Friday, March 7, 2014

The importance of grounding and centering

March 2014

I wasn't sure how else to title this. I spent the day doing homecare and had 3 patients to visit. As I have said before I'm always anxious on days that I work homecare. I sometimes think I'm gonna get a mean patient or I'm not gonna get home in time to meet my daughter. So many things go through my mind. From reading this one would think "why do home care" lol the answer is always once I stop making assumptions and worring about everything my days are always fine. 

Well today I got lost for the first time. I didn't realize I needed to specify the zip code in my gps. Normally it doesn't matter but it just so happens the patient I was going to see today address was pretty common, same address, same city ,but different zip code! Lol I arrive at the wrong address and instead of a house... There's a park lol. I called the patient and she gives me directions. I'm terrible with directions and pretty bad listening to them verbally. To make this more interesting when I described where I was I told the patient a fire station was at the corner, so she gives me directions. Turns out her actual address indeed had a fire station on the corner as well. Lol it took me a good twenty minutes to stop driving in circles and trying different gps programs. I pulled into a parked lot, took a deep breath and told myself to calm down and think. After taking a moment to ground myself I looked back at the gps and seen that I didn't put the zip in, so I added the patients zip code and BOOM! I got the right directions. When I arrived to see my patient there was metered parking and again I started getting anxious worrying if the visit went too long my car would get ticketed or towed lol well the meter was already paid for up to 1.5hrs! The actual visit went well, I had to do dressing changes and teach about one of the patients conditions. 

My next visit was uncomplicated, just a little lady who had back surgery and was doing well. I taught her about s/s of TIA and we talked about foods to help with constipation.

My last visit was a noncompliant diabetic. He was doing well today though, we talked about what foods to eat to keep his blood sugars regulated. He seemed very happy to have the handouts and get ideas on what to do diet wise.

At the end of the day I stopped to chat with my director. I wanted to know if I was doing ok and she says I'm doing great especially for per diem. I was worried that since I only work 1-2 days a week and sometimes have less than 4 patients I felt like I wasn't helping enough. She told me to relax and that she is very happy as is the other staff to have me.

Off to pick up some kids now :)

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