Okay, this is a segue from furball's 'am I the only one' thread...
So most of us dodge our family members when it comes to medical advice....and we all know that giving medical advice is legally risky anyway, BUT.....
How many times have you been standing in the grocery line or whatever and you overhear a person talking about some illness or injury, and what they're saying is TOTALLY, COMPLETELY WRONG??? How hard do you have to fight the urge to pipe up and say, 'excuse me, I couldn't help but overhear, and you're a total MORON...' ?
I had a patient tell me (and the woman was an ER nurse....a new grad ER nurse, but a nurse still the same) that when she delivered her last baby, she was "crowning for three hours" before the doctor would let her push. UM, EXCUSE ME??? YOU'RE A TOTAL IDIOT. I just nodded and smiled politely and let her go on and on about her last delivery, all the while mentally digging my nails into my arm stifling the urge to smack her and tell her that she was a MORON. Maybe she meant the baby's head was very low in her pelvis, but you'd think she would know that CROWNING means the baby's head is STICKING OUT OF HER VAGINA.
Or when I overhear some old lady tell her pregnant granddaughter not to raise her arms over her head because it'll 'strangle the baby.' Good Lord.
Sometimes I need the patience of Job.....
Jul 8, '02
Like Hoolahan, have been struggling with a sick relative driving them nuts, My Dad. Developed SE from multiple meds given in hospital two months ago resulting in Severe gastritis and reflux (unable to lie flat and sleep), two ER trips and rehospitalization. Multiple med changes, he kept calling me asking when to take this pill so not to interfere with antibiotic, etc. Written med list reviewed with him. Saw chiropractor for stiff neck/pinched nerve who told him he only needed to take acidophilis tablets to eliminate GI problems and didn't need Nexium. Dad DID listen to me to not stop Nexium, OK to take acidophilis; BUT he took Nexium at 5:30 AM one day, 7 pm next etc. when GI symptoms worse. Wouldn't listen to his homecare RN even re this issue, as reflux severe and wanted IMMEDIATE relief. Poor man never had any prolonged illness before and difficult to start understanding why all these complications happening/poor coping at age 74.
Visited Mom for her birthday 9PM friday after work. He wanted he to look at foot wound, told him no not the purpose of my visit and that since he had already bandaged it, I would visit him on WE to check it. He proceeded to take dressing off anyway and asked MY HUSBAND AND SON what they thought of the wound and should he still use hydrogel ointment. Husband told him needed to ask his homecare RN and that I was off duty. Discussed need for Dad to take Nexium at bedtime as it will coat stomach while sleeping (same time Husband takes med) and both discussed reflux. Lightbulb went off and he said, now I understand why I should take at night, why didn't Karen ever tell me this???
Hubby replied "She told you that two weeks ago, I heard her tell you on the phone"...GRRRRRR. Some times people just don't get the message given as in denial of problem (Dad's situation) until their ready to deal with it.
Edited for spelling
Brian, when's the spell checker being added?? Hint, hint.
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jul 8, '02