Are they oversharing or am I a prude? - page 2

by grownuprosie 4,085 Views | 29 Comments

Before starting nursing school, I had never come accross more peers that share quite so much... um... detail. Classmates will walk up to me and start talking to me about their heavy flow or their loose stool like it is normal... Read More


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    LOL you will realize that most nurses have the same problem, I think it's because we are so busy that we hardly have time for friends so co-workers/classmates take on that role instantly. Also because we are so used to having access to people's private/personal information we internally have problems with our own personal boundaries with others. Please refrain from falling into this habit, it is not ok. And you know that everything that they tell eachother is shared with the next person they run into.
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    I like your deer in the headlights idea too.
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    it is the same way they evade t-rexs in Jurasic park. Is you remain still, they cannot see you.
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    Funny you mention that. I had a class mate who, when talking about allergies, mentioned that she was allergic to iodine. She found out when she had to get a betadine douche. That a TMI, majorly. But seriously, it doesn't stop when nursing school ends. A weekend doesn't go by thav I'm not listening to a coworker discuss periods, fibroids, prolapsed whatnots, sex, you name it. I used to sit and listen. Now I just tell them that I don't discuss unmentionables because it will make me get visuals and I can't handle that today. So not to rain on your parade, but this is only the beginning. Sadly, it doesn't stop.
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    That is so strange. I will never understand why some people like to talk about periods, BM, or their sex lives to complete strangers/acquaintances. I'm a CNA and my coworkers and I always talk about bodily fluids. But when they start going, "Oh SoAndSo came over to my apartment the other night and we did etc etc etc," I know that's my cue to walk away and be like, "Oh let me go get that call light... o_O "
    I totally know what you mean about not hearing about "their" PMS/Sex life/BM. There is such thing as TMI, you know!
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    Who doesnt enjoy a good rounding discussion of catastrophic diarrhea at a restaurant.
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    After a fairly short time in nursing school, these conversations ceased to phase me at all.

    Just one of the girls I guess.
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    Quote from grownuprosie
    Before starting nursing school, I had never come accross more peers that share quite so much... um... detail. Classmates will walk up to me and start talking to me about their heavy flow or their loose stool like it is normal social hallway conversation. I have worked phones in OBGYN for many years, so I can talk about vaginas and periods with pts all day long. I am not squeemish. But I don't want to hear about your heavy flow during idle chat. you know? Is that just me? I hang out with software developers. For all I know, my friends do not have periods or BMs. I like it that way. Has anyone else dealt with this? Am I a prude? I will not be offended if you say that i am.
    I'm actually not bothered by speaking about anything, I understand I'm weird though. Here's my advice, if someone brings up something weird like a loose BM, try to top it with an off the wall comment, but make it obvious you're joking. Example

    Student: Rosie, I have the worst case of diarrhea, it's like H20 down there
    Rosie: OMG the other night my man and I were having sex and I totally filled the bed with diarrhea, funny thing is he told me that was the sexiest thing he'd ever seen. We went on pleasuring each other for half an hour in a diarrhea filled bed.

    It's gonna take some balls to be able to say something like this, but I think people will get the point quickly enough.

    Best of luck.
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    "Hmm, I don't know. You better call your PCP about that."
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    That is hysterical! Thanks for the laugh!


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