There are times when the nurse calls out that really can not be avoided. Like last night. On her way to work the hit a curb at a high speed and blew out her tire. Then, to her astonishment, there was no spare tire in her trunk. Now, I won’t let her off the hook for not having a spare but I can certainly understand how it could happen.
It’s just one of those things. It wouldn’t be fair to blame the nursing agency either. In fact, they’re really doing a great job making sure our shifts are covered. Still, they will be put to the test tonight and I’ll hold the accountable. The Saturday nurse resigned yesterday (from what I was told) to handle family issues and focus on her full-time job.
Unfortunately, last night was devastating to us. Sue was in New York City all of last week, returning yesterday evening. She little more than walked in the door before we received the news that we’d need to cover the night shift. Sue was tired from travel. I was exhausted from a week without a break. All we could do is laugh… and move on.
I doubt we’ll be laughing if we’re put through another night, back-to-back. In fact, I know I won’t be laughing. Or smiling. Or even a smirking. In this case, the agency has over twenty-four hours to resolve it.
So, Sue took the first part of the night. Really, she took almost the entire time after ten o’clock. I passed out on the bed next to Ryan. I was in and out of sleep until around midnight, then went up to bed. I came down around 4:30 to relieve Sue. She stayed up with me until six-thirty giving medications and getting Ryan ready for the day.
Sue said she was going to lay down after helping get Ryan in the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber (HBOT). I walked through the room about two minutes later and she was stone-cold out. I intend to let her sleep until she wakes on her own. At the time I’ll try to grab a nap to rest (as much as possible) for potentially covering the shift tonight.
I hate this. Sue doesn’t deserve it. Ryan certainly doesn’t. It’s a daunting life to live every
day second. Never a true physical or mental break. It beats us down every time we get back up. Yes, we always get back up despite this certainty. What else can we do?
I have a saying that is absurdly applicable, despite it’s seeming contradiction. “Decisions are easy when there’s no choice”.
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