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  • Apr 26

    this story sounds like an alfred hitchcock tale, doesn't it.

    john bradford, a dublin university student, was on the side of the road hitchhiking on a very dark night and in the midst of a big storm.

    the night was rolling on and no car went by . the storm was so strong he could hardly see a few feet ahead of him. suddenly, he saw a car slowly coming towards him and stopped. john, desperate for shelter and without thinking about it, got into the car and closed the door.. only to realise there was nobody behind the wheel and the engine wasn't on.

    the car started moving slowly. john looked at the road ahead and saw a curve approaching. scared, he started to pray, begging for his life.

    then, just before the car hit the curve, a hand appeared out of nowhere through the window and turned the wheel. john, paralysed with terror,
    watched as the hand came through the window, but never touched or harmed him.

    shortly thereafter john saw the lights of a pub appear down the road, so, gathering strength, he jumped out of the car and ran to it.
    wet and out of breath, he rushed inside and started telling everybody about the horrible experience he had just had.

    a silence enveloped the pub when everybody realised he was crying and....wasn't drunk.
    suddenly, the door opened, and two other people walked in from the dark and stormy night. they, like john, were also soaked and out ofbreath.
    looking around, and seeing john bradford sobbing at the bar, one said to the other...

    'look paddy.....there's that idiot that got in the car while we were pushing it!!!!'

    cheerz


    the 8th wonder of the world.... the love and care of friends that may never meet to , but have met to
    [color=#0060bf]fran very proud to be a

  • Apr 18

    To the man who came in our place covered in body lice; "Eeeeew, now I feel itchy all over."

  • Apr 16

    Quote from IrishIzRN
    The house had issues found after moving in)
    My daughter and SiL are both having the same problem with the house they move into last year.

  • Apr 9

    Quote from tiggerforhim
    If we don't laugh at them, we'll end up crying. I too have a strong faith, but that doesn't mean I don't have a laugh at what I hear or see. If one has a problem with the thread, then one has a choice whether to read or not, no one's making you!

    Also, I love the stories, greensister! More, more, more!
    Very well put. Thank you. And several nurses on this board know that I too am a strong Christian, but am definitely no prude.

  • Apr 3

    You talk to non medical people using nursing terms, and they give you a puzzled look.

  • Mar 26

    Robin, IMHO, you wrote a seriously needed article. You hit the bulls eye in my case. Here's a little personal history I had with a doc who was assigned to me when I became his new patient. He doubted what I was telling him, and after having me for some time, my illnesses and hospitalizations increased. After giving him a ten year trial as my primary Physician, I left him after I heard him speak loudly to his nurse: "I don't believe you."
    I now have a wonderful Primary Care Physician who believes me when I tell him about how I'm feeling. He has saved my life twice. God Bless him and all of you nurses who are our front lines of defense.

  • Mar 14

    Quote from Leonca


    How does an abscess get to that size without being detected and treated sooner?


    That story reminds me of a relative’s cat I treated once. Indoor/outdoor intact male, constantly coming down with cat bite abscesses and they didn’t have the money for vet care. This was before I got my Vet Tech certificate, but I decided to use my schooling to see what I could do. Due to the looseness of their skin, cats can develop abscesses of impressive size.This guy had one starting on his hip, extending across his side and ending near his shoulder. It took several minutes to drain. Maybe it is just my poor sense of smell, but I didn’t find that pus the least bit stinky.
    Poor kitty. That must have been very painful.

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  • Mar 13

    Robin, IMHO, you wrote a seriously needed article. You hit the bulls eye in my case. Here's a little personal history I had with a doc who was assigned to me when I became his new patient. He doubted what I was telling him, and after having me for some time, my illnesses and hospitalizations increased. After giving him a ten year trial as my primary Physician, I left him after I heard him speak loudly to his nurse: "I don't believe you."
    I now have a wonderful Primary Care Physician who believes me when I tell him about how I'm feeling. He has saved my life twice. God Bless him and all of you nurses who are our front lines of defense.

  • Feb 26

    Quote from goats'r'us
    I don't get what's so gross about this. as long as it's legal and consentual..

    I mean, it wouldn't float my boat, but it's just sex.. people have anal sex and oral sex and hand sex and foot sex and breast sex and armpit sex.. I don't really think stoma sex is much weirder or grosser!
    I just learned something today and I'm 68 years old. It just goes to prove we can always learn something. I had no idea that so many forms of sex even existed.

  • Feb 26

    I removed a botfly larva from a kitten's side when i was a child. The poor thing was moaning in pain, so i took a pin and pricked its head and pulled it out. I'm glad i did even though i was yelled at by my grandfather.

  • Feb 25

    I truly wish I was on your end right now. This end is not fun at all. I felt fulfilled when I was serving and helping others. I used to take so much for granted; The ability to go outside in any kind of weather, I'm not able to toldrate heat or humidity, the ability to walk around freely, I'm now in a wheelchair, and the air I now breathe is via oxygen 24/7. Oh if I had only been more thankful for what I had. I don't even have a car anymore. That was removed when I went into hospice care.

  • Feb 25

    I have been on the other side of the bed rails for several years now. My downfall began in 1997, right after I got my nursing license. I was actively looking for work when I had an anaphylactoid reaction to niacin. I was told I wouldn't be able to work as a nurse by the top judge for the SSA in our state.
    I had a few surgeries to correct certain things wrong with my worn and very used body. Then in 2001, the ball began rolling downhill again. I had a PE that nearly killed me. It was caused by a steroid that also gave me steroid induced myopathy. The following year was a faster downhill slide. I was hospitalized in serious to critical condition four different times, and many too many times since then. I am very tired of being on this end of the bedrail. I would much rather be on the outside caring for others. But I know I must accept the cards my life has dealt me, and I do so with the thought that someone else has it worse. At least I do have good healthcare.

    I do my best to stay cheerful, and joke around when I'm feeling up to par. I want to see my grandchildren grow.

  • Feb 24

    Dear hurting nurse, I believe you are protected. As a former CPR instructor, I would advise you to recertify, but before you do, discuss your situation with the CPR instructor. IMHO, since you assisted with the CPR of the patient, You were legitimately performing CPR. The only case where there might be danger to you is if you were alone with the patient. However, even then you might be able to call for assistance.

  • Feb 21

    Thank you so much for this informative article. I love to learn, and I learned something new today. I was in the ER a few years ago, and aftwr I had a chest x ray, the physician told me (looking surprised,) Mrs. LeMay, you have a very enlarged heart. I was also diagnosed with CHF at the time, and was intubated, because my pulse & respirations were declining. I also had septicemia at the time. I was left with permanent cardiomegaly, but my being on the correct maintenance drugs, I am living much longer than I would have if I was living in an area where there were no advanced healthcare facilities like there are where I live. I live very close to a medical school, and I am so thankful.


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