Today marks my second month being at my internship. Hard to believe I have two months under my belt! I am sure June will go by just as fast.
During these past two months, I have experienced so much and learned a great deal along the way. I have learned about IV starts, blood draws, stiches, broken bones, Asthma treatments and many other things. My favorite units/departments that I have enjoyed the most are endoscopy/ same day surgeries and Behavioral Health (I bet you didn’t see the last one coming, lol). Each of these areas has allowed me to grow personally and professionally. Not only have I grown in my development in child life, but also in my own life.
In my last post, I talk about the lives you change and how you sometimes never know that you have. On more than one occasion, I have been told by parents and patients that I was a blessing and that I am going to be great at what I do. Those families have no idea how much those compliments to me. I could have known them for five minutes or for a couple of days and I receive compliments like that on a regular basis. You just never know when you make a person’s day. While you may be having a rough day, you may be making someone else’s.
During one of my endoscopy days, I encountered a 13-year-old male. While walking by the prep room (I had just come from the surgical suite with another patient) I hear the nurses talk about starting an IV on this new patient. As they head out of the room, I B-line it into the room. Introducing myself, I tell the parent and the patient what my role is at the hospital. Telling the patient I have VR goggles, I ask him if he would like to try them. His eyes get wide and he nodes his head yes. After getting the goggles into place and he begins playing, the mom looks at me and mouths “He has bad needle phobia.” As he was playing, all he said was “Ow” when the IV went in. The mom gave me a high five and the nurses looked at me with smiles on their faces. It is amazing the smallest of things that can make the biggest impact.
As the patient was being prepped in the surgical suite, the surgeon came into the room and mentioned how great child life was. The mom agreed and thought I was a God sent. The mom thought someone had contacted me, because she had mentioned that her son had bad anxiety with needles. As she was saying that, I guess I showed up. Talk about being at the right place at the right time.
After the patient was asleep, I went out into the waiting area to locate mom. Normally when I finish up with a patient, I always go into the waiting room and inform the parents how their child did going off to sleep. Anyways, heading out to the waiting area, I saw mom sitting there and we started talking. She told me I was going to do amazing things with my job and that I was going to be one of the lucky ones to receive a job in my line of work, because my passion just shinned through.
After seeing the mom back to her son in the recovery room a little while later, I talked to some of the nurses and one of them told me “We can’t thank you enough. You really did an amazing job today.” I told her I really appreciated that and, that ENDO was one of my favorite areas I had been in so far.
So, during these past two months, I have enjoyed it, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t feeling a little homesick or been bored at times. Who doesn’t during their internship? While I have two months complete, I have been starting the process of looking for jobs. That in its self is for another blog post.
I know I said I would be updating more than what I have, but in my defense, my internship has been keeping me busy (or as much as it can at this point). Up next will either be medical play or my guest blog post on Spellbound.
Until next time!