Saturday, October 1, 2011

I couldn't believe my eyes.

The 4th semester of the Nursing program is dedicated to Peds and OB.
For the past month, I have been going up to Primary Children's Medical Center for clinical.
This past week we made a switch and I did my first week at American Fork for OB.
Most students are excited to witness the miracle of birth.
...I was a little nervous though.
As some of you already know, I am a fainter.
I tried to keep a positive attitude as I dove into the thick of things.
However, watching an epidural made me queasy and lightheaded.
What was I supposed to do?
I talked to my nurse and expressed my concern.
To which she replied, 
"Oh honey. You need orange juice!"
One cup of orange juice is all it took.
I went from being a sissy to being Wonder Woman!
My nurse and I had two patients, which kept us quite busy.
Then, it happened.
Patient #1 was ready to go... but the doctor was not.
With babies, there really is no waiting.
So, we got to work.
Right at the last moment, the doctor rushed into the room.
I couldn't believe my eyes as the mother gave birth to a little boy.
I was touched by this special experience and found myself fighting back tears.
Then, it happened again.
Patient #2 was ready to go... and once again, the doctor was not.
These patients shared the same doctor and he still had to finish up with Patient #1.
So, my nurse and I got to work... again.
This doctor must be a pro, because he came rushing in right at the last moment again.
The baby was out in no time.
Another miracle, right before my eyes.
Talk about the best day of clinical... ever.


  1. Who knew that orange juice was the miracle worker?! I'm glad the nurse you were with did, though! I'm so glad that you're enjoying your rotation!!!

  2. Heh - yeah, the more I hear, the more I'm starting to think that the OBs should have to start sharing their delivery fees with the nurses, BIG time... so many of them barely make it, and some actually don't! Glad it was such a wonderful experience for you! :)

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