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  • 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.

  • Feb 19

    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.

  • Feb 11

    When I went to school here in PA, I was taught that LPNs are only restricted from hanging blood, and can hang IVs

  • Feb 6

    Your article is succinct and right to the point. I congratulate you. I was an EMT for 18 years and a CPR instructor for several. When I finished nursing school, my instructor asked me where I would choose to work, and my second choice was the ER, because I was very familiar with emergency situations having so much experience with them. She was flabbergasted that I mentioned it, but she didn't know my history. It was second nature for this well experienced individual, and I agree with you completely concerning calming the patient who is in a crisis situation. It does have a more positive outcome. The endorphins that are produced when we are calm relax our blood vessels, and those who are helping the patient are more successful in providing the best possible outcome.
    On a personal issue, when I suffered my own heart attack, I was asked if I was frightened, and my reply was in the negative, because I knew that if I became frightened, my blood vessels would tighten, my heart would pump harder and more rapidly, and my outcome would not be so favorable. That was over7 years ago now, and I have had to be hospitalized only once for pneumonia in nearly 7 years.

  • Feb 3

    You’re in the hospital for an epidural, and since you’re on oxygen at home you are hooked up to a portable oxygen monitor during the procedure. After you are released and you are getting ready to go home, the nurse attempts to take the little portable oxygen monitor from your hand and you tell her you want to keep it because you are fascinated with it, she tells you you’re a nurse at heart for sure.

  • Feb 2

    Quote from ShavonKirk
    Another CNA and I had the pleasure of giving a shower to a large sized woman who had been impacted for a few days and had been given a trail mix of stool softeners and colon cleansers. We get her in the shower chair, and the other CNA hands her a wash rag, while I started washing her hair. Something told me to back away from the lady, and no sooner than I had started to move, she power crapped! it bounced off the floor and splattered on the bottom part of the shower room wall. The other CNA got crap on her pants and shoes. The lady was in good humor over it, and was laughing. Since she was not embarrased, we started laughing too. A moment later, she power craps again, and I had to leave the room with the other CNA in there with her. I was laughing to hard I almost peed my pants. I walked up to her nurse and said "problem solved", and walked away still giggling.
    At least the lady was a good sport about it.

  • Jan 27

    is it my imagination, or do you see some of those white flowers really look like they'e grouchy?


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