You know how many times I have been going to ACLS classes every two years? A whole helluva lot of times. I have seen epi doses range from 58 mg every 10 seconds to .00000001 every hour. Back when I started there were no such things as defibrillators. If someone arrested we just stuck their finger in a socket.....bada bing!
In other words, I dread and hate this q2 year obligation to keep working in the ER. I wait until the last minute to renew. I avoid the book til the last couple of days. The renewal is always fun. They jam all the shit into 8 hours, including BLS.
CPR has become too much of a workout for this old gal. I mean 100/min, hard etc?! One cycle in and I called for a switch. I mean I didn't want to have a stroke in class. (Although everyone would have know what to do...)
Then there are all of these numbers swirling around in my half demented brain: 30:2, every 6-8 seconds, 1mg, 300 mg, 2-10 mcg, 15:2, 300 jules, 100/min.....its too much.
The worst thing about ACLS is that every time you go, you think you will fail and humiliate yourself. You picture yourself going back to the educator at work and telling her you failed and you have to take it again. It never happens, but there is still that stupid fear, no matter how many times you take it.
I passed it. Like I always do. I'm traumatized, like I always am.
The worst thing? I have PALS next week