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The Sort of Stuff Nurses End Up Getting For Christmas

Someone gave me mono for Christmas this year. Since I was scheduled to work, I had to go in with mono. I carried it around with me and eventually others learned that I had a stomach-ache as well. Then they demanded to see my athlete’s foot!! Ew.

All in all, my maladies ended up amusing almost everyone who was exposed. And I’m actually kind of looking forward to acquiring an ulcer. I wonder if they take requests… an MRSA or clostridium difficile mascot would look great in the isolation rooms….

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I do not recall Nurse’s Day ever being quite like this…

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. Sorry – was back home in the midwest last week.

My hospital has installed a Linear Accelerator. I’m sure it does all sorts of things, because it cost about $1.5million. (I won’t tell you how much the vault it is encased in costs) I also know that what it does has something to do with zapping cancer with the utmost accuracy.

The administrators and radiology departments have been pretty excited about getting this thing. It’s finally finished, and yesterday when I went into work, there was a huge white tent taking up half the doctor’s parking lot. Not connecting the two at the time, I wondered as I walked into work what the white tent could be for.

I needn’t have wondered for long, however. As I approached it, I could see that there was a big banner which said, “The Hospital Welcomes The Linear Accelerator” or something just as goofy. [It got its' own banner!] Later, the operator announced over the intercom that a reception was being held outside under the big white tent to celebrate the Linear Accelerator. [It got its' own reception!] I walked out about an hour later with a coworker and found tables catered with hot hors d’oeuvres and “pretty food.” [It got its' own... well, you get the picture.]

My coworker and I got a plate (A see-through plastic plate with a lovely design etched into it. The nicest plastic plate I have ever seen, in fact.), took some food then sort of stood back and watched. Someone dressed in a nice suit was offering tours of the new Linear Accelerator. I decided to go see what the big hubbaloo was about, so followed the nice lady downstairs to the radiology department. We walked into a big vault (which was disguised as a room; in fact, I did not notice the 6+ inch thick door to the vault on the way in; just on the way out) and we got a little presentation. The machine itself is quite impressive and someone behind me actually called it beautiful. After a few minutes, I decided to return to my unit as I had some medications that were due.

Upon exiting outside to go back to CCU, I heard very lovely music when I passed the white tent. Can anyone guess where that lovely music was coming from?

Why, it was coming from the Linear Accelerator’s very own harpist, of course.

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Well, folks, thanks much for the encouragement that I may actually live through an IVP. I did live, but mostly probably because I didn’t actually have it. The stone passed on its’ own about 1/2 hour before I was to leave for the IVP! I didn’t even feel a thing.

Well, at that particular moment. I of course felt every millimeter of its’ journey prior to. So my doc cancelled the IVP, but I still have to see a urologist this week.

It’s been pretty swell not having to live like I might double over in pain at any given moment. Thanks again everyone for all of your comments :-)

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Someone please email or comment or something and reassure me that
I am not going to die from having an IVP. :-)

My mother once had to take these weird dye tablets to have an xray of her gall bladder, and after the first one she turned beet red for a few hours. She was supposed to take more of those pills, but they told her not to lest her throat close off from the reaction.

I know that dye is required for an IVP (Intravenous Pyelography) and that that dye is similar to the dye that mum had a scary reaction to.

Is reaction to IV dye familial? Will they give me a test dose first? I suppose I could just call them up :-)

The kidney stone is still present and accounted for, although it has been quiet today. Tuesday was an awful day – had a follow up MD appt and kidney stone wanted to be there, so it started in on me around 8am. I took Vicodin all day long, which was probably a mistake, because then after I awoke from the Vicodin-induced coma, I was extremely nauseated. Even though I did not exceed the prescribed amount.

(Btw, GruntDoc – it was not difficult to take Vicodin while having pain. In fact, it was the only thing keeping me away from the ER. I did also have Toradol with both visits, which sadly did nothing. I had very high hopes for it.)

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The Saga Continues …

So, if someone had told me that one day I’d be blogging about a kidney stone to all of the like 10 people that read this, I would have thought it quite amazing that 10 whole people could be so easily amused. :-)


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The Absence of Pain

I had an interesting early morning in the ER today. As a patient, though – not as an RN.


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In the spirit of April Fool’s Week, I wanted to write about the various pranks my coworkers and I have bestowed upon each other!


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C is for Caesarean

I saw my first C-Section on 3/29. I’ve been in OR’s before, but this was quite different – the very first and most important aspect of difference-ness being that I was watching my very good friend on the table and not some “random” patient.


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  • profileI am Gina. I have been a nurse for 15 years, first in med/surg, then CVICU, inpatient dialysis, CCU and now hospice. This blog is about my experiences as a nurse, and the experiences of others in the healthcare system - patients, nurses, doctors, paramedics. We all have stories!

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