Tuesday, 15 August 2017

A much better day

Today has been 2896987587x better than yesterday!

As we had already completed the ward round with our patients yesterday, we were much more aware of their needs and what we needed to provide for them, so that made today's ward round much quicker. We also had completed a lot of tasks for those patients yesterday, especially the more sick ones or those that would be going home soon, so we had less work to do today.

And I managed to take blood from a patient with fairly difficult veins, which made me feel much better about the whole blood taking situation!

We were able to finish the ward round with plenty of time for lunch (and a quick pep talk from the F2 on my team), and I found that my jobs were done and the list was updated by about 3.30pm. Which left me time to be able to help my fellow F1s out with their jobs, and still leave just after 5pm. It was overall a much easier and more satisfying day than yesterday.

But the best part of my day was probably when I was walking out of the hospital to get to my car. An excited/nervous new dad was on the phone shouting "THE BABY IS COMING!!!" and it made me smile so much - it reminded me of the best parts of my job and why I love medicine so much, which is exactly what I needed after yesterday.

Hannah x

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