Sunday, December 14, 2014
Care Shift by Shift
I called the ward and spoke to a certain nurse. She denied that the patient was diabetic.
I mentioned that I thought he got fingersticks a few times daily and standing insulin at bedtime.
The nurse confirmed that he did get fingersticks and insulin.
"So he is diabetic," I tried to confirm, again.
"No, he is not. The fingersticks and insulin are not given on this shift, so he is not diabetic on this shift."
In the past, I would have launched into an explanation that people are not diabetic only at certain hours, but rather continuously. This person is too ignorant and indignant to listen, nevermind learn.
This is what I work with.