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Old 11-03-2019, 04:55 PM
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Need advice about the needy bitch across the hall.


Not in an IMHO manner. Not real medical advice.

Bitch isn't senile, just the center of her universe who thinks the medical staff is hers alone. All day long it's, "Nurse, help me! Why won't you help me?" She usually wants water or or another pain pill for some ache brought on by laying in bed all day. Tylenol is given on a every six hour basis so nobody kills their liver.

I get frustrated and yell things like, "The nurse was just in there five minutes ago so shut up, " and "You know they're understaffed so wait your turn," and " It's my turn so shut up. " After a while she starts praying, "Dear God, why do you let this go on? " I am against trivial prayer, so I need your help deciding my best response.

. I have already asked a CNA to smother her with a pillow, but no dice.

. Ditto for the nurses to order a half dozen Fentanyl and feed them to her all at once.

. Fadda Mikey wants to yell that praying for something trivial is blasphemous.

. dropzone, an acolyte of Eris, wants to yell, "Can't you see that your god has abandoned you? Hail Eris! All hail Discordia! "

So what's my best bet?
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Old 11-03-2019, 05:04 PM
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Mikey! Kill her with kindness. Say things like "oh, Hon we're all praying for you" or "Deary, we know you're in pain and feel sorry for you"
Many things to validate her feelings.
I'd bet $2 she's lonely more than anything else.
You be nice,
I mean it.

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Old 11-03-2019, 05:10 PM
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Try to empathize. This a great example of "not everything is about me." She's just an extra in your movie. As you are in hers. You have no idea what she's been through or is going through. In all seriousness, as an experiment in generosity, see if an attitude adjustment doesn't lower your stress level.
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Old 11-03-2019, 05:20 PM
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I need that. My BP is up to highish normal.
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Old 11-03-2019, 05:51 PM
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When she says, "Dear God, why do you let this go on?" Tell her you are also praying for her to die.

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Old 11-03-2019, 06:14 PM
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At least you don't have a senile old coot hollering "READY FREDDY!!"echoing down the hall every 20 min every time he thinks he has to pee... yeah, I had a rehab stint with a MRSA infection permanently trashing my knee - don't ever trust a DO who won't prescribe post-surgical antibiotics...
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Old 11-03-2019, 07:42 PM
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When are you getting out? Are you getting better?
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Old 11-03-2019, 07:56 PM
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Waterwaterwater Boy next door is in hospice, so I pray my usual "I'll pray for him" prayer, "Make it fast and painless, please." He's repeating something but it's stopped being intelligible.

Honest, before I moved to this room my BP, tested twice daily, averaged 120/56. Now it's like 165/90.
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Old 11-03-2019, 07:58 PM
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Can you get moved again?

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When are you getting out? Are you getting better?
My goal is 1/1/20, Legalization Day in Illinois.

I'm pushing my fat ass around the joint in my wheelchair for an hour five or six time a week, which is far tougher than the Omnicycle for fifteen minutes in therapy. I have that thing maxed out for effort.

I'm too young for this.
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Old 11-03-2019, 08:28 PM
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Oooh. Goals. I like it.
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Old 11-04-2019, 02:17 AM
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Why is she yelling? Don't patients have call buttons?
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Old 11-04-2019, 02:47 AM
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She needs something to distract her. She sounds bored as well as lonely. But it"s not your job to see if she'd like, or be able to focus on, a book or magazine or jigsaw puzzle, or whatever.

Likewise, sounds like you could do with a distraction. Radio or music over headphones? Or if all else fails, try earplugs.
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Old 11-04-2019, 04:12 AM
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Or you could chill the fuck out and just pray that you don't end up being the 'needy bastard across the hall' one day, or in the near future.

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Old 11-04-2019, 07:38 AM
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She needs something to distract her. She sounds bored as well as lonely. But it"s not your job to see if she'd like, or be able to focus on, a book or magazine or jigsaw puzzle, or whatever.
Books, etc. aren't people. This sort of person needs people to give them attention.
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Old 11-04-2019, 08:38 AM
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After a while she starts praying, "Dear God, why do you let this go on? "
You should yell back, in your best James Earl Jones voice, "Because you keep bitching about everything, and it bugs me!"

