I got stuck in general surgery clinic today AKA "please tell me more about your episodes of diarrhea" clinic. Seriously, general surgery is obsessed with bowel movements. I forgot that little tidbit and I didn't ask my patients if they were passing gas appropriately this morning. In clinic, all I did was talk about poo. I figured it was a new low in my clinical life when I had to ask patients to please describe the quality of their poo--the texture, color, odor, etc.
It got worse--In the middle of clinic my second patient decided that she needed to poo. Not only did she need to poo, but she needed me to take her to the bathroom to poo. Then once she was done, she showed me her poo. Then she needed someone to bring her back to her room, status-post poo, so we could talk a little more about her poo.
It was a new low, even for me.
I appreciate a good fart joke as much as the next chick, but this is actually pretty gross. I don't like looking at my own crap in the toilet--I really, really, really do not like looking at other peoples'. I'm really glad that I don't have to deal with the colon in my real life. If the postop ortho patient is constipated, you chalk it up to their pain meds and give them a laxative. If they're having diarrhea, you chalk it up to their antibiotics and increase their fluids. I guess this month I'm supposed to be learning more about poo so that I have options besides those two, but truth be told, I really don't want to learn more about poo. I have no intellectual curiosity as far as dung is concerned. And I'm OK with that at this point in my life.
You should work in pediatrics. Much of my day is spent talking about poo. I carry a laminated copy of the Bristol stool chart in my pocket. The one thing that really disgusts me is when people/kids describe their poo in terms we use to describe food--creamy, pudding-like, tootsie roll, sausage...ick.ReplyDelete
Well, I once had a nurse proving to me that the patient did not have diarrhoea by entering the office with poo...ReplyDelete
Do psych: They don't mention poo, but they're pretty anal.
Ha, during a nursing school clinical I had to spoon out of a hat poo with the consistancy of watery scrambled eggs so it could be tested for c-diff.ReplyDelete
Could've been worse. You could have been examining their feculent emesis.ReplyDelete
I always wondered why doctors and nurses wouldn't use masks in those smelly situations (smelly wounds, smelly rectal everything, smelly procedures). You could always say that it's for the patient's safety, to prevent infection? I guess it wouldn't work on that poop in the toilet though.ReplyDelete
Had a pt die recently, s/p sbo (among other comorbidities). Rough. So, yeah. That shit's important.ReplyDelete
As long as you're not consulting medicine to do your *ahem* dirty work for youReplyDelete
A funny website on poop is facts_about_poopReplyDelete