The purpose of this blog is to chronicle Emily's journey through heart transplant. This includes some stories of the activities around her that influence the experience. I'll include just one of the stories today that if it appeared on the TV show "Scrubs" would seem unbelievable. Now I believe that all those silly hospital antics on TV are based on real experiences.
Emily checked into Bed 24 in the ICU on 8 South after her surgery. Children's Hospital built two new ICU units down the hall in the middle of the ICU, just past Bed 12. Rather than number these new units 26 and 27 and have them in the middle of the floor, they renumbered all the beds above 12. Emily's Bed 24 became Bed 26. They came by and changed the number outside her door on Monday, and then the fun began. The nurses quickly adjusted to the re-numbering. The front desk ladies were sending visitors all over the place but that sorted out too. New numbers went up in minutes, and the operation proceeded like clockwork. The IT guy came in to reboot the computer that monitors vital signs so that it would display the correct bed number on the monitoring station.
After re-booting the computer it went into "Demo mode" and did not display Emily's vitals but insteady showed a hypothetical patient. Deb, Emily, Aunt Susie, and the nurse all understood that the monitor was not displaying real data, but the people monitoring out in the hall thought that her pulse, respiration, blood pressure, atrial line pressure, and other telemetry had crashed. About ten people came rushing in with a cart, EKG, and miscellaneous equipment. They looked at her numbers and started pasting wires on all over. They said her pulse had crashed and they didn't know why. Deb was looking at the strong pulse in her neck and said "she's fine, the monitor is on Demo." The emergency team continued to prepare for her demise while Emily said, "what's going on?" Deb assumed they were putting on backup leads but the team thought she was in distress. Finally Deb spoke up firmly over the crowd and said "the monitor is on Demo; it's not displaying a real patient." Finally the crash cart lady said, "oh" as the light dawned and she relaxed. They were gone as quickly as they came.
The nurse chased away somebody from pharmacy who delivered the wrong meds and our vigilence against the gremlins of the bed numbering continues unabated.
Emily got up and walked around the entire floor this morning, all the way to 8 East. She feels better except that her left hand and arm have swollen up. They pulled an IV to give that hand a rest. It is very sore.