As an ultra-sound tech, I see all kinds of patients, but the majority are OB. One gentleman was definitely NOT an OB patient, but he made my day when I asked him “You know what we’re looking for today?” and he replied, “I don’t care if it’s a boy or a girl, I just want it to be healthy!”
Archive for January, 2011
A woman calls her boss one morning and tells him that she is staying home because she is not feeling well.
“What’s the matter?” he asks.
“I have a case of anal glaucoma,” she says in a weak voice.
“What the hell is anal glaucoma?”
“I can’t see my butt coming into work today.”
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“Please pass the attitude.”
We routinely recognize the genes that pass from one generation to the next. After all, we see evidence of hand-me-down genes looking back at us each morning in the mirror. (“When did I become my mother??”)
While we recognize genes that are passed along, what we don’t often recognize are the equally important attitudes that we pass from generation to generation. (“I’d like another scoop of the I-can’t-stand-anyone-in-authority gene, please. Yum!”) Awright, so it’s not so much a gene that we’re talking about in regard to attitude. But don’t those passed-down attitudes affect us in similar ways as genes?
Attitudes that are passed along can be beneficial or destructive. And just like genes, we often pass them along without thinking.
When those passed-down attitudes include how we perceive help for medical-related issues, the attitudes in question can be especially destructive.
For instance, I often hear people complain about hospitals. “I can’t stand anything about hospitals. I could never be a patient or visit one. I can’t stand the smell or colors, and I think I’d die from all those germs!”
This attitude sometimes seems to run in families. What a tragedy if and when that person or their family member ever becomes an inpatient. Get over it NOW: ready, set, go!
I mentioned in a recent column that my dad had some issues with hospitals. Fortunately, I didn’t know about those issues until later on in my life, after I’d finished a few stints in hospitals as a patient myself. His opinion was justified from negative experiences early on in his own life. He didn’t trust medical personnel, period. Still, I’m thankful his perspective didn’t taint mine.
I can’t imagine a life-long patient having extreme distrust of her medical team. A whole lifetime of angst and conflict? It’s like being a perpetual teenager. How fun.
On the opposite end of the attitude scale from my dad, was my mom. She trusted medical professionals implicitly, without question. She also believed Richard Nixon when he declared he wasn’t a crook. That was her generation’s attitude. It was the same generation as my dad, yet their trust-y attitudes couldn’t have been more different.
I suspect they each came from their own long line of trusting vs mistrusting attitudes toward healthcare practitioners.
Thankfully, by the time the generational line reached me, the medical attitude that happened to be passed to me was my mother’s, and not my father’s. Lucky lotto.
For those working in the healthcare professions, you and your families are likely passing along a healthy attitude. That’s not necessarily the case for your patients and their families. They may have been passed a more destructive attitude; one that affects their ability to communicate with you, trust you, and to heal well.
Healing an attitude takes more than a prescription to combat what’s been passed down. Nonetheless, sharing your positive attitude might change not only one person’s life, but a whole gaggle of generations to come. Pass it along.
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It’s the first week of our Limerick Contest! All this month, we’re soliciting limericks from our readership (and free range poets!) in a competition to see if we can find the best Medical Limerick EVER.
Here are the top three entries we’ve received this week. Make sure to vote for your favorite by leaving a comment sharing which one you thought was best. At the end of the month, we’ll be having a final vote to select the best of all the winning limericks! The winner receives an autographed copy of “This Won’t Hurt A Bit!” and fame and glory!
Without further ado:
This patient’s a pain in the duodenum
With demands for both catheter and freedom.
So unable to cope
Nurse Bob swung his stethoscope,
Got her hypnotized larynx to be numb.
My dementia patient was on the run,
Frantically searching for his gun.
“But why, David?” I asked with some alarm,
Wherefore he urgently grabbed me by the arm,
Said: “Don’t go outside, it’s not safe, Doc.
Out there in the garden is a man-eating croc.”
“Surely, David, that cannot be true”,
And he winked and assured me: “Don’t worry, Doc, I will shoot it for you!”
Marie, who had failed intubation,
was called to assist respiration.
“If they want to breathe,”
that charming nurse seethed,
“they’ll have to await inspiration.”
Do You Have Poetry In Your Soul? ENTER THE CONTEST!
Here’s what you need to do:
Write a humorous limerick related to the world of nursing and patient care and send it to Cindy@journalofnursingjocularity.com Each week throughout January, we’ll be posting the best ones we receive and letting our readers vote for the best. All of the winning limericks will then be posted on January 31st, and readers will be able to each pick their favorite. The author who wrote the limerick that receives the most votes wins an autographed copy of Karyn Buxman’s This Won’t Hurt A Bit! And Other Fractured Truths in Healthcare and more importantly, fame and glory unmatched by any other honor available in the world of medical poetry today!
Don’t forget to vote! Leave a comment indicating which of the limericks are your favorite (Comments may take a while to appear so please only vote once!)