Quote from garnetgirl29
Thanks, sharpiemom. Our doctor frequently orders neurontin for our detox clients while in our care to prevent seizures, ease pain, & help with mood stabilization. She has no hx of seizures, so I think she was just running her mouth. She has many of the characteristics of borderline personality disorder. Fun, fun.
I don't know if it's a regional thing, but south of Boston the kids call them "Johnny's" or "Johnny Rottens" Neurontin is one of the most abused non-controlled substances around here. One night shift, I even heard a guy sharing a recipe for a "Southie Cocktail" which involved peeling open several Neurontin caps and pouring the powder into a can of Redbull. What the heck!? Neurontin will give you a buzz at a high enough dosage, and it will also increase the effects of opiates (by some chemical reaction in the brain that I can't quite recall).
I used to call it Vitamin G (for Gabapentin) because the doc's prescribed it for EVERYTHING... I had guys say they were on it for seizures, mood disorders, anxiety, headaches, nerve pain, sleep, the list goes on.
And about you ignoring the girl who raised her hand and yelled "Tylenol!" GOOD JOB! I know we're nurses and are supposed to take care of patients, but part of taking care of them is promoting independence and self care. So, if she can walk and talk there is no reason she can't sit up and say "Nurse, do you mind grabbing me some Tylenol?"
I used to call our nurses' station the "fish bowl" because it was surrounded by plexi-glass windows. Patients used to knock and point at me, then make sign language about that they wanted (meds, a sandwich, whatever) ...I used to magically turn blind when that happened until they appeared at the nice wide doorway to the station where they had plenty of room to make their requests.