Thursday, October 27, 2011

Today I thought about my first (but not the last) patient to die. I was on my peds rotation of clerkship and was on peds ICU... a very small service. One patient. I spent every hour of every day watching the ICP monitor on that patient, hoping that they would make it. I came in one morning after a night off call and the I asked the nurse how the patient is. The nurse said "they're a donor" and I lost it. I think I cried all day. I felt so close to that family and so bad for their loss... I went to the funeral and felt so bad that they appreciated me being there so much. I will never forget that patient.

1 comment:

Milk and Two Sugars said...

I never had any paediatric patients who were that ill or had that outcome. I can't imagine what you went through or how it changed you, but I'm glad you were able to attend the funeral of a person you came to care so much about.