the adventures of a veteran nurse in an inner city ER
Saturday, September 22, 2012
things aren't always what they seem
Sometimes trauma sneaks up on you. Somebody arrives by ambulance. It seems fairly straightforward. Blah blah blah. No big deal. Then it becomes more complicated. What seemed simple is now much more involved than originally thought.
Tests are ordered. More fractures are found that didn't seem obvious at first. Suddenly its a whole new ball game. This person is severely injured.
Most people would be yelling in this situation, but not this one. They refuse pain meds, stating that if they don't move they are fine. I don't usually encourage pain meds, but I tell them its OK to take them. They still refuse. Wow.
I know that this person, with the extent of their injuries will have months of recovery. They may never be the same. Their life has changed.
What started out as a beautiful sunny day for them, enjoying themselves, has morphed into tragedy.