“It’s more than I usually do…”

What humility, what gravitas! In ‘nurse-speak,’ that’s code for, ” I was so busy, I barely had time to think!” “I was so busy, I was running on auto-pilot,” or “I was so busy that I was running on fumes.” When your nurse is running on AUTOMATIC PILOT,  know that beyond the shadow of a doubt, that the skills, the basics, the education, the ability to ‘think[ing] on her feet’ are the best they can be. That the best solid nursing skills were second nature to her and etched in stone. This could be your life. There’s no need for … Continue reading “It’s more than I usually do…”

Limit the caffeine

It’s Saturday morning and that cup of coffee without the rush of having to go to work results in the inherent desire to have a second cup; if one is good, two is better, right? After watering the flowers, which are just as thirsty as you (caffeine in coffee is a mild diuretic), you brew a larger pot. Wow, mmm, mmm good and then your husband emerges from the sack, scratching his scalp. “I’ll only have a cup if you’ll join me,” says he so you oblige, quite cognizant that this is # 3 and then the jitters begin. But you’re … Continue reading Limit the caffeine

What is hospice? For whom?

You heard the term, ‘hospice;’ sketchy on details, you seem to remember a relationship between ‘hospice’ and ‘terminal illness.’ Further, hospice is an approach to the care of someone terminally ill who has chosen not to have more aggressive treatment to save his life. He now wants care to focus on his comfort. Often that means no more chemo, goodbye to radiation, no more operations-unless the doctor is certain that they will bring comfort, but they are not intended to cure. What care is involved? Nursing care involves symptom management and pain control usually. The nurse isn’t a ‘junior doctor’ … Continue reading What is hospice? For whom?

Antibiotics help, but can hurt, too!

Finally, an antibiotic for that ghastly urinary tract infection (UTI). The burning, the runs to the bathroom, the low-grade fever. Relief is ‘just around the corner.’ The past few days have been miserable! Symptoms are gone by day 3, but by day 4 you’ve got sores in your mouth and your mouth is dry and it burns. Then, your tongue becomes really deep red, it burns, and cracks are in the corner of your mouth. Eating has become a challenge because everything except cold foods seems to aggravate it. “What’s happening? Wasn’t the antibiotic supposed to make things better? Well, … Continue reading Antibiotics help, but can hurt, too!

The doctor is ‘out’

It was an uneventful flight from LA to Chicago except for the bozo who didn’t stop coughing. I didn’t need my coat in LA, so I packed it; but in Chicago’s cold, I wish I hadn’t put it at the bottom of my suitcase! Three days later, my head stuffy and lungs a faucet for phlegm; realizing that I’d never be able to get in to see my doctor by the weekend, I wondered what I could do for my green phlegm to stand a chance of beating this chest cold? you’ve seen something similar to the ‘toy’ below, or … Continue reading The doctor is ‘out’