Friday, September 26, 2008

No comprende

I just finished my sixth week, I am 1/3 of the way done with the semester and am learning a ton! This week I was really worried about communicating with my patient because she was a 94 years old woman who was blind in one eye, deaf in one ear and could barely hear out of her "good" ear AND she spoke Spanish. So I get there at 6:00 am and after making sure she hadn't gotten discharged yet, I was practicing my "Spanish phrases." Now I know I am really bad because my friend that I carpool with is from Peru and is fluent in Spanish and she laughed at me when I attempted to repeat phrases after her. I go into the room and did my best to communicate with her by yelling phrases into her "good ear." She would then ramble something off in Spanish that I did not understand. After about a minute of this, she shushed me and told me to "shut up!" I did and left the room to come back a while later to give her a blanket. Once I did this, we were best friends. I would be grouchy too if I were cold.

Through out the day, I learned to communicate through body language and we got along just fine. She had been in the hospital for three days and there was no record of her ever getting a bath and I am pretty sure that no one has helped her brush her teeth because some major build up came out of her mouth when she did. So I washed her hair and gave her a bed bath, during which she kept grabbing my arm and kissing it. She was so appreciative that I was getting her clean. Such a simple thing and she was in heaven!

I must say, this week was much better than the last. Last Friday I had had it! I hadn't gotten much sleep and to make matters worse, I didn't pass the Med. test that I was supposed to get a 90% on so I had to re-take it yesterday...and I passed with a 98%! But failing the first time amidst other things, pretty much set me off. I seriously considered dropping out. After thinking about it and praying I have decided that I need to just finish. As a result, I am feeling a little more comfortable this week and I have decided to do my best instead of trying to be perfect and get an "A," because when school is said and done no one is going to care what grade I got (I hope) they are only going to care about the quality of my work.

6 comments:

Alexis and Josh said...

That was so sweet. i am sure that those moments really make the job worth while, even tho they can be yucky, but what a sweet moment. I thought that it was cute that she told you to shut up. Congrats on your re-take, you really are going to do great!

The Goulding Family said...

Hey there...I just got the evite for Bunco this month and thought of you. If you need a sub let me know because I have a few people I can ask for you...hope you have a great week at school!

The Morgans said...

Jillian, that would be great! If you want, you could even bring a friend for the rest of the year because I'm not going to be able to make it, I'll call you. Thanks for thinking of me :)

Lowe Down said...

You are doing such a good job!!! Just keep smiling...that's what i always say. LET ME KNOW IF YOU NEED ANYTHING!! I could even be a pretend patient if you need..... i have a lot of weird things going on!!!! :)

Drew said...

Tiff, it's four in the morning and I'm sitting up in bed at the hospital. They started running my chemo at 3 a.m., it's 4 now. Each time the nurse comes in I look at her and wonder what kind of person she must be to do this job. When I pass by each room, I see the nurses cleaning up some puke or wiping up something. I've had my own messes for them to clean up each time I've been in here. This stuff they put in me is crazy juice. Anyway I think the training you're getting is so valuable in so many ways and I'm really proud of you for tackling it.

Jen said...

I LoVeD reading the story of you and that elderly woman. What Christlike kindness you showed her. Very beautiful and very moving.