P&PYT ::Pain & Patients, Your Thoughts::

Today is all about Living In Peace.  And I’ll just get right to it. Have you ever been in physical pain before? I know it’s a new Year and I don’t even pray that my enemy has pain ever, but I’m sure you have had it before and how can there be peace, how can we live a peaceful life when we are all hurting? Some of you might know already that I’m a nurse and I wanted to talk about my experience with my patients and their reactions to pain and my reactions to that as well so far.  So firstly, this is not to disrespect anyone who is in pain right now or has ever been in pain and this video is not to take lightly what people go through when they’re in pain, but, this one is actually an eye opener to what people and/or caregivers are thinking about when their patients or clients are in pain, real pain.  I’ll also say this, people become patients or clients, and caregivers can also become patients, and you know with law of karma, it is good to be good to others so that others will be good to you as well but in general it’s good to be good period, karma or no karma, pain or no pain. 

 I’m assuming you’re well over 16yrs old if you’re watching this and I’m also safely assuming that we have all gone to the hospital at least once in our lives for a pain related problem, most likely it was severe enough to get you to the emergency room, maybe because of a belly ache, or maybe because you broke your arm or your leg or something right? And you might have been in pain before from a simple paper cut to the most severe pain you’ve ever felt. There’s something the staff in hospitals and clinics will use to rate that pain when you complain to them. They’ll ask you how bad the pain is so that they’ll know what to give you, medication wise, 0 means no pain and 10 means the worst pain.

Have you ever thought about this…? Why do people sometimes pretend they’re sicker than they are so that they can get pain medications in the hospital. Or sometimes, they’ll inflate the pain score just to get some pain medication even when you know they are doing ok without them? I’m sure you’ve had an instance where this was an issue. What goes through your mind in these situations? Let’s imagine this… You are visiting a patient in a hospital and they’re asking for pain medications because their leg was hurting, they twisted it while working out and on the scale of 0-10, they said it was a 10, but they’re on the phone, laughing and carrying on about some video they saw on Facebook or maybe they’re chatting with someone on the phone or laughing while watching a TV show. 

So this brings me to the 5 questions I’ll talk about today. If you’re a nurse or doctor or physician assistant or nurse practitioner or if you’ve ever been a patient, I think you’ll understand this. I feel like patients don’t know how to be patients at times and kind of expect magic to happen in terms of making the pain go away instantly when it occurs but it does take time to take care of pain when patients have it.

Questions I’m asking

** Where is the pain? How long have you had the pain? When did the pain start? What have you taken to reduce the pain? What helps make it go away? So many questions,

** Why do some patients get upset at the nurse that’s trying to help with their pain? Your nurse is trying to help alleviate and reduce the pain you’re having, don’t be mad at him or her

** Why do you wait till the last minute when the pain is so severe to ask for meds? Some patients don’t get the education from their nurses. Some nurses don’t tell pts not to wait till its too late. Some nurses don’t anticipate what will happen after a certain time after so me procedures. Some nurses don’t take into consideration pt’s pain tolerance 

** Why do some pts from some cultures refuse to take pain medications when they know they really need it? Pain is not fun, why hold out?

It shows weakness, Disturbs the balance of the elements in the body

** Why would your teenagers have access to these drugs in your cabinet? I haven’t taken care of teenagers with these problems but I know they do come in for overdoses because they’re having fun, right. Pls when you’re discharged from the hospital, don’t be sharing your meds with others, your husband, your wife, your teenagers, your coworkers, anybody. Lock them up, that’s what we do in the hospital, we lock them up, so lock them up at home so nobody has access to them expect you.

