nausea...I have new understanding.

  1. Must be Karma. I had a pt that presented with "nausea" and I thought to myself "go home drink coke, feel better"

    I had a minor procedure done yesterday (outpt surgery) Was given fentanyl/versed/diprovan. After the procedure I felt "ok" they gave me toradol iv for pain. Just before d/c they gave me one percocet. About 15 minutes later waves of nausea hit me.

    I now understand why "nausea/vomitting" drive people to the ER. I was sick for hours yesterday. Sooooo miserable!

    I have new empathy for my pt's.

    Anyone else ever have that "aha" now I understand moment???
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  3. by   glascow
    I have a new found appreciation for pts with chronic backpain and take offense when other nurses call them "drug seekers."

    I hurt my back at work and had to have back surgery and have not had a pain free day since 1996. You learn to live with it, but the flare ups can be hell!
  4. by   Tweety
    Yep, sounds like karma to me. I had the same kind of reaction to IVP dye. Hope you're better by now.
  5. by   CoffeeRTC
    I now understand...nausea to the extremes (hyper emesis during prenancy...I'm pregnant with my fourth now)
    Urinary retention (teaching my pts how to straight cath themselves is a lot easier than doing it on yourself..lol)
    UTIs (taking care of the litlle old ladies in the nursing homes....I soooo feel for them)
    Taking pills and complaining that they make you nauseated, get stuck, etc....

    Am I pregnant or a little old lady??:chuckle
  6. by   TazziRN
    Ohhhhhh yes! I never understood why parents showed up with Junior in the middle of the night with an earache until I had one myself. Can you say "Find wall, bang head"? I also was unsympathetic to an abdominal post-op who came in for pain control until I had a nephrectomy and my pills weren't working. And then there are family members of those who expire....I was always empathetic, but now I know how it feels to be in their shoes.
  7. by   Newbie Nurse SMP
    Ugh! I absolutely hate nausea! I feel anyone's pain when they say they have nausea. It has to be one of the worst feelings in the world! I hope you are feeling better!!
  8. by   sunnyjohn
    Back pain is HELL, HELL I say!

    At 28 I hurt my back so bad I wanted to die. Nobody understood. All I kept hearing was, "Your young! Walk around and shake it off!" A very nice NP gave me some VIOXX samples (I couldn't afford medicine) and some BIOFREEZE.

    It made me more symapthetic to slow moving elderly people and anybody in pain.
    Last edit by sunnyjohn on Aug 25, '06
  9. by   Altra
    Quote from TazziRN
    Ohhhhhh yes! I never understood why parents showed up with Junior in the middle of the night with an earache until I had one myself. Can you say "Find wall, bang head"?
    Yep, yep, yep!!

    I've had one ear infection in my life, about 15 years ago. At the time I saw my MD I had trouble hearing in that ear & an odd sensation, but no pain. Went home with scripts for abx and Tylenol #3. I wondered why in the heck I needed a script for pain control.

    12 hours later ... I was curled up in bed praying for someone to stick an icepick in my ear because it would have been less painful. Excrutiating beyond belief!
  10. by   LeahJet
    Quote from TazziRN
    Ohhhhhh yes! I never understood why parents showed up with Junior in the middle of the night with an earache
    Oh, I hear ya......... I used to mentally roll my eyes with "first timer" parents. I now have a one year old and while we haven't made a late night ER trip yet, it have to remind myself to calm down and think before I freak.
    Having a child can be scary!!
  11. by   Brita01
    Several years ago, I got a new understanding for patients who call for the bedpan very frequently. I had a same-day procedure and was getting IV fluids. Suddenly I had to urinate, and I mean immediately. I hit the call light, and a minute later I hit the call light again because the nurse hadn't come yet. Then when I got on the bedpan, I couldn't go! And to make it worse, the nurse was standing there watching. I told her I would call when I was finished so she would stop gawking at me, and finally after concentrating very hard, I was able to go. Can you say relief? The nurse came and emptied the bedpan and moved it out of my reach. Five minutes later, I had to go immediately again. What a PIA I must have been. :chuckle
  12. by   allele
    Yep, my first sinus infection!! EGADS that hurt!! I still consider myself a bit of a baby because of the way I acted, but I'd NEVER had pain like that before!! My mother kept telling me to relax and it would feel a bit better (my mother lived with recurrent sinus infections for many years before she finally had surgery), and she was right, but I COULDN'T relax with that pain! lol Same with tooth abcesses. Anyway, if any of my patients have ANY type of pain, I medicate IMMEDIATELY or get someone to do it for me if I'm tied up in an emergency. Oh, and I had a percocet when I had that sinus infection, the pain was gone but OOOOhhhhhh the nausea!! It was bad! I waited it out (about 1 1/2 days, literally, after only ONE percocet!), I was just glad the pain was gone, but I couldn't get out of bed. lol
  13. by   Spritenurse1210
    i had to put on a hospital gown when i went to the ER after the ex assaulted me, and when they took a chest x-ray i had to undo the ties of the gown and cover myself so they could get a good shot at my chest. it was so humiliating i can understand why some pts want 2 gowns, just to keep themselves covered.
  14. by   traumaRUs
    I had oral surgery today after a root canal went bad. I had been on antibiotics for 10 days prior to this little gem of a procedure. Well, I was consciously sedated with Versed, Fentanyl, Propofol (did anybody know they do this in the oral surgeon's office?). My 26 y/o son took me and then dropped me at home because he had to go to work. I was in so much pain, I just cried all the way home and he left me crying on the couch after he was able to get a couple of Darvocet and Motrin down me.

    The oral surgeon couldn't understand why I didn't go to the ER last week when the pain became excruciating. However, having worked in the ER for 10 years, I didn't think they could do much. However, the abscess was huge and the oral surgeon said I might lose another tooth because of it! I am so terrified of oral surgery, that I put it off.

    So...I will always be more sensitive in the future to folks with dental problems.

    And finally, I am on a new job and don't have dental insurance - so far the total has been almost $2000. Yikes - another reason these poor folks go to the ER for antibiotics and pain meds.

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