obituaries - page 4

does anyone else find themselves looking in the obits for former patients? my family thinks that i am totally bizarre, please confirm that this is yet another "nursing feature!"... Read More

  1. by   nrw350
    I have been on a holter monitor before, and hated every minute of it. Turned out to have been a bad ekg reading that freaked my doctor out and made him want to put me on prozac immediately. Long story made short, I have not been back to that doctor since.


    PS: If he was anything like me, hugging a very careing nurse is a big thrill because it is sort of a chance for me to repay the nurse's kindness.
  2. by   Lizard101
    I always read the comics first, then do the crossword (at least I attempt to do it!) Then I read Ann Landers or her sis's column, makes me feel soooooo normal, and like my life is easy!!
  3. by   Hardknox
    Yes, I always read the obits. In Boston they are called the "Irish Sportspages"!
  4. by   nrw350
    why is that?

  5. by   LISAJO
    I always do......
  6. by   Hardknox
    I'm Irish, so it's not a slur, Nick, but from what I understand from my relatives, when the Irish first became a major population group in the area Irish wakes were one of the big social events. Women went to mourn and talk and help the widow--they were usually held in the home-- and the men to drink and talk and eat and socialize. If you read "The Last Hurrah" by Edwin O'Connor he gives a great scenario of what part Irish wakes played in the politics during James Michael Curley's reign. (They sounded like mini-caucuses to me!)

    Growing up, at my house, when the Boston Post came each morning, Dad would grab the real sport's pages and Mom the Obit's which she always called the "Irish Sports Pages." What she found there usually dictated her social calendar for the next few days. I don't know where the phrase originated, but have heard other Irish-American people use it.
  7. by   SmBaxter
    You are not alone! I work on an Oncology/ Med-Surg/ Palliative Care Unit...we always look for patients from our floor. We have a bulletin board on which we post obits...sadly, this very morning, we posted two obits of two well known patients of ours.
    The weirdest habit of mine is that I'm always assessing the veins of people I know for possible IV starts! My husband's veins are a favorite...I can get a 16 gauge in those babies!
  8. by   nrw350
    Thats creepy of alwaysing assesing veins for IV's. I dont think I want to date/marry a medical professional if you all do that lol!!! j/k

  9. by   zudy
    I thought all nurses looked at veins. You never know who you'll be sticking a needle in next!! I have great veins but the last two times i had to be stuck, I mentioned this, and both times they missed. ( two different nurses with years of experience.) I'll never say that again.
  10. by   momrn50
    Always read the obits first...just have to to check on former patients. I do attend funerals for my people, but mostly for their families....hard not to get attached.
  11. by   thisnurse
    heather....that had to be the WORST!

    when i get the paper i guess i usually go thru the list but seldom read them.
    we just had a pt die and her family was a PIA. in her obit her son listed all her survivors and beside his name he put (professional actor) it was hard to imagine even that jackass doing something like that
  12. by   mario_ragucci
    Originally posted by momrn50
    I do attend funerals for my people,
    Lol, you sound like moses or something "Let my people go!" You can not use possession in a sense of refering to other people. I'm sorry
  13. by   LasVegasRN
    It's interesting and sad, like someone said, to read obits on patients you've cared for and find all these interesting facts about them after they are gone.

    However just recently there was an obit in the paper that you could tell the family paid $$$ to post, it was almost half a page! I hate to say it, but it was almost offensive and so braggadocio as if to imply that because this was the wife of a professional she deserved more space and acknowledgement than, say, the 80 year old WWII Vet. Just rubbed me the wrong way.