camera.
My boss Mary and Dr. M....he's an anesthesiologist who is in love with this room! I think he just likes building projects.
Dr. M and some of the other Docs bought a huge sound system to blast out music during cases. Not something I'm looking forward to listening to, but somehow the wiring got screwed up and I think he's on his knees looking for it! He's such a tinker type guy. He should have been an engineer or an architect! Believe me, I've been to his home and have seen the beautiful work he's done by himself! However, he can't sing worth a darn and insists on belting out the lyrics (not even the right ones) to the music. This should be interesting.
Awwwww..cute little scrub sink!
Some staff members would argue this point, but I think the best part of the new ORs are these..windows! I know you can only see a sliver, and only the sky, but hey when you don't see out a window all day it's heavenly to see even that little bit!