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  1. Scotty

    I p****'ed off a coworker

    Clear the air. It's obviously bothering you so you can't forget it yet, even if you try. Let your co-worker know you feel bad about it, but explain why at the time you didn't sort the IV for him/her. And tell them what you told us about them being a great nurse. I second the candy bar idea. Hugs may be appropriate. Hopefully then you'll both feel better.
  2. Thankfully I no longer work in places where this crazy writing up occurs. We do have adverse occurrence reports, but they are supposed to be blame-free and to highlight problems and improve future practice. I do wonder how long they are held and whether they will ever bite us in the a** when blame-free is no longer fashionable. Years ago I worked in a place where the writing up was so insane that we just laughed about it. My good friend and IMO very good nurse holds the record for getting written up 23 times in two weeks :chuckle I think it had a lot more to do with her being pretty, blonde, popular and married to a doctor, than to any poor nursing practice. I was 'phoned at home and written up for binning the faeces ingrained underwear of an unkempt alcoholic who probably hadn't been washed since the last time he was discharged from hospital. I wish I'd left the foul smelling things in the unit manager's office with a little note saying I was unsure of the policy for dealing with these and could she advise me.
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    I need advice

    He's out of hospital now. :)
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    I need advice

    He's still doing well. Thanks so much for your support. He thinks the staff in the hospital are wonderful and he's tickled pink that nurses from all over the world are wishing him well.
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    I need advice

    He's had a Grade I subarachnoid haemorrhage. The CT showed a little blood, but the local hospital didn't see that, so he had a LP which showed a lot of blood. He's now been transferred to a specialist neuro centre that can do 3D radiology. I know it's a good place. I worked there during my crit care course. He's on triple H therapy. He's for angio tomorrow and coiling then or later. He's still GCS 15 with no deficits and still totally my darling with his usual wicked humour, albeit with a very sore head and neck and I am very grateful for that. I am just getting through the next two weeks one day at a time, hoping for no re-bleed, vasospasm, brain swelling or sludgy CSF. Sorry I took so long to get back to you - I was dealing with family. Thanks so much for all your kind thoughts and particularly to those of you who told me to take him back to hospital. Scotty x
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    I need advice

    Thanks so much to all of you, Hubby saw three more docs, then the consultant said he should have a CT scan and a lumbar puncture in case it is a warning bleed - what I'm fearing (He smokes, he's 42, the pain came on suddenly after he moved his bowels.) Most likely (and hopefully) the results will be fine and I will feel like a fool for putting hubby through this. He is having the CT scan now. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks, Scotty
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    I need advice

    Thanks for your replies guys. I am just trying to get him up because he is scared to move his head. I will let you know how I get on.
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    I need advice

    10 hours ago my usually stoical husband complained of very sudden onset of the most severe headache he has ever had in his life. He does not usually get headaches, and has had none recently. He took paracetamol/ acetaminophen. After half an hour there was no relief from the pain whatsoever and he had said to me ten times "I've never had a headache like this in my life." I took him to the emergency department. The doc sent him home with ibuprofen saying it is probably a tension headache. His temp, pulse and BP were normal. The pain is now a litte worse despite regular ibuprofen (He normally won't take pills). He is photophobic and has neck pain. He is lying in a darkened room. Temp is still normal. He is obviously still GCS 15 with no obvious neuro deficits, or I wouldn't be on the internet! Should I take him back to the hospital and make noises about a head CT scan and possibly LP or am I just being a neurotic pain in the derriere?
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    bed making class?

    Todd, I thought the bedmaking class was patronising in the extreme...and I fully appreciate that I have to make beds. I make my patient's bed at least once a shift in the ICU.
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    spooky spooky spooky

