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live4today is a RN and specializes in Community Health Nurse.

I love to live, love, & laugh!

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  1. live4today

    Need comments and support for hysterectomy

    I'm sure every woman experiences sex differently whether they've had a hysterectomy or not. I shared in my other post that I did not experience anything different after the hysterectomy (sexually speaking), and 30 yrs later, there is still no difference. For me, orgasms increased, more frequent ones, and I wanted sex just as much as I did before the hysterectomy. I never had a loss of sensation. God was good to me in that department!
  2. live4today

    Need comments and support for hysterectomy

    I didn't understand it either, but that is what my doctor told me would happen. I did not believe him until the reality of what he said proved true. I was not a nurse then, and did not understand a lot of things at that time. We're talking thirty years ago, mind you. I was a very active woman before and after my surgery, but all of a sudden by midday, I was whooped. The naps needed were brief mostly (catnaps), yet still needed. I felt like I was in my first trimester of pregnancy...the tired feeling all of a sudden midday, the need to sit or lay down and close my eyes even if I didn't go to sleep.... It was true for me. :)
  3. live4today

    Need comments and support for hysterectomy

    I'm sorry to hear about your current health situation. I was 28 yrs of age when I had a hysterectomy. I have felt great since having it although I have always felt sadness due to not being able to have more children at such a young age when I wanted more children (I had three healthy children, but always wanted seven...yes...seven). I still have my ovaries, so never had to suffer early symptoms of menopause. At my age now, they must still be working for me since I still feel great! If the doctor plans to leave your ovaries, you should be just fine. Or, if they place you on hormone replacement therapy, you should be just fine. The only thing that changed was I no longer had a uterus, and no more periods. It did not affect my sex drive, it increased it. Problem was, my husband at that time no longer satisfied me. Sex was boring before the hysterectomy, and even more boring afterwards, so it is not true that just because you have a hysterectomy, your sex drive decreases. I hope all goes well for you. :) As for how it will impact your return to work, my doctor told me I would experience tiredness for up to one year, and not to fight the afternoon need for a nap. He was so right about that. If you return to work six weeks post-op, you may feel tired a lot at different periods of the day, but ask your provider about this. It was true for me, but it doesn't mean it is true for every woman who has a hysterectomy. I was not working the year I had my surgery, but I was raising three small children, and the naps sometimes did not correlate with their naps.
  4. live4today

    Does allnurses.com make you a better nurse?

    I voted no...Allnurses has not made me a "better nurse", but it has been quite informative on many levels professionally and socially speaking. Although I do not have the chance to participate on Allnurses as much as I used to in years past, I still maintain a paid membership for those few times I have visited the site over the past two years. I used to visit allnurses and participate on a huge level years ago, and wish I had more time to continue that relationship here, but life has called me away for a time to do other things of more importance. Great site...glad it's available for us. Thanks Brian for Allnurses! :)
  5. live4today

    Something to brighten your day

    Wishing you the same tolerant girl. (((hugs)))
  6. live4today

    My Father Died Today

    Sue...so sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your family during this time of great loss. :icon_hug:
  7. live4today

    Declining coverage-The worst is yet to come

    I am saddened by statements in this post. Some people don't care to hear or listen to "what is", but only care to "stick to what has been for so long" that the need for serious change never enters in for all people. Very sad day in America indeed.
  8. live4today

    What Obama Will Say on Wednesday about health care reform

    I am all for healthcare reform. I watched and listened intently to President Obama's speech on healthcare, and love love love what he said. I am in one hundred percent agreement with the way he explained healthcare reform. I don't care if anyone agrees or not. I've never in my life been a "follower" or one to be bothered by standing alone when I feel something is right to support, and healthcare reform as President Obama explained it was right on target, and wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy overdue in America. I did NOT hear him say the only healthcare reform would be "government owned", and if any heard that...they really didn't care to lend the speech one hundred percent of their hearing power. Listen to it again. "Government Option Healthcare Plans" are another option for those without health insurance, and for those who simply cannot afford the ones of "free choice". Anyone who has been in nursing a very long time, especially inpatient nursing in the civilian sector knows full well the "division in healthcare" based on "what insurance you have or don't have" and "how much money you have to make yourself smell good to the ones you seek care from. If you didn't know this to be a reality in America for years and years and years now.........you've been living in a plastic bubble. Carry on. :)
  9. I voted that I would very much encourage those who have a desire to become a nurse to attend nursing school. If they have a heart of caring for people, and can handle the down and dirty of the job...why not. Go for it! Just do it from a passion point of view, and not just for how much money they think they'll make. You'll burn out before the money arrives if you don't. :)
  10. live4today

