The Soldier, The Nurse…Two Words (Skyline Pigeon Part 3)

May 28, 2012 Jo Cerrudo 4

We kissed. It was twenty-five years after we first met, and thankfully, it was not just a dream.
And yet, I went back home to New York. On the phone, I said goodbye to him, my voice cracking with emotion. He was trying to tell me something but the sounds of the planes flying overhead drowned out any more conversation. I never even got to tell him that I love him.

THE SOLDIER, THE NURSE… KUMUSTA KA? (Skyline Pigeon Part 2)

May 19, 2012 Jo Cerrudo 12

Sammy stood tall and distinguished-looking in his military uniform. A full-fledged colonel. We both said the words, “Kumusta ka?” And we just stood there looking at each other. All those years apart, and all we could say was “Kumusta ka? (How are You)” ….
I thought, “Oh God, please let not this be a dream.”

Get Naked, Get Wet

May 5, 2012 Jo Cerrudo 1

It’s the sign of the times. Terrorism is alive and well. The terrorist attacks on 9/11 had shaken the collective consciousness of Americans. It ushered in a new era of fear; “the “mighty has fallen”. We are vulnerable, and we must be prepared. The better-prepared the nursing work-force is, the better our chances are to mitigate the impact of disasters.

If Tomorrow Never Comes

April 15, 2012 Jo Cerrudo 6

It was the patient’s husband. He looked much older than his 40 years. His eyes were red-rimmed and exhausted in the effort to stop crying in front of his wife.
He asked, “Can anyone sing this song? It’s her request, but I just couldn’t.” His lips trembled as he proffered a sheet of paper towards the nurse.
It’s the song lyrics for the song “If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Garth Brooks. It was also recently covered by Ronan Keating.

UH-OH!!!

April 6, 2012 Jo Cerrudo 6

It feels like air just popped out of the balloon and … then you feel like as if your heart dropped to your knees. Time stood still and you are caught inside the Time Travel machine that’s teetering precariously on the side of the cliff. Or like when you’re on a run-away roller-coaster and you just know there’s a steep drop at the end.
It’s an” Uh-Oh” moment… synonymous to “Ooops”, “Oh, No”, “OMG”, and in a more direct-to-the-point colloquial “Patay kang bata ka”.

It feels like air just popped out of the balloon and … then you feel like as if your heart dropped to your knees. Time stood still and you are caught inside the Time Travel machine that’s teetering precariously on the side of the cliff. It’s an” Uh-Oh” moment… synonymous to “Ooops”, “Oh, No”, “OMG”, and in a more direct-to-the-point colloquial “Patay kang bata ka”.

SURPRISE!!!

March 31, 2012 Jo Cerrudo 4

Expect the unexpected. Brace yourself for a day of wonderment and what-the-hecks… of jaw-dropping and head-scratching incidents that defy explanations. You think you’ve seen it all? Huh, Welcome to our Emergency Department.

My Firsts… as a Nurse in the U.S.

March 11, 2012 Jo Cerrudo 9

The bright lights of New York City beckoned. Across 8509 miles and 20-hours of turbulent plane ride. As a 23-year old, the world was my oyster. It was the promise of a fantastic adventure that had sustained me through five years of nursing school. I was ready for my many firsts.

A Date with Mr. Smith

February 18, 2012 Jo Cerrudo 5

I had a date with Mr. Smith today. But he would not be going anywhere.

Mr. Smith laid on the bed surrounded by his nurses. The Normal Saline IV on his left arm was just to keep the vein open. His eyes stared unseeingly but his eyes blinked. A thin sheen of moisture on his waxy face suggested diaphoresis. The nurse looked at the cardiac monitor and her face showed concern at the tachycardia and the hypotension.

He is May, I am December

January 24, 2012 Jo Cerrudo 28

He was in the spring of his life, and I was in the winter phase. May-December, so they say.
A bouquet of red roses was just delivered for me. Thinking it was from a grateful patient, I was surprised when I read the card. “Love is a gift. Give US a chance…M”.

THANKFUL

November 24, 2011 Jo Cerrudo 1

Thankful… for my old work home for 21 years. For showing me the tools of the trade; for making me the nurse that I am proud to be. For the kaleidoscope of memories that prepared me for my new journey.

Thankful… for my new work home. For a whole new experience, a journey filled with new discoveries and exciting challenges.. for welcoming me and making me feel at home… for proving that the grass is greener outside.

Top Five Things I Love as an ER Nurse

October 29, 2011 Jo Cerrudo 21

We may not always get a Thank You, but when a patient gets better, that’s good enough for me. That should earn us points in heaven.
I’m counting my blessings. I enjoy my work . I am an ER nurse.

A 9/11 Birthday

September 11, 2011 Jo Cerrudo 3

When you share a birthday with a national tragedy, it feels selfish to even celebrate. The catastrophic impact of the 9/11 disaster looms large over any concerns, and renders everything else unimportant, something inconsequential.

The Great Escape

August 31, 2011 Jo Cerrudo 1

Tim slowly opened his eyes when he heard the door close. His pretend snores must have convinced the nurses to leave him be. He heard one nurse remind the other not to tie his wrist restraints on the bed side rails but on to the bed frame. This time, they left his boxers and socks on, and his feet unrestrained. Since he is an ER regular who loves his beer too much, he finally caught on to why the nurses always dressed him up with the “green gown”. It was meant as a signal to all that he is an escape risk.

I need to leave. I need to escape, Tim muttered this to himself like a mantra

Dog in the ER

August 7, 2011 Jo Cerrudo 13

“Woof!”

I am hallucinating. That couldn’t be a dog who just went through the revolving door of the ER and is now just outside my triage booth. No way!