Mudcat Café message #3976995 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165485   Message #3976995
Posted By: Senoufou
16-Feb-19 - 04:01 AM
Thread Name: BS: Mudcat Recovery Ward 2019
Subject: RE: BS: Mudcat Recovery Ward 2019
Of course Tattie, you can be an axillary (!) nurse. Armpits need a lot of care and attention hee hee.

Pneumonia needs careful nursing Severn. Anyone with that should be monitored constantly. Warm wishes for a swift recovery.

I was a temporary 'axillary' nurse (love that Tattie!) at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmar every year during the long summer vacations at University.

I absolutely adored every minute, and didn't mind one bit the poo, sick, blood and wee that I had to clear up constantly.

Bedpans in those days were steel, not the papier maché things one gets now. They had to be sterilised in The Sluice. And given to a patient warmed, with a stiff shiny square of Izal loo paper folded around the rim to carry it.

My pet hate was the blooming Laundry Store. One of my jobs was to count all the stuff in there, re-fold and restock etc. Boring.

But one magic week I was detailed to assist the Theatre Orderly in cleaning and tidying Theatre One. Magic. I saw all sorts of amputated bits and pieces lying in bowls for transport to the Medical School.
The odd gangrenous leg, ovarian cyst etc. Most interesting.
I had to wear scrubs and natty white rubber wellingtons, and mop the floor.
I reckon I missed my vocation. Teaching was brilliant, but nursing... fabulous!