Roaches are going to drive me out of home care!!! - page 3

I feel like I should be called the Orkin Nurse, and instead of a backback, I should carry an arsenal of roach-killing chemicals. I need a roach repellant perfume or something. Yesterday... Read More

  1. by   hoolahan
    phn...OMG!!!! If one flew in my hair, the only reason I would be able to cling to life and not drop dead on the spot is b/c I would want them crawling on my dead body. But I would be having serious chest pain and probably drop dead just outside the door, or in that case, the line where they stopped. I have noticed two diff kinds, but three, and flying??

    When my sister moved to Fla and she called me, she cried saying "They have huge roaches that FLY here!" She was ready to have a nervous breakdown.

    I do have some reactive airway disease, maybe I can convince the doc to say it's adult onset asthma and to say I cannot work in environments known to have roaches??

    If we all refused to go to home w roaches in our agency, we would prbably lose 50% of our biz and referrals. In cases like phn described, then absolutely we would not return. While I'm at it, I'll ask the doc to say I can't go to homes of smokers either.

    Maybe I need to move uptown to a different agency. The fancy-smancy agency won't even accept referrals in the city where I work. But they also cover 5 counties, so not sure I am interested in that tradeoff, not til kids are out of HS. Then again....maybe not.

    I am per diem, I go all over, wherever the need is. But can you imagine, several of these nurses have nothing but roach territories. They are also the most miserable nurses, and no wonder. It is not very fair when it comes to roach land, and I really feel for those girls. At least when I worked FT, I had a fair mix.
  2. by   Carla Ballew
    Now what yall need to do is move down here to South Mississippi and do home health!! We also have our fair share of roaches along with very large spiders. Sure is hard to concentrate on nursing care while worrying about some critter dropping down on you! We recently had one of our CNAs narrowly avoid getting bit by a possum while bathing a bed bound pt. Pt lived alone and kept several cats. Had a dog door for them to come and go and evidently possum had invited himself inside and hid under the pts bed!!

  3. by   hoolahan
    Nancy, I have a feeling you are right about that!

    Snakes? Not in cages, around the necks of owners, that is what I have seen.

    I have never seen chickens, but did see a LOL yesterday who basically lived in her kitchen. TV on the hutch, on the middle of the kitchen table a bird, and next to it a fishbowl w a fish. LOTS of clutter too, I think she stayed in there all day , oh yeah Bedside commode too, b/c there was toomuch clutter to move elsewhere in the house, she did leave each night to go sleep. That was a little like the adams family house! But, NO roaches observed there!
  4. by   sunnygirl272
    there was a pt who died not long after i started in home care, and whom i never got to see...they had a horse living in a second story bedroom...
  5. by   sunnygirl272
    oh...also had a pt w/pet scorpion...what redeeming qualities does a scorpion have?!!?!?!
  6. by   sanakruz
    Roaches chickens snakes. now" mammals and fur bearers?"
    (Thats what they're called in my hubby's hunting guide anyway)

    Ever see that movie "JOE"S APARTMENT"?
  7. by   hoolahan
    NO, and if it involves roaches, I don't plan on renting it either!!

    Sunny, OMG, a horse? I think I would rather see a horse, as long as I don't have to step thru horse dung!! Can you imagine the stench of that place?? But I'd rather smell like poo-poo for the day, (Cause you know when you've been somewhere w bad sewage, ya just know you reek all day, even if you finally got the smell out of your nostrils) that deal w least I think, you know what they say, the grass is always greener.

    Oh eayh, about the comment someone made earlier, after they drop nuc bombs, only the roaches will be left... Bwahahahahahaha!!! I think you are right!!
  8. by   adrienurse
    I'm still shuddering at the thought.
  9. by   webbiedebbie
    I once managed nurse aides for a home health agency. They would tell me their patients didn't care if roaches were around...they were used to it!

    I used to tell them to carry everything in sealed plastic bags so as to not "transport" the nasty things......UGH!
  10. by   sanakruz
    Sunny- Emperor scorpions glow a lovely teal blue under black light They make a great halloween prop!

    Joe's apartment STARS cockroaches- Very funny but I suggest you do avoid it hoolahan
  11. by   kittyw

    This reminds me of the time that my bf and I were at the pool in Flordia. I was standing on the steps going in and he was out of the pool facing me. He startled this roach (and it startled him), and the roach ran right towards me as though it were attacking me. I screamed and jumped out of the pool, and it ran straight into the pool.

    We let it drown. Stupid thing.
  12. by   hoolahan
    I am going to add a can of raid to my backpack, I have just the right pocket for it....just kidding. Knowing my luck, my pt would get dysneic frm the raid fumes, and I would be blamed.

    We are not allowed to refuse to go to these places.

    This has made me feel better though. Just needed to vent!
  13. by   sanakruz
    DROWN 'EM ALL!!!!!