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Thursday, July 7, 2011

DEPRESSION

The night shift crew often watch movies between three and four a.m. They toss in a DVD if the night allows. I don't watch them because I keep myself busy. One night I decided to bring in a movie to feel out their reaction about the topic of depression and see if they would actually watch it. I also... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Simply exhausted ...

I just worked three twelve-hour day shifts of which ninety-nine percent of my shift was spent walking briskly from this room to that, gathering supplies, pouring and giving medication, wound care, ensuring everyone was stable and comfortable - fed and watered. I am simply exhausted. I do my best to... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

She wore her oxygen mask with disgust but her family insisted...

She was trying to die. All her strength was devoted to pulling her oxygen mask off. As her nurse made frequent rounds to peer in on her she would ensure "Sadie's" air supply was intact. "Sadie" an elderly but spry woman knew her world was closing in on her but she was ready. Her family however was... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Puss oozed from the puncture wound in the crook of her needle tracked arm

The eery screams echoed through the sterile hallway causing wide-open stares. Patients and their guests peered out from half shut doors with curiosity and fear. "Erica" a twenty-something, writhed in pain atop her sweat stained sheets of grimy amber hues. Traces of vomit filled the corners of her... Sign in to see full entry.

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