Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’

It was another awesome day on the infant/toddler unit! I learned how to care for patients with rule out sepsis, pulmonary hypertension, and a myelomeningocele. They were all adorable…and one little girl in particular was so much fun. She was a huge Dora the Explorer fan, and I just happened to have some Dora stickers in my pocket. Boy was that one of the smartest purchases I have ever made!

Then in the afternoon we got a transfer from the peds ICU…wouldn’t you know it, he was a newborn with transposition of the great arteries (TGA). My brother was also born with TGA and was one of the first kids to undergo an arterial switch operation at Boston Children’s Hospital 21 years ago. Back then, the procedure was experimental and done only by a few noted cardiothoracic surgeons. My kiddo today had his surgery last week in our hospital and it sounded as if it was fairly routine (as routine as one can be, switching the pulmonary artery and aorta back to their intended location). It’s amazing how far medical technology can take us…

In post-conference this evening, my classmates and I got to practice blood draws and IV starts. I had never done it before, not even on a plastic arm in the learning lab, so I was really nervous. Luckily my partner had veins like tree trunks and he was an easy stick. I did go too far on the IV start and went through the vein rather than into it, but I was pretty excited that I got 1 out of 2. I’m also relieved just to have had the experience…it’s a lot easier not to have your first venipuncture on an innocent little baby! Unfortunately, my partner had a little more trouble…my veins are notorious for being nearly impossible to get. Anesthesiologists, experienced phlebotomists and IV therapy nurses alike have all complained about my access. I’m one of those sticks that require blind faith and a little luck. Today D made a valiant effort and was very gentle, but those veins just kept movin’ away. I told him if he ever wanted to try his hand again, he was welcome to come at me with a needle. 🙂

Halfway through our Peds rotation already!?!? Time sure does fly when you’re having fun!

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