Trau·ma  Junk· ie  ( 'trau-m&  'j&[ng]-kE) n. Slang
  1. One who has an insatiable interest, devotion or addiction to responding and assisting people with serious injury or shock to the body, as from violence or an accident.

From the Archives...

I realize that some of you have just came to my blog in the past few months, weeks, or even days (Thanks again, David!) I've had a bad case of writer's block lately, so in the mean time, here's something from the archives for your enjoyment:

1. You spend so much time studying patient assessments, that you're aware of lung sounds in the checkout line.
2. Terms like "ASSS," "PISS," "DISS," and "clubbing," take on a new meaning.
3. You go to work and consider it a nice break from school.
4. Even if you have a job outside of school, when people ask what you do, you tell them, "I'm a student."
5. When you tell people your major, they say, "What's that?"
6. You know the significance of the phrase "Ninety-nine."
7. You've auscultated lung sounds on your mom, dad, kid, spouse, grandfather, grandmother, and so on...
8. You love the high amounts of caffeine in Starbucks coffee (great for late night study sessions), and you also know the affect of caffeine on the respiratory system.
9. You've considered intubating someone around you who just won't shut up.
10. You have started realizing that medical dramas/sitcoms aren't anything like the real world (What?! You mean the doctor doesn't bag the patient during CPR?)
11. You realize that a jaw thrust isn't just something that happens in a bar fight
12. You can look at and comment on the shape of someone's curves without getting slapped for it
13. You know and fully understand the dangers of uncovered trach, and you avoid standing directly in front of one at all costs (You probably learned this one the hard way)
14. You know what the Sputum Bowl is and have even considered participating in it
15. Your Lego skills as a kid have come into play when trying to put together two things that don't want to go together
16. Watching a doc shove a camera down someone's throat isn't just part of the job or something you have to do in school, it's cool as hell
17. You curse the operator at the mall or the grocery store for starting her announcements with "Attention please..."
18. You see someone smoking and think of it as "job security"
19. At least a couple of times a day you explain that you have to suck, not blow, to make the balls go up
20. You can guess a saturation pretty accurately just by looking at the blood, or the patient
21. Your day (or night) doesn't begin until you've had your first, or second, or third cup of coffee
22. You've learned that 90-something year old FULL CODES really exist
23. You've pulled the family into the room during a code to get them to tell the doctor to switch mom or dad back to DNR status
24. You know that tripodding is not just something you see in gymnastics
25. You know that "PEEP" is no longer a sound made by a chicken
26. You believe that unspeakable evils will befall you if anyone says, "Boy, it sure is quiet around here."
27. You hate working on nights with a full moon
28. Terms like "sympathomimetic adrenergic beta-2 agonists," "anticholinergic parasympatholytic bronchodilators," and, "hydropneumothorax," all make sense to you.
29. A nurse pisses you off, and you kindly tell your patient, "If you need anything, and I mean anything at all, don't hesitate to use your call light," knowing that you will be in the RT department for most of the shift.
30. In the RT program, a study group for you involves/involved Egan's Fundamentals of Respiratory Care, a Red Bull (or two), and your class notes.
31. You either work night shift or want to work night shift to avoid all of the daily, BID, TID, and QID breathing treatments.
32. You know that an SpO2 of 100% does not rule out hypoxemia
33. You have no problem discussing sputum over lunch.
34. You've ever had a nurse call you about an alarming vent or BiPAP, asked them what the alarm sounded like, and were able to tell them how to fix it over the phone.
35. You've found yourself saying, "Good cough!" to complete strangers.
36. Not only are you familiar with the terms "blue bloater" and a "pink puffer," but you can probably tell which one a COPD pt is just by looking at them from across the room
37. You coworker can tell you that they just spent 45 minutes on pulmonary toilet and both of you know that it has nothing to do with the restroom
38. You know that wheezing after a bronchodilator SVN is sometimes okay
39. You spent a ton of time learning about Heli-Ox in school and have maybe seen it used one time in your career
40. Dalton's Law of Partial Pressures, Law of LaPlace, Frank-Starling Law, Boyle's Law, the Ideal Gas Law, and Law of Avogadro: you know these inside and out, as well as their practical application
41. You've found yourself telling others that "COPD isn't a disease. It's a group of diseases."
42. You hear vent alarms on your day off
43. You have avoided people in stores who are SOB
44. You're tempted to carry a pocket mask on dates (or to the store)
45. You've ever heard "Code Blue" in your sleep
46. You know your ABG's to the point that you can interpret them in your sleep (and probably have at some point)
47. You have ever said or overheard the following conversation between an RT and a nurse: "You deal with the stuff below the waist, and I'll deal with the stuff above the waist."
48. You've had days where all you do is sit around and wait for someone to code
49. You've had more days in which you never get to sit down and people are coding left and right.
50. You have calculated the pack year history of all your relatives and friends who smoke

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