I know I probably tell stories here in a way that make me sound badass or whatever, so let me just clear the air and admit that sometimes I am really, really dumb. Like, yeah, I can recognize a sick patient across the room on most days and I pride myself on saving multiple doctors from central line insertions by finding IVs in ridiculous places. BUT.
Some days I'm tired, or hungry (usually it's because I'm hungry and if someone checked my blood sugar it would most likely be a critical low), or the tides are aligned wrong, and the synapses are not firing the way they're supposed to be firing. I got a critical patient today and had to set the doctor up for a procedure, and basically couldn't find my ass from a hole in the ground the whole time, despite the fact it was something I've done before and showed other people how to do before. Nope, it was derp city in there. So then it's time to take this dude up the the unit, I'm supposed to take him by for a CT, I get distracted by looking for portable oxygen tanks (a very mentally taxing activity) and I sure did bring this patient up to the ICU sans CT. No, they weren't happy. That was a fun phone call. "Hi, sorry, I swear I'm not lazy, I'm just a complete fucking idiot, thanks, bye"
I actually felt a little better talking to my new coworkers, because while I bewailed my own stupidity, they were all like, no, I've totally done that before and I have days where I'm a complete moron, too. So, it happens. I guess I'll try to be more forgiving the next time someone says something really ridiculously stupid.