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Exhausted and exhilarated

I worked my first twelve-hour Emergency Department shift in five months today. My first patient had a dissecting aortic aneurysm. He lived through surgery, which is amazing in itself. You don’t get to see too many of those.

I noticed the clientele is quite different than that I am used to. Patients are not as snobby or entitled, a little dirtier, but more appreciative. It’s a nice change.

It was also nice to see my old doctors, have them recognize me and be glad that I’m there with them again. That was such a good feeling.

Of course, now I’m used to working 4-6 hours in the PACU, which is such a cushy job I will never ever give it up. Now my legs feel like bloody achy stumps. And my hips are crying out too. Damn, I’m out of shape.

But I feel really good. Like my dad after his first day spent out of the hospital with the kids, I am exhausted but really happy.

So nuts

It’s so busy around here.

Caitlyn is due ANY DAY! Today she visits the midwife, so we’ll get a better idea of what’s going on. Can’t wait!

I’m working fulltime in orientation this week. Next week, I have to work at least two days in the new place too, plus fit in a shift or two at the surgery center. Plus Cait’s having her baby VERY soon. And I’ll probably be putting in fulltime hours for the forseeable future.

Dad is in the inpatient cardiac rehab unit finally, and I hope he had a restful night. I know he will be working very hard today.

Everyone is coming over for dinner tonight. I have to work until 4:30, so rotisserie chickens and salad is on the menu. Decky, Ryan and I (and whomever else wants to join us) are attending a meeting for people who like math, critical thinking and things like that. I intend to mainly observe, but I’m kinda excited about it. And Cait’s going to have her baby ANY minute.

Now you see what’s going on in my mind today. Not pretty is it?