Mom hand

  1. I was having a long talk with a student today about hands being unreliable thermometers, and decided to demonstrate to her the difference in them btwn hand and forehead.

    Infrared on MY hand: 97.0
    Infrared on MY forehead: 100.9! What the heck?!

    I have been repeating my temp anytime I'm alone and I'm steady around 100, but still, um...I better not be getting sick again, I just got the all clear from my pneumonia on Monday!
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  3. by   nmr79
    Oh no! I hope it's nothing!
  4. by   Amethya
    Just remember temp changes during the day, so maybe it's a fluke?

    I know how you feel, I was at a family party and this lady that was family of my cousin's wife, was coughing all over the place and at the end of the night she mentions, "Oh I had had pneumonia lately, but I been at the doctor and took antibiotics for the last few days, but I'm still not feeling well."

    And I was in range of her coughing fits.
    Last edit by Amethya on Dec 13, '17
  5. by   ruby_jane
    Your mom hand is broken....

    But seriously, hope you are OK!
  6. by   MrNurse(x2)
    100 degrees minus IR variable of 2 degrees = 98, 101.9 -2 = 98.9. There you go (in my best Greek accent from My Big Fat Greek Wedding).
  7. by   cid1
    My son was sick last week and asked me to "feel him". He felt cool and I told him, he asked me to give him a number. I told him 97. I then took his temp. 97.9 BOO-YAH!!! he was impressed (so was ).
  8. by   WineRN
    Oh no surprise fever!

    My hands are always freezing, so everything feels warm to me lol
  9. by   ruby_jane
    Quote from cid1
    My son was sick last week and asked me to "feel him". He felt cool and I told him, he asked me to give him a number. I told him 97. I then took his temp. 97.9 BOO-YAH!!! he was impressed (so was ).
    Your mom hand is fully functional.
  10. by   Amethya
    I think my mom hand is broken. I feel them warm and then they have a fever.
  11. by   SaltineQueen
    IMO mom lips are more accurate, but I'm not about to go kissing the heads of all the kiddos around here.
  12. by   moreoreo
    I have one teacher who I think has cold hands because she has sent at least a dozen children down this year with "forehead is hot" passes and none of them have had even a mildly elevated temp. I admit that sometimes as I am checking with my thermometer even my hands will feel a "heat wave" from a child's face that turns out not to be febrile!

    There is one other teacher who used to send many students but has scaled back; she just recently sent me two consecutive students with "feels warm"? passes that had legitimate fevers and I was so impressed!

    I'm sorry for your incidental fever-- I always run high so sometimes when I "check" my thermometer I am surprised by what I find, too. Hope you are feeling well!
  13. by   AdobeRN
    My "mom" hands never work...I think I am the only one who can't tell if a kid has a fever by touching them. Kids always feel warm to my hands no matter what their temp is.
  14. by   ruby_jane
    Y'all, I did the unthinkable yesterday....when I sent out the email alerting faculty that we might have influenza on campus, and to wash their hands...I told them to send me any kids with symptoms of flu-like illness.

    So basically I just enabled ALL their MOM HANDS....

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