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Meghan @Love_M_Dubb
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Saturday- my kid and his family kicked my butt, wore me out, had me frustrated, emotional, overwhelmed.

Sometimes you advocate so hard, and people listen and don’t listen and challenge you and you leave exhausted.

I didn’t want to do it again on Sunday.
Sunday- I have the same kid back.
He’s sedated/intubated

I don’t expect many changes for the day, but the team had other plans so we end up cutting sedation & preparing for extubation.

These are all good signs. The family is excited. The patient is scared
I get the family to leave the room, and the patient nods and tears up when I ask him about his worries.

Seeing absolute fear in a child’s eyes pulls your heart harder than anything else. I hold his hand, pray with him, we listen to his favorite music, & put on a brave face.
He extubates beautifully, with no issues. The family is thrilled, I’m relieved. And suddenly, the patient I dreaded taking care of another day is my entire purpose.

I want to fight everyone and everything for his wellbeing. I want him to smile, be healthy, and make it home.
We spend the rest of Sunday doing things that haven’t been done in weeks due to his critical condition.

-taking a soap & water bath, wearing pants, brushing teeth, eating ice chips. Things we all take for granted

He teared up when I left.

I looked forward to my next shift.
Monday marked a day of many “firsts”

We sat up in a chair, read books, played games, and slowly eliminated one tube (chest tubes, feeding tubes, catheters, etc) at a time until all we had left was one PIV. And you can bet we celebrated each one away.
I absolutely wore him out on Monday, just as he had done to me on Saturday. He pushed me to be a better nurse, I pushed him to be healthier, get stronger, and face his fears.

He squeezed my hand when I finished my last shift with him, teared up, and whispered “thank you”
They don’t teach you that in nursing school. No one tells you that you’ll be challenged everyday in ways that you can’t begin to imagine.
That kid kicked my butt and stole my heart in the process. I went from dreading my second shift to wanting to come back for a fourth.

I wanted to see him walk, eat a meal, & transfer out of the ICU.

It’s funny how these kids and this career get your heart worked up like that
Being a nurse is probably the thing I will forever be the most proud of ♥️ I work beside the most amazing people, I watch kids who should have died walk out of the hospital, and I get to be a part of all of that.

#NurseLife #Pediatrics #Nursing
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