Do you ever check yourself? - page 2

One thing I love about working at a hospital is that I can check my own vitals, and with the modern equipment, its quick and easy. Does anyone check their vitals everyday like I do? Like BP, and... Read More

  1. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
    YOU DO NOT EVEN WANT TO KNOW WHAT I THOUGHT INITIALLY WHEN I READ THIS QUESTION: (!)

    (hint, I am an OB NURSE, need I say more, rofl). And yes, I have patients and s/o who DO "check" themselves for labor progress before coming in! Just had to share that w/you!:chuckle
    Uh, me too, thought it was something totally different..lol. :chuckle
  2. by   TennRN
    The only time was when I was pg. Another nurse was due at the same time so we used to do U/S on each other. And also when I was pg I would keep a check on my BP.
  3. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Rarely. I have taken my BP a few times at works when I've felt really bad and had a completly terrible headache. (as an OB nurse, it is fascinating to actually experience the correlation between high BP and headache & visual disturbances, instead of always asking about them!)

    I've wanted to check by blood sugar a few times, not because I felt bad, but because my coworkers are constantly amazed at how much sugar I can eat in place of a solid meal, and still function. But as micro said, everything is so automated and tied into billing. We can't even turn the machine on without first putting the patients account number into it.

    Wouldn't want the hospital giving out freebies!

    It's a good thing I never worked OB pregnant. The suspense and convienence would get to me.

    Heather
  4. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heat of texas

    The onlu thing I self evaluate is my golf swing
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    when I was a pregnant OB nurse, my coworkers fought over making me their official guinea pig. got new monitors and beds, put DEBBIE on em to see what SHE thought. And the U/S machine, yea it was FUN! I would say I was "checked" in those ways many more times than anyone would like; but since these were slow times only, the manager "looked the other way" ......

    I did go into preterm labor at work one evening shift; I was 31 weeks...... My coworker said I looked like shyt and put me on the monitor...and LO! Contracting every 2 minutes and did not know it (it was all one dull backache). So yes, having been where I was sure was an advantage at that point. I was put on Procardia and on bedrest that night. Good thing, the floor was not busy!
  6. by   JeannieM
    I have strips of my sinus arrhythmia with EXTREMELY large T-waves (caffeinated). I have a family hx. of diabetes, so used to check my glucose before we had to have computer codes to do them. The thing that we can still check for free is our weight, which I no longer check since it got to be so depressing .
  7. by   Flo1216
    I once out of curiosity checked my sugar and it was 60. So I started checking it regularly and at times it has been in the 30's and forties. Of course, then I had symptoms though..which is why I checked it. I don't know why my sugar does that for no reason.I eat all the time. It never goes high...always low. Twice I almost passed out at work. Also, I always know when it is coming because a wave of nausea will wash over me and I will get epigastric pain. Has this ever happened to anyone else? Once I eat something, I am OK.
    Last edit by Flo1216 on Jul 31, '02
  8. by   Love-A-Nurse
    i have had to have my b/p taken.
    Last edit by Love-A-Nurse on Jul 31, '02
  9. by   LasVegasRN
    Years ago, when I was working home health, I started noticing I was drinking water constantly and never felt my thirst was being quenched. I was eating more and losing weight. Gee - guess what that sounds like? I checked my blood sugar with the monitors all we home health RN's carried, it was 365 one morning. Called my doc, told him what was going on, started me on meds right away.
  10. by   LasVegasRN
    Years ago, when I was working home health, I started noticing I was drinking water constantly and never felt my thirst was being quenched. I was eating more and losing weight. Gee - guess what that sounds like? I checked my blood sugar with the monitors all we home health RN's carried, it was 365 one morning. Called my doc, told him what was going on, started me on meds right away.
  11. by   LasVegasRN
    Geez! There goes that board stuttering again! Sorry!
  12. by   Q.
    When I first read this thread "Do you check yourself" I took it as checking for cervical dilation. I am an OB nurse so you have to forgive me.

    And in answer to that question, no, I haven't done a vag check on myself, but could reasonably conclude that I am closed, thick and high!!

  13. by   Love-A-Nurse
    Originally posted by Susy K
    When I first read this thread "Do you check yourself" I took it as checking for cervical dilation. I am an OB nurse so you have to forgive me.

    And in answer to that question, no, I haven't done a vag check on myself, but could reasonably conclude that I am closed, thick and high!!

    :chuckle

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