A lot has been going on since my last post. Life has been too busy and I think I have been behaving like a zombie these days. I bid the APEX Pediatric Ward goodbye last October 20. Before I started my shift the next day at my new area, I found myself walking towards the children and just saying hello to my former head nurse and staff.
Children are, no doubt, difficult patients especially that most of our patients are below three years old. They simply cry when they feel something’s wrong but nurses and doctors only rely on presenting signs and from the child’s history as claimed by the mother or guardians. It was an easy ward, where I come from. We rarely have toxic shifts. Most of the time, the critical patients pass away upon transfer to our ward or in other cases, recover in a few days. Our ward only caters to patients with Acute Gastric Enteritis, Dehydration, Typhoid and Enteric Fever, Dengue Fever, Leptospirosis, Meningitis, Measles, Chickenpox, Tuberculosis, Bacterial Conjunctivitis, and other infectious diseases of children. It is, in other words, not as chaotic as the main pediatric ward of our hospital. That being said, we have more time to interact with the mothers and the patients. As a natural lover of children, I always take the babies from the cribs or beds and take them to the nurses’ station to play with them. My head nurse and other workmates can attest to that trademark.
Here are some of my most memorable patients. Oh, by the way, the parents consented to this so you don’t have to remind me of confidentiality. There were times that the parents also asked me to pose with their children on their cameras too or pass the photos through Bluetooth. 😉
I will miss “conducting” and listening to the screams and cries every morning and late at night. I will even miss the hard-headed mothers and fathers. LOL. Somehow, their children’s smiles take away the stress of exhausting days.
But most of all, I will miss them: