This week has been a difficult one. My Mum, best friend, confident and hero has been diagnosed with Cancer. Things are still very fresh and raw, so I’ll blog about it at a later date. Instead I’ve chosen a little light relief and a reminder of how humour helped me through another stressful time in my life!
When I started my training as a Nurse, I was sent to another ward, to ask the Nurse in charge for a Long stand! Yes, they left me stood there for ever!!! I have to admit it was funny and I couldn’t wait to so it to someone else, although I never got the chance. It could have been worse, they sent my colleague for a bottle of Smegma, of course at our tender ages we had no idea what that was! I have no idea what the hysterical Nurse in Charge sent her back with!
As my training went on there were obviously some crazy incidents that occurred, but here are a few of the stories that can still make me laugh!
1. We were in the Emergency room, when a lady came in with a seriously itchy bottom! My student colleague went in with her and on examination, found shoots and leaves protruding from said area! Apparently, she’d ‘slipped’ in the pantry and landed on a potato a while ago! Ok, we believe you!
2. We had a really nasty patient, barking orders, rude to all the staff. She was in a bed with piped oxygen and she kept lighting a cigarette. When she was asked to put it out, she threw her water jug at the nurse. We got her ready for her surgery and noticed she had a tattoo on her pubic line, it said ” keep off the grass” you should have heard her scream, when she got back and the surgeon had written, “sorry had to mow your lawn”! We were hysterical, I’m pretty sure now a days she could sue!
3. One of the team was getting married and in the day center we served lunch. They took all the unserved food and put it in a bath then threw her in! Unfortunately the beetroot died her newly coiffed hair, pink! We had to get a collection together to send her to the salon to have it fixed! She was not happy!
Nursing is a stressful job and I miss it! I have adoration for those still in the profession and thank goodness for those moments of humor in an environment filled with sorrow and distress! We are going to need a lot of positive Energy to get us through these next few weeks and I’m hoping we’ll all be laughing together for many years to come!