    I don't believe in ghosts but..... 10 years ago on nightshift in a surgical ward a bath tub tap gushed water just seconds after I had checked bathroom lights were off etc. No-one could have got in or out of that bathroom without going past me and I assure you no-one passed me. I explained it to myself as an air lock in the pipe, or an empty water tank just filled up etc. Maybe one day I'll ask a plumber. I worked in a hospice and staff told me about call bells going off in empty rooms on night shift. I didn't believe them, but then it happened when I was on night duty, a few times. Once it was crazy - lots of buzzers going off repeatedly and all together etc. Although I don't believe in ghosts I wasn't brave enough to investigate those empty rooms myself. I told the security man who found nothing untoward. I've blamed it on electrical or equipment faults (despite no fault found by maintenance) or mischevious unknown others. I've thought maybe it was homeless people who sometimes used to sneak into the unocupied rooms in the hospice (one time I bumped into one of those and he gave me a hell of a fright - probably worse than seeing a ghost -despite being utterly benign and just looking for a place to kip. In a medical ward on night shift, infusion pumps and feeding pumps would alarm in empty rooms, or go on hold repeatedly, despite no-one touching them etc etc. Those of us who worked nights were getting a bit spooked by this. One night an infusion pump that was not in use or even plugged in alarmed. It was in the room of a patient who was comatose and dying. The pump was still not plugged in but was alarming because it was on hold! I was so spooked by it that I started to think maybe it was a sign that the patient didn't want to be alone, or in the dark or something. I did everything I could think of to ensure the patient was comfortable and sat and held his hand for a while. Eventually I had to leave to attend to other things. Later I was at the nurses' station alone and a freaky creep of a patient approached me with handcuffs and a policeman's torch and told me he really cared about us girls and would always make sure we were safe. It was a real cringe and laugh moment! Anyway, something twigged. This creep was a frequent flyer and when I checked his admission dates they coincided with all of these strange night time occurences. I sort of spied on him after that, and eventually caught him turning a patient in bed, who was begging to be left alone for the nurses to attend to him. That turned my stomach. I think I'd rather it was a mischevious ghost than that creep. One morning at 7am Iwas driving to work and a psycho truck driver nearly killed me. It is the worst driving fright I have ever had. I lost control of the car, but somehow it came right again. I was upset all day at work. I'd had such a fight or flight rush that I was jittery all day and desperate to 'phone my husband, but I didn't do it, because I knew he would worry about me driving home. I was terrified driving home. When I got home my husband gave me presents of a new perfume, body lotion etc. I didn't tell him about my day, but asked what he had done wrong what the presents were for etc. Eventually he said that he had a horrible nightmare and woke up at 7am with an overwhelming feeling that I had died in a car crash. He couldn't get rid of the horrible feeling, so at lunchtime he had bought me gifts. That is my favourite perfume now!!! I do believe that some patients choose to die when the relatives are not present, despite an almost continuous bedside vigil, maybe because the patient wants to protect them. I've seen that happen quite a few times. Sometimes I do feel honoured when patients die when I am present. Lots of colleagues have told me spooky stuff, but I just can't give any credence to what I have not seen myself. So, I still don't believe in ghosts........but then again, I can't explain everything.
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    Can a person live forever on a vent?

    Keeping someone alive on a ventilator indefinately does not happen very often in the UK. There are some patients in the community on home ventilation, but they are not in a persistent vegetative state and do have some quality of life (some of them probably make better use of their time on this earth than I do). Like Gwenith's docs, ours are good at explaining the futility and poor quality of life to family members and most relatives are willing to accept this (although I did have one patient's son tell me that dying "is not an option" when his mother was definitely dying - and she did). In your situation Night -Owl I hope the docs are scared of being sued and the relatives are scared or too clueless to decide to stop life support. It's horrible to think people will do this to a patient so they can get money. I feel sorry for the patient and all of you nurses who have to care for him. KARRN 3 your suggestion of an Ethics Committee review of the situation is an excellent one. What about a family meeting? (But I suppose you'd need the doc's agreement for that.)
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    Will someone please check my math?

    The book is wrong. But that's a heck of a big dose of capoten. Textbooks should use believable examples.
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    Low rider pants on nurses

    If it were compulsory to show my midriff at work I might have an incentive to lose 4 stone. :chuckle :chuckle :chuckle
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    Nurse Anaesthetists

    I wonder if you will get paid more than E Grade for that? It does sound like a great career option though.
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    6th sense...

    My friend is a nurse tutor and she says this is not a sixth sense, but "pattern recognition" because of your wealth of experience. You may not be able to say why something is going to happen, but you recognise the pattern.
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    12 hour shifts

    I have worked mostly 12 hour shifts for 8 years. For one year, 3 years ago, I had to work 8 hour shifts and found this much harder. I was too tired after a shift to do any exercise or anything pleasant. I just crashed out. My two measly days off a week weren't enough time to do all of the things other than work that I wanted to do. With 12 hour shifts you have great time off and don't spend as much time or money travelling to work. The last few hours of the shift can be difficult. You have to look after yourself - get plenty of sleep and healthy food on the days when you are working. Some of the young ones go out on the town between 2 12 hour shifts. I don't know how they do it.