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  1. nursebooboo

    dealing with husbands family member having stroke

    You know, you're right about giving her water - and pneumonia being a friend. I hadn't thought about it like that :) I just hope that she doesn't actually try to take her home that would be bad. I don't think there's any way she will be able to care for her and not injure herself in the process. I guess I need to just stop worrying and let it be what it will be. I just wish I had a magic wand, and for a minute, let my husband and his mother see some of the things I've seen - with family members making decisions to prolong life and end up causing the patient to be clinically alive for a longer period of time. Meaning they die MUCH slower. Seems like it's not about the patient anymore it's more about keeping her alive for the family and not because it's best for her. I worked oncology for a long time before becoming a school nurse and I've seen some of the most beautiful deaths, and I've seen some on the other end. I will absolutely have PLENTY of paperwork about exactly what I want when I can't speak for myself. I am trying to just be "grand daughter" :) but it is difficult when the nurse inside me is screaming out! hehe I think I will take the advice of just being supportive instead of trying to advise anymore. I tried to explain that death would be better than bedsores and holes poked in her skin, and it fell on deaf ears. I think if they ask me anything else, then I'm just going to have to tell them that they need to talk to the people you all suggested (hospice nurses, LTC nurses, doctors etc etc) Thanks again so much! I always think it's a good idea to get a different perspective on things like this.
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    dealing with husbands family member having stroke

    I called my mother in law to find out a little more about what kind of orders she received on discharge to the long term care facility. She was sent there with hospice orders. So, now my husband's mom is wanting to bring her home so she can have fluids (mind you, she can't SWALLOW) This is so stressful for me because it makes me want to SCREAM! She doesn't understand about aspiration and how much care this lady is going to need. All they can see is that "grand dad is letting grand mom die" Thank you all for the support. I have a feeling this isn't going to be easy for the next week or so
  3. My husband's grandmother had a stroke 3 days ago. She was in bed sleeping when it happened so she laid there for a while with the grandfather thinking that she was just sleeping in late. She is 70 years old and has dementia, and had a hard time getting around. For the last few years her health has declined and she seemed less and less like what I knew when I first met her. When we got to the hospital, she was sleeping and her mouth drooped on the left side. She moves her right arm/hand a little but not her left. She has slept since it happened. They discharged her from the hospital today with no changes to a long term care facility. So here's where the hard part for me comes in. My husband doesn't understand why she doesn't have an IV anymore, or why they "sent her to a nursing home" and no matter what I say he still doesn't understand. He says that they are going to dehydrate her and just let her lay there and die and that's murder. Her prognosis is not good and the doctor tried to explain it in the best way that he could, but my husband has no medical background, and doesn't seem to understand. I feel like if this was a patient and I was talking to their family, I would have a lot better answers, but since it's my husband and I have to tread lightly, I am at a loss for words. Anyone have any ideas how to word things?
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    Reducing visits to the nurse

    are you kidding me??????? that's NUTS! I have them come in to see me because of problems with eye glasses and poop/pee accidents.... just makes you wonder what exactly are they expecting you to do!! I don't know how to fix eye glasses any more than the teacher does! also, poop/pee accidents: CALL THEIR PARENTS!! good grief.
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    Speaking of Head Lice...

    I meant to quote the above on the last comment that I posted.
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    Speaking of Head Lice...

    I am in TN as well... My school health coordinator just told me today that the policy would be changing. I'm not sure what exactly will change. I am conflicted as to how I feel about the change. I do hate to see kids get sent home day after day after DAY over it though... I had a student miss over 30 days this past year due to head lice. Day 2 of school this year = she was sent home with nits. This morning (Day 3) I sent her back home. Do you know where I can read about the law change? I'd like to see what it says for myself instead of second hand info. I feel left out of school policy change sometimes and I think on this one, I need to have a finger in it hehe
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    How long do you keep your records?

    Yea, the immunization records are not kept in my office (thank goodness)
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    How long do you keep your records?

    hmmm, so I wonder if it's just up to the school how long you keep them. I am not aware of a policy that says how long I have to keep them. I've been told several different things... but five years sounds like enough time......
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    How long do you keep your records?

    This is my second year at this school, and I am looking at a TON of old records. They are anywhere from 5-15 years old, and I was just wondering how long I need to keep these... My school is located in TN. Any help would be nice!
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    Just Amazed

    oh boy... :) well it's like nightie-night nurse said - she was describing the problem with a name... and not saying the kid's real name.... I had a student who used to poop their pants every day @ 1:00 because this child wanted to go home.... I suppose if I was talking about it, I would have said something along the same lines for that student.
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    Just Amazed

    ok..... if she called any child by name - that would be against the law... so yes of course we come up with little nicknames to tell a story to protect the privacy of PEE PEE PANTS.
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