If You're Clumsy and You Know It, Pour Your Meds - page 2

I've got to admit it: I HATE filling up my pill minders each week. The reasons for this are many, not the least of which is being reminded that I take enough meds to need the things in the first... Read More

  1. by   VivaLasViejas
    Good to know!
  2. by   sharpeimom
    ...and I had the stitches in the webby tissue between my thumb and index finger to prove it!
  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from sharpeimom
    ...and I had the stitches in the webby tissue between my thumb and index finger to prove it!
    Oopsie!!
  4. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    In the 1970's I worked in a small nursing home that actually had once been a two-story house.
    This was back in the day when you had the little plastic tray made specifically to hold the med cups, with a slot behind each to hold the the 1 & 1/2 inch sq. med cards (name of pt, name of med, dose, and time on it).
    Anyway, I had passed all the 8 PM 1st floor meds and was on my way upstairs to pass the 2nd floor meds when, yes . . . . .nearly at the top of the staircase my toe bumped the edge of the carpeted step, I stumbled and the tray flew out of my hand.
    Pills and Milk of Mag. and med cards EVERYWHERE on the stairs and in the hallway below.
    I was stunned! I would've sat down on the stairs and cried, but there was no time to do that because I had to retrieve the widely scattered pills, clean up the blops of MoM then re-pour and pass all the meds.
    Good thing this was back in the day when only liquid injectables had to be witnessed when 'wasted', as from 8 PM I was the only staff on-duty until my relief came on at 11 PM.
    MoM is hard to eradicate from maroon carpet, but I was able to find all the pills and capsules and toss them in the toilet so the House cat wouldn't get 'em!
  5. by   Dewman
    Q: What do you call a drink of vodka, orange juice, and milk of magnesia?
    A: A Phillips screwdriver.
  6. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    The last time I passed meds (2010) I flunked pushing the pill out of the bubble-pack cards. I have no muscle in the palms at the base of my thumbs and needed both thumbs to expel a pill....which would usually promptly ricochet anywhere except into the pill-cup. Sigh!
  7. by   amoLucia
    Quote from No Stars In My Eyes
    The last time I passed meds (2010) I flunked pushing the pill out of the bubble-pack cards. I have no muscle in the palms at the base of my thumbs and needed both thumbs to expel a pill....which would usually promptly ricochet anywhere except into the pill-cup. Sigh!
    Had one of those bubblepack cards when I popped a percoset straight into the cup, which was how you had to pop them. Well, those bubble cards are only glued together, and when I went to count out with the next shift, we came up short one perc.

    Isn't something when your count is short how your innards sink!!! Next nurse and I searched and searched and searched ... I worried that I may have given pt 2 percs. Turns out the supposedly glued card had become unglued/separated mid-card and the next perc had slipped down into the margin area of the NEXT perc after that and was not visible. I aged overnight that time!!!

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