You See, It's Like This........ - page 3

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"Hey, you should've been there when I finally let Arwen have it," Sarah (not her real name) tells me as we sit down in the nondescript break room of our assisted living facility to sip go-go juice and discuss our weekends. She's... Read More


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    Quote from Nascar nurse
    I miss the smoking days when everyone was outside huddle together telling the most outrageous stories. Back in the day I was a unit manager and the DON would sincerely feel an aide or someone was just having a rough time. She would come ask me to try to work it so I ended up outside as the same time as whoever she was concerned about knowing that I could get a better feel for what was up out there and we could find a better way to step in and help if needed.
    Outside!! I remember sitting at the nurses station at night while we told out stories of gore....we were then banned to the dirty utility....then to the outside....now some won't even hire you if you smoke.....time marches on.....

    We called it a Slider Toddy.....I remember using a yankauer (oral suction device) once to lessen the overwhelming sea of oop: that the patient was floating in
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    LTC (1980's):

    We used to hang out in the dining room and chit-chat, laugh, smoke, embroider, knit, snack... whatever... in the space of time we had available between the last resident having been put to bed and our 10 o'clock bedcheck... and again after bed-check and all chores completed.
    That was fun and, occasionally, some little old resident would find us and have a cigarette with us .
    Things were very different at that time, for sure.

    Oh, and the wheelchair races and the practical jokes!

    There was also break on the screen porch, the quiet guest lounge (lights very very dim and us whispering in the dark-- it made the gossip and weird stories seem even juicier) and break outside on the patio with chipmunks scurrying up to us and a warm summer breeze... ahhh!
    And us running away screaming from the biggest dang praying mantis in the whole wide world that landed on the patio table...

    Do you know what I learned on my breaks?
    I learned you can light and ignite sugar as you pour it from the package.
    I learned that eating a Snickers and discussing diarrhea can happen at the same time.
    I learned that I will find out things about my coworkers that I never wanted to know .
    I learned that if you choose to duel with a broom and a mop in the dark, somebody is going to come up with a black eye.

    I'm sorry, if this shocks some people, but I can assure you, we really really had a great team of hard workers and I have never worked such great workers since... and you can bet your bottom dollar our residents came first were given excellent TLC.

    Anyhoo, Viva, you made me time travel back to when I actually enjoyed my breaks (lol) because now they suck.

    Nowadays, it's:
    *A bunch of therapists using our room to do their work and blab on their cell phones (really? don't you have an office???)
    *The nutritionist eating her poppy seeds (!) with a spoon and scrutinizing my Pepsi and Cheetos with a disapproving eye
    *The counselor from the unit next door deciding the bathroom, right next to the table where we eat, is the best place for the queen mother of all bowel movements, annnnnnnnnd...
    *Coworkers who think... why?????... that I want to discuss my pt's careplan!!!!

    I need a break after my break!

    *sigh*
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    We call our concoction the "Brown Bomber".
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    Where I work, it's merely called, "The Bomb"......but it's made with only MOM and prune juice. The butter is my special secret ingredient, plus I warm up the drink, hence the name "Hot Slider".
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    Quote from Esme12
    Outside!! I remember sitting at the nurses station at night while we told out stories of gore....we were then banned to the dirty utility....then to the outside....now some won't even hire you if you smoke.....time marches on.....

    We called it a Slider Toddy.....I remember using a yankauer (oral suction device) once to lessen the overwhelming sea of oop: that the patient was floating in
    I have used the yankauer too when there was a river of poop.
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    On my unit nasal airways are used far more frequently as rectal trumpets. They ought to think about renaming that little device...

    At the assisted living that I used to work at we made "Power Pudding." I don't remember all of the ingredients, but that sucker worked
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas

    Except.......

    Have you ever heard healthcare workers discuss bodily functions in terms of food? Yeah......me too. The other day, one of our CNAs ran into the break room with no two hairs going in the same direction, and she was panting like a black dog in July. "Did you give Benny the Hot Slider this morning?" she demanded, glaring at me as though I'd just betrayed some dirty, dark secret. (FYI: this "slider" is a concoction made up of 240 mL prune juice, 30 mL of Lactulose or MOM, and two pats of butter---zap for 45 seconds in the microwave, stir well, and drink daily PRN for constipation. It's failed only twice that I can recall, and since I've spent most of my career in geriatrics, you KNOW I've mixed this brew a time or ten.)

    "Yes, I did. He hasn't 'gone' in almost a week," was my explanation, to which the aide promptly responded with an outraged sigh. "Well, he's more'n made up for it. You should SEE the river of (brown word) I just cleaned up in there---it was pourin' off the bed like uncooked brownie mix!!"


    I'm a CNA and this is the EXACT same thing that happened to me yesterday evening. I came in the room from my break and you can OBVIOUSLY smell that she's done something. I find her in the chair with her HEAD BETWEEN HER LEGS! She said "I'm trying to smell and see if I pooped or not" __________________________DEADoop:. Got her up to the bathroom and it's just running all down her leg. I had to double gown and quadruple my gloves AND a face shield. It took 10 bath towels, almost the entire container of bleach wipes (all on the patient's floor), and 5 packs of bath wipes to get her clean......AND a entire can of air freshener LMBO!!!!! Staying a CNA for the rest of my life IS NOT an option lbs.
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    Oh my God! I can't stop laughing!! Hot slider!!!
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    lol... you sure we have never worked together? cuz this sounds like every break room at every place I've ever worked...
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