Being on the OB and postpartum units were harrowing, to say the least. I don't think there's much chance of my being an OB nurse of my own volition! But it definitely gave me some stories to tell and some useful take-home points, some of which are:
1. Never touch the Pitocin pumps (if you're a student, that is)! It will only lead to allegations.
2. Fundal massage is the answer to almost every emergency.
3. The entirety of frozen Lake Erie wouldn't satisfy a postpartum woman's desire for ice water.
4. If the baby's turning blue, it's a sign that something might just possibly be wrong.
That was it in a nutshell, along with a few other minor details that took up seven weeks of my time.
Low point of the quarter: Seeing a 26-week-old preemie die in her mother's arms after being de-intubated.
High point of the quarter: Getting to catch a baby during a C-section! Number 1 rule there: Don't drop the baby!
So, after all this drama and trauma, it seemed only fitting that our clinical group should have a special outing, and my teacher thought it would be fun if everyone came to my house for a Christmas party!
Take a look: