How am I on ten of these posts already?! It’s funny; part of me feels like I have been here a matter of seconds and I’ve literally only just started this adventure, and another part of me feels like I’ve been doing it for years!
This week has been another action-packed week, and now I am sitting here, writing this, curled up in my bed with the most STONKING cold I think I’ve ever had. I suppose it is only to be expected after working long hours, burning the candle at both ends a little and generally being so super busy, but still, I’m pretty sure that (and prepare yourselves now, this is possibly the sexiest thing I’ve ever said!) I could win the “snot-olympics” right now! Sexy!
So, what has my fourth week in Community had in store for me?
- Antenatal Clinics.
I’m definitely getting my head around the clinic appointments now; what happens in each appointment, what to do and what information to give etc. There is a lot to learn and there are still moments when I pause in the middle of an appointment and have to rack my brains as to what else needs to be done – but I really do feel like I’m getting my head around it…!
- Home Visits.
The visits this week have been really lovely – lots of baby cuddles, including one of the babies whose birth I was at (if you want a really emotional experience, try seeing a baby born and then seeing it at home a few weeks later, happy and healthy and growing really well – all the emotions!!)
- Another Night Shift.
I did another night shift this week – and ended up witnessing another delivery! This one was another different experience for me as I got to witness an epidural being placed (which was a lot more cringey to watch than I ever anticipated!) and then, as the labour wasn’t progressing as quickly as we would like, the mum ended up having an assisted delivery using a ventouse, and finally an episiotomy – writing it down now, it sounds like a lot, but when the baby was finally delivered and she was snuggling her baby girl on her chest, it made the whole thing so worth it – and by the time the incredible obstetrician had finished suturing, you couldn’t tell anything had happened at all!!! Seriously, if I ever need sutures, I want that obstetrician to stitch me up – she was amazing – I know what I’m aspiring to now in relation to my suturing skills! Incredible!
So yeah, its been a good week – busy, but good! I’ve got a week in uni this week working on some assessment stuff, so I’m not seeing any ladies this week and I’ve got the time to kick this horrid snot-plague (see, I told you – SEXY!) without passing it on to any lovely pregnant ladies.
I’m also quite looking forward to getting some time to see my girls in uni and have a bit of a catch up too – though I imagine I might be a little quieter than normal given that my voice has decided to nip off on holiday for a few days – a welcome respite to my colleagues I imagine!
This week should be a bit calmer too, which, frankly, I’m really looking forward to – though I’ve also got 4 blog events so I’m already filling my newfound free time with them! What can I say? I’m good at being busy! 🙂
Image by Roman Kraft
Read last week’s Midwife Mondays post here