Friday, April 2, 2010

Back to the Drawing Board

Again. We had (notice my past tense usage of the verb) a new night nurse. We trained her on Wednesday with our wonderful other night nurse, and last night she was set to work. So she comes in, I keep an eye on proceedings and settle into the recliner in the living room so I can hear if she or Dakin need help. All appears to be going well.

Until 3:30 am.

I wake up, put down the footrest on the recliner, and go to check on Dakin. I walk in his room, and she's asleep. Well, it's not the first time I have seen that, so I make some noise, thinking maybe she just had her eyes closed. I emptied the water trap, moved the circuit around. No good.

I go over to her and whisper her name. Twice. Finally I give up and shake her arm. That rouses her, but not a word of, "Oh, I am so sorry!!" or anything of that nature.

I try to let it go, 'cuz I'm on this new 'trying not to get too bent out of shape' kick. I did stay up until 5 or so trying to catch her at it again.

This morning I approached her about it. Her excuse was, "Oh, I must have dozed off." I let her know in no uncertain terms that if I had to shake her awake, she had not 'dozed off,' she was dead asleep. Still no apology.

SERIOUSLY? You are at my home to prevent my child from dying, and you FALL ASLEEP?!?! On the FREAKING FIRST NIGHT OF YOUR JOB!?!?!! My child's life depends on your vigilance and you can't keep your #$&^#*&$ing eyes open?!

So I bounced her. Idiot. Some people have no business being nurses, and I swear every last one of them has at one time or another passed through my door. Fortunately they out themselves quickly and I give 'em the boot.

She's lucky I didn't cuss her out. I suppose today the blog is my venting board...sorry.

Back to the 'ol drawin' board.


Monica said...

I hate that! I wish we were able to clone the good ones and just share, share alike.

Valerie said...

How scary! I wouldn't be able to sleep after that. I hope that your new nurse is able to stay awake and understand how very vital that part of her important job is. Glad nothing happened as a result of her sleeping.

Junior said...

Sometimes it is so hard to find a good nurse. Our night nurse(2 nights a week) is fantastic but I am not pleased with the gal who comes 3 days a week. Not thinking she is going to last much longer.
Good luck on finding the perfect nurse for Dakin.

Sky said...

I hear ya, this is why I dont do nursing, I dont trust no one with my little man

The Gustafson Family said...

Oh that is awful! I am so sorry...and no apology form her makes it even worse. I wish you lots of luck in finding a great new night nurse!

Amanda said...

OMG, I think you were very nice, me I think I might not have been. When it's your child's life that is at stake there is no such thing as over reaction!

Greek Goddess said...

I'm so sorry. That is not cool. Good luck with the search.

thorney said...

I am so sorry you are having this trouble with nurses. Praying that Mary Poppins clone walks through your front door. You all deserve so much better from a nurse than one that falls asleep on the job.

Amy S. said...

Ugh, that sounds horrible. I am so sorry. :( I can't even imagine how stressful that must be.

On the flip side, Dakin is lucky to have such an awesome momma who will do anything to take care of him. Hang in there. I will be praying you can find a perfect replacement soon.

Foster mama K said...

Good for your for giving her the boot. I would have done the same thing. Some people are idots. You hired her for a reason, not so she could sleep.

Dana said...

I use to feel guilty about this. (Our door being a revolving one) but it is your child's life. I know this sucks. There are good nurses out there. Praying you find one soon.
These kids deserve better.

Asked our Doctor about SMARD. He said given her biopsy and her EMG findings it is highly unlikely.

Keri said...

No need for you to apologize. That's the beauty of blogging.... vent, scream, yell if you need to.

Hoping the best nurse is yet to come. Or at least one that can keep her dang eyes open. Ugh, I can't even imagine. Big hugs to you Devon!