The Power of positive thinking?

  1. Recently I noticed that when feeling for peripheral pulses on my patients, I couldn't determine if I was feeling theirs, or mine in my fingertips -- nothing unusual about that, right?

    The way I usually solve the problem is by feeling my own carotid pulse while palpating theirs so I could tell the difference. Lately, though, I've discovered that every time I do this, my pulse exactly matches my patient's!! I had two other nurses check this independently -- both with a doppler and by hand -- and it's true!! When I'm feeling pulses my heart rate will drop or raise to match! Weird, eh? How's that for biofeedback control? I just wish I was able to do it consciously.

    Anyone else have this weird experience?
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    About JohnnyGage

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    Critical Care RN: Trauma ICU and air transport


  3. by   teeituptom
    You will get over this, and learn how to do it
  4. by   Sleepyeyes
    ...especially once you get someone who's really tachy