Luis Derosa, (@thetraumaguy), Trauma Nurse
“...Abdominal wash out, what is that?" All of a sudden he goes to the bedside, all these other people start swarming the bedside and he starts pulling out intestines. And I'm there it's my first day in a hospital, and I almost passed out.
I had to sit down, the nurse manager of the unit pat me on the back and she said, "I don't think this is for you." I went home that night. I told my parents I don't think the medical field is for me.
Fast forward 12 years later now I'm like one of the leaders of one of the top trauma centers in the country. Every time I sit and think about where I'm at, I remember that time when I was in the trauma ICU and I was in the corner and I almost passed out and they told me that they didn't think this was for me. Look at me now. 😎
“I decided to jump into trauma years ago when I was studying as a EMT. I was in the process of getting my nursing degree. I used to park up on the 6th floor of a parking garage across the street from a very busy trauma center. I used to watch the helicopter land, watch the trauma team come out with the green gowns. Watch them get the patient. I used to feel the gust of the rotor wash or the wind from the blades of the helicopter. I used to smell the gasoline or the diesel, rather. I just kind of fell in love with it.
I romanticized with it. I represent a team, I represent a specialty. I represent that person out there that their only goal is to save lives. And I give a behind the scenes look at what It's like to work in a very busy trauma center and I kind of a give a snapshot of what that's like.”
“...The whole time everybody's crying around her, we're miserable, I'm miserable, and she just found the strength to just calm us, I couldn't believe how strong she was, sitting in the ICU barely could breathe, her vital signs were all just completely-- She was in complete septic shock, and all of a sudden she's telling me and my family, "Don't give up, I know where I'm going." And she already knew her fate. .
At the time, it was almost like torture nothing I could do, and I do all these amazing things. and there my sister was laying, and I couldn't do anything. A couple of days later, on September 23rd, we ended up basically withdrawing care because she had no more oxygen to her brain. I've been in situations where I tell family this information, and it's going to rock their world. Their life is going to change forever.
When the medical teams came up to us and were giving us the news, they rocked our world man. I was on the other side, and I couldn't believe I was on that side. It was very powerful before I experienced this, I never felt that. Now moving forward when I tell families this, I immediately think of myself in that situation. I'll never forget it.”