period talk, a little embarrassing - page 2

So, I'm a young RN working in LTC, I know this probably sounds so silly, being a nurse and all. However I unexpectedly got my period at work, and had to ask my manager for a tampon as the other RN on... Read More

  1. by   Union-Jack
    I can all but guarantee that the person you asked hasn't given it a second thought, and that 99% of women have experienced the same situation...I know I have, and so have loads of people I've worked with over the year. Totally no big deal.

    To avoid in the future though, I agree with PPs - have a little "emergency kit" with you at all times...I carry pads, tampons, eye-drops, band-aids, pain-killers, anti-histamines, tissues, etc.

    Don't even worry about it.......nobody else is!
  2. by   sevensonnets
    I work in CVI which is a close-knit community and we all know each other well. Somebody just buys a big box of tampons to stash in our staff bathroom and anybody can borrow. Somebody else may contribute a big bottle of Advil. No emergency can befall us.
  3. by   luvmyc
    I think every woman has experienced this. Last month I had to just grab a maternity pad. It happens.
  4. by   KelRN215
    Every single woman has experienced this at some point in her life. Your manager hasn't given a second thought to it since it happened, guaranteed.
  5. by   Anna Flaxis
    Quote from butterfly134
    So, I'm a young RN working in LTC, I know this probably sounds so silly, being a nurse and all. However I unexpectedly got my period at work, and had to ask my manager for a tampon as the other RN on duty, a friend, didn't have anything on her. my manager had to ask another manger as she didn't have anything either however she was helpful. By nature I'm quite reserved and found it quite embarrassing to be so unprepared, I hope my manager won't think badly of me now as I only started the job within the last 6 months. Has anyone else ever been in this situation?
    I usually stuff TP in my underwear when this happens. Nobody has to know.
  6. by   Elven_Girl
    I only just started nursing school, but I can say that if they thought badly of you over that, then they would be hypocrites since the nursing profession revolves around care and medical aspects (even periods)! If they can't understand that, then they shouldn't be nurses! Besides, nurses are just as human as their patients so this really should be nothing to worry about.
  7. by   jaderook01
    Ha, ha! This happened to me today. I got a tampon from a co-worker and took a pad out the Pyxis (one of the ancient ones for the belts- didn't know they still made those). Nobody cares. C'mon- we do some nasty wound care around here. We see all of the bodily fluids. This is not a big deal at all.
  8. by   Kooky Korky
    Invariably our supply of ABD pads goes faster than just about anything else. LOL
  9. by   Becareful
    Thank goodness for menopause!
  10. by   traumaRUs
    Moved to lounge
  11. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    I graduated nsg sch back in the day of white uniforms, and the same happened to me ... a co-worker clued me in to the fact that H2O2 will take a blood stain out, but sometimes you really have to work it into the fibers to get the last 'shadow' of blood to be gone.

    Knew of an aide who started while at work in a nsg home and since no one else had anything for her to use, she 'borrowed' (with pt's permission) a pair of pull-ups. She said, "Any port in a storm!"

    Kelly Ripa once said if you get a small spot of your own blood, say, on a white sleeve, your own saliva can be used to make the spot disappear. No-one else's saliva will do that, but you own saliva will dissolve your own blood. Who knew? But period stains aren't always small, and who wants to get caught sucking on their own pants? That'd be a tough one to explain!
  12. by   amoLucia
    Welcome to the club!

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