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WIT – Wiener Intensivmedizinische Tage, Vienna Intensive care medical days

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

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As I am about to write this I am sitting on an empty train, waiting for it to depart so I can get to work on what I think is going to be a beautiful morning (I feel that today is going to be a sunny day). As I am sitting here I saw a train pass through the station i Mödling where I stay at my mothers house. I often say that my mind is like a child and my patients have thought me that you never loose that child inside of you, no matter how old or sick you are or get. So I did what I always do when seeing a industrial-train: I count the waggons. This time: 36 empty car-waggons.

A week ago my supervisor said there is going to be big congress for hospital-staff, especially for intensive-care staff. He had three tickets for the staff in his hand and said “Oh, look at her, I can see how your eyes just sparkled!” Yes, of course they did! My brain is constantly telling me to want more information and knowledge, it is like a sponge that just won’t fill up till the end! I can only explain this phenomena for myself through the fact I was told when I was little: the human will never use it’s brains full potential, the human brain can just be used partly in life. By writing about that I am thinking about how science has found out that people who use their brain more in their life, e.g. through reading, learning and brain-excercises, tend to have a lower risk of getting dementia. So I can always say that this is my way of preventing dementia in the future.

Well, Wednesday came and the first day of the big convention started. The congress planned 2 Rookie-seminars: one for doctors, one for nurses. So I thought I go to that Rookie-seminar for nurses working in intensive-care. I went to the congress that morning but they told me at the counter that this seminar was not included in the ticket I got from my unit, it was an extra seminar that would coast an extra fee and besides of that it was sold out, the lady told me. At first I was sad and thought, why? I wanted to go to that seminar so badly! So I went up to the unit, sad and disappointed. There I thought about it and how in Vienna the way of thinking is more soft than in Sweden and Germany. So I asked a co-worker if I should try to sneek in instead – he agreed. So I went back. Now with my confidence in my pocket that I would get in as a paying member. It worked! Noone asked about an extra ticket or a booking-confirmation. Besides of that the lady must have meant that the Rookie-seminar for the doctors was sold out, because when I got to the seminar of the nurses, the room was only filled with about 75% of the people who would fit in.

About the seminar: There where especially 2 presentations that cought my interest. The first was about aromatherapy – something they use here at the ICU for their patients. This can be by putting essential oils (in a really small amount) into the rooms of the patiens or by massaging or washing/bathing the patient with a small amount of oil mixed with water. These eessential oils are acutally not used for therapy in the hospital, but they are used for nursing. It is important to know that diffrent oils are used for diffrent purposes. E.g. is peppermint used for cooling, while lavender is for warming but still, calming. It also depends on how you use the oil. E.g. in massage or to smell in the room. Did you know tthat smell is the only sense that goes right up to the brain without talking “extra sidetracks”? That means that the smell is the first sense the brain realizes. And did you know that the airport in Frankfurt, Germany uses lavender in tiny amounts in the air for calming and preventing flight-axienty? At least they told me that at the seminar. The amount of lavender used in the air is so small you can’t smell it, but the brain still can. This is acctually sientifically proven, the woman told us at the seminar. For me this information is especially interessting because I am studying a course about complementary and alternative medicin, or integrative medicin during my time in Vienna at Linneaus university, over the internet. In Sweden we learned a lot about diffrent integrative methods, but I didn’t hear about aromatherapy before that. So I am really going to take that with me as a future nurse and maybe I can be one of the nurses to start using aromatherapy at the hospitals in Sweden one day. Here in Austria this woman was one of the first to use it at her hospital and now they use aromatherapy at many different hospitals in Austria, even at the ICU where I had my praktikum.

The second seminar that cout my attention was about humor within nursing, means keeeping up the spirit at your workingplace with the other co-workers and with your patients. The semminar was so good so the audience laught the 60 minutes he was holding his lecturing. The man told us about how he often found empty boxes in the medicin-cabin, wondering who would ever put an empty box in it! That meant that he got angry about his collegues and this made his day negative. He told us then that he changed HIS attitude by thinking “where is the empty box”, “where are you?”, expecting it to come out and when he found it he got happy. I am acctually thinking right know that there is something I have had hard times to handle in my life. That one thing is everytime someone askes me where I am from. Especially in that small part of Sweden where I live now people tend often to ask me about my heritage. I am actually angry everytime they ask me, because I feel that they judge me asking about this. I don’t want to be “the german” or “the austrian”. The main problem is, though I have multiculture background people always seem to get it wrong where I am from. So maybe this is the time where I have to change that feeling into something good, to think and act like noone else expects me to. Wow, this was accutally a wonderful and fun seminar! He also told us about that there is laughing-yoga you can practise for more fun and happiness in life. And did you know that there is a laughing-institute in Germanny? The work with sientific research there. I find this so funny and I am thrilled to implement more humor and fun in my life. I am acctually already trying my best to be more fun and saying things people don’t exepct me to. Of course, I am not that fast of a thinker when it comes to humor, but I hope I soon will be able to live my life in a more positive and funny way!

