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  1. Mudpinesredneck

    Are We Letting Our Patients Suffer?

    Trauma, great article. But I'm sure you already knew :) There are also deeper issues 1. If you have anxiety, all pain to the doctor is psychosomatic. If SSRIs almost did some major damage, as it did me, you're out of luck for relief. Benzodiazepines do not exist in rural areas, unless bought at a smoke shop (kinda, think Phenibut) or a drug dealer's house. Even if benzodiazepines work wonders for you. It'd be a shame if you become Benzo addicted rather than have your heart explode on Paxil! 2. ER's have an attitude of "Rule out major stuff and discharge" I've been to the ER 5 times for neuro symptoms (Facial tingling/numbness, dizziness, extreme migraines and headaches) since February when I was beat badly and took a secondary impact. As long as you are not having a stroke, you are just another drug seeking, attention seeking, good for nothing with no pain tolerance. The one time a doctor wanted to give me something for pain (And boy, with the migraine I had, I was CRYIN for pain meds), it was a choice of Tylenol or Dilaudid. I mean, is there ANY middle ground betwen that I can have, please? What ever happened to the days when my grandmother was a midwife, and rotated to ER when busy? When my grandmother took the time to relieve pain, and get down to the bottom of things? 3. Doctors unavailable or booked months out, forcing patients to use the ER when they've had a migraine for 3 days with no relief. You can only go so many times before you're treated like the incarceritis or dilauid seeker next door to you. Even if you are an upstanding citizen with no hx of drug usage 4. Like point 3, doctors make a blanket assumption that EVERYONE is drug seeking. There is no person in the world in enough pain to deserve anything more than Zoloft and Tylenol (Sorry if I reiterated you on that one) :) Just my 2 cents on this "Opioid crisis" Does an opioid crisis exist? Do bears poop neatly in dumpsters, in a city? The DEA was losing numbers over the decline in other drug usage. They needed to find something to keep their numbers up. Perhaps this "Opioid" and medication crisis in general, has been caused by our own government, skewing statistics around. Also, heroin contributes to many of those opioid deaths.
  2. Mudpinesredneck

    A good thing, or setting up for failure?

    Hey Bookish! Thanks for the input! Been thinking Nurse Bass and Nurse Mendoza have great channels! When I start riding my motorcycle more for school, I'm going to try to buy a helmet with audio built in, then get a ram mount for my handlebars. Gonna be fun riding off in the woods listening to that kinda stuff. Well, it'll also play its fair share of Pantera and Five Finger Death Punch, but I'll definitely keep nursing audiobooks in mind! Lol
  3. Mudpinesredneck

    A good thing, or setting up for failure?

    Another boring day at the ranch, been holing up with a migraine that hasn't let up for two days. As such, I have a lot of time to study things, think about my upcoming move to Fresno for schooling and the nursing program. On a sidenote, a big thanks to Jowelenne, at Mercy Medical Center Merced for your advice to go to Fresno, and for helping me so much in general. I have a lot of family who are/were either nurses or doctors. The medical field has always been a fascinating deal for me. I suppose it came natural to me, at 16, to do my first PICC line on my dad. Sure, in high school, my nickname may have been the shrink. I loved trying to help people with their issues, but never thought I'd try to make a career out of it. At one point perhaps at 18/19, I considered taking my moms path as an RN, and concluded I didn't want to have to tell patients family members that I just coded their loved one, and could not save them. Or have to tell a pregnant mother that she will have a miscarriage. You know, the sad stuff. The bad of nursing. The things that I still have vivid memories of, my mom coming from her shift at 7AM exhausted because she did this all on the daily. I reckon perspectives change over time, and mine certainly did. I reckon I toughened up, realized bad things happen every day. And I can either try to do something, think of the differences I will make, rather than the ones I could not make. This journey to the path I chose started with anxiety I developed almost a year ago exactly. It's not that I'm a cyberchondriac who Google's every ache and pain I may experience in the day, rather I felt frustrated that I received no answers to what I was experiencing, so I just started doing my own research, and quite frankly, fell in love with becoming more knowledgeable on the subject and wanting to help others going through the same thing, and worse. At some point, I reckon I got tired of my seemingly-never-ending pages of the psych nursing book, and broke out my mom's Lippincott manual which she used before she took the NCLEX, oh, sometime in the 80s if my memory serves me. I, again, became glued to this, and still haven't let down. When my work is done around my ranch, job searching is done, and my personal and social needs are fulfilled I find myself becoming waist deep in studying the nursing books, most of which I can understand pretty well. The stuff I can't understand, I flip to the next page and figure there's a time and a place to learn that particular thing. I'd say, on average, I spend 2-3 hours of my day studying nursing. Issue being is I'm not even in the school yet. To me, it is also a great distraction,and a fulfilling timekiller rather than the incessant, addictive realms of the internet, and makes me feel like I'm actually doing something with my time. Is this an OK practice to do? Is it OK to enter the nursing program in 2 years having some basis and idea of what I'm in for, rather than walk in blindly? The way I see it, I'm not studying to pass a test, and make money. I want to make a difference, it's what I thrive on. Or will this knowledge I will learn be thrown out the window, and end up fixin' myself up for failure in the long run? I'm almost leaning on the latter, but then again, I do figure this habit is indeed a better way to kill my time than most activities. Thanks y'all!
  4. Mudpinesredneck

    What Called Me to Nursing.

    Wow! You're a tough lady! A fighter for sure. My story is almost the same. Mine has been dragged out since 2010 though. I went from many choices to auto mechanic to fuel truck driver to RN. I finished high school wanting to become a psychologist. RN is what has jumped out at me, like fare screaming in my ear. It'll be getting over my own hurdles that'll be tough and I'll be ready for the program. Best of wishes!