My patient with the 104 temp insisted on repeatedly coughing all over me last night. Since his temp was 104 I was in his room most of the night. Share you money, share a funny story, share you wisdom, but please keep your germs to yourself. After 12 1/2 hours of that I could just tell I was going to come down with whatever this patient had. Please cover your mouth I asked. Cover your mouth I instructed. COVER YOU MOUTH FOR GODS SAKE! Sigh. The last few times I went in his room I wore a mask. Probably to late...... I think I have a scratchy throat and my ear hurts...... I'M DOOMED! Doomed to be sick on my days off which is probably how long it will take to incubate.
Nurses are exposed to this all the time. However, we are only allowed to call in 6 times a year if we want to keep our job. And actually I have a fairly healthy immune system built up after these many years. I think that is important. I worry about people that use antibacterial soap, body wash, hand wipes, you name it. How is your body going to become immune to anything? Sometimes we get carried away. Some germs though we don't want to share.
Everytime someone is my family gets sick they blame it on me. Oh man what did you drag home this time! What! They have been to the mall in a dozen stores, held on to dozens of door handles and been around 100's of people. They have worked with any number of people at work. Gone to the bank ,the grocery store and out with friends. Get sick and it is because dear old Mom dragged something home from the hospital. Well excuse me but dear ole mom has washed her hands 3000 times, dear old mom washes her croc's in disinfectant before she comes home. Uniforms go right in the wash. I did not make you sick...... but this patient, this patient last night, sigh, probably will make me sick. Of course not as sick as him as I am a healthy person and he has other problems, but still sick. WHAAAAAAAAA.
My last night tonight. We have been really busy. It makes the nights go fast. I am ready for a rest though. My plan for tomorrow, sleep until 1, go to the gym and work out and then go on our Monday date night my hubby and I do and unwind. Bed by 9. Unless I am sick already..... for it is coming...... sometimes you just know.
Got this picture in a email today. It is titled
Rednecks time out