recurring dream - page 2

Something on the lighter side here, I have this recurring dream about my old unit. I have returned to work on the day shift. My assisgnment is a killer. I have patients in every end of the unit. ... Read More

  1. by   canoehead
    I used to have dreams that I couldn't walk, paralyzed from the waist down so I was crawling from room to room giving meds, treatments etc. And hoping that noone would notice, but they kept giving me admissions and call lights kept going off, and everyone pretended not to know that I was drowning. Doesn't take Freud to interpret that one.


    And I have also had the dreams where you hear the IV pump or O2 sat alarming every hour and jolt awake. Work 12h at the hospital and then go to bed and work 12 at home (no pay for that one )
  2. by   sharann
    Does anyone have the "forgotten patient" nursemare? This is the one which usually is on night shift, and you go through th WHOLE night doing your thing, charts, meds...then at 5 min before shift ends you realize eeeekkkk!!!!!! I have another patient. Then you have to figure out how to explain that one to managment (not to mention the horrible guilt you feel).
  3. by   princess_64
    Nursemares! of course! Aren't they common for every one.
    My favorite, or should that be unfavorite, is being the only one to show up for work, and finding no one to stay and help! Talking about a scream!

    I think we all have them. At least most of us hear call lights going off in our sleep. It's part of life, My friend!
  4. by   hoolahan
    I have had the forgotten pt nursemare!!!!!

    But, the funniest nursemare I ever had was when I worked at the cardiac hospital. I had been working in infection control dept at the time, and had to round to hematology q day to pick up the white counts. Occassionaly they would ask me about a pt in the unit, since they knew I still moonlighted there and made daily rounds there. So they once showed me this phenomenon called Dolbie bodies in the blood smear, saying it usually meant pt's were septic.

    Anyway, in my dream, my friend from my former hospital was a pt there. I am standing at the nurses station reviewing a chart. The doc comes up to the desk and proceeds to announce that my friend has "shattered cones" in her blood. I ask what does that mean? He very casually and loudly announces that is an indication of AIDS!!! I remember getting very angry at him for saying this so loud where everyone can hear. The my friend comes out of the room and walks to the station to say Hi, and I feel so afraid for her, and not sure what to tell her, and I woke up.

    Anyone want to try to interpret that nursemare? Cause it was scary. BTW in no way did my friend have AIDS, but we did both stick ourselves on sepaerate occassions with HIV contaminates needles, this in the days when we were instructed to recap and break the needles and the hubs of the syringes. Is that scary or what??
  5. by   nurs4kids
    Originally posted by sharann
    Does anyone have the "forgotten patient" nursemare? This is the one which usually is on night shift, and you go through th WHOLE night doing your thing, charts, meds...then at 5 min before shift ends you realize eeeekkkk!!!!!! I have another patient. Then you have to figure out how to explain that one to managment (not to mention the horrible guilt you feel).

    LOL..I've had this one a million times!!!!!!!!!!!1
  6. by   mario_ragucci
    Nursemares, daymares, nightmares...these are all wonderful stories. We really don't spend enough time talking about our dreams; Some would think your a crackpot if you started recalling. our greatest reward for life is our dreams, imho. No where else are we truely free. I do notice my best dreams have always come when I am in the most difficult times (pleasuremares) And if we don't give ourselves the space (time)to go into the deep delta's, real life becomes a daymare

    Let me follow the mares tail to my pillow and start with the REM.
  7. by   leesonlpn
    Sounds like you folks are eating way too much liver sausage before you go to bed. If you answered the VOICES during the day, they wouldn't have to bother you in your dreams at night.
  8. by   zumalong
    This thread has turned out so much cooler than I imagined. I love the term nursemares. It is now incorporated into my lexicon of language. I have one more dream to add--

    I am at work, at a friends, or out somewhere---I have to go to the bathroom and pee so bad. I spend my whole dream looking for a clean bathroom (sometimes I settle for disgusting and I stand to go). When I find one, I am unable to go. I sit in the stall forever. The pain is unbearable but I can't go.

    Usually this ends up with my awakening and have to hurry to the bathroom for real. My biggest fear however, is as I am aging--I may actually "urinate" in my dream toilet. Then my husband is going to lying in a wet bed.
  9. by   Doey
    zumalong,
    I have had the same type of dream only in my dream I'm usually at work and have to pee really bad. I keep finding bathrooms that are in the middle of the unit so everyone can see or that have no doors on them and my coworkers are wandering in and out, or like you, bathrooms that are disgusting. I too will awaken having to run to the bathroom. Only on one occassion when I had the dream I did finally find (after I thought my bladder would burst), a nice clean, private bathroom with a door, and ended not waking in time and did pee the bed!! My hubby was laughing hysterically and doesn't to this day hesitate to tease me about it. Well at least he has a good sense of humor. Helped me change the bed all the while cracking up.
  10. by   zumalong
    Maybe these could be called nursemares and peescapes
  11. by   zumalong
    maybe these could be called nursemares and peescapes
  12. by   sharann
    Peescapes? LOL zumalong.
    How come we can hold it for 12 hrs or longer but are awakened at night to pee?
    TTYL,
    Shar
  13. by   RyanRN
    OMG I have had the 'forgotten to assign room 220 to anyone" dream and am overwhelmed with guilt and grief, then try to work it out and never have, not once. I think we have too much responsibilty here.

    Always wanted to be a dubutante and do lunch at the Plaza! Maybe I should go for it!

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