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Nurse’s Instagram Photo Goes Viral by katty : August 24, 2018, 07:49:50 AM
I don’t want you to just click like on this photo & scroll on. I want you to stop & really look at it for a minute.
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What is the first thing you notice?
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Most say the blood, some say the overall chaos, some note the ice chests.
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Want to know what I notice?
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I see the shoe in the right lower corner. The rhythm strip hanging from the monitor that has what is the last small electrical impulses of a mans heart traced upon it. I notice the work that was done & how sometimes… despite what we know, what we train for, what we give, & how hard we try, its just not someone’s day.
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Ya it’s a cool photo, & there are a lot more out there like this. In fact, this captured scene happens in ERs, ICU’s, Operating Rooms, Ambulances & streets all over this nation, hundreds of times a day.
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I don’t care how seasoned you are, how many codes you’ve worked, how jaded you claim to be…in that pivotal moment when the final question is asked… “does anyone have any objections to calling it?” & you look around at the faces in the room… adrenaline soaked, sweating & flushed …not a word is said. Because we all know, & for a few seconds that can really seem like minutes you feel defeated, you ask yourself if you did enough, did I do it right, what could I have done better?
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In that moment It all stops, the alarms are silenced, monitors cleared, pumps are turned off, gloves & gowns are thrown down in a myriad of emotion…its over, you lost one. The room clears out & this is what you have left of someone’s life. Their memories, their relationships, their mistakes & their triumphs, reduced to a puddle of blood and trash….and one shoe on the floor.
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It’s easy to separate yourself from these scenes. In fact, as healthcare professionals we have to. Less than 5 minutes after this code, I returned to the ER floor where I was yelled at by a patient with back pain because I had forgotten to bring him graham crackers. But he doesn’t understand. He can’t understand. This is what we do, this is what we give.
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Never forget the human element. Never take it for granted. And never forget to save a piece of yourself.
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