Vent: I absolutely HATE stupidity! Not ignorance.....STUPIDITY!! - page 6

5-month-old baby sent from the clinic 10 miles away for a respiratory workup. Baby arrived in an infant carrier with a heavy furry blanket over him. Remove that blanket and find Baby resting on top... Read More

  1. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from CHATSDALE
    i am glad to see someone mention the big trucks..a guy i know says that riding his motorcycles close behind the big rigs gives him wind protection and saves on gas [worried about gas milage on a motorcycle???]
    Oh my gosh that drives my dh crazy - and he has high blood pressure so tell your friend he might be responsible for a truck driver having an MI.

    steph
  2. by   TazziRN
    Quote from stevielynn
    Oh my gosh that drives my dh crazy - and he has high blood pressure so tell your friend he might be responsible for a truck driver having an MI.

    steph

    Several truckers have told my husband that they don't mind this.
  3. by   clee1
    Quote from TazziRN
    Several truckers have told my husband that they don't mind this.
    Of course they don't mind..... a motorcyclist will just make a small greasy spot on the back of their trailer in the event of an accident.
  4. by   GardenDove
    Yesterday I was driving through the worst slush of the year and a stupid SUV pulling a snowmobile trailer, pulled in front of me in order to make a left turn. I almost slammed into them. The same thing happened to me on my way to work. In both cases there was absolutely no need for them to rush in front of me, other than their own impatience.

    My son had a rollover last winter driving 65 MPH on the interstate. He says that he remembers the accident and thinking "I'm sure glad I have a seatbelt on!" . He escaped with only a concussion, he rolled several times and totalled the car, which was an older Suburu that had those seatbelts that automatically put the shoulder belt on.
  5. by   whiskeygirl
    Unrestrained objects are like missiles in an auto accident. For instance a cooler stuffed in between the seats can cause head injuries and crushing injuries of other body parts. A backpack with 35 lbs of nursing books in the front passenger seat is a formidable object to avoid in a rollover.
    And the more weight added to SUVs (lots of luggage, groceries, passengers, camping equipment or loaded boxes) means the greater likelihood of them rolling. In a rollover, airbags DO NOT act in the same manner as when hit from the side or front of the car, any may not even deploy at all.
    Tires not inflated properly are a danger as well. I look at my tires every time I leave my house and check the pressure cold, once a month. If one tire is missing 5 psi that increases my chances for tire failure, possibly causing an accident.

    Drive safe, be acutely aware of what surrounds you and could be a potential hazzard if in an accident. Please.
  6. by   firstaiddave907
    Quote from gonzo1
    I wish there was mandatory helmet laws in all states. I always ride with a full face helmet but everyone else in my family refuses to wear one unless traveling cross country into states where you have to. Needless to say, I like the cross country trips the best because there is no room on bike to store helmet so it is always worn.
    No matter how much preaching I do about the cycle accidents that come into my ER, the husband and son won't listen and wear a helmet. Very sad.
    I agree wiht you all states should have a helmet law with a full face helmet becuase it could be a matter of life or death.
  7. by   ktwlpn
    Quote from morte
    kt....i think YOU are reading into th op's post to suit your own biases...read literally there is NO inference of generalized stupidity.......
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    quote-tazziRN>Re: Vent: I absolutely HATE stupidity! Not ignorance.....STUPIDITY!! -Please tell me where and when I said medicaid moms are stupidQUOTE-TazziRN>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>No bias here-When a thread is titled "I Hate stupidity" and the main subject is "medicaid mom's" inability to properly utilize the free car seat that she received one to one training on the intent seems clear to me..Let's not take the thread in another direction -I mentioned socio-economic status AND race as a factor in many of these cases-when I have some time I'll get some numbers for you but I doubt anyone will be surprised because the trend here is the same as with all crime in the US-if you are a rich and white you have a much better chance of getting away with murder in this country(or just RICH) I'm willing to bet that the case that was mentioned earlier in this thread will not result in prosecution-how could an educated young professional make such a mistake? My POINT is-it's no mistake-not stupidity and not ignorance.It's plain careless disregard for another's life.It's murder....IMHO.That's the point I'm trying to make here.
  8. by   rn/writer
    The OP stated that she referred to Medicaid moms because they are an example of a group that gets documented 1:1 education and still can have problems. Other people can use the excuse that they were never shown the correct way to install/use/fasten the seats, but even when this is done, parents don't always do it right.

    Why does the mention of Medicaid automatically bring up race? Doesn't that carry a certain amount of bias to assume that Medicaid makes it racial?

    That said, these are issues that cut across all lines. That's because human nature cuts across those lines as well. Whether it's a momentary lapse in judgment or an established pattern of poor choices, all it takes is once at the wrong time and place.

