Monday, April 28, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
"Yeah, they've been wanting to meet you for several months now, and I had been blowing them off. But now it's done," I answered.
Army Guy and I were leaving from a dinner with some co-workers and friends. I am still really impressed with AG. He's willing to try new things, and puts up with meeting my friends and co-workers... even the annoying ones. And he shows a lot more restraint in annoying situations than I would if I had training in hand-to-hand combat!
I have told him that he doesn't have to hang out with my friends or even like them, but so far he's been really good in social situations. Even better, is that everyone seems to like him! Maybe I have just dated socially-inept people in the past, but typically I either couldn't even get ex-boyfriends to go out socially with my friends or the few encounters we had were always awkward.
While I pride myself on being pretty independent, it is nice having someone to do things with, talk to at the end of the day, and who pretty much instantly makes you happy just to be around them.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
I had a few days off last week, and when I went back to work the other day, I was shocked to find out that a teenager I had admitted a few nights before had died suddenly on the floor. She'd had heart and lung problems her entire life and had been leading a relatively normal life when she started coughing up blood. When I saw her, she was completely stable, and she got admitted for more formal testing. Everything was done correctly-- specialists were called in early and responded quickly, and I don't think that there was anything that we could have done differently.
While death and bad outcomes aren't all that uncommon, I guess I just have high expectations for stable patients that get admitted. Emergency medicine is high-pressure, but generally you can lump patients into just a few categories: those that go home, those that get admitted and then go home, and those that you just can't fix. I think that I have been brooding about this case because we all thought that this child would do so well. I had to really push the parents to allow her to even stay to get evaluated.