Yep, this post is about poo....I know pretty gross and totally inappropriate, but heck, I work in an ER. I'm good a being gross and inappropriate.
My last two shifts I felt like every patient I saw had the pukes, the runs and fever. Initially I felt sorry for them, then I freaked out worrying that I just might come down with it. After the first patient it wasn't a big deal, I just soaked my hands with alcohol gel and moved on. The next patient I was a little more cautious, after using the alcohol gel I washed my hands. Finally, after seeing my 3rd patient in one shift with the same stuff, I scrubbed my hands and disinfected my stethoscope, badge and pen. Then I started freaking out, I swear I could feel myself getting nauseous and my forehead heating up.
Luckily I made it through the shift without complications and made it to my next. And guess what? Three more patients with the SAME thing! Yikes - are you serious?? So I started where I left off - cleaning everything the patient may have come in contact with that could safely and effectively be cleaned with alcohol pads. And I'm glad to report, thus far, I have not come down with anything (knock on wood).
And if I didn't deal with enough poo over the previous couple days, today I was reading some articles in order to stay up on my knowledge. Take a wild guess what two of them were? Emerging treatments in gastroenteritis (aka the stomach bug) and etiology, presentation and treatment of constipation. Oh yeah, apparently I'm a $#&* magnet.
I know, my life is pretty glamorous. Try not to be jealous.