the abf [acute brain phart thread]

  1. i excitedly opened it up and it's about adenocard and mg levels

    can we talk about bf ?

    i am in my early forties and suffer these more and more every day

    40's, ... the new 80's !!!!!!!!!

    -i will go to make a cup of tea for a pt and the kettle boils dry
    -offer postop analgesic and deliver it 4 hours later
    -go into the clean utility room and do a 360 and wonder what in the cheezanrice am i in here for ?????

    i will soon need to be admitted to a locked down dementia unit

    HELP

    anyone else out there suffer from acute brain pharts ?
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  3. by   Grace Oz
    ALL the time!
    It's called MENOPAUSE! lol
    Or, in your case, given your age, peri-menopausal! lol
    At least you KNOW you're forgetting, so it's not dementia! lol
    I carry a cassette recorder with me everywhere thesedays! AND am constantly writing myself notes and stick them up everywhere. lol
    Ah, the joys of mid-life!
  4. by   UM Review RN
    Yes. I can sorta cope as long as I write everything down, and I do mean everything. It does drive me nuts when I start to write and someone will tell me I don't need to write it down.

    Little do they know....

    Plus

    I tend to forget "extra" things, too.

    But I think it's a wonder we remember anything at all when it gets busy and complete chaos is going on, and two docs on the line, and somehow the "get a pillow for 4B" or "ice water for 5A" falls out the side of the memory.
    Last edit by UM Review RN on Feb 14, '07
  5. by   TazziRN
    I took a 6-month leave once and when I went back to work I had a pt with a full Foley bag that needed emptying. I ran around like crazy trying to find just a replacement bag. Someone asked me what I was looking for and just stared at me in shock.......that's when I realized what I had said..........
  6. by   walkingrock
    yes, have it all the time! seems all my 40-60 something yr old co-workers do too, been dealing with it myself for years, and i'm 51...you're in great company!!!
  7. by   MLF
    Stress will definitely do that to one. It sometimes scares me when I start forgetting but there are so many causes-lack of exercise; poor diet; stress; having a number of people surrounding you who want this, that or the other. Migraines don't help!! We ALL need to slow down a bit and learn to prioritize. Donna
  8. by   compassion1
    I know I wanted to say something...but I forgot what it was. What thread is this anyhow? Do I know you? Must not of been important, I guess. See you later, if I remember to come back.
  9. by   clemmm78
    try explaining this to a patient. Just about every pt I've had has been subjected to the same routine.

    I'm doing first rounds at midnight, I need to check the level of the syringe driver (pump). I grope around the bed for it because I'm trying not to wake the patient. Unfortunately, the patient often has the tubing tucked under the pillow and I need to reach under the pillow to get the syringe. Patient wakes. I reassure, telling what I'm doing. I make mental note of the number of ccs left in the syringe.
    I resettle pt if needed. Walk to the door. Go to write down the number of ccs left. Oops. Can't. I forgot already.

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