Thursday, July 28, 2011

Nurse Mom

Missy Tippens, here. Just call me Nurse Soccer Mom. Although, my kids don't play soccer, so I'm not a real soccer mom. I guess I'm a tennis mom. But that's okay. I really wanted to talk about the nurse part today. :)

Last week, two of my teenagers had their wisdom teeth extracted--on the same day, one right after the other. And my husband was out of town! So I got to play Nurse Mom all alone.

First off, when I took my son back to the prep area, a girl who'd just had her wisdom teeth taken out was recovering and having a VERY hard time with nausea. She sat there retching and crying, and my poor son looked at me and said, "I didn't need that." Poor guy. But soon enough it was his turn. Then before he came out to recover, they took my daughter back to prep her. Of course, all she was worried about was that I would make sure to videotape her when she came out. She's seen a ton of hilarious videos on YouTube and thought she should make her own.

My son came out trying to do sign language, asking for his iPod Touch to type on so he could communicate.  He was groggy and a little goofy, but mostly normal. Then my daughter came out giggling, talking a mile a minute, asking over and over if I was taping her, pulling at her lip and asking if it was her tongue, giving a thumbs-up to the Resident and telling her she did a great job, worrying about her brother and asking if he was okay...

The nurse said, "Oh, we have a happy one, here." :) And yes, for the record, I did do a little video taping, just to make her be quiet. But I was embarrassed to seem to care more about the taping than about my kids! Of course, now that the embarrassment has passed, we have some great videos for posterity. ;)

Then we headed home, an hour drive, and had to stop at the pharmacy to get the medications. By the time we got home, they were in some pain. It took all evening to get it under control.

Then started THE SCHEDULE. (Imagine that said with reverberating background music from a horror movie.) I had to keep a notepad to make mark down when and what medications I was giving (two meds for my daughter, and three for my son). And the ice packs... I made more ice packs than I care to ever think of again. And tried all kinds of ways to rig them up so they'd stay on while the Lortab knocked the kids out. :)

Also, I slept in my college son's room on the same side of the house as my patients so I could get up at night whenever they needed me--which happened the first two nights.

Needless to say, it was a crazy week. Thankfully, my husband got home on Wednesday evening so he was able to help some. But I was like a crazy woman with cabin fever by Friday. That afternoon, my husband asked if I'd like to go out to dinner by myself just to get out of the house, and I did so happily! I took my notebook for my work in progress and had the first moment to concentrate that I'd had all week.

I imagine we've all taken care of a loved one at one time or another. How do you handle nursing duties? Are you a natural? Do you find yourself overwhelmed?



  1. LOL, Missy! Sounds like everything went great even though you were running crazy. I remember earlier this year, my family - and myself - were struck with stomach bug or food poisoning. Still do not know what it was to this day. Everyone was vomiting. I woke up first and thank the Lord, mine managed to pass quickly. Like dominoes, my husband got sick, my son and my daughter. Soon, theirs passed as well, but since the sickness erupted during the night, I felt pretty frazzled too. In the end, all worked out fine. We've been leary of the restaurant we ate at that night,ever since (just in case).

  2. Oh, no, Christy!! Those stomach bugs that travel are horrible! Probably a good idea to be cautious about the restaurant! :)

  3. I don't handle nursing duties well and the scary thing is I considered being a nurse!! It doesn't come naturally to me and I don't enjoy it. :(

  4. Hi Missy:

    I just loved this! How things have changed. When I was in the Air Force the dentist said: “This would be a good time to have your wisdom teeth pulled for free.” He pulled two teeth at 10 am and I went to work that night on the midnight shift (11:30 pm to 7:30 am).

    I know, kids just think their parents make these things up, but they are true. I think we get what we expect!


  5. Edwina, I bet you're better than you think you are. :)

    Vince, I had a friend in my Sunday School class say that when he was a teenager, they didn't have an oral surgeon in town, and his dentist just yanked his wisdom teeth out without putting him to sleep. :)

    We're wimps nowadays!! :)

  6. Missy--I'm no nurse! I can take care of my kids when they're sick, but you know I can't stand blood--I'm glad the kiddos are coming along--and you made it through!

  7. Raising my hand, here, I'm a wimp! Knock me out pullleeeezzeee!