A glimpse into the hard, heartbreaking, and rewarding work of a Sonographer

The title may be a little bit off putting, so let me start by stressing that I do, in fact, really love being a sonographer!

I am passionate and proud of my profession as a sonographer and I take great pride in my work as I wear many hats…

I’m a photographer.  Not your traditional photographer, though. I get a glimpse of who you are on the inside.  I peer into the core of who you are.  I photograph your organs, tissue, blood vessels, and pathology.  I see you with sound.

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I’m your nurse.  I help you dress or undress, I retrieve warm blankets and water or a quick snack when your cold and thirsty or your blood sugar is low, I clean up accidents, make beds, set up medical equipment, assist the radiologist with procedures, unwrap and re-wrap bandages, and sometimes start IV’s.

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I’m your therapist.  Sometimes, when you’re scared, you open up the flood gates and share personal intimate details of your life.  I always listen.  Sometimes, I give advice but mostly I’m a friendly ear and a shoulder for you to lean on.

 

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I’m a friend.  I’m here for you.  I hold your hand when you’re nervous during a biopsy procedure.  I remind you to breathe through the pain….slow, deep, breaths.  We exchange information pertaining to our backgrounds, professions and our hometowns.  We exchange pictures of our kids or grand kids and laugh at each other’s stories. We hug and wave goodbye.  Until next time…

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I love my profession, though not every day is easy.

Some days can be overwhelming and some can be very stressful for a variety of reasons. As an integral part of who we are and what we stand for at Advanced Radiology, I strive to treat every patient like they are my only patient, no matter how busy my schedule may be.  I make it my goal to remain calm in stressful situations, make scheduling adjustments as needed, and accommodate every patients needs.

As your photographer, nurse, therapist, and friend, I am the first to discover your aneurysm, that your baby has no heartbeat, that you’re leg is swollen because there’s a massive blood clot from your ankle to your groin, that your appendix has ruptured, or that lump you feel is stage 4 cancer.  Though I, myself, am not able to discuss these findings with you, I often struggle to fight back the tears as it pains me to discover such sad, unfair findings, sometimes multiple times a day.

It breaks my heart to see you smiling with such excitement because it’s this is your first pregnancy and you’re so excited to show and tell your family this weekend, knowing your doctor will soon deliver the devastating news that the baby is not viable…

It breaks my heart to hear you talk so fondly of your grandchildren and upcoming trip to Europe, not knowing the breast cancer you’ve been battling is back and has unfortunately spread to your lymph nodes and your future is not promised….

A career in heath care can be one of the most challenging of occupations, but also can be one of the most rewarding and gratifying.

It is a great honor to take care of patients and become a part of their journey, good or bad.  My job gives me great satisfaction and inner peace in knowing I am helping them.  I enjoy working.  I learn something new every day.

Even on the busiest, most heartbreaking days, I go with a sense of accomplishment and know I am contributing to make a difference.

See also: The Sympathetic Sonographer

17 thoughts on “A glimpse into the hard, heartbreaking, and rewarding work of a Sonographer

  1. Thank you for your eloquent paen to the profession I have belonged to for 40 years. In a few short paragraphs, you nailed it! I have worked in pediatrics for most of my career, and yes, it is an unbelievable rollercoaster ride but I can honestly say that I love my job and am so glad I was able to do this type of work!

  2. Thank you for sharing those shared thoughts. Everyday is a new journey and to walk it with compassion when we share heartbreaks and insurmountable joy in the same shift, can be challenging. I truly love this profession and I would not change it.

  3. Beautifully written, and so true. I have been a sonographer for many years, and have loved my career so very much!
    Thank you for putting to words how all of us feel about working each day as a sonographer.

  4. I have been seriously considering going to college to be a sonographer. I have wanted to be one since I heard about it. I am about to be a senior in high school and right now, I have my heart set on being a sonographer. This article really showed me how amazing this field is. And I want to be a part of it. Thank you for displaying from a true sonographers stand point on how the job goes every day.

  5. What a fabulous heartfelt article about our profession.
    This should be shared everywhere as our job is little understood and we all choose this profession because we care 👌🏼😃

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