Patients We All Know and Love - page 3
by VivaLasViejas Guide
As I've grown older (and hopefully wiser), I've become more and more appreciative of the human animal. Each and every one of us is different from everyone else, yet somehow, people under duress tend to behave in certain ways that... Read More
- 0Oct 3, '09 by VivaLasViejas GuideThat's easy! This is the patient who takes a genuine interest in what's going on in his/her body, asks questions, and is prepared to take responsibility for his/her own wellness. Such people are WONDERFUL to take care of......and all too rare in a culture whose reigning philosophy is "I want what I want when I want it" and where almost everyone wants someone else to "fix" them when poor decisions lead to health consequences.
- 1Oct 4, '09 by zofranWhat about The Mammas boy? We will call him Mamma's Boy Mike.... an otherwise healthy individual who is hospitalized for a routine problem that should not take away his independence.
This is a guy in his 20's or 30's whos mamma sits with him around the clock, questions the nurses every move, and who waits on him hand and foot. She will press the call light to tell you her baby is in pain or that he needs a snack. Or if she can't be there she will call repeatedly during the shift to ask how her son is doing and when he got his last pain medication or if he "ate OK." When you try to transfer the call into the room so she can ask him herself, she says she already talked to him on his cell phone but she just wants to "make sure." She will even wipe his bum him after an episode of messy diarrhea or blot his lips after his meal. Wierd wierd wierd. (I swear I had this pt tonight after working a particulary wierd eve shift) Did I say wierd?
- 1Mar 13, '11 by TDubQuote from VivaLasViejasGod bless you, Viva. If I am ever sick, I hope I have a nurse like you.We've got one of these on my ICF unit right now, only he's meaner than cat dirt and smells worse.........and he has somehow managed to worm his way into my heart, because underneath all that is a lonely old guy in a lot of pain, both physical and emotional. He's become my 'project'---I've been advocating for better pain control and medications that calm him without knocking him out, plus I pay special attention to him by sitting down with him at dinner and talking with him. I know I'm never going to turn him into Mr. Nice Guy, but if I can help de-escalate him when he's wound up or prevent him from getting wound up in the first place, it's well worth the effort. So far, it has been.......it's a work in progress.
- 1Mar 15, '11 by MurrRQuote from TDubI never thought I'd be the sort of person who would take on "projects" - but seriously, it's practicality on my part. It's so much easier to care for people when they're willing to co-operate. Doing what you can to engender that co-operation is in your own best interest and theirs!God bless you, Viva. If I am ever sick, I hope I have a nurse like you.
- 1Mar 17, '11 by Foxy123I don't know if you guys have sat down and read all of these in one sitting, but OMG...is all I've got to say. This is some great stuff. It reminds me of Nancy Nurse. I don't if any of you remember her, she was a nurse comedian and has sold many books based on the funny, hectic lives of nurses. Anyway, I can say I have truly enjoyed reading each and everyone of these blogs.