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- Mar 24 by Cessna172For what it's worth, used needles are one thing you would never find in a nurse's pocket/purse. Unless it was for their own use. Drug addicts know how to lie very well, and can be convincing as to why the drug paraphenalia or whatever isn't theirs or that they have no idea why or how it got there. But the other concern, really the biggest one I am worried about for you, is that people die quite easily when they accidentally overdose. It happened last month to my friend. Now her young kids have to grow up without their mother. (I hadn't seen her in a long time, and was unaware she was hooked on pills). Do what you need to do to get her help, and if she refuses, protect the kids from being in the care of a drink/high parent. Good luck.
- Mar 25 by jmo1231Gonesilent, it sounds like your wife is addicted to IV narcotics . I don't understand the dilemma with turning her in to get help. She needs professional help ASAP. She had alot of responsibility between her children and her patients and she's using drugs! What if she's high when she's driving the kids to school ? What is she makes a medication error at work and a patient is injured or dies while she is under the influence of drugs? I suggest you stop asking advice and call the proper people to turn her in because obviously she's in denial and cannot just stop using drugs based on your story. There's young children at risk and a waiting game is not an option.
- Mar 25 by all_over_againSo many people could be saved from this disease if it weren't for the weird way some facilities do wastes. In one hospital, the waste had to be recorded at the Pyxis when the med was taken out even though there wasn't any place to waste it. In another, the waste was done after the dose was administered. Some nurses have replaced the missing med with water or saline after using the drug themselves.
An empty vial would be cause for concern, but isn't proof positive that your wife is diverting. However, the used syringe and wipe makes it clear in my mind that she used the med herself.
No one has to know. You can insist that she get help and use some FMLA time. If that doesn't work, then you can resort to more drastic measures. Some people are able to recover more easily than others. Make no mistake, though: If she doesn't get help, she will die. I nearly did.
- Mar 25 by HunnieBadgerI have to agree completely with A.O.A., FMLA would be a great opportunity to heal without repercussions. With that said death is all too close if she continues this path, maybe not from an OD but our organs tend not to deal well with these heavy IV narcs over the long haul. Wishing your family a strong recovery!