Look, I said I was sorry. That’s supposed to make things better, right?
You could say that I was stupid. I’m pretty willing to say that most days. I’ve always said that I will never cease to be amazed by the depths of my own idiocy. However, this time I would like to say that a number of factors conspired against me to make me do something stupid this time.
And “something stupid”, I did.
Last night a strong line of storms rolled through our area. They were real good ones too. Cool thunder, awesome lightening, strong gusty winds, and lots and lots of rain. Awesome. I love lightening. Thunderstorms are really fun to watch. Except for when we’re in the tin cans at night when they roll through. I was happy at 4am when the tones went out for an emergency transfer, well almost happy.
Because of the storms, the chopper couldn’t fly so we had to do an ER to ER emergency transport. The patient had some type of medical condition, Hippa protected medical condition that is… I think it was a hangnail or something. At any rate, it necessitated an emergent ALS/SCT transport. It took about 40minutes and I gave one dose of Zofran for nausea. The trip was uneventful and the patient did well during the time in the truck.
So no it wasn’t a mess-up in patient care. I really really try not to do those. Nobody was hurt in the making of my F’up.
After we got back in the station, which was just perfect timing for Change of Shift, I finished my paperwork, helped the oncoming crew wash the truck, and got a new vial of Zofran out of the med locker to restock the med bag in the truck.
It was the very last thing I had to do for the day before sweet, sweet freedom and an actual day off. I hopped up in the side door of the ambulance, unzipped the side compartment of the med bag that I’d left on the bench seat, grabbed the handle of the plastic med container that holds all of our little ampoules, vials, and containers of medications; and pulled it up.. up… and out of the bag.
You can probably see what’s coming here… the latch was broken and OH MY!!! AAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!! Nooooooooooooooo……….
Yep, it opened right up and to my abject horror, the expensive vials and meds went everywhere. It was in slow motion from my point of view. Right up to when I looked down and saw three vials of medications fall through the holes in the floor drain, plopping slowly and promptly sinking into the black, dirty, oily, filthy water.
Uhhhh, so… um.. yea, that was expensive. My coworkers heard me making my inhuman shrieks of horror as I tried to save as many expensive vials of meds as I could and ran to my aid. It was no use.
What a way to start my day. Sooooooo…. If you read my last post, you saw some of my therapy which was making fun of internet comments. Then I took a nap. Now, time to go visit Gkemtb at the fire station before I pick up the kid.
Look, I said I was sorry.