[QUOTE][i]Originally posted by NurseDennie
Oh Man, I'd LOVE to see that!! How big are they, generally?
Oh, dennie, I don't know if you do or not-the "festering" part that was referred to is entirely gross. I have helped with some of these in the ER-the festering part looks like cottage cheese, and smells worse than smegma. Once all of that is expressed, then the waxy-looking "pearl"comes out.
Katie, best of luck with your exam on Friday. The reason that the Dr. wanted to see you (thank God you persisted!) is that, while there are half a dozen things it could
be, there is ONE thing he doesn't want it to be. But, since that ONE is the one you don't take a chance on, he told his nurse to get you in there, ASAP. IMHO, telephone triage nurses can be dangerous-they are essentially practicing medicine without a license. She should have known the same things the MD did, and should have set you up as quickly as possible. By putting you off, she was deciding (essentially) that it probably wasn't cancer-if that isn't a diagnosis, I don't know what is!
I realize some docs need "gatekeepers," but they should get someone who is very experienced to do that, not just anyone. I, for one, even though I have almost 20 years of experience, most of them in critical care, would be afraid to do telephone triage. You only have to miss one person's sx, and you could be done for. To me, it isn't worth it, for pts. or nurses!