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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

detox

that is what i need after the day i had today. i am a speech therapist at a medium sized hospital and today seemed never ending...it kept going from bad to worse, like it was going out of style! testy, agitated, alcohol/substance abusers who curse you out just because you are there... ten trillion pages from people telling you what they need from you, and stat! crotchety-old coots who refuse to acknowledge or accept your test results and therapy recommendations... getting orders from physicians to see patients who are clearly inappropriate for a therapy consult... bitchy nurses wondering when you are going to see their sick patients asap and leaving messages for you everywhere! learning that my supervisor has gone on medical leave because a tumor was found on her 5 y.o. daughter's kidney and they suspect cancer... distressed and distracted by this alarming information all day long! being the only speech therapist on call at the hospital today (when usually there are two of us)... getting frantic phone calls to come help out at the outpatient office because our supervisor's patients still have to be seen... being stuck in xray pretty much all morning doing swallow tests back to back... having to deal with a severely demented patient who's resistant to therapy and his pushy, desperate wife forcing him to participate... the same demented patient complaining of chest pains during therapy session and having to notify (thankfully!) the cardiac rehab nurse still on duty! having to fill out an incident report for the above (and i really was not prepared to do cpr!!!!)... having a coworker complain and bemoan the current predicament we are all faced with now that our supervisor will be on medical leave for a good 12 weeks or more... worried and anxious about the fate of my supervisor's child as well as the extra workload to be thrust upon us... totally wiped, physically and mentally, after 10+ hours (& not to mention an hour commute each way!)... and then the awful realization that i'll be having to do it all over again tomorrow!!!! Posted by Picasa

3 Comments:

  • At 4/20/2006 10:36:00 AM, Blogger melba said…

    Sorry you had such a tough day. Sending you some love xoxo...hope today is better for you.

     
  • At 4/20/2006 04:52:00 PM, Blogger Going For Greatness said…

    Welcome to the medical professional's world! I SO hear you!!! I used to work in the ER and I have seen it all! What a whirl-wind of a day you had! I will keep your supervisors little one in my prayers. What a scary time for that family!!!!

    Don't you just wanna smack people sometimes? I can't deal well with whiners, liars and impatient jack-@$$es! I hope you have a better day tomorrow!!
    ~ Gabi

     
  • At 4/22/2006 11:06:00 AM, Blogger andria said…

    Praying for your supervisors daughter. I know how tough that has to be, stressful for everyone. Hope you have a better week next week.

     

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