    Obama on Males in Nursing

    I totally agree. :)
  11. live4today

    I am a nurse. Venting about how I feel.

    great post! you should send it to as many publishers as possible. it deserves to reach millions, and it deserves a standing ovation of which i am giving it. :yeah:
  12. live4today

    Health Care: The Ticking Time Bomb

    I absolutely would support a public health care option. We should have always had one for those who could not afford healthcare. The working class have always had healthcare options/plans with their place of employment, so those who cannot afford healthcare in that manner should have the same options. Healthcare is a necessity for every human being. Depriving anyone of that care is just plain wrong.
  13. live4today

    Nurses whom give overly detailed reports...

    Change of shift report should NOT consist of what is already written for the oncoming nurse to read and take note of. It should only consist of patient stats for the nurse who may have not cared for that patient before, and any changes in orders. Every nurse should be viewing the patients chart whether paper or computer charting for meds due and the times those meds are due, and any labs or other tests that need to be done by the oncoming shift. Report should be kept as brief and pertinent as possible giving respect for the offgoing shift's precious valuable time, and the oncoming shift's ability to begin their patient care as timely as possible. :)
  14. live4today

    Have a cultural sensitivity question:

    Elvish gave a very reasonable suggestion that I would implement if it were me. :)
  15. live4today

    what do you think??

    I agree that "it is ok to leave the restraints on as long as you do ROM and skin integrity assessment?" Also, a CNA could be assigned to the patient at all times to assure safety while in restraints. I believe the rule is to assess and unrestrain the patient every two hours during use of medically necessary restraints in place on a patient.
  16. live4today

    Need opinions here on safe staffing ratios people!

    I commend your professer for having his/her nursing students take part in this very worthwhile assignment! When you go before your state senators, DO the nursing profession justice by NOT just mentioning "numbers" when talking about "safe staffing ratios". DO emphasize the necessity to keep those staffing ratios flexible based on needs of the patients being considered. It only takes one patient going sour, or one patient to tie up a nurse for various reasons to send those "numbers" crashing...rendering them meaningless in reality, no matter what's on paper. On Med/Surg, it should be mandatory to have NO MORE THAN five per nurse, BASING THAT RATIO on the ACTUAL acuity level of each patient...not based on acuity levels we do today with such a broad range for "Acuity Level III" stats we have today...which makes MOST med/surg patients "fall into that level III category" which most Med/Surg Nurses know is hogwash. :icon_roll It should be mandated to have one nurse per every three to four patients on inpatient units at all times...even on evenings and nightshifts. Patients are sicker today than ever before. Patients take up much more time than ever before thanks to the "the patient is always right rule" and "the patient calls, the nurse jumps YESTERDAY" rule, then add the "Visitors can stay 24/7 rule, and wait on them to keep the entire clan happy" rule. In order to offer excellent service -- minimizing patient wait times, visitor/family/patient complaints, and patients need to have their nurse more up close and personal.........more...not less...nurses per patient are needed. Does that cost money? Absolutely! Hospital Owners/CEOs know that BEFORE going into healthcare businesses, so the pressure needs to start at the top before the hospital is even built and opened for business. They want to make money and stay afloat? Do it right from the planning stage, and not take it out at the cost of the patients and the staff that care for those patients. Patients equal dollar signs to healthcare business industry folk, BUT...to nurses......patients-R-our-business...we expect to give them the best care...not half-azz backwards care.