Tuesday, August 21, 2007

How to save a life...

That song is repeating in my head over and over today...

I came into work debating whether or not I am happy where I am currently working, what I'm doing with my career and bluntly, feeling horrible mommy guilt for working.

With in one hour I got a hug from a gentleman for healing his leg. The next hour rolled around and I discharged another man (who was severely depressed) for having leg ulcers. We have been wrapping his legs weekly for the past few months and today, on his birthday, I had the pleasure of telling him no more dressing changes were needed. His face lit up, I sang happy birthday to him and I told him that I hope to see him soon under better circumstances...

The day was picking up, moving fast then another life changing moment in my nursing career occurred. Along with 3 other nurses, I helped save a man's life. Simply amazing. Currently he lies in the hospital alive. He was gone, breathless, with out a pulse. I know, I felt him, I saw him. Chest compressions, bagging and a wonderful invention the AED. (which was my role). I shocked a man today and watched a machine bring him back and give him a heart beat. Amazing.

So on a day I questioned my choice in careers, I was once again shown, why I did choose my profession. Amazing.

10 comments:

Laurie & Chris said...

You should feel wonderful today!!! I have days like that I just don't seem to be happy with road i've choose to go down. But never have I saved someones life that is soooo AWESOME!!!

Anonymous said...

OMG! I have goose bumps! This is the man's way of telling you that you are amazing in everything you do and you are right where you are supposed to be. I bet you are just glowing right now...I'm so proud of you. xoxo mb

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Wow- what an amazing story. You are an amazing person!

Steph

Peanut Butter and Jelly Boats said...

Wow! Giving you a standing ovation!!

JaniceNW said...

Terrific! Aren't AED's the coolest? Now if I can ever get through the pre-reqs to get into nursing school. Sigh. I only received a 3.1 in chemistry despite trying very hard. I'm beginning to wonder if this is the path God wants me on.

PS~you get mommy guilt whether you work or not.

My Wonderful Men..... said...

First I have to tell you, way to go! It's in the times we feel our lowest that something like that happens to snap us out of it.

The working and feeling guilty will always be there, I too have that every day I walk out the door, even if I was to stay home now I still would feel guilty for all the years I didn't stay home. So then I wonder, do I continue or stay home?

I believe everything in life happens for a reason even if we can't figure it out, so I keep pushing on and pulling the guilt train.

You sound like a strong women from your blog and I'm sure you took the right path.

pinks & blues girls said...

What a beautiful post. It is wonderful when you realize that you are appreciated and that you are making a difference.

Jane, P&B Girls

Teena said...

That's great! You're so lucky to have found such a rewarding profession. I'm still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

chrissy said...

Stop putting guilt on yourself. Remind yourself what your purpose is and that your choices do not change the fact the your are the most perfect right mom for your child and it is not the work or not that makes you perfect it is WHO you are and WHAT you are to your children. Remind yourself that you are not a mom, mommy, mama by mistake you were CHOSEN!!!

Arianne said...

way to go! its a scene that started just the way yours started, that made me decide that i was NOT in the right profession (I was an EMT, working in an ER, in nursing school). the man in my "scene" didn't make it, and it was the final straw for me enduring that world.