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Tue Jan 4, 2022, 02:27 PM

Reddit: nurse relates how traumatic it is to take care of even compliant unvaccinated covid patient.



https://www.reddit.com/r/HermanCainAward/comments/rvl0qy/a_nurse_relates_how_traumatic_it_is_to_take_care/

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Reply Reddit: nurse relates how traumatic it is to take care of even compliant unvaccinated covid patient. (Original post)
Swede Jan 2022 OP
PoindexterOglethorpe Jan 2022 #1
WhiskeyGrinder Jan 2022 #7
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malaise Jan 2022 #2
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dalton99a Jan 2022 #6
crickets Jan 2022 #13
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Response to Swede (Original post)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 02:37 PM

1. So why are we bothering to treat people like

"Bob" if he ignored all sound medical advice and refused to get the vaccine?

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 06:20 PM

7. Because he's a human being who needs medical care.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 08:48 PM

8. He's also a human being who deliberately ignored

valid scientific data. And possibly took up a bed that some poor schmuck who had a heart attack couldn't get and died as a result. From the piece, it was apparently very clear to the nurse early on that he was going to die, and it was just a matter of time. Why not offer hospice care, to make him comfortable rather than all the intubating and the bed that flips him over twice a day? Plus, again, freeing up a bed for someone who needs it even more and will survive if treated.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 09:43 PM

9. .

He's also a human being who deliberately ignored valid scientific data.
Paying attention to valid scientific data isn't a prerequisite for care.

And possibly took up a bed that some poor schmuck who had a heart attack couldn't get and died as a result.
So did the poor schmuck ignore valid scientific data about how to not get a heart attack? Or was that heart attack worthy of care?

Why not offer hospice care, to make him comfortable rather than all the intubating and the bed that flips him over twice a day?
And if he doesn't accept the offer of hospice care? Besides, if you think it's hard to find decent care in a hospital now, try hospice, either home-based or at a facility.

Plus, again, freeing up a bed for someone who needs it even more and will survive if treated.
But only if the patient has paid attention to valid scientific data, I understand?

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 09:49 PM

10. So given that health care resources are limited,

how would you ration them? Simply first come first served?

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 10:09 PM

11. No idea! I do know that "ignoring science" is a shitty barrier to raise, though.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 10:49 PM

14. I personally don't think that ignoring science is a shitty barrier.

It's a reasonable barrier. If you ignore science deliberately and now get sick, well gosh! Should others who have paid attention to the science now be behind you in the line of those to be treated? Really? Where do we draw the line? How do we decide who should be treated and who should not?

The anti-vaxxers, the willful ignorers of science, should not be ahead of anyone else for treatment. They should be in a tent out in the parking lot with whatever medicos are available after treating the vaccinated. So sorry if that seems harsh, but the anti-vaxxers have been more than dismissive of science and reality. Let reality and science bite them in the face.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #14)

Wed Jan 5, 2022, 01:21 PM

18. .

Should others who have paid attention to the science now be behind you in the line of those to be treated?
"Paying attention to science" is such a weird barrier thought. People can "pay attention to science" without acting on it. People can take action without "paying attention to science." People can take action without having it keep them out of the hospital.

Where do we draw the line?
As I say, I don't know. I do know that drawing a line invariably means that at some point, someone you were trying to include at the expense of someone else will still get excluded. No matter the line -- whether it's based on someone's attitude or the simple numbers of available capacity -- the decision will perpetuate trauma on patients, families and healthcare providers alike.

But creating that line around someone's attitude toward a specific mitigation of a specific disease is especially reprehensible, because when it doesn't work -- when hospitals are still burning out, even when we put the unvaccinated at the end of the line -- we start looking for other people to put at the end of the line. Those who didn't listen to the "science" around controlling their diabetes better, for example, or those who took a risk when they *knew* they were immunocompromised. It's bullshit and plays into people's weird desire for determining who "deserves" things or services and who doesn't.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #18)

Wed Jan 5, 2022, 07:20 PM

19. When willfully unvaccinated people take up hospital beds so that

people with heart attacks or strokes can't be treated and die, well I do think some decisions ought to be made.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #9)

Wed Jan 5, 2022, 01:06 PM

17. Well said

We are in big trouble when we start encouraging medical professionals to abandon their ethics. It would truly be a slippery slope.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 10:11 PM

12. When say "universal health care" we actually meant it

didn't we?

I'm starting to wonder.

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Response to fescuerescue (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 5, 2022, 12:25 PM

15. :) I did, I did!! Lots of us did and do.

And lots of us did but have...unintegrated values. They just never set them out to examine and tweak so they could work together as a coherent whole. Sincere as far as it goes, but observation suggests liable to vary according to blood sugar and hostility levels.

Of course some others were anti-Hillary/anti-Democrats and joined the holy cause of replacing the ACA because it was oppositional. Not a good place to start from in these times of mass radicalization, but some must have escaped to care about universal healthcare for itself. Hope so.

Btw, anxiety is proven to make people more conservative, which is why the GOP keeps levels up amap. We'll all be nicer and more generous someday. That soul of America we're fighting to save.

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Response to Swede (Original post)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 02:44 PM

2. There is no employer who could make me rake care of an unvaccinated

patient. I would resign on spot.
That is all.

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Response to Swede (Original post)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 03:27 PM

3. Wow. I pity people who have to work with these sorts

Itís not just a flu or a cold. Itís serious, or certainly can be. I learned something else on this post. I was hospitalized a few years ago. When they tested my oxygen saturation it was 98-99 and I couldnít understand it when they told me I had high saturation but low red cells. Now I understand why that would be (they checked me into hospital and gave me two units of red blood).

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Response to Swede (Original post)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 03:35 PM

4. My nieces husband is a respiratory therapist that has been on the front line.

My understanding is thst he was often the person holding the phone or tablet to allow patients to say their last goodbyes to family and being with the patients in their final moments.. I can only guess the toll that on must take on him and the other frontline medical personel.

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Response to Swede (Original post)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 04:13 PM

5. Damn. This was BRUTAL.

Especially when he realized his sh*t was f*cked.

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Response to Swede (Original post)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 06:10 PM

6. A must read

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 10:43 PM

13. Yes. nt

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Response to Swede (Original post)

Wed Jan 5, 2022, 01:00 PM

16. Worth reading just to understand what happens when things go wrong.

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Response to Swede (Original post)

Thu Feb 10, 2022, 09:55 PM

20. Late to this thread, but...

reading the posts at r/nurses subbreddit and what COVID patients go through in treatment is horrifying! It's what's convinced me that I don't want to have to go anywhere near a hospital where I live.

ETA: a missing word.

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