Do the Happy Dance
It seems we tend to focus on the negative and we forget to celebrate the positive. So this is about the people who are doing happy dances: the patients I have had the last couple of weeks who were excited to sleep well, the tech that passed his certification exam, and the patient who trialed several masks but kept trying until he found one that worked.
Sleep is not one or two nights; it is about working with people to help them win and then watch them do the happy dance. Take the patient who came in for his titration study. He did a lot of research online before he came in for the test. He thought he knew exactly what he wanted. He then wanted to know everything about his test. He wanted to understand his sleep stages and what the differences were about the different types of respiratory events. All of this is great because I believe the more you know the more successful you will be. When he woke up he was literally doing his happy dance. He felt great. He can not wait until he gets his machine. It is days like this that you know you are doing something great.
That same week we got to celebrate with one of our technicians. He had taken the registry several times but since English is not his first language he found the test difficult. He took the CPSGT exam and passed it the first time. I think this is going to give him the confidence to pass the registry when he decides to take it.
But the most fun has been the parade of patients this month who do not quit. We tryed different masks, turned up humidifiers and trialed a rotating mask with one patient due to medications making his skin fragile. In the end they are all using their machines. I am still working with one attempting a desensitization process to get her used to the machine. But they know this is important and they are willing to put the time and energy into working through the problems to improve their life.
It is great to have a career where we get to celebrate successes on a regular basis. We get to celebrate each other, we get to celebrate with patients who feel better and we get to celebrate a quiet night sleep.