I think I need new shoes. My feet and legs are seriously killing me. They ache and just hurt! Maybe it's because I didn't really sit down for 12hrs, but I think new shoes are a big part of it. Anybody have any suggestions for some real "nursing shoes" vs tennis shoes? Where to get them, brands that you recommend and how much I can expect to pay for them?
Anyway, good shift back after a blessed 4 days off. I didn't get called at all to come in extra since last Sunday, and that's a good thing, I needed a break. I walked into what seemed like a cluster at 1830 last night, with a hurting IDDM whose sugars were dropping and of course it was shift change. Brother...but after her sugars got better and she didn't hurt so bad, she relaxed a little bit. I felt bad for her, first time mom, don't think she really had any idea what labor was really gonna be like and was hurting pretty bad and not changing. One of the first things she said to me was "they're like a 9/10. And I try to avoid all pain." Ok. Once someone told her that it was OK to get an epidural and that it didn't mean that she was a baby or not strong, she was more than happy to get one. I think a lot of women come in and think that if they have pain medicine or don't hurt during labor than they're not a very good mom, or a wus, or a wimp or they didn't really "do it." I feel bad for women who come in with that idea. We don't give out gold stars at kindergarten graduation to mom's who didn't have any pain meds in labor. It's your labor, so I'll help you do whatever you want. But if all you're going to remember from it is how bad you hurt and how hard it was that makes me sad. I want you to be able to look back and remember good things from it too.
Anyway, I felt bad b/c the kid started looking not-so-hot, and mom didn't change her cervix in 3 hours with more than adequate contractions, so off to a C/S we go. That's 2 c/s in a week for me, and I've survived both of them! That makes me happy, 'cuz I was nervous for a while that I'd forgotten how to do one. I remembered to shave BEFORE we got back to the OR this time. Yea for me! Kid ended up in the NICU b/c of sugar problems, not surprising.
I did 2 more triages and really was on my feet most of the shift. Now I'm more than happy to go to bed and sleep before I go back tonight. Hopefully I'll sleep better than I did yesterday...Any shoe suggestions would be gladly welcome! :)
Babies today: 1f
Babies total: 30M/26F = 57
Vag:22M/23F = 45
C/S: 8M4F = 12
Babies 'caught' = 1f