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Here's a few things I've seen:

The Russians insist for gastroenteritis vodka with black pepper. A couple of kids even got out of detention when they found vodka in their rooms, because the parents explained it was medicinal. It turns out this was not just an excuse, but is widely believed. They use vodka for many of their health problems. I've never tested this theory out, but they truly believe it, Who knows?

A grain of sugar in a hard to get out splinter - a Zimbabwean nurse showed me this, and it really worked. The sugar apparently draws in fluid, and the splinter works its way out. Never used it myself, but watched the result when my colleague has. There have been some stories in the papers about the use of sugar lately, so they might have some hard evidence soon.

Fractured clavicles - we had some problems because the Russian parents insisted a middle clavicle fracture should be operated and put back in alignment, while local doctor's said no. Parents still angry despite 3 doctor's recommendations, and flew child home for surgery.

Bedrest - for minor coughs/colds, Russian parents insist on complete rest in bed, and the insist that a temp of 37.0 centigrade is a fever.

Just some of the interesting things I've come across.

See what happens when you don't mentioned 'sex' or 'pot' in the title, everyone ignored you.

Dogen

Specializes in Behavioral Health. Has 1 years experience.

I don't know. Your observations here aren't very interesting... home remedies for gastroenteritis and a splinter? Parents demanding a fractured clavicle be repaired? Not exactly new frontiers in medicine. Today I had a patient try and throw herself out of a fourth floor window. The cross-cultural differences in what constitutes a fever just doesn't seem like much to talk about.

Also, you've started six threads in four days. Maybe people are just tired of you.

I don't know. Your observations here aren't very interesting... home remedies for gastroenteritis and a splinter? Parents demanding a fractured clavicle be repaired? Not exactly new frontiers in medicine. Today I had a patient try and throw herself out of a fourth floor window. The cross-cultural differences in what constitutes a fever just doesn't seem like much to talk about.

Also, you've started six threads in four days. Maybe people are just tired of you.

Does it have to be exciting and full of drama? Maybe someone will find it a little interesting, or perhaps not. Although I was curious to see if I could write one small story/anecdote, that would not produce any negative comments. I figured either someone would be interested, or not, and not bother posting. But instead, you proved me wrong.

Thanks

smartnurse1982

Has 7 years experience.

Does it have to be exciting and full of drama? Maybe someone will find it a little interesting, or perhaps not. Although I was curious to see if I could write one small story/anecdote, that would not produce any negative comments. I figured either someone would be interested, or not, and not bother posting. But instead, you proved me wrong.

Thanks

Old Wives tales?

We have a thread like that going on in the Pdn form.

One thing i know is true that i have heard before:

If yo have lots of mucus in your lungs,you can turn yourself upside down and cough,then expel;supposedly it worked.

Sound familiar? We now call it CPT therapy.

hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life). Has 19 years experience.

Old Wives tales?

We have a thread like that going on in the Pdn form.

One thing i know is true that i have heard before:

If yo have lots of mucus in your lungs,you can turn yourself upside down and cough,then expel;supposedly it worked.

Sound familiar? We now call it CPT therapy.

Never discount the the tales of old wives. Fresh Cracked black pepper has very powerful antiinflammatory properties and Mustard seed ground into a paste has both antibiotic and and anti-inflamatory properties. Not sure about the Vodka. But almost all medicine has roots in shamanistic practices.

Hppy

Dogen

Specializes in Behavioral Health. Has 1 years experience.

Although I was curious to see if I could write one small story/anecdote, that would not produce any negative comments. I figured either someone would be interested, or not, and not bother posting. But instead, you proved me wrong.

Thanks

You seem... needy. Will many more of your posts have this passive aggressive flair?

Jory, MSN, APRN, CNM

Has 10 years experience.

You seem... needy. Will many more of your posts have this passive aggressive flair?

...and the point of bashing the OP would serve what purpose again?

(Eye roll)

smartnurse1982

Has 7 years experience.

Never discount the the tales of old wives. Fresh Cracked black pepper has very powerful antiinflammatory properties and Mustard seed ground into a paste has both antibiotic and and anti-inflamatory properties. Not sure about the Vodka. But almost all medicine has roots in shamanistic practices.

Hppy

Vodka?

I read that in the middle ages alcohol was poured into wounds because they thought it killed infections.

I would have to try that on myself.

I have heard of using aloe vera for wounds.

Jensmom7, BSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice. Has 36 years experience.

...and the point of bashing the OP would serve what purpose again?

(Eye roll)

Read the other posts he's started and then get back to me.

Dogen's right-people are getting tired of him.

ixchel

Specializes in critical care.

See what happens when you don't mentioned 'sex' or 'pot' in the title, everyone ignored you.

This made me lol. You're trying, OP. Keep fighting the good fight!

I had an impossible to remove splinter once and trusting my body would do its job, I gave up and waited. Rather than simply push it out, my body broke it down. So, so gross! I do wonder about the sugar - I imagine the sugar encourages bacteria which then promotes an immune/inflammatory response. That's interesting.

ixchel

Specializes in critical care.

Friends, maybe we could give OP the benefit of the doubt for a little while?

See what happens when you don't mentioned 'sex' or 'pot' in the title, everyone ignored you.

In all fairness, I think most of us were asleep (unless we were stuck working nights on a weekend). When you posted, for those of us in the US, it was the middle of the night. It still is for my west coast pals.

Happy Father's Day!

roser13, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC. Has 17 years experience.

...and the point of bashing the OP would serve what purpose again?

(Eye roll)

It wasn't really a bash and it was posted in response to the OP begging for attention. Because the previous 5 threads' worth wasn't enough.

Posted at 3:00 am after less than one hour:

"See what happens when you don't mentioned 'sex' or 'pot' in the title, everyone ignored you."

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership. Has 15 years experience.

Vodka?

I read that in the middle ages alcohol was poured into wounds because they thought it killed infections.

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They still do, and it does.

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

Vodka?

I read that in the middle ages alcohol was poured into wounds because they thought it killed infections.

I would have to try that on myself.

I have heard of using aloe vera for wounds.

Vodka is often 40+% ethyl alcohol and had antiseptic properties. Often used in field medicine in a pinch

Aloe Vera is great for 1st degree burns and sun burns. Not so much for open wounds and is sold today.

ixchel

Specializes in critical care.

It wasn't really a bash and it was posted in response to the OP begging for attention. Because the previous 5 threads' worth wasn't enough.

Posted at 3:00 am after less than one hour:

"See what happens when you don't mentioned 'sex' or 'pot' in the title, everyone ignored you."

Here is what is frustrating me about this. The guy posted threads that annoyed people because they described things and situations that others found inappropriate. His responses were inappropriate to them as well.

So now he's trying to "make good" with the masses and joked that skipping the drama means now no one responds. Lighten up. If you don't like him by his posts, ignore them. The Internet really isn't important enough to care what some random guy in France is trying to gain from a forum (i.e. Attention).

ixchel

Specializes in critical care.

On that note, OP, I really hope you're legit. lol