    In 17 years of being an EMT, I saw more than enough dead and damaged kids to convince me that parents need to take better care of what they say is their most precious cargo.

    Maybe along with the driver's ed scary videos of wracked up teens, we ought to be showing some pictures of the youngest victims as well.
  9. by   rn/writer
    DD #1 (who now has four kids of her own) came home from the hospital in an infant car seat long before it was legally required or fashionable. She never knew anything different.

    One day when she was just shy of three, we put the car in gear and started to drive off and she let out such a wail I thought she was hurt. DH stopped and we both got out to look. Turns out that she had climbed into her toddler seat, but in the effort of fastening her baby sister into her seat, we had not buckled the straps. That didn't feel right and she let us know it.

    When the kids (five of them by this time) ranged in age from 10 down to 2, I had them convinced that the radio wiring was connected through the seatbelts and that it wouldn't work unless everyone was strapped in. By the time they figured out this whopper, they were already so much in the habit that if other people rode with us and didn't buckle up, they got yelled at. By the kids.

    As teen drivers, my kids also got razzed by their friends because they wouldn't even start their cars until everyone was strapped in. Fortunately, they were their own peer group. I think they started a trend because they told me other kids were doing it too.

    Just before she got married last October, DD #4 told me that she felt weird driving from the hotel entrance the 300 yards to the marquis tent for the ceremony because she couldn't fasten the seat belt over her wedding gown. I looked at her and said, "You mean you've never ridden without a seat belt in more than 24 years. She said, "Nope. I never wanted you to be one of those parents who the EMTs have to tell their child was thrown from the car." She made me cry with that gift.
  10. by   P_RN
    Our state has mandatory seatbelt use, mandatory lights on when it's raining, but NO helmet law.When I worked vocational rehab I saw first hand what the no helmet law led to.....chi, blindness, quadraplegia, deafness, loss of intellect, loss of reason.....not that these don't happen to those who ride other vehicles, it's just what I saw.

    Last week heading to the county seat to get car tags, pickup truck riding my bumper, woman on cell phone, ciggy in other hand, 6 yr old sized kid walking across the seat. Driver decides to pass me, double yellow lines, on hill, on a bridge leading to a curve. I see 3 cars heading my way......I pull way over to the shoulder. The 3 cars pull way over to their right....One almost hits the bridge rail. Pickup woman gives me the bird, blows her horn and speeds up. I call *HP (our trooper line) and they ask if I got the plate number-I said no but it's the Florida truck with a ______ driving it. About 20 mi later Miss thing is pulled over, 3 cars blue lights flashing and an EMT unit. Oh it could have ended so much worse. I hope she was jailed, but probably got a magistrates date-as if she would show up. STUPIDITY!!!
  11. by   juicy_jade
    Quote from ktwlpn
    I have not read the entire thread so this may be a redundant post.Sorry if it is but I'd like to point out that this type of stupdity is not unique to "medicaid moms" How many times have you heard about children left in cars "for just a minute" with a tragic outcome? How many times have you heard about small children getting killed by riding mowers? It goes on and on-and the way the parents is treated by the media correlates directly with their class...Upper class white mom can leave her baby in the back of her SUV while she is working all day -essentially roasting the baby- and "it's such a horrible tragedy-a mistake" Let it be a young black mother on food stamps and the media calls for prosecution....And time after time no one is prosecuted-as if the hurt the parents suffer mitigates the fact that a baby was killed....Getting behind the wheel drunk and killing someone and killing a child because you forgot it was in the car in high summer should both be murder,imho...

    I was thinking that same thing. Why would it have to be a medicaid mom? Here in Texas, we had a police officer forget to drop off his 4 month old daughter at day care last summer and one of the officer's coworkers found her in the carseat. We had a police officer's son get mauled to death by a police gun. A couple of days ago, we had another officer's 2-year-old son shoot himself with the officer's service revolver.
  12. by   TazziRN
    Quote from rn/writer
    The OP stated that she referred to Medicaid moms because they are an example of a group that gets documented 1:1 education and still can have problems. Other people can use the excuse that they were never shown the correct way to install/use/fasten the seats, but even when this is done, parents don't always do it right.

    Why does the mention of Medicaid automatically bring up race? Doesn't that carry a certain amount of bias to assume that Medicaid makes it racial?
    Thank you, Miranda
  13. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from clee1
    Of course they don't mind..... a motorcyclist will just make a small greasy spot on the back of their trailer in the event of an accident.
    "And remove one idiot from the gene pool." (my husband is reading over my shoulder).

    It is just rude to drive like that.

    steph

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