You did what?!?
I don’t know about any of you all, but not every single one of my friends hail from the nursing profession. So sometimes, I get a little weirded out about what people do in the name of medicine, science, or child care. A couple examples:
My Dad (Sorry Dad) had a weird toe fungus. He had been to his doctor and was given some anti-fungal cream that he used for the better part of a year. Apparently, it was not working. At all. So my bonus mom (aka step mom) who is an equine expert decided to try some horse remedy on my Dad’s foot that involved soaking it every night in a strange and toxic concoction. My Dad told me he was doing this and I was truly skeptical. But after two weeks, you know what? It actually worked. I will keep you posted if his foot falls off anytime soon.
Another example, I was talking to a new mom who has a six week old baby at the time. She was telling me that she hates getting up in the middle of the night so she puts the baby in bed with her to sleep. TRYING TO KEEP MY JAW FROM FALLING LOUDLY TO THE GROUND…my mind is racing trying to think of the nicest and least freaked out way to tell her that this is quite possibly, the worst idea ever. Having taken care of two full arrest victims in the past couple years alone who arrested because of this very scenario, I did not think this was a good idea. Not in the least. I also didn’t want to seem like an alarmist or a freak so I gently told her that this is not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and perhaps she should invest in a co-sleeper or something like that.
I’m not saying I have all the answers, but sometimes, just sometimes, I’m surprised the majority of the population makes it through the day alive!
Rebekah Child attended the University of Southern California for her bachelor's in nursing and decided to brave the academic waters and return for her master's in nursing education, graduating in 2003 from Mount St. Mary's. Rebekah has also taught nursing clinical and theory at numerous Southern California nursing schools and has been an emergency nurse since 2002. She is currently one of the clinical educators for an emergency department in Southern California and a student (again!) in the doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles.
By Rebekah Child