We've had a couple of false alarms at work re: Ebola. We had a patient come in a couple of weeks ago saying they knew/had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan. So after notifying my director and receiving over the phone training (Which included the following- "See those gowns by the micro door? Don't use those, those won't protect you. You need to go find a surgical gown." Because it's great to have useless PPE out, right? Smh), it finally came out that this patient had simply been in the ER the same day as Duncan and the whole thing was a false alarm. But apparently down in the ED they didn't have the person in the correct isolation room and then they didn't put a sign out so one of the ER techs went in to do an EKG without any PPE on.
Seriously, we would have been on the news for failure and mishandling of the whole situation.
I did finally get my PPE training. It was terrible. The whole process of putting on the outfit takes like 20 minutes and it's insanely hot. You're wearing an N95 face mask, knee high booties, an outer helmet/bib thing made of rubber, a surgical gown, a surgical hair cap, two pairs of globes and you can't wear glasses. So I was blind, it was sweltering hot, and I hate being confined like that anyways so it was miserable. Once I finally got everything off, I firmly told the lab manager (AKA Dolores Umbridge) that I was categorically never doing that again. And that I'd happily not do ebola testing to avoid it.
PLUSSSS they shouldn't be drawing blood on an Ebola patient anyways. All of those fluids should stay in that person's body. Really we should only be transferring them to the DFW holding center in Richardson. Mess.
In sad news, we did finally have to have Biscuit put down last week. But we used a home service, so the vet came out here to do it. It was actually really lovely, really calm, but obviously really sad. I'm glad he's not suffering anymore, but we really miss him a lot. He was such a gentle, sweet dog. (Odie has not been sad.)
Other than that, everything has been good. School is going well this term, and I'm going to the block party on Saturday. So I'm pretty stoked about that.