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Have You Hugged a Nurse Lately?

doctors and nursesOK, a simple question posted on facebook really got me wondering: Do you think nurses have a love hate relationship with nursing?

My first comment: I’m not a nurse, but I have been around nurses who do have a love/hate relationship with their career. Then there are the nurses who spend some time working in a hospital then (seem to) run for a desk job – in nursing.

The reply: Great observation – it is true! Thanks for your comment!

My second comment: I do have to say: nurses have a thankless job. When I was in the hospital, I thanked and joked with every nurse that came in my room. One nurse told me she was amazed that I would do that “I can imagine the pain you’re in, how can you have such a great personality and ask how I’M doing?” Hearing that made me feel bad – why weren’t more patients being nice to their nurses?

The reply: Liz LaClair this says a lot about you! You let your light shine!

In 2007, I was in Henry Ford Hospital and tested (twice – about a month each time) for my epilepsy, with the second test having the electrodes directly on my brain – the pain part. I was always nice to my nurses and techs. It’s a simple life belief: life’s too short, have to joke and have fun with others. My husband would bake goodies for me, like banana bread mini loaves. I made sure he brought enough so I could share with my nurses. I apologized to one of my nurses after she told me I scared her. She told me she’d never been around a patient who stopped breathing during a seizure. After I calmed her down – she said she was embarrassed about her reaction – she finally laughed, shook her finger at me and told me to never do that to her again!!

When my husband was in Beaumont for both of his cancer surgeries, the nurses all loved him. Even though he was in pain after surgery, he was joking with his nurses. One of his male nurses was a (tad) embarrassed to be awarded The Daisy – it’s a top award for nurses at Beaumont. His embarrassment dealt with his being called a Daisy. I told him that in French (William Beaumont – founder – was French) daisy is marguerite. He laughed and said that wouldn’t be any better, then explained what DAISY meant.

Nurses have a LOT of work to do, they don’t always get their breaks when they should and we all expect a lot from them. When you’re sick and in the hospital (the last place you really want to be), nurses are the ones (of the medical staff) who spend the most time with you. So, why wouldn’t you be good to them?

Oh, as for that hugging a nurse question. There is one nurse I’d like to hug (she’s a new nurse – she passed her NCLEX just yesterday – 7/25/13). My great-niece Tiffany lives on the other side of the state and I haven’t seen her in a while, but I do check on her via her facebook posts!

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Told to “Deal” With It?

As anyone with a chronic health issue can tell you, there are days:

  1. of severe depression
  2. functional depression
  3. can tolerate people/situations – “forced” happiness
  4. really good days where you can’t wait to be out and about – you enjoy every second

depression-1Then you find out that your medication can cause depression. Swell. Or you find out your medication is used to treat depression (so why doesn’t it work for me???). Yes, some epilepsy medications are the same meds used to treat depression. Did you know that these same medications can cause weight gain? That’s just what a person who’s fought with their weight most of their life wants to hear. For me it’s a frustration.

Then when one has a chronic health issue, people tell you (while you’re depressed) that you can’t let this run your life. Snap out of it already. Anyone with chronic depression can tell you this isn’t what gets you out of depression.

On the bright side – I do have more days of symptoms three and four. These are the days when I can do more – with working on my business, around the house, etc. I even enjoy talking with people! When you have your own business that last thing is very important.

Also, if/when you switch to generic versions of your medications, you need to be diligent. Why? Because even though companies are required to exactly match the main ingredient in many cases that’s the only thing that matches. For every medication there are “fillers” even with the brands. Now some of the fillers can cause adverse side effects, but the only side effects listed are the ones the main ingredient causes. Well, isn’t that special? I know that for me it’s ever so much “fun” tracking down where the pharmacies get their generics. I suppose it gives me something to do.

I will not tell YOU how your particular issue should affect you, that you should “deal with it.” Each of us has to work thru our own situations in our own – positive – ways. What I will tell you – I hope for the best and that things work out for you.