If you’re a patient currently and you know the answers to these questions pls. help us and the others who don’t so that we can take care of you better, family members and health care providers. I say. Family members because they will usually tell the nurses, he wont tell you he’s in pain but he really is. This topic of pain and patients used to get me upset to the point that I decided to write about it. Sometimes talking about my issues make me feel a lot better, so hopefully you’re learning something useful. First of all, giving patients pain medication is a pain at times, who will give us nurses pain medication? We need to make the process easier for nurses not harder, for those nurses still using pen & paper, narcotic sheets. Pixis please anyone? Time starts ticking when a patient states they are in pain. And in pain talk, every minute is like a half an hour.

You have to first find the nurse who has the keys to the narcotic cabinet. Which usually ends up being the nurse who is on the other side of the unit. I don’t even care about the steps it’ll take to get me there because. I really want to lose weight, but that’s another topic. But the thing is before you get to the narcotic cabinet, you have to answer call bells on your way to. looking for the keys, you have to answer call bells on your way to the cabinet, God forbid you see a patient trying to get out of bed and they can fall and break their hips. You have to pee too because it is on the way to the narcotic cabinet because you haven’t had a chance ever since your shift started anyway. You have to get to a computer to see what the dosage of the medication is because by now, you’ve forgotten it already. We need a computer in the med room as well for some forgetful nurses, not me, not by choice anyway, night shift + 3-4hr sleep in the daytime does our brain a lot of damage, its like dipping your brain in superglue every day. 

Then you finally get to the cabinet and realize, the medication that ‘you’ needed is finished. You have to call pharmacy and have to wait 15mins or more before you can go down there in the basement to get the medication. Or call/page the supervisor to go to another unit to get the medication. Then you eventually get the medication and take it to the patient and he or she says, I don’t think I should take this strong medication, I want Tylenol instead after you tell them a side effect of the medication is constipation, nausea or vomitting. As a nurse, don’t even lie, this is what you’re thinking. “I don’t care how you want to take this medicine and I don’t care when you had the pain or why you have pain or how you got the pain in the first place, you must take this pain medication somehow because I will not go through all that trouble all for nothing for you to say now that you’re not in pain anymore. 

I wrote this because sometimes when you hear something once, it tends to stick. If you’re ever a patient, hopefully not right? it’s good to know what to expect because your nurses might not tell you everything even if they wish to, because there’s no time right? Sometimes, there’s not enough time in a 12hr shift to do all you really want  to do. Well, as a patient, if you feel pain coming on, regardless of where it is coming from, tell the nurse right away, so they know how to prioritize their time. They’re more likely to start with you because they don’t want you to be in pain for a long time, and it gives them time to get the appropriate meds earlier than later. I hope and pray that you won’t ever be in pain this year or any other year, but if you ever find yourself in a hospital, and you’re ever in pain, you now know what to do, do not hesitate to ring that button or buzzer like I call it. Don’t say “I don’t want to disturb the nurse, because you will eventually disturb him or her when you can’t take the pain anymore. Pain is a good thing, I welcome it personally because it tells you where something is not right and then it can fixed promptly. Reporting it late makes everything worse, it makes you the patient unhappy, makes the doctors and nurses jumpy because we have to tell you to be patient and let the medicine work eventually which unfortunately is not magic.

Anyway, that’s all for now you guys, it’s Laraddiji once again, closing this page, if I haven’t said it before, welcome into the New Year. I’m a lover of peace and I love talking about situations we might find ourselves in that need peaceful answers. Let’s stop giving ourselves high blood pressure for no reason. God willing, we are on this earth for an average of 75-80yrs. Let’s not waste any of that precious time on things that don’t help us positively in some way.  You have a decision to make when it comes to living a peaceful life, the ball is in your court. Thank you very much for staying with me, If you’re reading for the first time, you’re most specially welcome to this LIP|RIP family. Don’t forget to like this and subscribe if you’ve been inspired in any way, so you don’t miss new ones . The next post is about Living In Fast Express: My Nigerian vs. American schooling. Do check out my other posts. I’m hoping to read from you very soon. Don’t forget to love your neighbors as yourself and remember, to Rest in Peace, we all need to be Living in Peace, Stay blessed.

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