Posted by: medicblog999 | February 2, 2011

A sigh of relief

Sometimes in this job we can be harder on ourselves than anyone else could be.
We question ourselves…

Did I do everything I could?
Should I have done this?
Maybe I should have done that?
Have I caused ….?
Was it my fault…..?

If you were quick enough, some of you would have seen a post pop up last week. I wrote it after getting home after a night shift and a particularly tough job. I let everything out in that post and it helped me for a while.

Mrs999 woke up, read the post, and said that it ‘was too much’ . In my book that’s enough for me to take it down, so down it came.

It’s been nearly a week now and I’ve just checked up on my patient. She is still struggling, still not out of the woods, but is alive.

As far as the questions go….

Yes, I did manage her airway well enough to prevent aspiration pneumonia (which I honestly thought was very likely). Her chest x-ray is clear.

I didn’t fail her.

That is a much needed sigh of relief for me.

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Responses

  1. great mate , we do have to question from time to time it help us be more efficient i think and it help us provide better care

  2. Thanks for the update. I thought perhaps I’d imagined that post, and it sounded so bleak.
    Keeping her (and you) in prayer.

    • Thanks Sparrow.

  3. I remember that post, glad to hear you got the answer you needed my friend *hugs*

    • Thanks Shelly

  4. my blog reader caught that post, and I thought I imagined it when I refreshed later and it was gone. Very powerful post, I think it is one of few where at the end I was thinking “wow. Good to see you were able to see you performed well.

    • Thanks.
      I really do wish that I could have kept the post up.

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  6. I think that you are a hero – this woman could have died without your help. I wish I could do a job which changed so many lives. Stick with it!

    • Thanks Laura!
      I appreciate the thoughts.

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