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by shrapnel
Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:52 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2070
Views: 164120

Re: My Job, My Hell...

A patient coughed up a giant gob of mucusspitlunggoop while I was drawing his blood. Most of it wound up on my isolation gown and gloves, but some got on my face. I immediately threw up into my mask, for obvious reasons. There is no moral to this story. It's just disgusting. one more reason to be g...
by shrapnel
Sun Aug 07, 2016 3:54 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2070
Views: 164120

Re: My Job, My Hell...

A patient coughed up a giant gob of mucusspitlunggoop while I was drawing his blood. Most of it wound up on my isolation gown and gloves, but some got on my face.

I immediately threw up into my mask, for obvious reasons.



There is no moral to this story. It's just disgusting.
by shrapnel
Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:08 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2070
Views: 164120

Re: My Job, My Hell...

Patient: Get the fuck away from me! Nurse, help, Hitler is here!

So maybe I should stop goose-stepping into rooms and shouting at patients in German.


The patient thinks her nurse is Al Capone, though, so at least I have interesting company.
by shrapnel
Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:27 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2070
Views: 164120

Re: My Job, My Hell...

5 am Walking down the hall to a room, two different nurses let me know the patient is nonverbal but needs his labs drawn. I walk into the room, notice the terrifying level of crazyeye he's rocking, and begin to be concerned that I'm going to get (silently) punched. "Hi, sir, my name's shrapnel, I'm ...
by shrapnel
Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:20 am
Forum: Eats and Drinks
Topic: Cooking (poorly) with Shrapnel
Replies: 98
Views: 22201

Re: Cooking (poorly) with Shrapnel

Zucchini spinach lasagna, for when you don't care to use noodles and are willing to waste time faffing around with zucchini. Adapted from here. 3 or 4 Medium to large zucchinis, sliced thinly (1/8" thick is good, but I had a lot of variation and it was fine) 1.5 c part skim ricotta cheese 1/4 c parm...
by shrapnel
Mon Aug 01, 2016 4:54 am
Forum: Eats and Drinks
Topic: Cooking (poorly) with Shrapnel
Replies: 98
Views: 22201

Re: Cooking (poorly) with Shrapnel

I've been cooking a lot recently, so I'll try and add some more recipes to here. Tuna burgers, a recipe of approximations because I don't know the exact measurements of anything. Feeds probably 8? 12 cans of tuna or skipjack or something fishy, drained 3 eggs, beaten A few cloves of diced garlic, or...
by shrapnel
Thu Jul 28, 2016 5:58 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Islamic Terror Attacks in Europe
Replies: 75
Views: 4889

Re: Islamic Terror Attacks in Europe

Seriously, everyone knock it off. Quit with the semi-veiled religious/political stuff, and also stop arguing about it. Go to PM if you must.
by shrapnel
Sun Jul 10, 2016 5:08 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2070
Views: 164120

Re: My Job, My Hell...

Another night, another dead baby. Poor little thing. :(
by shrapnel
Tue Apr 05, 2016 5:39 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2070
Views: 164120

Re: My Job, My Hell...

Vicious cycle in a two person room: Bitchy lucid patient falls asleep and snores incredibly loudly. Sweet demented patient hears the snoring and starts narrating the snoring and asking her invisible husband if it's James over there snoring like a dog in the next apartment, and why won't Husband go a...
by shrapnel
Tue Mar 22, 2016 4:54 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Brussels explosions
Replies: 46
Views: 2225

Brussels explosions

by shrapnel
Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Cleaning a blood caked gun
Replies: 31
Views: 2027

Re: Cleaning a blood caked gun

Ahem. Back on topic, please.
by shrapnel
Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:29 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: The Sheep Farming Thread
Replies: 896
Views: 65459

Re: The Sheep Farming Thread

Wait the mother's milk is... Poisoning? them? How does that work?
by shrapnel
Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:15 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2070
Views: 164120

Re: My Job, My Hell...

Caution, sadness ahead. Today's room that wasn't marked but should have been* contained a woman and a tiny baby. A very tiny baby. Why was the baby not in the NICU? Why wasn't the baby under a warming lamp, on account of it being so tiny? Why was the mother holding this little baby who surely was to...
by shrapnel
Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:13 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2070
Views: 164120

Re: My Job, My Hell...