Actually, you should just chill, and understand that she has problems that you don't know about. Concentrate on getting better and getting away from her.

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Unpleasant as the idea may seem, consider wheeling your fat ass into her room and reading to her for an hour. Or just chatting. If that fails to improve her behavior, at least you'll feel more justified in continuing to hate her annoying fucking guts.
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Old 11-04-2019, 10:04 AM
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Assuming she has dementia, her specific requests aren't likely to be stopped by meeting them or yelling back.
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Old 11-04-2019, 12:12 PM
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Unpleasant as the idea may seem, consider wheeling your fat ass into her room and reading to her for an hour. Or just chatting.
Ewwww! That's far too peopley.

Near as I can determine, she is dementia free, though she did punch a staff member in th lunch room. That earned her 48 hours in the hospital. She has a daughter who rarely visits and who probably locked her away here in Bedlam because the obvious.
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Old 11-04-2019, 12:22 PM
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Likewise, sounds like you could do with a distraction. Radio or music over headphones? Or if all else fails, try earplugs.
I have five sets of headphones cuz I'm in Amazon Prime and am not afraid to use it. Over ear, on ear, and three in ear (long story).

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Or you could chill the fuck out and just pray that you don't end up being the 'needy bastard across the hall' one day, or in the near future.

True, though that would be time to turn to Plan Z, and I haven't worked one out for here because shit has not gotten that real yet.
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Old 11-04-2019, 01:50 PM
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Near as I can determine, she is dementia free, though she did punch a staff member in th lunch room.
Some people in some stages of dementia can present entirely normally in a short conversation, especially with people who don't know them well -- and I include in those people quite a lot of physicians.

Symptoms, however, can include loss of judgement and loss of time sense, even while speech still seems normal and most of short-term as well as long-term memory is still working.

Cite: my mother, who turned out to quite genuinely have no idea how long it took anyone to do anything, how long it was taking people to respond to her, or why a specific person couldn't be continually present: and who also took to occasionally hitting people. It took way too long for me to recognize dementia, and then even longer before any of the medical people dealing with her saw it. I remember the podiatrist saying to me 'Your mother's still sharp as a tack'. I said to him 'She just told you that she's living alone in her apartment. She's been living in an assisted care facility for the last three months.'
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Old 11-04-2019, 01:56 PM
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Earplugs. And sunglasses indoors. IOW ignore it. Ultimately, she's not your problem.
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Why is she yelling? Don't patients have call buttons?
They do, but staff can be busy and not always able to respond quickly enough. Some entitled people think that yelling will get someone to come right away. Assuming, as dropzone stated, she doesn't have dementia.

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Had a similar situation once when MIL was hospitalized. MIL, an empathetic soul, couldn't rest and BP went up. They finally had to sedate Yelling Yolanda.

Wading in to fix it when he doesn't know the cause is a bad idea for OP.
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Old 11-04-2019, 02:07 PM
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>nose<, cochrane

So wha'chall are saying is that she is very possibly in the early stages of Alzheimer's and I should be nicer to her?

I hate you all.
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Old 11-04-2019, 02:19 PM
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No, no, no! You need to stew, to build all this up in your mind until she becomes your Great White Whale. Formulate witty comebacks to her, then foreign swear words and epithets from centuries ago, and then mega-rants with language that could never be uttered to any human being without both of you being shocked by the depths of your depravity. You need to invent clever little ways to get back at her, and up it by enlisting the help of staff, relatives and innocent bystanders in your nefarious schemes. You need to plan, to fill a wall with photos and red twine, to micromanage these machinations until the wee hours (don't worry, the lack of sleep will give these revenges a piquant bouquet).

Then you need to come back here and tell us all about it.
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Can't you close the door?
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>nose<, cochrane

So wha'chall are saying is that she is very possibly in the early stages of Alzheimer's and I should be nicer to her?

I hate you all.
I didn't. I said ignore her.

