Navy Blue Scrubs wrote: frank - up in grand blanc wrote:
Navy Blue Scrubs wrote:12 hours babysitting them, listening to their shit and watching them piss themselves, and then we have to get them out to get their drink on before they start seizing.
My wife told stories of when she was in a medical unit at DMC and they would have beakers of alcohol on the med cart from the hospital pharmacy. It was easier, I guess, to medicate the serious alcoholics with liquor and keep them from spazzing than to just strap them down and close the door.
I've heard of this kind of thing but that's all inpatient stuff so I wouldn't know. I do know that full blown DTs are something. A hardcore case can absorb ridiculous amounts of Ativan or Valium. One of my earliest experiences, I had given him a stupid amount of Ativan and started him on a drip and then he stopped moving and I though oh fuck I killed this guy so I touched him and he went off like a Tasmanian devil again. Mmmmmmkay, time to bump up that drip.
These people end up in an ICU and it's hard to tip a glass when you're chemically snowed and sporting leather restraints.
My wife is a skinny little thing from the suburbs, so it's long amused me that someone with that pedigree (and so young, at the time) had to deal with louts, behomeths, people bouncing off of walls, and everything else. Comes with the territory, I guess.
When I went through my big career changed years ago I interviewed at a research facility at the DMC. Maybe I've already shared this, but bear with me if I haven't. Anyway, I met with the directors of a sleep-deprivation clinic for a research assistant's position. The whole time I was interviewing I was like "what in the hell am I doing here?" but a job is a job, and I needed one. One of the directors shared that the research subjects were, by definition, not well-rested and as a result could be challenging, so would difficult people present a problem for me? "Absolutely not," I said. "I grew up in Brightmoor and so long as these patients don't have access to beer bottles or bike chains then I can handle 'em." Didn't get the gig.