Just a quick post.
Between the rashes and blood pressure med refills today, I think I saved a life.
One of the nurses grabbed me and said “I need you right now”, and took me into one of the exam rooms. The patient was sitting on the end of the exam table, crying, literally wringing her hands and then pulling her hair. It turns out she was so depressed after losing two family members to illness and having severe financial problems, she no longer wanted to live. She had a plan.
Her husband had brought her in because she was so distraught. He thought upping her antidepressant would do the trick. I could see in her eyes and body language that upping the med was not going to do the trick. She hadn’t told him about the plan.
After talking with her for a while, I convinced her to go into the hospital to be stabilized. She gave me a big hug and a little smile as they were taking her to the ambulance with the crisis worker. I hope she will be okay, but at least she won’t die today, hopefully she will be able to come out of it and be able to cope with her troubles. I’ll pray for her.
It was a good day.