So I dragged myself to work today. If you’ve read my old posts you’ll know I suffer from bad headaches and migraines, I woke up with one today, but it was self inflicted… From dehydration, I hadn’t had any water in 3 days and this is something I really struggle with.
I spent all morning getting on top of this headache, I took pain killers and by the time I could keep it down I started taking in what water I could. I felt horrible all morning, I was hypotensive (91/45), leaving me lightheaded and just hard to concentrate fully. But, I went to work hoping I would have an easy day, little did I realise just how easy it was going to be. I went on escort with a patient for a procedure and when I got back I just floated and helped out around the ward until our shift was over. I had dreaded work all morning, and really dragged myself in there, then I complained on the inside when I realised I had to be a float but as it turns out sometimes you have the best experiences from unexpected circumstances.
I had to put a little old lady to bed, and re-take her blood pressure a few times because it was high. When I sat down and had a chat to her she was adorable, just lovely and happy with whatever circumstances were thrown her way… She was happy to just “go with it”.
This isn’t an unusual occurrence for me, but sometimes it’s just little things you notice when you take a step back that make it all worthwhile. I find it refreshing to be around people in a worse circumstance than me and still be “chipper” about it. I find it help bring my mood back and reminds me why I still work here, I loved the little moments with other people. I guess I’m a social person and I don’t need a lot, but I like to have a positive affect on other people. I remember I know this was the job for me on my first prac, I couldn’t believe people got paid to talk to patients (fair enough they have tasks to do) but I loved the social aspect of it, interacting with other people I guess. It’s the lovely conversations you have with lonely elderly patients, the innocence, and their easy going nature. They make me realise how much harder we make things out to be, more than they have to be. These are the people who notice the little things, the things we tend to overlook or not even notice.
I just wanted to share that experience I had at work tonight, it’s a priceless moment that’s easily forgotten, but seems to happen to me all the time. It helps put some things into perspective, makes you think about what’s really important and reminds you why you’re still doing what you’re doing. As much as I complain about going back to work when I’ve been off, I really do love these moments. Makes it all worthwhile.