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tomorrow i start sticking patients. i wish i could convey to you how scary these needles are. well, here. and, i've only stuck the dummy arm 20 times or so--with only 5 of those supervised.

eek. eek.

i understand you can't really know what it's like until you do it, but... shit... i need a cadaver to practice on or something.

the best thing about this job, though, is that, with all the medical terminolgy i have to learn, i have a deeper understanding of and greater appreciation for ER and scrubs. next time they say someone is "hypotensive" and is "bradying down," i'll be like, "BAM! what's up now, er?! i got you!"


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Mar. 4th, 2005 12:24 am (UTC)
"next time they say someone is "hypotensive" and is "bradying down," i'll be like, "BAM! what's up now, er?! i got you!"

Hah, no doubt.

As for the needles, I imagine it would be kind of frightening at first. I bet you'll be a superstar at it no time, though.
Mar. 4th, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)
i wish i could see the look on your face when you do it for the first time. you should totally get a picture taken afterwards while throwing up both thumbs like the fonz!
Mar. 4th, 2005 02:59 am (UTC)
speaking of er...
is it on tonight!?

yeah since im an exercise science major i get to take all the med classes and learn terminology, it's so cool to know what they're talking about! last week i was all up on the pneumothorax they were talking about!

i'd be scared to stick someone too, it's gotta be a wierd feeling! eek!
Mar. 4th, 2005 07:36 pm (UTC)
Re: speaking of er...
u get to play with needles being an exercise science major?? thats kinda different... our exercise science ppl dont have to do that... or at least i dont think they do.. hmmm...
Mar. 5th, 2005 12:01 pm (UTC)
even tho i knew it ws going to be a reru on wednesday i was so disappointed not to have a new epiode to download and watch friday
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Mar. 4th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC)
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<PS - i'd let you practice on my cadaver down here but we've taken all her skin off, so I doubt it would be of much assistance.> and this is why i'm an art history major and not pre-med. well, that and other reasons.

Mar. 5th, 2005 12:19 pm (UTC)
why'd you steal all her skin?
i only did 1 stick (well, 2 needles), but it was perfect. the patiet was really great. i looked at him when i finished and he said, "when are you going to do it?" it's possible h's a little senile, but i prefer to think he was trying to be nice to me. he gave me a lot of confidence by even agreeing to let me do it, but more by cheering me on.

it turns out the tech supervising me told me to insert the needles into the wrong ends of his graft, so i had the venous neele in the wrong direction of flow. i didn't know which side was which or even how to tell. i tried to ask the tech but she was in a hurry. i wish i hadn't done it till i was sure, but now i know better. i asked another tech and she explained it all to me, so i had her help me switch his lines and the problem was solved.

so far i feel pretty confident about it all. i tune everything out when i'm sticking. if i can get the feel of things a little more with such cooperative patients, i think i'll be ok.

as it turns out though, i'm terrible at removing the needles. heh
Mar. 4th, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)
Oh my fucking god.
Why are you sticking patients in the first place? For one of your jobs?
I would throw up all over the place.
Mar. 5th, 2005 12:20 pm (UTC)
Mar. 4th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC)
scary needles...
i hate needles.. so i dont think i would be very good at what your doing..
Mar. 5th, 2005 12:22 pm (UTC)
Re: scary needles...
most of my co-workers hate needles too. they actully get hysterical when they need bloodwork or vaccinations. but they don't think twice about sticking someone else
Mar. 5th, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC)
steal some IV equipment from work, a lactaid ringer is a hangover eraser
Mar. 5th, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC)
whenever i hear IVs or dehydration i think of ou guard boys.

but whats a lactaid ringer?
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