Perspective

Thursday, March 18, 2010 |
The past week and a half has been crazy busy.

Thankfully, the CMT's (Connecticut Mastery Test) are behind us and now we are gearing up for spring conferences. Recently I've had a few tasks dumped in my lap very unexpectedly and it's taking up much more time than I originally thought.I'll be honest, I'm not happy that I've had to take this on. I feel like I'm in a little over my head.


The kind of busy when you don't know if you're coming or going. The kind that no matter how early you get up or how late you go to bed, you just can't finish the days "to do" list. The kind that when you unlock the front door you want to head straight for your bedroom and collapse on your bed and stay there for the rest of the night.


I'm exhausted!


After a simple phone call my perspective is changed ...


My brother isn't much of a chit chatter on the phone. We talk often but our conversations usually only last a few minutes. When I spoke with him last night he didn't stop talking ~ so odd. Within a few minutes his voice became a little weepy.


He lost a patient that afternoon.


This isn't his first, but clearly one that is affecting him deeply.

They shared a light hearted conversation upon her arrival.
She was young; only 35 years old. She had a family and was polite and outgoing. This was noted as my brother works in the ER and these behaviors aren't always seen.


Without going into all the medical details, he lost her within an hour of her arrival.
She passed away from an allergic reaction to a medication that prescribed a couple of days ago.



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{My brother and me Christmas 2009}

I'm not so tired after all.
Instead, I'm thankful that tomorrow I am priviledged enough to wake up, and have another busy day.


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15 comments:

Mc Allen said...

awww, Im sorry for him and for the family of this girl. Thankfully he could call you and get it out. what a special relationship you two must have and what a blessing!! Yes, we all have so much to be thankful for! xoxo LA

Travelbug Mom said...

How sad. I do hope that your days get less busy. I think it is rude of CT. to plan those tests the week we LOST and hour of sleep to begin with!! Happy weekend.

Seersucker Scrapper said...

I hope things calm down for you soon. At least it's Friday!

Sometimes it just takes a little perspective.

{{HUGS}}

Lori Carolina said...

I'm sorry that that happened.
Great perspective Jo, keep going and have a good weekend!
xoxo

Southern Living: Preppy Style said...

Wow, you're right about perspective. This is so sad for your brother, the patients family and jsut all in between. I really don't know what else to say, except, eye-opening.

Henley on the Horn said...

You have a sweet brother. This made me really sad, but I love your perspective. You are right. At least we have another day.

JMW said...

Isn't amazing how like a moment like that can completely change your outlook? So sorry that your brother lost a patient - how very sad. Hope is doing okay and hope you get some rest this weekend!

EntertainingMom said...

So very sad... yes, we should be happy with all that we do have and all that we do have to do. (Now of course you have me all panicked... hoping that I do not have a reaction to my pain meds or anesthesia next month!! Ack!)

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jo,

Life can be very busy, but as you said, a whole new perspective can sometimes change one's outlook on life.
So sorry for the sadness and the loss, that your brother is feeling.
I really hope that your weekend, will be relaxed and happy.

Hugs
Carolyn

Wanda said...

Perspective, it's a gift!

Have a restful week-end!

pink green & southern said...

I am so sorry that your brother is grieving. Every day is a gift right?

Queen Bee said...

So sad!
I hope you get a chance to relax this weekend.
All the best to your brother.

bevy said...

So hate that for your brother... what a wonderful doctor he must be!

Actually, I was a little relieved to read the first part of your post. We had the writing part of our South Carolina PASS test this week too. And baseball games are underway. And daylights saving time. And preparing for this yearly spring tradition (Steeple Chase). I have been so horrible of emailing you back. Am doing it now!!!

AtOneWithHim said...

I'll be sending my thoughts and prayers your brothers way. I'm glad he has you to talk to and I hope he is feeling better soon.

God Bless

Casey said...

Wow. That is so very, very sad.

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