Sunday, June 29, 2008

a day of rest

It's been an absolutely horrendous couple of days at work. I can pretty much sum it up with one patient - a family friend of ours who ended up being Life Flighted out while I frantically tried to track down his family. I've looked people in the eye before and said "Your husband is having a massive heart attack and the helicopter is landing now and here are the directions to where they're taking him and do you want to say goodbye to him before they go?" but I've never said it to a friend. I look people in the eye when I tell them something horrible, but I've never had to look into eyes I know while I was acting in a "professional" capacity. And can I tell you I never want to have to do it again? Ever?


Then my computer developed something that Sasquatch is convinced is a virus. I'm not at all sure he's wrong, since Friday night I couldn't get on at all and Saturday night it's still really weird. The good thing is that this will get his full attention since, at the moment, my laptop is our only fully working computer. The bad news is...well, it's not good. A glitchy computer does not make me happy.


But in a weekend where I've had an eight year old in four point leather restraints spitting at me and calling me a f**king bitch...my happiness is obviously not a priority.

16 comments:

Maggie May said...

Oh dear ....... when every thing seems to go wrong at the same time in MY life...... I have to remind myself that other people DO get the same problems.

Feel amazed that you had to deal with the trauma of a friend in the hospital. I had always thought that in such cases, some one else would do the deed. Obviously I was wrong!

The computer...... my worst fear is this type of thing happening! You see, I would be worrying that something would be going to happen to the laptop as well! That's how upset I get when technical stuff goes wrong.
Is there anyone you know who can fix it? Hope so.

-Ann said...

Enjoy your day of rest - sounds like you've earned it.

As for the 8 year old....I didn't realise they were filming a remake of The Exorcist in your ER. Hope you get a screen credit.

girl with the mask said...

I blame the parents. Enjoy your day of rest x

Frances said...

Trojan? maybe? hope not. Do you have a good antivirus thing to check?
Argh - your job is so so awful sometimes. You do more than your bit for society, shame it doesn't do it for you.

softinthehead said...

You have my complete admiration and sympathy. What a tough time to go through. Enjoy your day of rest. Well deserved.

Irene said...

Sounds like you need a little break from the madness, but can you afford to take it? It's much easier for me. I only have myself to worry about, it doesn't compare to your predicament. You are the tougher broad by far and doing a terrific job. Just remember that, a single middle aged woman in the Netherlands is thinking about you and thinks you're doing one hell of a job.

Rudee said...

I prescribe a bottle of red to take the edge off. That sounds like a pretty awful day.

It's too bad about the 8 year old. I imagine it's hard not to take it personally but perhaps this youngster is mentally or developmentally impaired. Sounds like he or she obviously has no coping skills.

I hope your friend is doing well.

Akelamalu said...

Oh crikey RC I don't know how you get through it. :(

Kaycie said...

You sound exhausted, sweetie. Take it easy today.

On your laptop, tell Sasquatch to go into "My Computer", then go to "System Information" and see if going back to a restore point helps. He can also go to TrendMicro's website. They have something called "housecall" or something similar. He can scan your computer for viruses for free. Good luck.

aims said...

Did you call the priest? I mean spitting and 8?

stepping over the junk said...

this makes my week look like a vacation! jeez, I am sorry! That is really really hard.

Eileen said...

(((HUGS)). Wish I had words of wisdom or comfort. Just letting you know I am thinking about you. Take care of yourself.

ped crossing said...

When life hands you lemons (and boy has it), make yourself a lemon drop or two and sit down and relax in peace and quiet. As much as you can find in a house with boys.

Take care.

Marti said...

Wow RC! Sorry about having to deliver that news. That is never fun with family.

As for the 8 year old...Yikes. Just repeat "that is not my child" It might make it better.

Talk to you soon!
Marti

Potty Mummy said...

My sympathies are with you RC. I hate being disconnected if the computer is playing up. I may not want to go on at that precise moment, but not having the choice is just rubbish...

CrazyCath said...

I have always been grateful that here I have been able to say "I know this person, I can't nurse them" because it is against the rules to nurse family or close friends. Although frustrating on many levels, it is also a blessing...