6 days of sickness…

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

This is day 6 I am at home, waiting for my body to recover. I do now know that I have a virus-infection. Probably caused by my little brother who got it from his girlfriend. The virus who follows me took away 3 days from my internship, but there is still time to catch up. I haven’t even told you yet about the working-hours here at my ward. There are 2 different shifts: dayshift and nightshift. At dayshift you work 07.00-19.30 and at nightshift 19.30-07.00. Sometimes you can leave earlier at 15.30 from the dayshift. Most people I talk to about my working-hours here think it is hard, but actually I find it much more comfortable to work 07.00-19.30 2 days in a row rather than like we have it in Sweden 13.30-22.00 and the day after 07.00-15.30. I feel that these few hours in the evening give a lot more back than having so few hours to recover the day after. And working 12 hours each shift gives you a lot more free time the rest of the week. At my internship I have to work 3-4 days per week and the rest of the week I have for myself and all my other studies.

At my time at home I had time to draw more pictures of the ward, so you can see how it looks like:

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I am a little bit unhappy for the quality of the pictures at WordPress-blog here, but I can not help it – wordpress cuts them down to 100 mb. On this picture you can see me sitting on the old leather-coach in the lunch-room. On the table you can see a big chocolate-cake: the staff at my ward love to eat chocolate with nuts. So most of the shifts someone buys a big chocolate for everybody to enjoy. You can also see the glasses with differ name-tags. If you work a shift you have a glass with your name-tag on so you can use it the whole shift. In front of me you can see my food. At the hospital I have the pleasure to buy lunch for a reasonable prize which means I get warm lunch every day at work and I do not have to bring my own food with me – a luxury I really like and would like to have at home (but there the food is expensive and you have to get it on your own). Every morning we get to choose and write down which food we would like and than one staff gets down to get the food from the kitchen. On my pants you can see that people usually write down information about their patient. This is a habit I still not have been doing, but I wanted to show you how it looks like on my fellow colleagues.

 

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This drawing shows how it looks like in the kitchen. We have a big water boiler which gives hot water. When a patient wants tea we can take it from here. They have about 7 different kind of teas to choose from – which is great, we don’t have that at home! When someone likes to have a cup of coffee we have to mix the water with Nescafé instant coffee. On the desk you can see some different things, e.g. instant coffee and apple-juice brought by relatives to patients. So there are some patients who get there personal food/drinks – if they like to.

I hope to get back to my internship in two days. I have been to a greek-doctor today and he got me cough-medicin with codeine and antihistamine-tabletts against my swollen lymph. Interesting is that I found medicine which is no longer used in Sweden here in Austria. Besides the medicin I got from the doctor here (I do not know why Sweden no longer does distribute these medicines, but I know they have different ones which practically are the same) I found a medicine at the hospital which is called “Novalgine”. This medicine is not longer used in Sweden since 1999 since many people have experienced severe side effects and after a study the medication was stopped selling in Sweden. But, they still use it here in Austria. I think this is because Sweden has a different approach regarding medicine and side effects – in Sweden the nurses and doctors can tell there concern to the government, in Austria this is something only doctors do, sometimes, what I understood from the staff here.

Now I am getting my head back into Grey´s Anatomy, at least I can watch one hospital when I am not allowed to be at “my” hospital.

Bis bald! – See you soon!

On my way to Vienna…

Monday, January 19th, 2015

It is sunday. I am about to start my journey of about 9 hours to Vienna, the capital of Austria in my former home country. I choosed to apply for an internship in Vienna because of different reasons. At first I thought that I wasn’t interested about going to Africa where a lot of my fellow students are right now. I wanted to go to Australia, or USA. But though of my big commitment to our nursing-student-movement in Calmare I didn’t have much time or energy to apply to the big cities in the world for an internship. I do not feel that this is an disadvantage though, because I now would live at my mothers apartment for 5 weeks for my internship in Vienna. (My mum lives outside of Vienna, about 30 minutes from the hospital).

All started one evening where I told my boyfriend Emil about the idea to do an internship in abroad. We had a discussion one evening and I talked about Austria and how convenient it would be to live at my mums and it wouldn’t be far to travel either. At that point I had looked up a hospital on the internet which was the biggest medstudents-university at least in Europe, I read (I am not totally sure about that, but I read it somewhere…).  He thought it would be a great idea and so I started the process of applying. I went to the homepage of the hospital (http://www.akhwien.at) and applied for an internship. The hospital answered me and told me how I should apply and wanted med to choose which part of the hospital I would like to have an internship at. So there I was, I had to choose between all of this:

 

Clinical Structure

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Clinical Institutes

So I went trough all the descriptions of the different wards, because there where a lot of them I had never hear of here in Sweden. After a while I found a field that caught my attention: organ transplant. I thought I would gain the most of my internship abroad if I choose a subject I had not heard about very much before and which wasn’t much established here in Sweden and especially not in Calmar. Calmar is a little city compared to the rest of Sweden and in the hospital in Calmare they don’t transplant organs currently. My second choice went to the psyatric ward, though I am really interested to know how they work with different diagnoses in Vienna. But that may be something I can look in later in my life – one step at the time.

So, here I am. Starting my journey to the most beautiful city in the world, they say, Vienna!

 

Byebye boyfriend

 

With tears in my eyes but hope in my heart I left Emil, my boyfriend, and Lovely, my horse – my little family would have to take care of Sweden without me the next 5 weeks.

 

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I “suited up” in my new skiing-jacket in perfect match to the train.

 

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Though most of my classmates toasted themselves for a long journey at the airport, I bought myself a glass of wine to celebrate that I finally headed to Vienna. Cheers!

 

“Auf wiedersehen” – Means: See you soon in Austrian. It is a common frase people in Austria use to say good bye.