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This Is What Happens When You Live With A Nurse

This Is What Happens When You Live With A Nurse

Anyone who lives with a nurse knows to be ready for the unexpected. Nursing is more than a job — it’s a way of life, and those who live with (or have lived with) a nurse know that’s true. The following are just a few of the enjoyable and absurd experiences that make living with a nurse so much fun (and a little bit frustrating at times).

1. Think twice before asking “How’s your day?”

When a nurse comes home from work, only the brave asks, “How was your day?” Those who are squeamish probably won’t want to ask this question at all. What you’ll receive is an account of the graphic, funny, sad, weird, gross, and far-from-boring parts of a nurse’s day. If you’re ready to hear about a workday that’s crazier than you can imagine, go ahead and ask.

2. You wonder why they are getting so many calls and text messages.

Nurses receive health questions at all times of day from friends, parents, nieces, aunts, uncles, etc. A nurse is almost always helping a friend, family member, or acquaintance with a medical issues.

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3. You never have to go to the store for medication.

Don’t worry, your nurse husband, wife, friend, or roommate is always equipped with medication to take care of your headache, nausea, bloating, cold, diarrhea, or whatever ails you. Check the medicine cabinet and you’ll see that it’s fully stocked.

4. You hear them come home at the oddest hours.

You’ll probably never say “good morning” to a nurse that works a day shift, and a nurse who works at night will rarely be home before you go to bed. Living with a nurse is sometimes like living with no one at all. Although, when a nurse finishes their 12-hour shift, you’re sure to hear some interesting hospital stories.

5. You have a hard time understanding some of their vocabulary.

You may be a little confused when a nurse mentions albumin to globulin ratios, hemoglobin and hematocrit, and other strange medical terms in conversation. The best solution is to keep a search engine or medical book open at all times.

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6. You can rest assured, because they’ve seen it all.

You don’t have to be embarrassed about personal problems, health issues, or moments of craziness when you’re living with a nurse. They’ve always seen something crazier from a patient, and they’ve always been willing to help.

7. You have to give plenty of notice for plans.

Nurses receive their work schedules roughly 3 months in advance, which means you’ll have to be prepared when asking to make plans. Most nurses work every other weekend, so never try to schedule getaways or events two weekends in a row.

8. You never run out of pens or pads of paper.

Pens, pads of paper, refrigerator magnets, and countless other items showcasing the names of pharmaceutical companies float around a nurse’s home at all times. A nurse may despise a particular pharmaceutical rep, but that doesn’t mean they won’t take a free calculator.

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9. You hear the strangest phone conversations.

If you’ve ever heard one nurse talk over the phone with another, you know to leave the room immediately. Bodily fluids, surgeries, emergency room occurrences, and patient-bathroom mishaps are common topics of discussion, and if you don’t want to feel a bit nauseous, it’s best to let nurses speak in private.

10. You begin to feel like a doctor.

Listening to a nurse assess your ailments and those of others will lead you to think you’re an expert too. There’s no doubt you’ll start diagnosing your friends with your newfound expertise. Just be sure you send them to a real doctor or nurse after you’re finished giving your not-so-expert opinion.

11. You get used to seeing constant multitasking.

It seems like nurses can perform 100 tasks at once, and that’s because they do this every day at the hospital. You’ll watch as a nurse mops the floor while speaking on the phone, applying a bandage to a two-year-old’s elbow, and cooking sunnyside-up eggs. Never try to perform these same tasks at once, unless of course, you’re a nurse too.

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Featured photo credit: ResoluteSupportMedia via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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