Ok let me make this short and straight to the point...
I am currently in nursing school for my BSN, and at the same time I have sickle cell disease. Basically I've been the patient plenty of times and now I will soon play the roll of a nurse (a good one at that). I am really tired of Nurses and especially Docs who think pts. with my disease are drug addicts and only want a high. We go thru serious and I mean SERIOUS pain. It is nothing to joke around with because I know exactly how it feels. I've experienced ignornant docs that try and make it seem like I am lying. This is a situation that ****** me off. I didn't ask to be born with sickle cell but i'm dealing with it just like everyone else in the world that has something they didn't ask for. Instead of nurses and docs to be on the pts. side to make things run smoother, they want to be judgemental. I really wish there was a mechine that had all of the diseases in the world which you can go into and live a life of someone else suffing for one disease or another just for a day, and maybe nurses and docs will change their nasty attitudes towards pts. in pain.
I want to thank all the nurses that have been there for me in the hospital because not everyone is like that. There were really sweet nurses who were caring and understood my situation. Again thanks too all those nurses who truely care for people.
Now I am not trying to start a riot, I just want to get peoples comments, ideas, respones, opinions etc. on either how they know a pt. is telling the truth about pain or what they think in general. Thanks in advance for all the responses:nurse: