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The Nurse Curse (Part 2)

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When you work in the medical field and you or a loved one is sick or hurt, the knowledge we have can do more harm than good to our peace of mind.   When faced with a minor medical concern, the ONLY possible answer is always the WORST CASE SCENARIO.

Situation #1:

My daughter’s mosquito bites swell very large for days after she’s bitten.

Fear:

     “She will surely get MRSA (a wound infection) and end up in the hospital.”

Reality:

The swelling ALWAYS resolves after a few days with no complications.

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Situation #2:

My son wet the bed for the first time in YEARS.

Fear:

     “He has type I diabetes.”

Reality:

He was just  adjusting to the routine of the new school year and the sleep schedule that accompanies that.  I have to admit I even went as far as scheduling him a doctor’s appointment, but then couldn’t wait until then so I used my “connections” to do a dipstick urinalysis on him, and stuck his finger for fasting and random glucose checks.  That’s right – I made him cry because of my irrational fear.

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Situation #3:

I started having lateral foot pain after running (at my 5th metatarsal).

Fear:

     “I have a stress fracture – I’ll be in a boot and won’t be able to do my 3 races this Fall.”

Reality:

My shoes were too tight.  I adjusted the laces around my mid foot and voila – no pain!

I overreact out of love, and an overabundance of knowledge.  I think it’s a case of “too much of a good thing.”

Do you ever overreact?

See The Nurse Curse (part I)

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