today, in my navy blue uniform,
i was in my unit, supporting my boss and generally looking at my job through an “external eye”. being the bedside nurse that i am though i could only note:
the 53 year old woman who collapsed in her garden with a cerebral hemmorage
the 48 year man, a civilian working in afganistan who collapsed in the shower with an acute MI, shocked 4 times, downtime 20 minutes
the 54 year old woman, having a routine laproscopic hiatus hernia repair gone seriously wrong, she no longer has a connection between her esophogus and stomach
the 50 something year old man who had a liver transplant, he had a stent placed, it migrated, placed a bigger stent, it migrated and got tangled in his cvc, cvc removed, stent remains lodged in a major vessel.
somehow, being 50+ becomes very dangerous!!!!
i have reassured my mom that if you get through your 50-60’s without cancer, major cardiac problems etc…your 70-80’s are pretty straight forward.
but then there was the 80+ man who amazed us all saying he runs…….he runs alot…….he runs 2o miles a day……for a few days in a row……..
his heart rate runs in the 40’s but he has an ICD…
what is the answer??? is it genetics?? excersise?? good diet????
i really enjoyed my day back in the trenches even though i have a different role.
tomorrow i have a real clinical shift….more to come!