Week 145 was another busy one for me.
I had three shifts on the close observation unit, including two nights. I actually quite like this unit – it’s not quite as adrenaline filled as intrapartum care, but it really does feel like you can make a difference. I learned a lot about drug administration – building my confidence on making up drug infusions and drip rates, and generally on caring for the more clinically unwell woman.
This week there were more similar cases of signs of sepsis, complicated deliveries, and in one case a very preterm delivery by caesarean section and caring for a type one diabetic who was quite unwell, which adds another element to the care needed.
Again, I really feel like I was able to give good quality care and make a difference for these women who are so vulnerable and having some of the worst days of their lives. Just the act of a simple smile or talking to them about something other than their recovery time or new drug regime can make such a difference – talking about their kids, or their wedding – a positive distraction to everything else that is going on.
This week was also the week where I got my final clinical skill signed off in my practice document – very exciting! It all feels like we are heading towards the end now – eek!
I also submitted my final Safeguarding document – my last graded piece of written work for the course! Can’t quite believe its so short a time now until I’m a qualified midwife!
Once I’d done my shifts, and vaguely got my body back to days again, it was time to get back in the car and drive back down to Bristol for the engagement party of our best friends (who set us up!) and to see family before heading back home again ready for the new week – no rest for the wicked, eh?!Image by Toa Heftiba
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