What sets my teeth on edge... - page 3

Why is it that when a normal, adult, professional nurse starts working with an elderly patient, they immediately start talking in that annoying high-pitched, lilting voice that most people reserve... Read More

  1. by   live4today
    There is a story I once heard about an elderly couple, and it goes something like this:

    HUSBAND says in a normal voice to wife as she washes dishes: "Honey, have you seen my glasses?"

    [Husband doesn't hear wife saying anything]

    HUSBAND says to wife again, only in a little raised tone of voice, "Honey, have you seen my glasses?"

    [Again, husband hears nothing]

    HUSBAND walks up close to his wife and says to her, "Honey, did you hear me talking to you? Why are you ignoring me?"

    WIFE says, "Honey, I wasn't ignoring you. I answered you both times. Are you having trouble with your hearing?"

    They both burst out laughing! :chuckle

    HUSBAND says, "I was starting to think the same thing about you, dear. I was just about to suggest to you to call the doctor to have your hearing checked."

    WIFE: "There's nothing wrong with my hearing. You are the one who couldn't hear me telling you that your eyeglasses were on the bedroom dresser. Not once, but TWICE!"

    Moral of the story? Perhaps it is not the patient who can't hear, but the nurse??? :chuckle :roll :kiss
  2. by   Dplear
    One of my pet peeves..."how are WE today?" I was ion the hospital recently after having my severed achillies tendon sewn back together...OUCH!!!!! The nurse can=me in and asked me How arre WE doing today....I basically told her politely to get out of my room with the WE crap...I was the one in bed and I was the one hurting and not HER therefore it is how are YOU doing today...gotta love that morphine........

    Dave
  3. by   willie2001
    On admission, we ask the patient how they want to be addressed and then write it on the communication board in the patient's room. Most people, young and old prefer to be addressed by their first names or a nickname. I can think of one or two elderly ladies who prefer to be addressed as Mrs.
  4. by   Marj Griggs
    "I always try to pitch my voice lower than normal when I'm speaking with an elder"

    My dad had "boilermaker's deafness" as a result of working in a noisy environment for many years. I found that he, too, could hear me better if I pitched my voice lower than normal and projected! It continued to work even after he was fitted with aids.
  5. by   Goofball
    Well, maybe I've been talking to those elderly ladies in that high whiney baby talk, hmmm will
    have to pay more attention to that. And here I've been trashing a couple of our docs who, when they enter the elderly patients' rooms, start talking in a booming voice that makes them jump in their beds like they just got defibrillated!
    Especially the patients on the vents, it's like the docs think those pts suddenly became deaf and have to be yelled at.
    Sushi? Nasty stuff, had to politely dump it out into a napkin once while pretending to wipe my mouth.
    Matt you look like my primary care dr., John Doolittle (that really is his name), who somewhat resembles Brendon Fraser (all of you cuties, but young enough to be sons of this old dog!)
    Love the threads you think up!
  6. by   bellehill
    P_RN,

    I too am guilty of the "honey/sweetie" thing but it is generally accepted in the south. Many of my older patients call me the same thing. I would never use a first name alone. Maybe it is a southern thing!
  7. by   shay
    Dear Sushi whore....



    Had to be said. Okay. First, Matt, I'll go with the Matthew Modine resemblance. Can't do the Cameron Frye thing. Maybe a little. Second, yeah, I hate it when people do that too. No need for it. Just because you've got a few extra wrinkles and gray hair doesn't mean you're suddenly an idiot. I always try to remember that every elderly person was once a 25 year old and may still be that way in their mind's eye.....

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