Roaches are going to drive me out of home care!!! - page 6

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   dosamigos76
    Originally posted by hoolahan
    Got this in my e-mail today, and thought of you all...

    A woman was working in a post office in California. One day she licked the
    > envelopes and postage stamps instead of using a sponge. That very day the
    > lady cut her tongue on the envelope. A week later, she noticed an abnormal
    > swelling of her tongue.. She went to the doctor, and they found nothing
    > wrong. Her tongue was not sore or anything. A couple of days later, her
    > tongue started to swell more, and it began to get really sore, so sore,
    > that she could not eat..She went back to the hospital, and demanded
    > something be done. The doctor took an x-ray of her tongue and noticed a
    > lump. He prepared her for minor surgery.When the doctor cut her tongue
    > open, a live cockroach crawled out!!!! There were roach eggs on the seal
    > the envelope. The egg was able to hatch inside of her tongue, because of
    > saliva. It was warm and moist..
    > This is a true story reported on CNN (gross, huh?)
    > 2) Andy Hume wrote: "Hey, I used to work in an envelope factory. You
    > wouldn't believe the....things that float around in those gum applicator
    > trays. I haven't licked an envelope for years!"
    > (3) To All: I used to work for a print shop (32 years ago) and we were
    > NEVER to lick the envelopes. I never understood why until I had to go into
    > storage and pullout 2500 envelops that were already printed for a customer
    > who was doing a mailing and saw several squads of roaches roaming around
    > inside a couple of boxes with eggs everywhere. They eat the glue on the
    > envelopes. I think print shops have a harder time controlling roaches
    > a restaurant. I always buy the self sealing type. Or if need be I use a
    > glue stick to seal one that has the type of glue that needs be wet to
    > stick.
    I just checked at Urban Legends and this apparently isn't true, even though we've heard this story make the rounds. Here is the link:
    First of all, the story was not reported on CNN. Pasting such authoritative-sounding taglines into the text of hoaxes circulating on the Internet in an effort to give them credibility is commonplace, and this is just another case of some nameless prankster doing just that.

    Second, no one knows who "Andy Hume" is, so why give his supposed comments about working in an envelope factory any credence? It ain't all that tough to make up a comment and a name to go with it. If "Andy Hume" works for CNN, it's news to them. Searches of news databases for any reporter of that name turn up one who writes for The Ottawa Citizen, and wider searches turn up a British sports figure who also carries that name. There was also a Washington reporter, Sandy Hume, who killed himself in February 1998. But there's also no reason to assume any of those folks penned the comment now being circulated as a bolster to the e-mail.

    Last updated: 4 March 2001

    Nasty creatures that cockroaches are-UCK!
  2. by   hoolahan
    Well Cheryl, I am sure you have made Jay-Jay fgeel a bit better anyway!

    I check a lot of things at snopes, but never thought to check this one, I figure if they say on the Orkin commercial a Cockroach can live w it's head cut off for a week, why would this be so unbelieveable?

    Brita....I almost did pass out on the driveway! Now you know why that nursing bag NEVER comes inside my house...ever!!! If it needs cleaning, that is done on the weekend at the office!
  3. by   ohioln
    I once had an assignment in an apartment where the person had a lot of food everywhere. There were a lot of roaches. Due to her condition, she didn't seem to realize there were so many there. I didn't want them to get on my stuff either. I was told to leave the air conditioning on so that they wouldn't come out. I had to shut it off occasionally during the night or she would've gotten cold. I did that, but turned it on again as soon as possible. Her family was supposed to come in and clean, but they never did. I felt really bad because she couldn't do it herself. I let the agency know about it. That was such a sad situation.
  4. by   CseMgr1
    I used to do Home Health in a VERY rural area of south Georgia, where the Palmetto Roaches (those big suckers with wings) literally dive-bombed you, whenever you walked into a room. Anyway, there was a local exterminating company who ran a T.V. ad, describing these roaches as: "Big Enough to Tree a Hound!"

    I got hysterical when I saw it, for the ad was so funny....and true.
  5. by   Brita01
    Originally posted by CseMgr1
    I used to do Home Health in a VERY rural area of south Georgia, where the Palmetto Roaches (those big suckers with wings) literally dive-bombed you, whenever you walked into a room.

    I've convinced myself that those things don't REALLY fly right at your face. It's a coincidence, yeah, uh-huh. It's the only thing that keeps me from going insane on the spot.
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
    Guess I'm lucky not to be squeamish, But do NOT want bugs in my house (or my patients homes).
    I was a kid who put spiders, bees, and other critters in jars with holes in the lid to look at. As a teen I had a crab colledtion (small crabs 16 species displayed like butterflies).

    Once went to buy fresh vegetables in the country. The men were all working on machinery. Women took turns at the roadside stand. I played with a lovely happy little boy. His Mom asked if I wanted to see the house.
    There were six couples and about ten kids living in one large house with goats!

