Luis Derosa, (@thetraumaguy), Trauma Nurse

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.
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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.
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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. .
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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.
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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.” 

Wali Khan, (@wali_khann), Trauma Nurse

Wali Khan, (@wali_khann), Trauma Nurse