How has "nursing" helped you at home? - page 2

Nursing and family life - do the two go together? How has your nursing profession helped you at home with family? How has it hurt? ... Read More

  1. by   brownbook
    Seesh, my family never listens to my brilliant, ha ha, words of wisdom, advice, basic nursing/medical knowledge. I guess because I am so seldom very sympathetic over their minor problems! Like most people they don't want advice, they want "Oh, how awful, that is too bad, I'm so sorry your big toe hurts, let me rub it for an hour!"

    I have given up telling them anything! I just nod, uh huh's to their complaints, and grit my teeth when they readily accept some advice "Joe at the gym" gave them!
  2. by   jadelpn
    My mother is not a nurse, however, her generic answer was always "take a shower, have a cup of tea, you are FINE". LOL!
    My grandmother, however, was a nurse and her cure all? Milk of Mag. Cause unless you had a "good" BM daily, then it would wreck havoc on just about every body system......
    AH, I was altogether very fortunate to have such amazing women in my life.......I do not put the MOM in MOM, however, a hot shower and some tea and honey and we are good to go.

    Wait, maybe I am not turning into an old bat crusty nurse.....but instead my mother.....nothing a little MOM won't cure HAHAHAHAHA!!!!
  3. by   ChristineN
    While I don't have kids yet, friends will tell my husband that he is lucky to be married to a nurse. He will always set them straight and explain he isn't lucky, that whenever he is sick, I always tell him to suck it up and that he isn't that sick.

    My FIL has also learned that there is no benefit to having a nurse in the family, especially one who knows sarcasm. No, I don't think your teeth turning blue is a sign of cyanosis and decreased oxygen to the brain. Did you eat a blue tootsie pop? (true story)
  4. by   bell1962
    I was the "mean mom" (also aschool nurse), no vomiting, fever, blood, or broken bones...go to school...
  5. by   Sun0408
    So what is the deal with the adds at the bottom of all the treads today?? This is annoying and distracting..
  6. by   FranEMTnurse
    When I was having an MI, I sat quietly, called 911, and explained what was happening. The EMTs were impressed.
  7. by   nurseprnRN
    Coupla years ago when I slipped on ice and whammed my head flat backwards onto pavement with nothing to break my fall, the nurse in me said to myself, "Hmmm, everything is black: guess the occipital lobes didn't like that; loud ringing in my ears but I can't hear anything and I can't speak: temporals and parietals not too damn happy either."

    Vision and hearing/speech came back and I was able to roll over after a minute or two and crawl into the house and had to lie down, scared my poor DH half to death but told him to talk to me every fifteen minutes and call 911 if I didn't answer him, didn't make sense when I did, or vomited. Fortunately no need to go to hospital (what are they gonna do, anyway, if I'm awake and not deteriorating?) but I was definitely post-concussive for about 16 months.
  8. by   divaRN*
    When talking to the anesthesiologist before I had surgery (he did not know I was a nurse) he asked "any questions?". I said "Yes. Do you plan on using an ETT or LMA?" He stared at me shocked then responded, "That is a good question but before I answer I have a question for you, what do you do for work?". hehehe
  9. by   mariebailey
    I live in a very remote part of the country. We have 1 vet in town that travels here only 1 week per month. When my cat had surgery a couple of months ago, I had to subsequently remove the drainage tube and stitches b/c the veterinarian was not here when they were due to come out (Don't worry - the vet coached me a little). I don't think I could have done it if I wasn't a nurse.
  10. by   uRNmyway
    I am so unbelievably jealous of the calm moms on here. For everyone else around me I am able to keep my cool, make objective evaluations and assessments, no problem. With my daughter (almost 20 months old now) it seems like I lose all my knowledge. Anything out of the norm I panic and my mind goes blank. Can't wait to be like you all!!
  11. by   CountryMomma
    My husband will say he suffers the most under my "nursing", because I will brook no whining when he comes down with a cold, will frog-march him into the Dr when he's doing something obviously abnormal, and hound him about drug compliance. Hell hath no fury like watching a family member stop their abx early because "they feel fine". I've also threatened to dump the OJ down the drain if he didn't stop taking his cipro with it.

    My kids have all been interrupted in the middle of a screaming fit for "fingers and toes", all have suffered the indignity of having lung assessments, and the absolute joy of having a mom who is less than impressed with a "fever" of 100.1 and a "cough" that sounds suspiciously dry and forced.

    I, however, have a lot less stress once I laid down the law about silly complaints like "I have a runny nose!"
  12. by   maelstrom143
    I have threatened to request and personally administer the rocephin IM if they dare miss an abt dose when I am at work.