    Goats in the house chewing the furniture. Toddlers and one crawling baby wearing only shirts. The women casually took paper towels and wiped up after the babies and swept after the goats. No hand washing before returning to snapping string beans.Wonder how many rolls of paper towels they used? I washed those wonderful fresh veggies and strawberries VERY carefully.

    A patient brought roaches into the ICU in the battery compartment of our ICU. We've had homeless men with fleas in their beard. Any patient bathed in ER is Kwelled, they don't even have regular soap.

    When we bought our house there were roaches. One room had one of those accordian style doors that dropped about a hundred when I closed it.
    Boric acid powder anywhere the children and pets can't go killed them all. Before that we had an apartment a block from the beach where it was impossible due to neighbors "pets" coming to our place. ALL food went into the fridge.

    Chickens? Salmonella? I had a coop and was VERY careful with the eggs.
    My son had pet rats with a hamster trail in his room as a teen. His sisters cat ate one that opened the cage with his hands. He cried.
    Now he and his wife have one cat.

    Don't let me gross you out with what I have suctioned from new admits. Worse than any horror story you could imagine.
  7. by   dreamon
    My hats off to all the nurses who have to endure this horror of insects! I also hate them.. I have such a dislike for crickets, flies, husband takse our daughter to the park because I hate going.

    Whats this I hear about alot of roaches in South Florida? Please someone tell me some more. I wanted to move out there in a few years...but I won't if there is a huge bug problem! Is it even in the clean areas? Thanks!
  8. by   rebelwaclause
    I'm feeling faint reading this.....

    I'd have to go on pysch meds to visit roach infested homes. Or be heavily sedated. Either way - I'd be fired because my charting would look like childs play.

    Hang in there Hoolie....!
  9. by   seasonedlpn
    Roaches? Boric acid in powder form, sprinkled around baseboards,under beds,in closets,etc. Worked for one of my Home patients.
    MAGGOTS! Now THAT'S where I have a hard time. One of my Home patients didn't like to keep a dressing on a radiation burn beneath the jawline. One day a caregiver/relative called to say she thought she saw bugs in the wound. All I can say is, .......Boy!, was that wound ever CLEAN!!
    Then there's the problem of flea infestation. A patient with 4 cats, and a plastic wading pool as a litter box, (in the far corner of the dining room),and a fear of letting the cats out......well, fleas were in her wounds, on the walls, everywhere.I'd tuck my pants into my socks, and spray my legs with flea repellant before entering the house. Eccentric didn't come close to describing her. BUT.....she was fluent in 4 languages, a refugee from some small Italian town, and the daughter of some assasinated diplomat! I put up with the fleas and learned a lot.
    Roaches most often "hitch a ride" on garage sale electronics. They actually LIKE soap, as it is oily.The best approach is professional extermination.....but boric acid powder works pretty well.

    We are all here to help what are the "others" here for?
  10. by   CseMgr1
    Originally posted by spacenurse

    Don't let me gross you out with what I have suctioned from new admits. Worse than any horror story you could imagine.
    Try rattlesnakes and rats. This elderly couple lived in something remotely resembling a shack....and the nurses were literally running into the office, crying and refusing to go back. I went once...and never went back, either. Before I closed out my note that day, I documented my conversation with a APS caseworker, who immediately paid an emergency on-site visit. Within a week, the City had that place condemned...and those poor souls moved to safer quarters...
  11. by   billssisbeth
    I must have it great.... I work in an upscale CLEAN home in a NICE St. Louis neighborhood.... BUT
    A couple of years ago I worked for an agency that sent me to a tennement apt downtown... in the room of the baby I cared for an outer wall was missing covered by a BLANKET and ceiling was supported by 4 4x4 posts....... mind you we were on the SECOND FLOOR!!!

    On my arrival the family ROTWILER charged me with a slathering grin and a deep throaty Grrrr.... I backed away from the dog and stepped on a pile of discarded taco bell and burger king bags which a ZILLION Mark McGwire baseball bat holding-- home run hitting sized roaches jogged out of.... Then th ekicker.. the baby roaches were platint "tag" IN and ON the vent and it's tubing circuit! I stayed long enough to call my supervisor and tell her to call Rankin Jordan Children's home for IMMEDIATE transport of this child to their facility for it's own protection. She refused. I called Social Services next.. waited an hour for them to show up. They saw the house af\greed with me and then they removed the child and I went home.

    three days later the baby was BACK in that hell hole.... :confused

    And get this..I got a write up for insubordination and I got removed from the case for being too "uppity". :chuckle

    Go Figure. :chuckle :
    Last edit by billssisbeth on Sep 4, '03
  12. by   billssisbeth
    SOME DAY I'll learn to type!
  13. by   diana_42431
    I am a clinical social worker in a home health agency, I get refferals often for environment, mainly insects. I was under the impression that every home health agency has social workers, do they not?