It's hard to live with a nurse because... - page 5

1) When you forget to flush the toilet, you get a complete analysis with a plan on how to correct any noted problems. 2) Thanksgiving dinner comes in pre-cut small pieces because she doesn't want... Read More

  1. by   NurseNikki2001
  2. by   nightingale1991
    A good friend of mine's husband was always badgering me for stories from "the front line of nursing". One day I told him about a young woman who came in to our OB unit with a wicked case of genital warts. He was unsure of what these warts looked like, so I told him they resembled cauliflower florets. My friend has since told me that he can not even look at a head of cauliflower without gagging. Needless to say he never asks me to share anymore work stories.
  3. by   fortunemRN
    I've enjoyed reading all these stories:

    My kids also get the a tough time because I'm a nurse -

    My 11 yr old has been heard to reply to someone saying that they're tummy feels funny - "Have your bowels moved today?"
  4. by   RN16
  5. by   das
    These are too funny!!!! My poor husband has been exposed to the "short side" of nursing for 15 years. When he complained of an ear ache and I called him a WACB (whiney ass cry baby) and it turned out to be a ruptured ear drum then I felt a little remorse!!! [IMG]http://[/IMG]
  6. by   TracyB,RN
    I am LMAO to these stories. My 12 & 4 yr old girls do the same things " Yes, I pooped today, No I don't want it cut off, Yes I can breathe & there is no blood." My hubby gets totally freaked when I look at his veins, gets pale, breaks into a sweat. It is sooo funny. I know I shouldn't laugh, BUT . . . And don't even get me started on shows like ER. Before it comes on I am told "Tracy, do you think you can just WATCH it & not critique it?" That is virtually impossible. My 4 yr old does a really great job with "babydoll CPR' & intubation. It is too cute My 12 yr old gets embarrased when her friends are over. They ALL get the lectures about smoking, sex, drugs. Better to know than not know.
  7. by   Jay-Jay
    OUCH! Eardrums are painful!

    One day, my husband paged me urgently when I was in a patient's home to say he had the stomach flu, and had been IC of a loose BM, and decorated the walls in the bathroom at home. Being nauseous, he was unable to clean it up, and thought it was the end of the world.

    At the time I was trying to contact the doctor for a terminally ill cancer patient, whose small bowel was completely obstructed, and who was having severe nausea and vomiting. I had scant sympathy to offer my spouse, and he was upset. I explained the situation to him when I got home, and he smiled sheepishly. "Well, I guess that DOES kind of put things into perspective," he acknowledged.

    Guess who got to clean up the bathroom, though??
  8. by   Janet Barclay
    I see that my husband and kids have a lot of folks to compare notes with!
    My daughter waited overnight for a greenstick# of tib, 'cause mom's a nurse and there was no swelling or deformity (imagine how much guilt I had over that one!)
    You can always tell who's mom is a nurse at the playground because the kids know and use all the right words for everything.
    My 6 year old daughter was asking me why women menstruate the other day which led to an anatomy lesson (uterus, bladder, vagina etc). I have to admit that I was stumped for a few minutes when she said "yes, but Mommy, what's that little bump for? I thought about it for a few minutes and finally told her that little bump is just a little present from God
  9. by   rn500
    A couple years ago, my 8 yr old daughter ran into a closed patio door - it didn't break, thank goodness - but she smacked the inner malleolus against it pretty good. She limped around for 5 days before I finally took her to the doctor, positive that she was over-acting (she's a whiner). Well imagine my guilt when I found out she had a fracture and needed a cast!

    Then, before she was even out of her cast, my older son was goofing around in the yard with his friends and turned his ankle. 5 days later, he was still complaining so I roll my eyes and off we go to the doctor. You guessed it - a cast for him too.

    Now it's a family joke when someone hurts themselves - "you gotta suffer for 5 days before she'll take you to the doctor!"
  10. by   bagladyrn
    My son told his friends it was h*ll to have an OB nurse for a mother because "Every time she gets another 14 yr. old in labor I get another lecture on sex" All the neighborhood teenagers would come to me with questions, I guess figuring I already knew teens were sexually active. Proved awkward when one of the boys told his 10th grade health class teacher "George's mom already told us all about that!" Had to go to school to explain to teacher what mom did for a living!
  11. by   princess_64
    My family can sympathize with all of yours. After 12 hours of work, I come home to hear "Mom, look at my eye...ear...toe...etc. My favorite reply is take a tylenol! My kids have said that they know not to call me from school unless they are throwing up guts...and I want to see the guts before I bring them home! Of course I keep a large bottle of tylenol in the kitchen so they don't have to wake me up after working all night due to a headache, earache, toeache, etc!
  12. by   ok-rn
    Having been a nurse for 15 years in med surg, L&D, ICU, office and ER, I have pretty much seen it and heard it all. And to add injury to insult, my husband is in law enforcement so we get to deal with the same "high caliber" clientel.

    Our poor kids know that if you are walking and talking, chances are Mom is not going to do much to you. They know where the ace wraps, peroxide, neosporin..etc. are and are encouraged to use it. My daughter learned real quick that a "bad tummyache" will get you nothing but Fletchers Castoria so she quit whining.

    My son who is 17 is pretty level headed and has grown up with mom being a nurse so he is a take charge kind of kid. When he drove his car head on into a tree last year and knew I was on duty in ER he had a bystander call to tell me he had a broken femur and tib/fib but was otherwise okay.
    When EMS got there to cut him out, a friend of mine crawled in the car to start his IV and said "I need some alcohol" The kid piped up, "Well, you gotta go somewhere else, I haven't been drinkin!"
  13. by   darjamman
    I loved these!!
    At my house, the kids know not to disturb mom unless they are both bleeding!