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As most of you may or may not know I’m a Respiratory Therapist. I work in a large teaching hospital and I seriously love my job. In my five years of working I have seen some pretty crazy interesting stuff and had my share of embarassing moments.
For example…Just the other day I walked in to a patient’s room bright and early one morning to do a breathing treatment. He was sitting up in his chair and his eyes were closed. I assumed he was sleeping and said “Good morning Mr. X!! I’m with Respiratory and I came to do your breathing treatment. How are you this morning?” He nods his head and grumbles something. I said a little louder “Good morning Mr. X. Time to wake up and do your treatment!” He grumbles a little more and I said “Open your eyes and look at me, it’s time to do your treatment.” To this he responded with…
“I’m blind. I couldn’t see you even if I did open my eyes.”
Well I almost died right there on the spot. I did his treatment and hurried on out of there. Embarrassing? YES! But I texted all my friends about it laughed about it and went on. That patient was my BFF for the rest of that day.
To this day one of my favorite codes I ever got called to was when I worked night shift. I got the page, dropped what I was doing and ran to this room. When I got there all the lights were on, there were a million doctors and nurses in the room, and someone was leaning over the patient’s bed trying to wake him up. Right as I walked in the room the man rolled over (we were told he was non-responsive and had no pulse), sat up in his bed, and looked his nurse dead in the eye and said
“I was IGNORING you!”
HA! Apparently she had been in his room several times to try to take his vitals and when he wouldn’t roll over or talk to her and so she thought he was dead. Obviously he was not. I thought it was pretty funny. This is also a lesson in actually assessing your patient.
What is your most embarrassing moment at work??