Roaches are going to drive me out of home care!!! - page 5

I feel like I should be called the Orkin Nurse, and instead of a backback, I should carry an arsenal of roach-killing chemicals. I need a roach repellant perfume or something. Yesterday... Read More

  1. by   sphinx
    *shudder*
    I have a major roach phobia too......I had one guy who also had tons of roaches scurrying around his couch, walls, etc in the living room. Didn't know it at first, was sitting delicately on the couch (place was cluttered and dirty, so I perched on the edge). This man was so used to the nasty creatures he just casually brushed them away. Meanwhile I'm tucking my pantlegs into my socks and hoping he won't notice. I stood up immediately. They were all over! Needless to say at further visits I never wore a coat (even though it was cooold) and brought the bare essentials in a large ziplock bag. I literally got the shivers. He was very apologetic, but at the same time didn't mind them himself. When I pull out my waterless stuff to wash my hands, he's like "oh go ahead and use the sink in the kitchen or upstairs in the bathroom"....and I'm thinking NO WAY......those places are waaaaaay too nasty for a man with such a huge roach infestation. I was so afraid I'd bring a houseguest with me....thankfully not. But I kept checking myself over and over everytime I went there. Felt like I had OCD the way I checked and rechecked. Yikes.
  2. by   kids
    Originally posted by kids-r-fun
    *sigh*

    I don't know why I do this to my self...apparently my experience in high-tech Peds HH and PDN is a valuable comodity. I interviewed for a HH job today.
    Originally posted by NRSKarenRN
    It's because home is where the heart is!
    But the Pediatric Clinic made me an offer first.

    I'm feeling very torn between Peds & HH...I'm in heaven doing Peds HH.
  3. by   sixes
    I worked in home care for 6 years. Came across a family with a horse living in the house and one with a pig. Snakes.birds, big nasty dogs etc. Never a roach. I would go insane if I had to work in those conditions. Spiders are my worst fear they freak me out.
    I was in a restraunt in Toronto once and remarked to my friend "What a strange looking beetle" she said it was a cockroach. I was gone. Spewed what I had eaten and have never seen a roach since.
    You are a better person then I am if I spotted one when I was in a clients home I would be out of there never to return agian even if it meant my job.
  4. by   dba
    I once picked up a phone in a patients home (in FL) to call the office and there was a giant roach on the earpiece!! Luckily I noticed before putting it on my ear (ick!) I just flicked it off...I also kept sticking to the carpet in there which was my first clue to the state of the home.... Actually I never minded grunge as I can go home and take a bath but the patient has to live there...
    dba
  5. by   kcrnsue
    Come to beautiful North Idaho, No roaches. I had never even seen a roach until we went on a trip to the east coast! I think it is too cold here!
  6. by   hoolahan
    Honey, pack our bags, we're moving to bee-U-ti-Ful, roach free North Idaho!!!

    So, how much are they paying RN's for HH there???
  7. by   hoolahan
    Got this in my e-mail today, and thought of you all...

    A woman was working in a post office in California. One day she licked the
    > envelopes and postage stamps instead of using a sponge. That very day the
    > lady cut her tongue on the envelope. A week later, she noticed an abnormal
    > swelling of her tongue.. She went to the doctor, and they found nothing
    > wrong. Her tongue was not sore or anything. A couple of days later, her
    > tongue started to swell more, and it began to get really sore, so sore,
    > that she could not eat..She went back to the hospital, and demanded
    > something be done. The doctor took an x-ray of her tongue and noticed a
    > lump. He prepared her for minor surgery.When the doctor cut her tongue
    > open, a live cockroach crawled out!!!! There were roach eggs on the seal
    of
    > the envelope. The egg was able to hatch inside of her tongue, because of
    her
    > saliva. It was warm and moist..
    >
    > This is a true story reported on CNN (gross, huh?)
    >
    > 2) Andy Hume wrote: "Hey, I used to work in an envelope factory. You
    > wouldn't believe the....things that float around in those gum applicator
    > trays. I haven't licked an envelope for years!"
    >
    > (3) To All: I used to work for a print shop (32 years ago) and we were
    told
    > NEVER to lick the envelopes. I never understood why until I had to go into
    > storage and pullout 2500 envelops that were already printed for a customer
    > who was doing a mailing and saw several squads of roaches roaming around
    > inside a couple of boxes with eggs everywhere. They eat the glue on the
    > envelopes. I think print shops have a harder time controlling roaches
    than
    > a restaurant. I always buy the self sealing type. Or if need be I use a
    > glue stick to seal one that has the type of glue that needs be wet to
    > stick.
    >

