Nursing makes me hate fat people - page 13

Ok, first off let me say I know this topic will probably generate a lot of strong opinions. I will also state that I am not a perfect person and don't take care of my health 100% so please don't think I am trying to be an elitist... Read More

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    Quote from Dragan
    What's a Hoyer?
    This is the alarming thing I have noticed here, many US hospitals are still manually moving pets themselves instead of with the masses of equipment that is available hoists slide sheets hover mats etc. People go to your OH&S reps and insist on equipment call your unions. In this day and age people should not be 'lifting' or 'boosting' pts.

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    I can deal with overweight patients, smelly patients, even rude patients. what I have a hard time dealing with are patients who are never satisfied, always looking for problems.....because they like to make everyone dance like puppets.

    after a day of many demands and questions about pts care for which pt and family are never satisfied with the answers... patient and family summons nurse to room for a problem that they want resolved TODAY: a recurring (minor) rash to patients upper arms that has been treated by multiple md's over the course of approx 5 years. when i ask them what has worked in the past...they inform me that they don't just want a medication that will make it go away for now, they want it cured. Yes, they want a biopsy today.
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    Quote from K+MgSO4
    This is the alarming thing I have noticed here, many US hospitals are still manually moving pets themselves instead of with the masses of equipment that is available hoists slide sheets hover mats etc. People go to your OH&S reps and insist on equipment call your unions. In this day and age people should not be 'lifting' or 'boosting' pts.
    Agree...THIS.
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    Quote from LaRN
    I can deal with overweight patients, smelly patients, even rude patients. what I have a hard time dealing with are patients who are never satisfied, always looking for problems.....because they like to make everyone dance like puppets.

    after a day of many demands and questions about pts care for which pt and family are never satisfied with the answers... patient and family summons nurse to room for a problem that they want resolved TODAY: a recurring (minor) rash to patients upper arms that has been treated by multiple md's over the course of approx 5 years. when i ask them what has worked in the past...they inform me that they don't just want a medication that will make it go away for now, they want it cured. Yes, they want a biopsy today.
    Eternally unsatisfied patients, families...don't get me started ha ha. I have sympathy for patients to a greater or lesser degree, but families who threaten, abuse and attempt to bully staff, possibly my biggest obstacle in providing the best care that I can.
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    I have been a nurse since 1995.

    I hope you allow me to share my story?

    I was a mildly obese nurse, according to my doctor... when I asked for my chart 13 years ago.

    I saw that dreaded sentence" pleasant female, mildly obese"... I weighed nearly 200lbs.

    Surprisingly I was malnourished yet overweight.

    I had liver problems, heart palps, pitting edema, bad knees, thyroid problems, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, hypothyroid, depression, anemia, GI distress...you name it.

    My body was failing at a young age. My doctor said "you are too young for this".

    My GI doc found flat villi and told me to avoid gluten and go on a low glycemic index diet.

    I knew at that point it was either listen to my doctor or possibly shorten my life and die younger than expected!

    As I began a major life change...I started planning every meal, avoiding white sugar, salt, white flour, white potatoes, white rice, and gluten. I walked 5-7 times/week.

    Within 6 months I lost 65lbs. At this point my knee pain went away, heart palps gone, thyroid began improving, got off of cholesterol meds, liver enzymes improved, hair began thickening, felt happy and like life had begun all over again. Looked forward to starting everyday...Marriage improved...seriously felt like I had been given a second chance!

    13 years later I am a complete health nut! I still avoid those 5 whites most all of the time. I eat plenty of raw and steamed greens, fruits, beans, nuts, pea/hemp protein spinach smoothies, salads and low sodium soups.

    When I crave sweets I use some defatted peanut powder, cocoa and agave nectar with an apple...and the craving is satisfied.

    I wear a size 4-6 pants (from size 16)

    I don't weigh myself because I don't want to get hung up on my weight. My focus is health!

    People I work with now, at first thought my diet was extreme... and yet they all say they wish they looked like me.

    I tell them "when your life was almost taken from you, it may cause you to make extreme changes"!

    As a nurse, I have inspired many patients. I will give 100% of my time to anyone and everyone who will listen.

    What makes me sad is when people don't acknowledge they have a problem.

    I once had a patient on Medicaid who was nearly 400lbs. He used to come to our wound clinic bragging about how is diabetic foot ulcer was the government's "million dollar foot". Instead of discussing his diet, he changed the subject to tell our staff about his expensive coin collection.

    Our doctor ended up discharging him from our wound services. We got paid very little for 4 layer compression, weekly wound visits, and little to no participation from the patient.

    Unfortunately, obesity has become an epidemic. Young people who are obese and think they are healthy, are just fooling themselves. Our bodies were not meant to be obese. Over time, it will take a toll on them.

    While I have patients that are not interested in participating in their health...several of them have been inspired by my story and will contact me months later to tell me their progress and how much better they feel.

    When I was heavy, I was too ashamed to discuss healthy eating because I felt like I had no business if I couldn't take my own advice.

    I used to have doctor visits non stop. Today, I haven't needed to be seen for several years.

    It makes me feel good to know that for now, I am not being a burden to the system while I have my health! Anything catastrophic could happen...I realize this...but I believe my "health care plan" starts with me!

    I can so relate to the OP. The obesity we have today will selfishly affect most all of us in one way or another.
    Last edit by jaad on Nov 13, '13
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