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Old 09-18-2007, 12:17 AM
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Question Family triage calls?

My mom called me tonight and it gave me the idea for a new thread.

Are you sometimes bothered by family or friends calling on you for your advice?

My Mom calls and usually has some medical issue to talk about.(and then will promptly ignore any advice by me)

I'm always ending the conversation with "I'm no Doctor but you need to go see your doctor!"

Sometimes it's just someone wanting me to look something up for them. Which is OK, I love researching drugs,diseases,and stuff.

Although at times I like it and feel all Nursey-like but then sometimes it's a real pain (esp. with Mom or the in-laws lol)
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Old 09-18-2007, 12:26 AM
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Haha, I'm only a nursing student, but all my family and friends do that too! It is quite annoying!

For example, my sister's eye could be bothering her or something and she's always like "What should I do?" and asks me a lot of questions. Of course, I'm usually like, "Let me go check my nursing textbooks" or I'll say something like "Get some more sleep."
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Old 09-18-2007, 12:26 AM
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My mom's a nurse, so I actually don't get questions from her

I do get quite a few from my IL's though. Doesn't bother me. I like teaching and answering their questions.
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Old 09-18-2007, 03:42 AM
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Uh, yeah. My mom called me one morning and told me she had had chest pain in the night that radiated down her left arm and at the time, felt like she was going to die. I told her she needed to go to the hospital ASAP. She told me she was going for a walk.

I now refuse to triage my family over the phone. You don't listen to me, you don't get advice.
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Old 09-18-2007, 07:19 AM
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When I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes I received a glucometer. My grandmother asked me to check her sugar a couple times and it was evident she that she may have T2DM. I was happy to help her out in this regard.

On the other hand, my parents avoid any and all medical questions to me because any conversation about their health inevitably leads to me telling them to lose weight.

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Old 09-20-2007, 05:30 AM
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My mom called me tonight and it gave me the idea for a new thread.

Are you sometimes bothered by family or friends calling on you for your advice?

My Mom calls and usually has some medical issue to talk about.(and then will promptly ignore any advice by me)

I'm always ending the conversation with "I'm no Doctor but you need to go see your doctor!"

Sometimes it's just someone wanting me to look something up for them. Which is OK, I love researching drugs,diseases,and stuff.

Although at times I like it and feel all Nursey-like but then sometimes it's a real pain (esp. with Mom or the in-laws lol)
No, I don't mind. Most of the requests have been obvious calls- a fractured forearm on a seven year old neighbor, another neighbor who had kept nothing down after a routine surgery and wound up in renal failure and ICU (is okay now) and a "spider bite" on a teen that turned out to be MRSA. If it's out of my area of expertise, then I say that, but I can usually tell if it's a doctor visit at least.
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Old 09-20-2007, 08:37 AM
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One time I went for jury duty and the administrative person was like, "Oh, you're a nurse? My finger has been numb for three days. What should I do?"

I told them to call their doctor. The sooner the better.

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Old 09-20-2007, 09:50 AM
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I never get health care questions from my family because I'm a psych nurse. The last time someone asked me for health care advice, I asked them my own question. I said, "What are the voices inside of your head saying you should do?"

Take two Haldol and call me in the morning
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Old 09-20-2007, 04:19 PM
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Wow Mother Jones, RN! I'm a student nurse and I think a psych nurse is totally cool.

My family is kind of curious about my knowledge about nursing, meds and all that, but I think they understand I'm just learning and they shouldn't be asking me so many questions.
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Old 09-23-2007, 10:55 AM
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I get it from one of my house mates, and I used to listen and give them some idea of what I thought, but then it was always the same things. So I joined the bandwagon.... Go see your doctor!

It is fun with family now, as they tell me what meds they are on and I can generally work out what is wrong with them.

Just remember chest pain is chest pain!
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