A Nation Of Nonreaders - page 6

by TheCommuter 7,671 Views | 50 Comments Senior Moderator

I first noticed this serious problem when I was 19 years old and working at a grocery store. One of my coworkers, a middle-aged mother of three who had been married for 15 years, asked for my assistance with reading and... Read More


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    Quote from Ntheboat2
    A lot of people use the dumbed down version of medical terms (in the south anyway) even if they are well educated. I know that before I worked in the medical field even simple words like hypertension, hypotension, emesis, etc. were completely foreign to me. I had no need to know medical terminology. My grandparents used to call their lasix their "water pill" which is really what it is...I've heard people call diabetes meds "sugar pills."

    I know what you're saying in general in your post and I agree with you. I'm just saying...I use basic, "real life" words with patients whether they have a 5th grade education or a PhD because ...well...that's just the way I am and I don't think people have a clue what their nurses are talking about half the time. EKG? glucometer? hang some fluids? insert a foley? HUH?! My well educated non medical field experienced self would've been CLUELESS what was about to happen. Being illiterate must be terrifying.
    I am Southern, and I remember the crazy looks I got while on travel assignment in California when I said someone was "just eat up" with poison ivy. Now, a doctor or nurse in the South would totally get that, but I had to back up and do some explaining on the West Coast!
    Last edit by TheCommuter on Dec 11, '12 : Reason: [/QUOTE] tags
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