From a Nurse's Perspective

Payman continues to be in the Intensive Care Unit. She is still ventilated, but is now breathing for the most part on her own. The ventilator is able to sense her taking a breath, and refrains from any input. The first thing that impresses you is her good colour. The lips, fingers, toes look pink, indicating the improved blood supply and oxygenation. She is now lightly sedated, thus allowing her to breathe spontaneously. Her nurse indicated that she is progressing toward being extubated [Removing her breathing tube and disconnecting her from the ventilator]. The process is a delicate one and supervised by an anesthesiologist with the help of a nurse. This will be a progressive and vital step in Payman's recovery and wellbeing. Her grandmother seems to be coping well mentally and socially, which is a relief. In closing, from a nursing prospective, seeing a fellow nurse at work makes me empathize with her as she cares for the little patient, notes her haemodynamic status [displayed on the monitor, i.e. vital observations] and documents her progress. It is busy, exciting, and requires skill and dedication and it is all in a day

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