100kids, BSN, RN 9,264 Views
Joined Dec 7, '11.
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Mass hysteria in 4th grade yesterday! 6 girls came in from the playground scratching like crazy. Girl 1 is the only calm, non-scratching one- she says "They all held a fuzzy caterpillar and I told them that touching it makes you itchy and then you stop breathing and then you die"
Me: surrounded by freaking out little girls that won't stop scratching their arms and neck "Why?! Why would you say that?!"
Girls 2-6 chime in with a few random "omg, I'm so itchy" and "omg, me too"
Then "My leg is itchy now" "Omg, now mine is itchy too"
Everyone is breathing adequately, no hives, no redness, no rashes. Clearly a case of panic and monkey see, monkey do. Girl 1 is still talking about dangerous caterpillars and how everyone who touches them has to go to the hospital, so I tell her to go away(nicely!). I separate the others; 1 on each cot, 1 in the chair, 1 in my inner office and one by one apply caladryl(not that they actually needed it, but it smells medicine-y, so you know,placebo effect) and, like magic, all of the itching and trouble breathing instantly stops.
5 lives saved, y'all!
I love reading these good stories! It's a great post to look back on when it seems each day is full of the bad...
Earlier this week I had a 2nd grader in my office with 102 fever. Couldn't reach mom on her cell right away, got Dad but he was working 2 hours away. We both said we would keep trying to get mom. She comes in 30 min later and as she's leaving with her daughter turns to me and says thank you so much for taking such good care of our kids when they are sick. They are so lucky to have you. Just made me year!!
I'm here. Had our first in-service day today. Kids don't start until 9/6. You guys will probably be done with your screenings by the time I get started. LOL! Hope everyone had a great summer!
I had a parent of a diabetic last year who wanted to be kept in the loop in real time all the time. She had had some bad experiences with school nurses before and her daughter's #s fluctuated wildly. This is a woman who has had to get up every night for the past 3 years and check her daughter's sugar just in case she goes low. I can't imagine the fear that comes with that. From my 1st day working with her I asked her if I could text her during the day (I hated calling her work and getting patched through everytime). She agreed and from that moment on I texted her every reading, observation, every action I did in regard to her daughter. Within a short period of time I had earned her trust. She knew that I was going to take care of her daughter during the day. She also saw that I knew what I was doing and sometimes would ask for advice or suggestions. It was tedious at first BUT the rewards for the mom, the child and myself were tremendous. Once I earned mom's trust I didn't need to text her every little thing, just if there were issues. She knew if she didn't hear from me that everything was good. Putting in the extra effort in the beginning gave that mom some peace and assurance. I'd want that if it were my child in school with a life threatening illness. Just my thoughts.
Last week-FINALLY!!! I am so ready for summer vacation!
Here til the 23rd here.
I have to say I'm jealous for those of you who have days/weeks without kids. I'm assuming you're in upper level schools where there is testing but only kids with a test report for that time. I could so use that time to get my office organized, finish my paperwork and get situated for the next school year. We have kids right up until the last day and I'm always scattered right up until they leave.
I hate days like that! I lIt's June 1st and we have more kids with colds, coughs and sore throats than we did back in February. Summer break cannot come soon enough!
Less than 25 minutes after arrival at school student comes down just not feeling well, feels nauseous and his stomach hurts then proceeds to tell me he was throwing up all last night but mom wanted him to try to go to school today! C'MON!!!
Shocking update-mom's phones are all going to voicemail.
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