Nurses are people too and sometimes they are forced to sit on the other side of the fence, when illness arises and we're no longer in the role of a nurse, but instead, we're the grumpy patient.
We've all heard that nurses make the worst patients, but why? You'd think we'd know better than to be miserable old grinches when we get sick. If anyone knows what it's like to care for the patient from hell, we do. Here are a few of the reasons why we make horrible patients:
1. Contol-We like it! We enjoy being in charge of our health and everyone else's. Healthcare isn't an exact science and there are different ways to deal with every illness. We have our own way of handling our health and when we are forced to give up control and let others care for us, it goes over as well as a lead balloon.
2. Knowledge-Not always a good thing. Especially when it comes to switching roles and becoming a patient. We know too much and we worry about everything. We think about every possible scenario that could go wrong because that's what we were trained to do. We can't turn the "nurse" off especially when we are the patient.
3. Trust- We don't have much. If we work in the operating room and we need surgery, we must pick out our surgical team. We have a list of surgeons that we wouldn't let touch us with a ten-foot pole and then there is a very small list of surgeons that we'll allow to operate on us.
We don't trust others to stick us with needles because they know we are a nurse and they often feel intimidated enough to blow the vein. We feel that no one can do a better job than us and we have a difficult time consenting to other nurses caring for us.
Heck, even if we're home and our spouse is caring for us, we are ready to choke them. We want things done our way. The bed needs to be made just right, the food is never prepared the way we'd do it, the room is too messy, but we are too sick to clean it, so our feathers stay ruffled and we take it out on our family.
4. We don't like to be told what to do- We are insulted when we are talked down to and have to tell everyone that we are a nurse because we hate to be talked to like a lay person. Tell me I need a cholecystectomy because I have cholelithiasis. Don't tell me I need to have my gallbladder removed because I have gallstones. Um, annoying!
It's hard to be a nurse when you're sick. To allow others to care for us when we are the caretakers is sometimes impossible for us to do. But we have to realize that there's more than one way to skin a cat and as long as the job gets done, we need to be thankful that others are willing to care for our crabby butts and try to appreciate them for having the guts to tackle our grumpy personalities when we're sick. I pity anyone who cares for me when I'm sick. I'm a nasty ole witch that want's her own way and I know I'm not alone, am I nurses?