A Nation Of Nonreaders - page 6
by TheCommuter 7,562 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
- 1Dec 11, '12 by monkeybugQuote from Ntheboat2I 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!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.Last edit by TheCommuter on Dec 11, '12 : Reason: [/QUOTE] tags