Anyone who has lived with a nurse knows that there’s some special perks that comes with having these tough, hard-working medical professionals in the home. Whether the one you know is a parent, partner, inlaw, or grandparent, you are always in good hands.
This list of top three characteristics ring true:
- Nothing is too graphic, even at the dinner table. There’s polite conversation, and then there’s polite conversation with nurses. They have seen it all in their work, and there’s nothing to hold them back from all the gross details. With their stories, they can make their own graphic, gory horror stories--all with medical accuracy. A conversation with them is definitely not for the faint of heart, and it will definitely put your bad day at work in perspective.
- You don’t need WebMD. Your free medical dictionary is right there, and all your friends, family members, co-workers, even the deli owner down the street, know this. They are the go-to resource for all medical questions and worries, with the occasional, “Can you check this out for me?” as the questioner lifts up a shirt or pant leg.
- The emergency room is really only for emergencies. If you live with him or her, you know that nothing is an emergency until it is obvious that your condition warrants an emergency room visit. Have you lost a lot of blood? Have you passed out? Is something horribly swollen to denote a broken bone? If the answer is no, then out comes the at-home medical kit, and the choice drug from your home pharmacy, and you’re good to go.
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