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Thread: My 34 Year Old Daughter Who is a Nurse

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    My 34 Year Old Daughter Who is a Nurse

    Both of her kids, 5 and 2, have a stomach virus. One has had a fever. She asked me to feel the 5 year old to see if I thought he had a fever. So I felt him and he felt fine. She asked me if I believed in determining a fever by touch and I said yes. She said she hadn't believed in it much. But she's working on her nurse practitioner degree and is doing clinicals with a cardiologist. She said he felt a patient and estimated the patient's fever to be 101.5, and it was. She was just amazed at this. She said back when the doctor went to school they had to rely on not having x-rays to determine pneumonia. What?? This doctor is my age 60, and I know that because I used to be friends with his ex-wife. She herself had pneumonia at 9 months. She asked me how they determined it and I told her x-ray. Do most young people this age think things were so archaic back in the 70s?

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    Thinking back to when I had my kids in the 70's compared to now. The hospital was archaic! My second born was thought to have a major problem that x rays showed. Bad bad problem. Ultrasound was brand new and only one hospital in the state had the machine. I had to travel there to get the ultrasound. It showed the baby was okay! But the old Drs. said they didn't believe in ultrasound and prepared me for the worst. Two wanted me to not have the child!! My DD was born healthy and I went through mental agony for four months and fighting the Drs and being told I was foolish, selfish, and ignorant, for believing in ultrasound when the x rays showed the problem.
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    I always used my cheek against the children's forehead to check for fever. If it felt warm then I double checked with the thermometer. Medicine has come so far so fast it is hard to keep up. It has also lost some valuable skills. When I was a child my family doctor took a swab of my throat to check for strep throat and ......he put it on the microscope and determined the germ type before giving medication right in the office!

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    Things have really changed!!!! I also felt the head for fever on my children.

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    He, he. my Doctor told me years ago that his new Echo cardiogram machine said I never had a prolapsed mitral valve in my heart. never! had it all my life, my mother and sister and my son and her son do to. I just said OK to him. How do you tell a Doctor anything? oh well. at least it wasn't a child he was diagnosing.

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    OMG. I remember the doctor coming to the house when my sister and I had a fever, and he gave us shots. House calls have gone the way of the dinosaur. (Now I feel like the dinosaur!)

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    When I was a child, I don't even think we had a thermometer! I'm old as dirt. ha. We didn't go to the Dr. He drove 10 miles to us. when the river had us so we couldn't get out to get to a Dr. I was taken out on a railroad car. Loved it!

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    I wonder what the doctors would rely on now if all the electric was off and no way to get it back on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I always used my cheek against the children's forehead to check for fever.
    My husband still does this to me. Especially when I am not feeling well
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    I check the back of the neck.

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