I'd never walked into an employee break room with a poopy diaper in my hands to ask a nurse (while she was eating dinner) if it was enough for a stool sample. Didn't phase the nurse either, until I realized what I had done:trout: .
I'd never had to hold someone's arm down with all my might to stop them from eating their own poop just to gross others out.
I'd never helped someone who couldn't walk up to the drinking fountain at his request, only to have him stick his thumb in the faucet, spraying water everywhere while he laughed!
I'd never looked across a bed at my co-worker before & just busted out laughing because we were both drenched in sweat & exhausted trying to turn a man with elephantitus
I'd never held a baby before & realized that he had to fight & absolutely struggle to take every breath
I'd never thrown a blanket in a dryer in order to increase the temp on a baby who was in constant pain, but who's mother would only allow him to have Tylenol
if his temp reached a certain degree
I never had dreams of being at work, pulling back the curtain of a new patient to find it was a dear family member
I'd never worked a noc shift, swearing up & down that something didn't smell right, then as the sun came up, looked at my arm to find poop stains on it!
I'd never fed someone their supper tray only to watch most of it's partially digested contents spill out of their old unused g-stoma during their bath.
I'd never heard the "pop" of a g-tube accidentally being pulled out of someone's stomach.
I'd never tried to reinsert a g-tube that had accidentally popped out of someone's stomach...never have since, either!