Saturday, November 12, 2011
There are times in any job when you really don't like the things you have to do or deal with. Maybe there are a few of you out there who truly love what you do and don't have bad days, I hope there are. For me, most of the time I love my job. Being able to help someone is always a nice feeling. However, with it I guess comes the other side. The watching them die. Because of the settings I have worked in prior to this job, I have been lucky enough not to deal with death as much as some. You never forget the first patient you loose, regardless of the circumstance. But tonight we had one who was on hospice pass on. It was not as hard on me as some of the others, I haven't been there long. But to sit with someone and watch them die is tough for me still. I find some comfort, however in knowing that he was not alone; two of us sat with him through his last moments of life. It is just a mixture of emotions that I don't particularly care for and I hope we have some time before we have to go there again.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Well I have survived my first couple of shifts "on my own" at work. I am grateful and thankful that those that I work with are easy to get along with, after all I went through with the last job, it really means a lot. Also, Mighty had his follow up appointment at the vet and she told us that because his improvement was so drastic, we will "write this off as an infection"!! We went from thinking we were going to loose another pet before the end of the year to having one who it seems feels much better than he has for a while.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
I have now worked 5 full days at my new job and so far so good. I am always a bit reserved when I start a new job, I don't much care for change. So far I have had mostly positive experiences which is good in a setting such as this. I have never been a fan of long term care and have a ton of respect for those who can do it. However, I must say that it is possible (ok, likely) that what I am basing my opinion on, the experiences I have had, are not the norm. This, I am glad to learn. As a new employee in this facility, I have seen nothing but compassion and caring from the staff at all levels. That to me is the single most important aspect. The rest, I can deal with. Because the way things are done are so much different than what I am used to (not wrong mind you, just different), I feel like it is taking me a while to figure things out. The good part though is that those I have been working with have been great about helping out and showing me what needs to be done. So, for fear of jinxing myself, I will just say, "so far, so good". :)