Monday, September 14, 2009
I am getting ready to go to work
I know, big deal. But I have been out on medical for just over six weeks, and I am so ready to go back, even if it is on restricted duty. I won't be doing any patient care except for checking vital signs and checking blood sugars, but I will be at work. I really like my job. I enjoy taking care of patients and helping them get well. I will admit I get frustrated, and it is hard physical work a lot of the time. But then there are the times when I can just talk to a patient. My unit is mainly respiratory patients, and a lot of them are older and elderly. One thing I learned growing up; listen to what the "Kupuna" (elders) have to say. They will pass on little bits of knowledge and history in the most mundane conversations. I like talking to my patients. (Well, I like talking period! It's the Portuguese in me) I like hearing how it was for them "small kid time". I like sharing little bits and hearing little bits. For many of my patients, taking the time to listen to them is better than anything else I could do. They have either become disconnected from their families or don't have any close family left. So this stranger who is willing to take the time to talk AND listen is wonderful.
Give me time. In 3 months, I'll be grumbling again about going to work and wishing I could stay home, but for now, I'll just savor the feeling.