*tap, tap* Is this thing on?
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Can't you close the door?
Not reliably. It was either closed or all the way open until maintenance fixed it. Now, even if it's closed all the way, my ghost is likely to open it all the way. And don't deny I have a ghost because I heard the dead bastard turn the knob this afternoon.

I hate dead folk even more than I hate all y'all.
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Ok, Mr. Moody-mad-face! We love you, tho'


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Not reliably. It was either closed or all the way open until maintenance fixed it. Now, even if it's closed all the way, my ghost is likely to open it all the way. And don't deny I have a ghost because I heard the dead bastard turn the knob this afternoon.

I hate dead folk even more than I hate all y'all.
Whoaaaa, now you've roused my competitive streak. Ok, gang, what can we do so droopyzone hates us even more than ghosts?

I mocked his name for starters.

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Near as I can determine, she is dementia free, though she did punch a staff member in th lunch room.
A punch in the old lunch room, that's gotta hurt.
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Although, I expect Casper would drive you up the wall before too long.
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A punch in the old lunch room, that's gotta hurt.
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Sorry-you are in the wrong profession. You should not be yelling at ANY patients for any reason.
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Sorry-you are in the wrong profession. You should not be yelling at ANY patients for any reason.
dropzone is a patient, himself. A cranky one. Who wants outta that place so bad he doing his own therapy sessions.

[If he falls and hurts himself I'm personally gonna go up there and punch him]

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Ewwww! That's far too peopley.
Sometimes I like to pretend I'd do the kind "peopley" thing. IRL, no. Embrace the hate, dropzone. I'm with you. Bastards, all.
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dropzone is a patient, himself. A cranky one. Who wants outta that place so bad he doing his own therapy sessions.

[If he falls and hurts himself I'm personally gonna go up there and punch him]
Been there, done that myself. I sympathize with his situation. I've been in places with yellers. After awhile, you just want to say, "SHUT THE FUCK UP!!"
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Dropzone, ask your Primary Care Provider for an Rx of medicinal marijuana.


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Or tell the nurses to request an Rx for medical marijuana for Yelling Yolanda...


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Dropzone, ask your Primary Care Provider for an Rx of medicinal marijuana.


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Or tell the nurses to request an Rx for medical marijuana for Yelling Yolanda...


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Heck, get a big old bong for the rec room.
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I used to work at a hospital dietary during my high school years, and I'd have to go the nursing home next door to clean up after their dinner. There was usually one lady left in the cafeteria who'd constantly mutter "Come here! Come here!" She would say something unintelligible when I'd ask her what was wrong, so I let the orderlies handle her. My friend Joel was one of the orderlies, and he said that one time she moaned "I'm burning!" He asked her where, and she said "My pussy!"

I realize that wasn't advice, so you could always tell her "Awwwww, does your pussy hurt?"

Maybe she'll say yes.
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Although, I expect Casper would drive you up the wall before too long.
The idea would be to befriend Casper, then sick him on the old lady. Win-win!
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The idea would be to befriend Casper, then sick him on the old lady. Win-win!
If it was me, Casper would scare the old Lady to death then she would come haunt me. My best laid plans and evil machinations always bite me in the butt.
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The idea would be to befriend Casper, then sick him on the old lady.
Sic is the more common spelling for this word, which is derived from the command "seek".
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Heck, get a big old bong for the rec room.
Two months and I won't need a scrip.

Today she woke me up at 4:30am and kept me awake until seven, when I told her to give it a rest. She quieted down, butnot because of me. They gave her some knockout drops. This afternoon I tried to convince her that they can't really hear her at the nurses station fifty yards away because they really can't. "Shut up, Steve," was her reply. Steve is Waterwaterwater Boy next door.
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Two months and I won't need a scrip.

Today she woke me up at 4:30am and kept me awake until seven, when I told her to give it a rest. She quieted down, butnot because of me. They gave her some knockout drops. This afternoon I tried to convince her that they can't really hear her at the nurses station fifty yards away because they really can't. "Shut up, Steve," was her reply. Steve is Waterwaterwater Boy next door.
Dude, you crack me up.
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