Here's one. My favorite coworker, let's call her Jen, went into a woman's room to draw blood. This lady is about a million years old and can't weigh more than 80 lbs. Jen started the draw, and the woman was getting more agitated but Jen was almost done and, you know, a tiny old lady isn't gonna do m...
by shrapnel
Fri Dec 25, 2015 2:11 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2070
Views: 164120

Re: My Job, My Hell...

Awkward: Trying to draw blood on a formerly super sweet, grandfatherly guy who had a Medical Event while already in the hospital a few days ago, and discovering that he was newly willing to grab my boobs and crotch. Apparently he is not doing so well. Extra awkward: he was calling me his wife's nam...
by shrapnel
Wed Dec 23, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2070
Views: 164120

Re: My Job, My Hell...

Awkward: Trying to draw blood on a formerly super sweet, grandfatherly guy who had a Medical Event while already in the hospital a few days ago, and discovering that he was newly willing to grab my boobs and crotch. Apparently he is not doing so well. Extra awkward: he was calling me his wife's name...
by shrapnel
Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:55 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Learning to shoot against hand and eye dominance
Replies: 11
Views: 761

Re: Learning to shoot against hand and eye dominance

This is relevant to my interests. I've got a ganglion cyst in my right wrist that isn't going anywhere, and shooting pistols righthanded hurts it. I'm going to try learning to shoot lefty, although I'm pretty strongly righthanded so o don't know how well that'll go...
by shrapnel
Mon Dec 07, 2015 5:55 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: 5 diseases that will explode post catastrophy.
Replies: 21
Views: 1380

Re: 5 diseases that will explode post catastrophy.

Oh, you're right, herpes viruses apparently keep their DNA in a little exrtrachromosomal plasmid thing in an infected cell, mostly. Some get into our genomes sometimes but not as a standard thing. Carry on!

http://jvi.asm.org/content/84/23/12100.full
by shrapnel
Mon Dec 07, 2015 11:35 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: 5 diseases that will explode post catastrophy.
Replies: 21
Views: 1380

Re: 5 diseases that will explode post catastrophy.

I don't know about its potency but I was vaccinated against smallpox. The benefits of being older. I had chicken pox as a child so I'm safe as well. Although I'll need the shingles vaccination when I am older. I wasn't aware chickenpox conferred any immunity except to shingles, as shingles is the a...
by shrapnel
Sun Dec 06, 2015 7:29 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2070
Views: 164120

Re: My Job, My Hell...

The follow up to Stabby is that he was on our list again the next morning. While we were warned about him at morning huddle, this wasn't super effective because huddle is at 0615 and we start rounds at 0200 or 0300. So another phlebotomist wandered into his room and got yelled at, but she somehow co...
by shrapnel
Fri Dec 04, 2015 9:46 am
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Active Shooter Defense
Replies: 27
Views: 1858

Re: Active Shooter Defense

It's mostly a moot point, really. The only rooms I know the keypads to are the tube drop stations and I'm not hiding in one of those. They're the size of a closet and only have one entrance. Like hell I'm getting cornered in there.
by shrapnel
Thu Dec 03, 2015 6:22 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Active Shooter Defense
Replies: 27
Views: 1858

Re: Active Shooter Defense

---------snip-----strongly consider trying to bash the shooter to death with a fire extinguisher or IV pole or whatever when s/he enters your hiding place trying to kill you (don't bash a cop or first responder, though). If I'm someplace that isn't work, the same basic plan applies, just there won'...
by shrapnel
Thu Dec 03, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Active Shooter Defense
Replies: 27
Views: 1858

Re: Active Shooter Defense

Our active shooter protocol (I just did the training) at the hospital I work at boils down to: abandon patients and get the fuck out; if you can't get out, hide (spread out and not clustered together for obvious reasons), preferably in a room with a keypad entry on the door, but not in a room that c...
by shrapnel
Wed Dec 02, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Give a thought to us Brits
Replies: 73
Views: 1777

Re: Give a thought to us Brits

It would be really awesome if we could avoid having a pro/anti police discussion. Nobody is in trouble, just, you know, saying. :wink:

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