May your coffee be strong and your scrub game on point.
Last March my baby girl was having on and off fever for 3 days with the highest temperature being 100°F at home.
Since it goes away during most of the day, we didn’t think too much of it and just related it to her teething (she was also teething at the time).
One night at approximately 1 in the morning, I decided to give her a tepid sponge bath since the fever wasn’t really going down after giving Tylenol, and that’s when I noticed that she was having chills. That’s the moment I decided to wake my husband up and tell him to bring us to the hospital just in case. (I’ve seen babies have seizures from having such high temperatures and I didn’t want to risk it.) And thank goodness we did because her temperature was already up to 105°F at the time.
We went to Spring Valley Hospital and was immediately entertained by the nurses at the Emergency Department. We were well received and prioritized right away. Everything they did, they did pretty quick and accurate. They did tests, even a lumbar tap, since one of the probable diagnosis is Meningitis. I think my heart stopped when I heard that. Being in the medical profession, you think of worst case scenarios. And I’ve seen similar cases before that makes me paranoid. Thankfully, the test came back negative.
Nothing feels worse for a mother when she sees her child in pain.
Here’s the thing though. I know how it feels to be helpless, seeing your child like this. And I know a lot of parents out there have worse experiences. But we should never forget that the nurses, doctors, and the rest of the medical team are there to help. I’ve seen so many family members of patients where they panic so much and end up yelling or harassing the people who are trying to help them. Mamas I know you are scared but it’s honestly better to take a deep breath and calm down. The stress nurses are undergoing while inserting an IV or a catheter is already too much without the patient’s family adding on to it.
My baby had her IV done three times and was catheterized twice. It’s a lot for a baby to go through (nevermind all the hourly vital signs and other tests). But through it all, I knew everyone was doing their best to help my sick baby recover.
We had to be moved to Children’s Hospital of Nevada UMC to be admitted. And the staff was so helpful and accommodating. All the things we needed were inside our room, which is good since I never left Aria’s side. I just had my husband get things from the house for me if I ever need anything. They also had free lunch from the Ronald McDonald House.
So we stayed at the hospital for 3 days, and although we were never felt so relieved when we got discharged, we are also so thankful for all the wonderful people who took great care of my little girl.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
I’ve always believed in the golden rule and I always think the best of people. That is why I always try to be patient and understanding to most so I would get the same in return. Which is the same for our medical professionals. When we treat them with the respect they deserve, then we would be better cared for. Sometimes, we also need to empathize because, obviously, they are people too. If you were insulted won’t you be upset too?
So today begins Nurse Week 2018 (May 6-12). And in honor of this, I wanted to write this blog post. I have so many friends (and hopefully soon-to-be colleagues) that are nurses and I am so proud of all of you! I’ve always admired what you do for the sake of patient care. You go beyond what is expected of you and you do it with a smile. So kudos and continue being an example to everyone.
Happy Nurses Week!
This was her face when we got our discharge notice. I don’t know if she actually understood what was going on but she got pretty excited. 😅