Good Monday morning.....12th July

  1. I've been waiting for Tweety to start this thread.........where are you?? must be in the gym!

    well its cold and miserable here- think we have missed out summer and moved straight into autumn!!

    Been thinking all weekend so this is my thought for the day... have you ever felt you have failed a patient and how did you deal with it? Had a man hang himself last week cos the pain of his RA got too much......... I failed him and have been going round in circles thinking about it!! its a long time since i have sat and cried over a patient.

    sorry about starting monday on a morbid note........... had a giggle too today- the ceiling in one of the offices here fell in on sat! no one hurt but the mess!!

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  3. by   ARmickie
    good morning everyone... well, anyone !

    hate to hear about your patient karen, but you must keep in mind.... you're a nurse, not a supernatural being... you can only comfort to the best of your ability, and you simply cannot alievate all pain. lord knows, we all wish we could take away the pain of another, but god generally does not give us that ability. my thoughts are with you, though, as i can understand your feelings.

    i'm up early, as jason woke me before he left this morning. all "i'm sorry.." 's and the like... perhaps i should be leary of the coffee he offerred to make me this morning :uhoh21: . nahhh.. on second thought, he's got more life insurance than i do!

    i worked on an essay for my comp i class all day yesterday, and i have to admit, i think it's going to be pretty good. it has to be an argumentative essay (yeah, i've got the argueing down pat lately, believe me... ). i couldn't think of anything to write on that i really wanted to argue about, so i asked a friend for suggestions. he told me to write on the legalization of marijuana. i started out my paper against it, as there have been problems in my house with this in the past and i firmly planted my foot on the issue. i started my research, and i ended up writing a paper for the legalization of marijuana! not on the grounds of medicinal properties, but just because of the economic impact it would have on the economy if it were legalized, regulated and taxed (much as cigarettes and alcohol are). it's going to be funny turning this paper in to a little old woman, to whom i know will look at me funny. oh well, who cares? in the end, i think it's a sound paper with a logical thought process. and, no, i really don't want to get flamed for this paper.. i have to write about something and argue a case... lol... maybe criminal justice is wearing off on me...

    been a good weekend on a personal note for the most part. well, for *me* it has. i've had a good time hanging out and doing my thing. both the kids have been gone, so i've made time for me this weekend. (that's the reason i didn't work on my paper until yesterday.) had a blast! drove for hours with the radio turned way up, listening to music i'd never heard before, went hiking on a trail to a beautiful waterfall, hung out with friends... lol.. and all that was saturday! ahhhh.. life was good for a bit!

    anyway, as you can see... i'm about to be writing a book here, so it's time for me to go! i'm not a nurse yet, not sure that i ever will be now, but at any rate, i can't answer the qod! but, i'm sending positive thoughts to everyone who is, and who will be, one of those special people. be good, y'all!


  4. by   teeituptom
    to the end of morbidity

    Im going golfing

  5. by   Energizer Bunny
    Good morning everyone! First and foremost in my mind:

    Mickie.......why this not sure you'll ever be a nurse mentioned in your post? And please dump away about home...haven't you learned that we love to analyze this silly men? LOL! Girl.....your day to yourself sounds wonderful! Just dreamy..... is Lisa doing? How are things with your mom?

    Karen......I am so sorry that you had to deal with losing a patient to suicide. I would have to put myself into the mindset that he is no longer suffering with whatever it was and that now he doesn't have the mental anquish, as well as the physical, any longer. I cannot answer your QOD either, since I am not a nurse.

    Donny.....I'm doing the paper for my College Comp class. I have decided to let the prof. pick from organ donation, elderly abuse, freedom of speech-censorship in the media, and same sex marriage and/or same sex parenting. I was thinking that maybe I should go in depth on CNM's or something but I already know quite a bit about them and wanted to learn something new, something not quite so "into" nursing. I spend hours here a day! Enough nursing! LOLOLOL!

    Well, I got my rough draft of my descriptive essay done and did some Nutrition research and studying. I wasn't quite getting a couple points so I found some websites to help me and printed out the material. Now today is earmarked for class, nutrition studying and then tonight, I'll rewrite my rough draft. I have laundry going right now and will do the usual pick up of the house but I'm not busting my butt to do anything more until the test is over and the paper is in. Then, I'll have a day to clean before I gotta start studying for the next test and working on the next paper! LOL!

    How is everyone today? It's raining here and I am trying to get a pair of shorts washed that I can actually wear around my waistline. Luckily, I hung onto a couple pairs that are too big because I am still swollen and sore there and can't imagine buttoning my jean shorts over the incision. yeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaoooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwww!!!!! LOL!

    Onto another fun day........(just not much happening here to report! LOL!)

