Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Little Rattled

I've been so busy lately, like I'm sure all of you have been to! Why is it that this time of year people get especially busy?


So here's whats been going on lately. Work is good but I can and will say that for the 1st time in 2 months (cause I've only been at the new job for about 2 months) I am a little nervous around one of the new kids that was admitted yesterday that suffers from psychosis. And people suffering from psychosis are said to be psychotic. psychotic, literally means abnormal condition of the mind, and is a generic psychiatric term for a mental state often described as involving a "loss of contact with reality." And that is something that he has lost - a loss of contact with reality. People experiencing psychosis may report hallucinations or delusional beliefs, and may exhibit personality changes and disorganized thinking. This may be accompanied by unusual or bizarre behavior, as well as difficulty with social interaction and impairment in carrying out the activities of daily living. People who are clinically found to be psychotic may simply be having particularly intense or distressing experiences

Though I don't let on I'm a little uneasy around this patient I am. I make sure it stand tall and be firm to show control eventhough part of me questions my safety. But I do feel torn. I feel like all it could take is one little thing to set him off and I just don't want to be that person that sets him off but I still need to inforce the rules in the class and that pertains to him also. One of my friends at work (one of the nurses) told me to becareful around him. He is a big kid that towers over little short me. I guess I have to watch my back and stay sharp. It's just a little uncalming knowing that at the drop of a hat something could happen.

11 comments:

Mama Smurf said...

Yikes! How old is he? Stay safe!

Andrea said...

That is a bit unnerving!!

Amanda. said...

Ah. Your job sounds so on edge. I admire you, and all the other people, who do jobs like this. So very awesome of you. For real. I totally dig it. And I totally dig you.

Hang in there, Dana!

xoxo

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

That would make me nervous, too.

Matt said...

Just carry around a shiv or a small knife.

and a taser gun.

you cant be too careful, you know?

Pam said...

I would be a bit rattled myself! I will be thinking of you and praying for you!

Katelin said...

oy. stay safe.

Danielle said...

ugh...hope nothing sets him off...that would put me on edge too.

EP said...

Wow! You are really tough, lady, for sticking with it and keeping up even though you're a little shaken. I think most anyone would be in the same situation. Just stay on your toes and take it as it comes. You're going to do just fine.

Louise said...

Yikers stay safe girl!!
Thinking of you :)

Sarah Elizabeth said...

That does sound scary. I'm sure you are well protected there though. Did you have to go through training for these sorts of situations?