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Friday, June 24, 2011

Cranium Overload

So at this time I feel as if my brain is going to explode. I know this stuff, I have known this stuff for years, but many things have fallen into the way back recesses of my brain- things I have just failed to use as an ER nurse- gas law at altitude, physical stressors of flight on the body, flight stressors on air crew and the patient. It has truly been whirlwind- and I have remembered a lot, and learned some new tricks.

I always loved to intubate, but had a hate relationship with the skill as well- laryngoscope in one hand, huge tube in the other- in comes the Bougie- what a great tool- sink the bougie, thread the tube over! I love it, it has made intubation much easier for me. I can’t wait to try it out- And the Airtraq......a portable disposable gildescope- things are getting easier and easier!

I have a ton of studying to do- remembering formulas such as PaO2/Fio2 < 300 not good, figuring ABG’s - is it compensated or not? Respiratory or metabolic> acidosis or alkalosis- but I am loving it!

In the meantime our group of 30 is becoming more than a class, but a nationwide team and even better , a group of friends. We enjoy hanging together, swapping war stories, going over the topics of the day, and deciding which restaurant will enjoy our company for the evening.

Even thought it is Friday, we have class all day today and tomorrow. I am fortunate to be in Denver, as my youngest son and his girlfriend will be able to come and visit - so I look forward to spending time with them. Sunday should be either a day of studying or exploring - truly every day is an adventure.

2 comments:

The Bipolar Diva said...

Girl, you're talking WAY over my head tonight!

Karyn said...

It was advanced airway management day- always great fun......