Well it finally happened - page 3

Howdy ya'll from deep in the heart of texas Well its finally happened to me. I was drawing bllod the other night, and the patient jumped and the needle went flying and I got stuck.... Read More

  1. by   adrienurse
    Well Tom, I can only hope for the best. My thoughts are with you.
  2. by   Nurse Izzy
    Tom, as many have already said, you're in my thoughts and prayers. Best of luck with the cocktails and please PM me if there is anything at all I can do to help you and your family.

    I can't sympathize, but you do have my empathy...
  3. by   Hidi74
    Tom,my fellow Texan........My thoughts and prayers are with you tonight. I am still a student and until I read this , I had never even thought of this happening. Now .....wow the thoughts I am having. I will be thinking of you and hoping all turns out well. All my prayers, Heather
  4. by   RNFROG3
    Hey Tom-
    Sorry you have to go thru all that... it just goes to show we need more actively fight for needleless systems
  5. by   oramar
    Bless you for your strength and perseverance but especially for your sense of humor. Your are right this is in the 90% for being fine. It seems like hospitals are getting more supportive of this sort of thing these days. Not so eager to blame the nurse anymore. Glad to hear that. My experience is that a patient jumping is usually the reason for the stick. Once a person flung out their arms and cause the needle to bounce off my thumb nail. Could have just as easily stuck me.
  6. by   RNFROG3
    Tom - I was shift ldr one night when one our nurses got stuck. What a nightmare. The pt was HIV+ and had a huge viral load (hep c) he als pulled out his IV and went AMA--nice guy!! The lucky thing was the blood work showed and underlying anemia that the docs think will keep him from getting anything. The bad thing is they are still trying to figure out was is causing the anemia.. Needless to say we have been doing a lot of praying over this individual (those of us that pray anyway) You just got added to the list! But I can't imagine coming home and telling your wife we have to use condoms now. Could it be brooched as a kinky sex fetish--- I admit thats a little farout...well maybe not considering all the weird stuff that comes our way. God bless and keep you!
  7. by   zudy
    Tom, saw some condoms at the drugstore and thought of you...... they had a great golf motif, little tees, golfballs, etc printed on them...... kidding aside, you are in my prayers, I know only too well that horrible sinking feeling when you relise you have been stuck. Hang in there, hope it's warm enuff in TX to get 18 holes in this weekend.
  8. by   jacolaur
    OMG Tom how aweful for you and your family..so so so sorry that you have this hanging over you. I really hope it all turns out ok, your right though the odds are definately in your favor....as to the condoms you mentioned......buy em all... could be quite fun choosing a different one every time..... :wink2:
  9. by   hoolahan
    I was also stuck by full-blown AIDS pt, this was back when it was routine practice to break the needle and hub of syringe (w all that micro spray assoc'd w it) no googles yet,not even universal precx. No prophylaxis. No testing. I think it was about '83, maybe '84.

    I was single, and didn't even know enough about AIDS yet to be too scared! Thank God.

    So, even w none of the advantages, I have been blessed to be nagative. TRY to put it from your mind. It WILL get easier as time goes by.

  10. by   emily_mom
    Tom, you're in my thoughts....Think positive my friend...

  11. by   CountrifiedRN
    So sorry this happened. I'm gald to hear that the odds are in your favor. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
  12. by   prmenrs
    OOOOO!! Bad news, Tom. Now we'll all be holding our breath for the next few months.

    (What some people won't do to feel like a teenager again--next thing you'll be in the back seat of the car w/your wife, steaming up the windows!)

    Fingers crossed over here....
  13. by   RNConnieF
    Thinking of you. Some times life just bites. I'll add you to my prayer chain.