The touch!

@ridingbet (53225)
Philippines
July 4, 2016 8:53am CST
Before I go to sleep, I would like to share you an experience when we had our duty at the medical ward with my level 4 nursing students. I had a team leader, one medication student, and the 4 had to handle 2 patients each ( 1 benign and 1 toxic patient), so all in all we handled 8 patients. A patient at age 39 was wailing because she cannot move her left hand due to the intravenous insertion. My student cannot manage the patient so she called for me. What I did was, I asked her what is the pain scale, and she said 8/10. She cannot move her arm but the hand was not edematous, and there was no infiltration in the site along the intravenous catheter. I touched her hand and slowly I told her to relax her arm, then I massaged her hand while giving her some words of comfort. The IV fluid was dripping; later on, she said the pain subsided, and in a few minutes, she was already smiling and her mother thanked me and my students. It is in the touch and the attitude of the nurses that patients give their trust to these health care providers. That is the attitude that I want my students to learn and imbibe. That is another achievement on my part, and my student's as well. Have you been given comfort with a touch? Good night and see you all tomorrow
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@just4him (117471)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 Jul 16
I'm glad you were able to calm her with a touch. Touching does help a lot of toxic situations.
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@ridingbet (53225)
• Philippines
5 Jul 16
yes it is. a touch of comfort is what a person must always have, what more for health care providers
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@just4him (117471)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Jul 16
@ridingbet I remember when I was in health care back in the early 70's. They taught us to give back rubs to the patients every night before they went to sleep.
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@ridingbet (53225)
• Philippines
6 Jul 16
@just4him yes, a back rub has some soothing effects to the sick people.
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@sharon6345 (126382)
• United States
4 Jul 16
My friend is in the hospital and she is having a hard time.
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@ridingbet (53225)
• Philippines
5 Jul 16
nurses should have the TLC to give tio their clients, hope your friend is given TLC
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@sofssu (14460)
5 Jul 16
When nurses take their profession as just another job they don't seem to put in any effort beyond what needs to be done. A nurse with a smiling face and caring attitude is therapeutic in herself. Good job.. I am glad your students learned a lesson for life from you.
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@ridingbet (53225)
• Philippines
5 Jul 16
well, nursing for me is not a job or a profession because i consider this now as a vocation. i like my students to have that attitude as well.
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@sofssu (14460)
5 Jul 16
@ridingbet Your student are blessed to have a good teacher.
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@ridingbet (53225)
• Philippines
5 Jul 16
@sofssu thanks, my dear.
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@brokenbee (7864)
• Philippines
5 Jul 16
I really can't be a nurse. Hahaha! I think if that happens, I wouldn't massage her hand, rather, I will scold her and just instruct what she has to do. Ahahaha
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@ridingbet (53225)
• Philippines
5 Jul 16
woulkd you like that others will do that also to you, hija? i hope not.
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@brokenbee (7864)
• Philippines
5 Jul 16
@ridingbet nope but I will not wail like that... hihi.. Oops maybe I am just saying this because I am not in her situation, and never experienced it.
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@ridingbet (53225)
• Philippines
5 Jul 16
@brokenbee don't wish for that to happen to you too, hija.
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@sol_cee (15542)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
5 Jul 16
Well done Doc.
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@ridingbet (53225)
• Philippines
5 Jul 16
thanks, but again, i am not a doctor. and another place you are now? Solomon islands? is that where Sheba is?
@sol_cee (15542)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
5 Jul 16
@ridingbet who/what is sheba?
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@ridingbet (53225)
• Philippines
6 Jul 16
@sol_cee The Bible, my friend. Solomon and Sheba.
@SIMPLYD (79762)
• Philippines
12 Jul 16
That is so good of you , my friend . I hope many students will learn more from you . A comforting touch is more than a comforting word , for me my friend .
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@ridingbet (53225)
• Philippines
16 Jul 16
i agree my lady. even without uttering a word, a touch says it all
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@SIMPLYD (79762)
• Philippines
16 Jul 16
@ridingbet Maybe that's the edge of Filipinos when t comes to caring . They are more. touching when it comes to showing their compassion.
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@ridingbet (53225)
• Philippines
17 Jul 16
@SIMPLYD yes we are, but not touchy when showing affection to others. happy Sunday my lady
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@Yar_Joey (3303)
• Philippines
5 Jul 16
You have the tender love and care and touch my frend
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@ridingbet (53225)
• Philippines
6 Jul 16
thanks, even to friends
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@Yar_Joey (3303)
• Philippines
6 Jul 16
@ridingbet That is why I love you as a frend, BFF. God loves you and I do too
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@ridingbet (53225)
• Philippines
7 Jul 16
@Yar_Joey Thanks, ditto
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@jaboUK (54011)
• United Kingdom
7 Jul 16
You obviously have the 'healing touch' Ingrid
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@ridingbet (53225)
• Philippines
7 Jul 16
thank you my friend. all health care providers should have this healing touch and even those gifted people as well
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@jstory07 (67221)
• Roseburg, Oregon
6 Jul 16
Comfort with a touch works good with small babies and young children.
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@ridingbet (53225)
• Philippines
6 Jul 16
that is true. TLC
@cacay1 (32941)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
5 Jul 16
Touch is so powerful.It can ease trouble. i could also glows our life and soul.
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@ridingbet (53225)
• Philippines
16 Jul 16
yes it is.
@marlina (73881)
• Canada
5 Jul 16
You are teaching your students right!
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@ridingbet (53225)
• Philippines
5 Jul 16
thanks, and i want them to be good nurses like us their teachers,
@rakski (16392)
• Philippines
5 Jul 16
many patients need TLC, right? nurses should empathy.... it is important for the patients to know that someone is there for them despite the pain they are feeling.. good job for you @ridingbet!!!!
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@ridingbet (53225)
• Philippines
5 Jul 16
thank you. anybody should actually have that caring touch, in contrast to those who are with hands who cause hurt and physical pain to others
@skysnap (17817)
5 Jul 16
Yeah my uncle had speech problem since 30s and it pained him so much.
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@ridingbet (53225)
• Philippines
5 Jul 16
how did the touch help him ease his problem?
@DianneN (78466)
• United States
4 Jul 16
Touching can work miracles. Good for you!
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@ridingbet (53225)
• Philippines
5 Jul 16
thanks my friend. my hands may be gentle to the patients under my care, but my hands are hot in handling flowers and plants as well
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