    Anyway, reminded me of my nurse colleague who, ss a GN, taught me to never stomp on a roach w my shoes to kill it, b/c if it was a preg female, you could carry the eggs home on your shoes. GAWD! Gives me the willies!!!!
  8. by   CraftyLPN
    EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWw!!!
  9. by   Jay-Jay
    Originally posted by hoolahan
    Got this in my e-mail today, and thought of you all...

    A woman was working in a post office in California. One day she licked the
    > envelopes and postage stamps instead of using a sponge. That very day the
    > lady cut her tongue on the envelope. A week later, she noticed an abnormal
    > swelling of her tongue.. She went to the doctor, and they found nothing
    > wrong. Her tongue was not sore or anything. A couple of days later, her
    > tongue started to swell more, and it began to get really sore, so sore,
    > that she could not eat..She went back to the hospital, and demanded
    > something be done. The doctor took an x-ray of her tongue and noticed a
    > lump. He prepared her for minor surgery.When the doctor cut her tongue
    > open, a live cockroach crawled out!!!! There were roach eggs on the seal
    of
    > the envelope. The egg was able to hatch inside of her tongue, because of
    her
    > saliva. It was warm and moist..
    >
    > This is a true story reported on CNN (gross, huh?)
    >
    > 2) Andy Hume wrote: "Hey, I used to work in an envelope factory. You
    > wouldn't believe the....things that float around in those gum applicator
    > trays. I haven't licked an envelope for years!"
    >
    > (3) To All: I used to work for a print shop (32 years ago) and we were
    told
    > NEVER to lick the envelopes. I never understood why until I had to go into
    > storage and pullout 2500 envelops that were already printed for a customer
    > who was doing a mailing and saw several squads of roaches roaming around
    > inside a couple of boxes with eggs everywhere. They eat the glue on the
    > envelopes. I think print shops have a harder time controlling roaches
    than
    > a restaurant. I always buy the self sealing type. Or if need be I use a
    > glue stick to seal one that has the type of glue that needs be wet to
    > stick.
    OMG!!! Guess what I just finished doing tonight?? Licking 30 envelopes to send out invitations for a party!! EEEEWWWWW!!
  10. by   PhePhe
    I could not do homecare. I could not stand to go into a dirty smelly bug infested home, where you are reluctant to breathe in the noxious odorus air! I would not put my coat down nor want to deal with dirt and filth. It would make me sick.
    Hats off to those who can stomach that line of work.

    P.S Didja see any mice?
  11. by   hoolahan
    OMG! Today, I visited a home so infested, I will refuse to go back there. I drove right home, thank God only a few miles away, and my neighbors must have thought I was nuts as I started stripping off what clothes I could, jumping up and down to make sure none were on me, shaking out my hair, then checking the chart, then my bag, a big roach crawled out as I was checking al the pockets!

    I just completed my manicurist course, and test for my license in 2 months. I may just leave nursing all together. Days like today make me want to run back to the hospital and beg to work there again! Ugh!!! Had the itchy creepy crawly's heebie jeebies all day!!
  12. by   renerian
    YUCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKkk

    renerian
  13. by   Brita01
    Originally posted by hoolahan
    a big roach crawled out as I was checking al the pockets!


    Oh God!! I would have passed out in the driveway.

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