Wednesday, October 20, 2010
boots in places you never thought you'd see them
I am so inspired to shop for boots! Especially after my hunny's experience at the army hospital's ortho-surgical unit. Of course being an Allied Health pre-nursing student I had to ask the doc and everyone I met all kinds of questions not really related to my husband's surgery like, "do you HAVE to wear hospital scrubs or can you wear your own?", I was thinking of my favorite medical drama, Mercy, that was cancelled last year along with all the cute flowery scrubs the nurses wore. Duh! (that is everyday vocabulary borrowed from my ten year old).....Of course everyone in surgery wears the same disinfected scrubs that have been commercially washed according to hospital standards to destroy all germs, pathogens, and microbes. I am really curious now as to exactly what detergent the army hospital actually uses.
The most interesting thing I noticed was when the nurse came into our area, which is everybody else's area too, only separated by dividing curtains. She asked questions like, "so, do you know what is happening today?", "you understand it is the right ankle?", "what is your name?" etc. I couldn't keep from noticing her attire: surgical cap, hospital scrubs, and MUD BOOTS! WTH?? Really, REALLY? I was looking sideways at my husband screaming with my eyes and pointing with my glances, do you see that!!!!! I bet you can imagine what I mean. It is like when you are trying to talk to someone, about another someone, right in front of the other someone, trying to get the person to look at something certain without them knowing!
I swear if you are from chicken country you can relate with my next statement. I pinky SWEAR, the only thing missing on the nurses attire was the hair net or she would have been a chicken plant worker in north west Arkansas. Yes, I said chicken plant, if you have ever been to one you are now thinking bodily parts and pieces of small fowl that will eventually reach your grocery store. This is what made my husband and I think about the procedure....is it so deep in bodily parts and pieces that the medical team needs mud boots?
When a person is about to have outpatient surgery performed, about a million people come by to to check things off their list right before they knock you out. Then, the CRNA or nurse anesthetist, who eventually does the knocking out, came in and guess what? She ALSO had on mud boots!!! This just seemed outrageous to me. I got ready to open my mouth to ask more questions as my hunny's head shook and he rested it in his hands, I asked, "Why are you wearing rubber boots because the only thing we could think of was the amount of possible blood in the OR (that is grays anatomy talk for operating room) and do you watch medical dramas because we watch all of them".
Here's the goods: the doc has never seen a medical drama....EVER. The CRNA watches all the popular shows and swears that the procedure that we saw last night on Gray's Anatomy won't be performed on my husbands fibula. She informed us that medical dramas aren't real, they are mostly all fantasy. We also found out that the rubber boots are to keep dry from the huge amount of water that is used to irrigate the area being worked on in ortho-surgeries. It keeps the area open and makes surgery easier, she said.
Later the next day, while checking my mail at the post office and throwing away all the spam.....no, whats the word for snail mail spam......oh yah, JUNK MAIL! I realize I CANNOT throw away the Cabelas catalog until #1 gives the okay. So I glance through it, and find the most amazing mud boots, BOGS! Of course they don't carry my size, because my feet are so large. I race back to the house to finds these Bogs online. I decided that I really need these boots too, for one they are also cold weather boots, two- break up season really sneaks up real quick, three- when visiting family you just never know when there will be a flash flood, AND who knows, one day I may be an ortho-surgical nurse!
I just have to decide if I like Paisley Mids or Fern Mids better.
Note to chicken plant workers: I have no issues with employment of any sort, really, expecially in this recession, I may be looking for a job soon!