Munchausen by Internet: The Lying Disease that Preys on the Heart - page 5

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For decades, people have heard of Munchausen syndrome, a disorder characterized by people taking extraordinary measures to fake illnesses or psychological trauma for the sole purpose of attracting attention and sympathy from... Read More


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    Quote from JustBeachyNurse
    I think you are referring to DayToNite, she did in fact pass away a few years ago, many of her helpful posts, threads, brain sheets and tips for student nurses are still actively shared on the forums today. No this is not about her.
    OMG, I must be living in an embarrassingly self-involved bubble, as until you mentioned her name, I had forgotten about her....and did not know she had passed away. She and I were often posting to the same students with tips/tricks/help, and when I mostly moved away from that (probably a couple of years ago) I didn't think about NOT seeing her postings....people on the internet move around, after all....and now I'm very sorry to find I missed this bit of news. A mentoring loss to many, to be sure.

    As a side note, wasn't it "Daytonite" as in she originally hailed from Dayton, Ohio?
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    Quote from RNsRWe
    As a side note, wasn't it "Daytonite" as in she originally hailed from Dayton, Ohio?
    Yes, her hometown was Dayton, Ohio. She had been living in southern California for the past few decades. Daytonite succumbed to cancer in April 2010 and will remain in our hearts and minds as one of the most contributory members of Allnurses.com
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    this whole thread is such a tease . is it wrong that even if i suspect someone is lying , i sometimes like to play along and pretend to believe them just for their antics and reactions. lol. there is only one other well known poster i remember writing out her illness in a couple of posts.
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    THere was a poster a few years ago who had a whole series of posts about how she evntually adopted a pt she cared for, a victim of sexual abuse. I always wondered if that really happened. I know that pediatric nurses can and do get very attached but I wonder how often it happens that they take patients home with them.

    i have seen this play out on a number of different forums. But as a poster said earlier, much better that they play out their fantasies in a virtual world than by victimizing a child.
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    Quote from JustBeachyNurse

    I think you are referring to DayToNite, she did in fact pass away a few years ago, many of her helpful posts, threads, brain sheets and tips for student nurses are still actively shared on the forums today. No this is not about her.
    Yes! That's exactly who I was talking about & thank you! Glad to see it wasnt her
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    This was a male they are talking about.
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    Thanks for sharing your articles.
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    is this recent? is it a male in "recovery"? quotes in case it is fake
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    It really doesn't matter who it was -- if you weren't fooled, consider yourselves lucky, and now more aware of shenanigans like these thanks to tnbutterfly's excellent article. I've been part of various online communities for years and years, and I've seen this kind of stuff time and time again. It's just sad. Thanks, tnbutterfly, for the warning. I am the kind of person who is as I am in person as I am online, as the AN staff and members who have met me can attest; I assume others are the same way, much to my chagrin. We all just need to be careful.
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    Thank you for this great post! I' just new to online communities like this and I might be possible victim if I haven't read this article! I'm just so glad I am a part of this community because I am really learning a lot...
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