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I can’t tell …

my right from my left.
See, I don’t think I really internalized the exact meaning of “left” and “right” until college. By then, I was learning how to be a nurse. When nurses assess and chart on patients, they are facing the patient across from them. So when I’m checking out an IV site on the patient’s right arm, my perspective of their right arm is that it’s on my left. But later, when I write it down, I have to remember it as being their right arm. Since I spend MUCH more time paying attention to the left/right thing at work, my mind almost immediately thinks “right” when I’m looking at something that’s on my “left.”
It’s a really difficult life. :-)

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hahaha! i know exactly how that feels ;D

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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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