I found this thread on another forum...kinda makes me feel dirty to tell you that, like forum adultery or something. I promise my heart is with allnurses.com!!!
The people on the other forum are grossed out, but livid that a man has to deal with pain like this.
I'd love to get your thoughts....also, someone PM'ed me asking if there was any med other than morphine that might could help.
[FONT=Arial Narrow]Tonight, me and my rookie get a call for a possible suicide attempt. We respond and meet with the caller. A 60ish male. He is addicted to morphine and admits it. He has it for chronic pain associated with a bullet wound from 7 years ago. He can't sleep from the pain. He needs so much morphine it has gotten to the point of uselessness. It won't work and he takes it in amounts that would probably kill me.
He says he's sick of the doctors and the pills and if he can't get help... you know the rest.
He actually wants to get off the pills. He has one left and will start DT's shortly thereafter. He knows he can't DT on his own and wants to be in rehab. He'd rather die than DT alone.
We are going to take him to the hospital for mental health treatment to get him into rehab. On the way out of the house I notice he has on a fanny pack under his shirt and I ask him what he has. He lifts up his shirt and I am swallowing my own vomit.
A hernia is when there is a break or tear in the muscular lining of your stomach and your insides start to poke through. He had surgery for his and the shield they put in his belly to hold back the hernia got infected and had to be removed. After a massive infection and numerous surgeries this poor guy is left with a permanent hernia. A huge one, protruding from his belly like a third trimester pregnancy. What I saw when he lifted his shirt was his stomach and intestines outside the muscular lining and held in place only by his skin. It was lumpy and mis-shapen and multi-colored, and covered in scar tissue. Due to the infections he had numerous, large, cratered holes in his skin oozing green puss. His belly was soft and maleable and he grabbed it, moving it around to show me his guts.