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I am very, very tired right now. Not looking forward to three more nights before a break, but I'll survive. I really do like it, so that's a good thing. Last night was tough, just because my preceptor and I were both SO tired. She's 17 weeks pregnant, so even though she's used to it, she's struggling a little, and I'm just plain tired.
We got floated into the NICU last night, which was pretty cool. They give the nurses who float in pretty easy patient assignments (i.e. feeder/grower babies) but it was still a good learning experience. We had two babies, both 32 weekers. I got to learn how to place a oral-gastric tube for feeding and actually got pretty good at it, with feedings every 3 hours for both of them. Both babies are just starting to learn how to nipple feed, and the one had done three nipple feeds in a row (including one at mom's breast), so she was just plain exhausted. I have to say, the one kid's mom is a rockstar with the pump....he had SO much breastmilk stored up, it was awesome! So, we really didn't have a lot to do beside feed babies and change diapers, so it was a little slow.
Friday night was CRAZY. We were the admit nurse for the nursery, and we cleared the labor and delivery board! We had seven deliveries (I think) between 7p and 1a! There were two c-sections delivering at the exact same time when we came on shift so we got thrown right into the fire, headed from there right into a vaginal delivery and then right back to another c-section. That poor kid had the biggest conehead I have ever seen in my life...mom had pushed for 2 1/2 hours with no luck.
We had a short break after that one until the last mom on the labor deck delivered at 5 am. It was awesome. I got to be in on four deliveries, the same amount I saw in my whole OB rotation combined! The one kid was 9 1/2 pounds...holy baby. That girl just kept coming and coming and coming.
I swear, she came out as a three month old.
Meanwhile, I did NOT hike with my child as planned this afternoon, but instead took a little nap and we hung out at home instead. A couple of papers written later, and I think it's time for bed. Again.