Patient's are hard headed sometimes

@deodavid (4150)
Philippines
August 13, 2012 9:49pm CST
Hey there guys, Well this is a great topic and i truly enjoy this one, this is about some patients of mine that would really take the patience out of you. Well this is about a diabetic patient of mine that we need to monitor the bood sugar three times a day so we take blood from his fingers for sugar and he has to avoid eating for two hours before we do this, so we do it in reasonable hours as to not let him starve, we get one 5am 11am and 5pm so that e gets to eat in good hours but sad to say there are more than ten times that we do get into the room and he would be up early with as spam sandwich half already eaten and we would have to move the time and the doctors would sometimes scold us about this but wht can we do the patient is like that and we can just be patient about it and explain and explain sometimes already with a tone but not too much the importance of this monitorings. Tough thing being a nurse.
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13 responses
@lelin1123 (15634)
• Puerto Rico
14 Aug 12
Yes, nursing is a tough job and you don't always get much needs appreciation. I have been watching a new reality show called NY Med with Doctor Oz. I can't believe how much a nurse has to put up with. I don't know how they do it but they have to love the job to put up with some of these patients. God Bless you for what you do for all who come into the hospital on any given day!!
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@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
14 Aug 12
Hey there lelin, Oh thank you soo much for that, sometimes it is just the thanks that we get from patients and relatives that really just keeps us going in our profession you really need a lot of patience and dedication to even want to come in the next day so to all other nurses out there, we are amazing.
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@lelin1123 (15634)
• Puerto Rico
15 Aug 12
You are quite welcomed and keep doing the great work that you are doing!
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@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
25 Aug 12
Thanks for that i just wish that most people will see how hard we try for them but i guess the few praises will do and internal belief in our selves will suffice, take care and enjoy your lotting.
@betlynfrnds (3245)
• United States
14 Aug 12
I hear you deodavid. I'm not a nurse or a doctor for that matter. However, I do have aging family members who are a real handful. I know what's best for them but of course they don't see it my way. As a result, my stress level increases to the point of having anxiety issues. I've never been successful in getting it through to them that their actions have a direct affect on my own health. It's much harder with family, I think. Being a caretaker is not for whimps, that's for sure. At any rate, I have backed off somewhat with the family responsibilities because there's just not enough of me to go around and there's only so much that I can do. I hope your situation improves soon for you.
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@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
25 Aug 12
Hi there betlyn, Well things are still the same way but you just tend to learn how to compartmentalize much better and be more efficient on the job so that you can do extra things anyway i hope that your situation gets better too, take care now and be safe always.
• United States
3 Sep 12
Thank you so much. You take care too. I wish you all the best.
@Shavkat (96582)
• Philippines
28 Aug 12
We need to deal with different people. Some patients are having a tough time with their health conditions, resulting to this kind of behaviors. It could be influenced by adverse effects of medications, environment, mental state, and among other factors. As a medical professionals, we need to be patient and continue to incorporate "TLC". Would you agree?
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
31 Aug 12
Of course that is what we are here for providing them holistic care even though at times we cant really do all but we need to really put in the work so that this people will receive the best possible care that we can offer.
@jula65 (128)
• Hyderabad, India
15 Aug 12
sometimes patients think no matter what they can do doctor can heal them. they are not ready to obey the instructions. only thing they depend medicines instead of taking care of themselves. but medicines and all these diagnosis will work when they will follow the instructions.
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
25 Aug 12
hi there jula, In this case what we do is really try to explain more on what the situation is and how there condition will deteriorate even further if they do not slow down on the things that are getting them sicker i can just hope that in time they will understand what are the repercussions of there actions.
@jpso138 (7860)
• Philippines
14 Aug 12
You are right indeed. There are a lot of patients who are really hard headed. They always find ways to do something that is not advisable which may worsen the condition. I have worked in the ambulance service for quite a time and have experience a lot of people getting into trouble simply because the are really hard headed. I salute you for your job, I know that it is not easy being a nurse and more than that, many nurses are really underpaid in our country.
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@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
25 Aug 12
Hey there team mate, Well our job as health providers and as medical teammate it is really hard sometimes to get them to do what is right for them i just wish that i can find more ways on making them do things that they should be doing to quicken there wellness and betterment under our watch.
@prashu228 (25534)
• India
14 Aug 12
hi, i agree, nurse job requires a lot of patience, one of my relative is working as a nurse, but she is not very very sweet with the patients, i agree, patients sometimes are strong headed, they wont listen to the doctors and nurse at all, but still we should not treat them badly.
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@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
25 Aug 12
Hi there prashu, Well i dont treat my patient's badly or wrongly all i just do is try to provide them the best care and the best intentions that my time and strength will allow.Medically i have not done them any problems but maybe i lack on trying to talk to them more but i will try harder and just do what i can.
• United States
14 Aug 12
I will respond with my favorite nursing quote, which to me says what nursing is all about: "Save one life your are a hero; save a hundred lives you are a nurse"
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@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
25 Aug 12
Wow i feel really good with that one, i feel like i just trumped superman or something well thanks my friend you don't know how much that means to me and how i will tell my other friends that are nurses about this you take care now and enjoy the journey.
@flapiz (11303)
• United Kingdom
14 Aug 12
Haha. You bet it is tough. Sometimes you just wish you could shout at your patient. But instead we must understand them as they have problems too. They say that the more difficult a patient is, the more emotional baggage he or she is carrying. Anyway hang on there. You are doing a noble job. Remember: Be patient with the patient.