    Hugs all around..........(special ones for Leslie, Mickie, Karen and Fran)
  6. by   ARmickie
    lol.. kim, i know your incision hurts.. i had four c sections, and even though i was actually small enough to wear my prebaby clothes when i came home from the hospital, i still wore maternity pants for a few days just b/c of the incision that ran from belly button to pubic bone!! yeah... four times... so, i feel you there... not to mention when i had my belly button pierced.. heeheehee... jason threw a fit about that, so i eventually took it out and it grew back. but, you know what? i kinda liked it. thinking i might just get that done once again in a week or so... who knows? maybe even this week....

    as they say down south, y'all.... keep it between the ditches!

  7. by   Tweety
    Karen, I'm so sorry. The "what ifs" and "I should have..." can haunt you. Bottom line is there was nothing you could do to prevent this suicide. It was the decision of your patient. Give yourself a break. It's not a personal failure of yours. You're a good nurse, you did all you could do. Sadly we can't save everyone or take everyone's pain away. Hugs........

    Going to bed now. Take care.
  8. by   laughingfairy
    Morning everyone.

    Thanks for the concern about Abbie. She is doing fine with her nebs. The first one was awful. She screamed and yelled and threw herself around. After that she has been fine just curling up in DH's or my lap. We read togethor or sing or watch TV so its kinda becoming her special cuddle time.

    I'm just so glad that the med are available. When Kara was about this age she had the same s/sx, but her pediatrician kept saying it was just ear infections and putting her on ABT. I didn't want ABT, I wanted to find out the underlying cause. Long story short when Kara was 18 months we changed MDs and that's when she was dx. They put her on albuterol. It worked wonderful but the side effects were terrible.

    Now both girls are on Xopenex and pulmocort. Much Better.

    Had a good weekend at work. Am dead busted tired today. I cleaned at work yesterday. OCD kicked in and I couldn't take it anymore.

    Plans for the day are to attack this mountain of laundry, clean the bathrooms, sweep, mop, and vacume.

    Leslie how is your sister?

    Kimmy e-mail me with an exact descripition of your pain (location, quality, rating, what makes it worse etc) I want to look something up.

    Fran it's good to see you around.

    Mickie I am flat out jelous of your weekend. Sounds wonderful.

    Jnette where are you? guess I need to read the threads from the weekend.

    Talk to you all later.
  9. by   NursesRmofun
    [font=franklin gothic medium]passing good mornings all the way around!

    [font=franklin gothic medium]no golfing or gym here,....going to look for new furniture because i promised a lot of our furniture to my daughter for her new house! argh! lol
    [font=franklin gothic medium]no work today. yippee.

    [font=franklin gothic medium]bridal shower was yesterday! it was very nice! here are a couple pics!

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  10. by   suzanne4
    Kim: Just you have the pain almost continuously or at certain times of the day? More on one side than the other? How long have you been having it for?

    Good morning everyone else!!!!
  11. by   FranEMTnurse
    Good morning all. My grouchy body annoyed me all night long, so I extremely tired. I havn't read any posts yet. But I wanted to let you all to know I'm still alive. And now I'm going back to bed. I'll be back after I get some rest. See you all later.
  12. by   suzanne4
    Morning Fran.....
    And it is bedtime for me.....................good night everyone.
  13. by   leslie :-D
    good day all,

    i just dropped mom off at the train station and carried her bags on the train, like a good, dutiful dtr...
    it was lisa who was very relieved when i took her yesterday as mom can get quite smothering and doesn't leave your side...ever!!! even when you're on the phone, she is glued to your side, literally right next to, who is so claustrophobic doesn't respond to such hovering very well.
    but, she didn't get undressed until after she went to bed so there were no issues there. she kept asking me if she looked her age (70's)...she's in great shape but dang, i just can't imagine worrying about losing your looks up until the day you die. no comprendo. lisa has been very quiet. i have layered the quilt together and started the actual quilting on it. after that i will add the satin binding and it will be done. mom and i both started crying like babies when i showed her the quilt. some
    things just can't be explained.

    karen, i'm sorry to hear about your's nothing you did personally i am sure.

    mickie, are you and dh still going at it???? well, you sound pretty good....

    kimmy, what subject did you pick for your research paper?

    fran, i hope you get a burst of energy, however brief. just do what you need to do.

    fairy, i'm glad the baby's doing better...

    hey tweety.

    now i have to go back and see who i overlooked...the airhead, i am.

  14. by   leslie :-D
    liza, furniture shopping???? now that is a good thing, yes???

    tom, swing it honey.

    and suzanne, my picture of you as the pretty, peaceful princess.

    ok now i've got you all covered. peace out.