I do sit extremely thankful for all the help I've had. All of the nurses here have been more than I could ask for in helping me diagnose, make decisions on treatment, and just helping with my confidence. There have been MANY Portuguese conversations during which I had no clue what was being said to me. I have done my best to express the few words I know in explaining when to give medicines, what I need Aurora (our Moz nurse) to do...but it is all frustrating...I just keep trying!
I do however feel like a nurse...I have been vomited on, bit, hit, wiped noses, given meds, done too many med calculations, began reading articles and looking up meds for ideas, loved on each little one who doesn't feel good (all in the span of 3 days). Not to mention all of the meds I've crushed, dissolved, and drawn up...welcome to pediatrics! I will say though, that most of the kids here take meds like champs! They sit like little birds and slurp up anything you put near them...there are the few though who don't think "medicamentos" are that yummy, but we play games and get those meds done anyway! Point being, to me that's a real nurse!
I would ask your prayers for all of the kids...for wellness and that no one else catches these bugs! Also, most of the center (older kids) have the flu as well...high fevers, coughs, stuffy noses, headaches, and stomach issues. I would ask that you pray for wellness for all!
And...as for me...today is a little sad for me because if you're not aware college football has started again. Clemson football has been such a HUGE part of who I am. I'm not sure how to feel about missing the first game today. I definitely feel like I'm missing out, but at the same time know this is where I'm suppose to be. All those who are getting to partake in football I'm slightly jealous of you and expect you to soak in every minute of it! Anyway, if you're going to the Clemson game today PLEASE CHEER LOUD! And as always...Go Tigers!