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I am back

Hello dear readers.

I know I’ve been away for a long time. My life changed a little, so I’ve been really busy for the past few months.

I have now the first level of Reiki healing and I started taking yoga classes and getting deep into those subjects, practicing almost every day.

I also started a course of Ayurvedic Massage Therapist, which is almost done, but it gave me a lot to study and to pratice.

All of this, plus my job as a nurse made my days pretty busy. Hospitals in Portugal have been crazy lately. Whenever I had free time, I didn’t want the computer. I wanted to read, be with friends, or simply do nothing in front of the TV and rest for another week of hard work.

I’ve been reading some books and I have some drafts of reviews that I will publish soon. I will also start to post about my recent learnings about Reiki, Yoga, Ayurvedic Medicine, with natural products and tips for health, and all that I think that I must share. I hope you enjoy. My blog will be the same, but with more subjects to read about.

Remember, if you have any sugestions, you can always contact me. I appreciate the feedback. Also, if you want me to promote your book, blog, website, music band, or product, contact me as well.

Peace and Love,

Ladybug

 

My life is a movie (or a book) – post 1

I have plenty of things to post with the same title because funny/weird/unusual things happen to me even when I try to avoid it. I guess it happens to everyone but I’m one of those people who attracts these kind of things more than the usual.
 
Even with the hard work nurses and nurses’ assistants have to deal with, there are moments when we want to laugh like we are crazy but we have to be really professional. I think my poker face is getting improved.
 
Two years ago I was doing my internship as a nursing student on a Pediatric Ward. Nurses in Pediatric usually think the most difficult thing is not dealing with the children but with the parents, since they can be very critical. I think it’s normal you worry about your kid. That’s not the point of this post. I just want to write down a funny situation of that internship. I don’t know if you will find it as funny as I do but I still want to laugh when I remember it. If you are a nurse or a nurse assistant you will get it 😉
 
Mum (acting all crazy and shouting at me): Hey, nurse, I wanted to ask you to turn off the air conditioner. I went for a coffee and when I came back my son was freezing.
Me: Oh, we’re sorry. It’s summer and it’s hot but if you prefer we turn off the air conditioner on this bedroom.
I looked at the kid in his bed, with no covers, only wearing the pajama and a question popped out inside my head.
Me: Did he have his blanket covering him?
Mum: No. I left him without the blanket or the bed sheets because I didn’t want him to be too hot.
 
Good, mum… Good.

The taxi driver who likes radical sports

Some day last week after a hard day of work I took a taxi home because it was raining a lot and I was so tired I just wanted to get home as quickly as possible.
The taxi driver was a man about 35 to 40 years old who really enjoyed having a conversation. For me that’s wonderful.
The funny part started when he asked me what I do for a living and I said I’m a nurse working in a orthopedics and trauma unit. As soon as I finished my sentence I saw a big smile growing on his face. “Broken bones, then?” he asked, and even before I could answer he started telling me about his adventures with motorbikes which included many, many accidents with many different broken bones. 
He seemed so excited and happy about sharing all of these experiences that all I could do was smile back and say a short sentence now and then to show him I was listening.
It was nice but after 16 hours of broken bones or post-surgery recovery of broken bones I kind of wanted a different subject on my mind.
sad-male-nurse

The hardest words

“Let’s stop now, we did everything we could”… Those were the hardest words I heard today. 
 
It was 9 a.m. I was finishing my notes after a long nightshirt and I heard one of the nurses’ assistants calling my name. “Come fast!” she said and I had this feeling something was really wrong. It wasn’t someone who fell, it wasn’t someone in pain… something worst.
 
As soon as I got to the bedroom my heart got small and tight. “Bring the defibrillator and call my colleagues” I heard myself saying, but actually I don’t believe I was really thinking. I was focused on what I was seeing. I called the name and tried to stimulate the person like we learn, but there was no answer or other type of reaction from. The skin was colder than I wished. An adrenaline rush started to grow on my veins, on my spine, on every single cell of my body.
 
The doctors came in as well. The bedroom suddenly seemed too small. People kicked the bin for several times before one of the nurses’ assistant took it to somewhere further. Everyone in that bedroom was synchronized, in a chain of actions that weren’t premeditated. People simply did the things they needed to do, every single one something different, doing something that was necessary. So many people in there, but all of them were needed, nobody even thought about going away.
 
More than twenty minutes. For more than twenty minutes everyone did the best they could. We switched tasks from time to time but always coordinated. No one of us wanted to give up. We gave our heart and all strength of mind and knowledge to be there, body and soul. No reaction at all, but we didn’t want to give up. The body stood still; not even a single reaction, slight movement or a heartbeat.
 
After that time one of the doctors says “let’s stop now, we did everything we could”. We all knew it was true but it still took us a few seconds to stop doing what we were doing. 
 
“Let’s stop now, we did everything we could”. Those are the hardest words someone in the health field can hear. Those were the last words I heard at the end of my shift. Those were the hardest words I heard today.