Concrete Thinking - page 2

by fetch

I had a child today complaining of stomachache. As per usual, I direct him to "try to go to the bathroom." He stepped into the bathroom and closed the door. After about 4 minutes of complete silence from inside, he re-opened it... Read More


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    oh I have a 3rd grader like this. Everytime she has a cough it's bronchitis. Drives me batty!
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    Quote from NutmeggeRN
    Had a conversation with a 9th grader this am

    She "I have strep throat"
    Me "diagnosed?"
    She "yes"
    Me "What medicine are you on?"
    She-blank stare
    Me "What medicine did your doctor put you on?
    She "oh my mom looked at it. I get strep every year at this time"

    Me Deep Breath "Let me take a look"
    Very sl red, no patches, no exudate, no fever, no tenderness to touch in lymph node area. no "hot potato voice"

    Me "Do you want to gargle with warm water and salt?"
    She "na, Ill be ok" and off to class she goes

    Me
    This is my day, every day. I have a white board in my office that currently reads "5 ideas for better sleep." I was planning on changing it to sore throat vs. strep throat. Then of course, in with those convinced it is strep are these conversations with high schoolers:

    Student: I don't feel well.

    Me: Okay, I need some more information. What/where doesn't feel well.

    Student: I'm tired. My body hurts.

    Take temp. Student afebrile. Color fine.

    Me: What time did you go to bed last night?

    Student: 3 AM.

    Me: What had you up so late.

    Student: Video games.

    Me: -points to white board-

    Student: Oh, right.

    Back to class they go.
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    Well, as long as we're on the subject:
    Brand new nursing student, FIRST patient! Dx: kidney stone Kardex (yes, that old dinosaur) says "strain all urine"
    Nursing student interpretation: push really hard

    guess who it was!!! yes, ME!
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    Quote from schooldistrictnurse
    Well, as long as we're on the subject:
    Brand new nursing student, FIRST patient! Dx: kidney stone Kardex (yes, that old dinosaur) says "strain all urine"
    Nursing student interpretation: push really hard
    I had to re-read this a few times, but once I got it I literally spit out my water.

    As far as self-diagnosing goes . . . had a 3rd grader who rarely comes in, walked in the other day and said "my tonsils are swollen!" I ask who told him that, was it a doctor? Aaaaand he promptly burst into tears. Goodness, that was unexpected!
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    Quote from fetch
    I had to re-read this a few times, but once I got it I literally spit out my water.

    As far as self-diagnosing goes . . . had a 3rd grader who rarely comes in, walked in the other day and said "my tonsils are swollen!" I ask who told him that, was it a doctor? Aaaaand he promptly burst into tears. Goodness, that was unexpected!
    Unexpected indeed! Sounds like he might have had a bad day...or did his throat hurt that much?

    Though I will admit when I worked with the smaller kids, tears were typical and stopped as quick as they started. When the HS kids come in in tears...but that is a different topic .
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    Quote from schooldistrictnurse
    Well, as long as we're on the subject:
    Brand new nursing student, FIRST patient! Dx: kidney stone Kardex (yes, that old dinosaur) says "strain all urine"
    Nursing student interpretation: push really hard

    guess who it was!!! yes, ME!


    That is awesome!!!!!!!!!
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    Ha ha, reminds me of the Amelia Bedelia books! Anyone remember those? She took everything literally, those books were hilarious.
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