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@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
14 Aug 12
Hey there flapiz, Haha, be patient with the patient okay that is nice, catchy. Anyway yeah it is hard rough sometimes but it has it's own benefits and in life you only need to think about the benefits and not so much of the baggage's it brings because if you do you wont go to work the next day, thanks for this flapiz we nurses appreciate what you just said.
@SinfulRose (3527)
• Davao, Philippines
15 Dec 12
Wow! I wouldn't want to be you. But hey, I kinda like that patient. At least the guy eats whenever he's hungry. I am like that. Sad thing though, he just ate the wrong kind of food and got himself an illness that'll last his lifetime and the lifetime of his descendants to be. We have a diabetic in my family so my mom trained us to consume as little sugar as possible but get to enjoy the sweetest of foods--fruits and anything natural. While my father trained us to consume only a specific amount of rice every meal. The only bad part about my pops' training is that we weren't allowed to eat anything else aside for what's in front of the table and that we aren't allowed to eat anything else outside the 3 meals we have in a day. But hey, we only do that kind of thing when he's around so it's okay, I guess, since he's rarely here. Usually me and my siblings eat 5 times a day. We can eat almost anything from raw to cooked food. Now that I think about it had we been eating anything else we all might be in the ICU already. I don't blame the patient, really, because he's hungry. He just lacked the information that's why he and you were suffering big time. But had he been well, he might not have had to admit himself to your hospital. There's one thing that's bothering me though, why don't medical personnel scold their patients? Instead they baby them. I mean, I've been in hospitals (to babysit--I don't go to hospitals when I'm sick) but no nurse or doctor really scold pig-headed patients. Why is that? Isn't that your right since you're in charge of a patient's life/health when they admit themselves to you? The way I see it they just gave you the helm to their health. The patient themselves already forfeited their right over their health when they decided to admit themselves to a doctor/hospital. Until they are released, they have to abide by the hospital's/ the doctor's rules. I'd rather get scolded by my doctor or healer than be told time and again on what to do. That way it sticks to me. Maybe it's one of the reasons why I don't like medical doctors/nurses so much--because they never really are honest. No offense.
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
17 Dec 12
It's a customer care thing that is why you know we don't scold them even though I think we should try to do so but i do think that sometimes i become rude to them and even go overboard but that is rarely an occurrence.
• Davao, Philippines
17 Dec 12
I see. So it all boils down to maintaining the business. No wonder. It's a pity. Medical personnel should have the right to discipline patients during admission. That way you can really take charge with people's health. This kind of treatment--the "spoiling" of patients--really irks me and my siblings. For some reason it just doesn't sit well with us. Maybe it's the holding back of something to be said or we just want to pound stubborn people until they really get it... lolz. Now I'm ranting...Gotta stop now before I say more bad things.
@cher913 (25859)
• Canada
14 Aug 12
i think that nursing is one of the most toughest jobs in the world and possibly one of the most rewarding (with teaching being maybe the next toughest these days, depending on where they are teaching. i am talking about poor sections of big cities.) it must be very gratifying to see people get well. however, it must be hard when the patient doesn't want to get well.
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
25 Aug 12
Hi there cher, Well that is were our patience and dedication comes in we try to tell them things that might inspire them to get better so that they will take there medication and that they will eat what is right for them sometimes it really is hard but hey saving lives ain't really supposed to be easy right and for teachers i salute them because we both protect lives they the lives of the young minds and there future and we the illness we both have hard tasks but we all go hand in hand for making people heal & better themselves.
@cm4444 (13)
• India
14 Aug 12
"Patients are hard headed sometimes." Better rephrase it as "Patients are hard headed most of the times." ;-)
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
14 Aug 12
Hahaha cm4444, I know where your headed with this one, and I got you, I caught that, anyway I cant say that because it's a half half thing most of the time they are obedient and with just the proper push and setting of expectations they do comply so I'll just say sometimes. You.... Take care now.
@Hatley (164167)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Aug 12
hi deodavid, Yes its tough being a nurse, as i learned being a nurses' aide for many years. I am also a type 2 diabetic and sometimes I wonder at fellow diabetics. As a patient a few day s ]back I would never eat in between meals and throw off my blood sugar readings. som,e diabetics just do not seem to get it.It is really vital that we try to keep our blood sugars down to a reasonable level. Yes I know you have to tread gently but still do emphasize the importance of the monitoring as its vital to our health we who have diabetes.The nurses in the hospital where I was were just great. I always appreciate all that they do for their patients. hope your diabetic patient really learns to cooperate with you as a nurse deodavid.
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
14 Aug 12
Hey there Hatley, Well i know you understand and thanks for you know feeling it with my situation, anyway sometimes i do get firm with the patients and the relatives and i do get reported to the doctors but i just tell the doc's that hey you ain't here to enforce it i am the one you will shout at if this doesn't get done or is said and the patient is the one to suffer complications if proper monitoring and adjustments are made, so i tell we both adjust doc you and I for our patient, and at the end of the day we pal's the doctor and I.
@Shavkat (96582)
• Philippines
9 Dec 12
For some patients, they are really stressful to handle. They tend to do what it should not be. But then, we need to be patient to administer the things they needed to be cured.