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    I need to vent!

    I hate it when the nurse has the audacity to tell visitors (when I am not there of course) that, ok here goes...
    "When we moved him on the slide board to his chair his leg moved and that is a really good sign"..... Translation His leg twitched. It means nothing. Don't get me wrong, I am very VERY optimistic, but it is irritating when the sporadic visitor walks away and tells everyone else the "good news"... When I amliterally there 6 days a week asking a m illion questions and living with the reality. I dunno, am I being a bitch?.....

    Ok, and here is another.... The nurse today was talking to the visitors about something called rife machine and arniflora?? Arnica?? electrospectrum?? I have googled a few, but what the heck do they do to improve chances of walking? Are they just for pain or twitching?

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    Is this in the rehab center, or still on the general surgical unit? Are you sure it was even a nurse (RN or LVN) and not an aide? Arniflora is a herbal product use for muscle strain and stiffness in AB people. It would not be helpful for spasticity in SCI. Rife therapy is another scam that claims to cure nearly everything (cancer, infections, etc. etc.) with radio frequency wave therapy: http://www.quackwatch.org/04Consumer...News/rife.html

    It would be best to approach the unit clinical nurse specialist or head nurse if you are not getting straight answers from nursing staff, if nurses are recommending non-traditional therapies or medical treatments with little or no scientific evidence (often scams) or if you question information they are giving you, your husband or visitors. It is also not appropriate for nurses (or anyone else on his team) to be sharing any information with visitors about your husband's information or condition without his explicit permission. If he is not on the rehab unit, then the nurses will know even less what they are talking about.

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    Last edited by SCI-Nurse; 04-23-2006 at 07:13 PM.

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    Yeah, he is in rehab. Like I said, the one day I am not there he gets a bunch of frivolous info from??... He will only actually start therapy tomorrow so, As far as I know, only RN's are taking care of him now. I haven't seen any LVN's in his unit or CNA's...but I iwll investigate further tomorrow.... !!!

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    Start checking name tags (and have your husband do this too). By law in California, health care staff in hospitals must wear a name tag that includes both their name and their title (ie, RN, LVN, CNA, etc.). Do talk to the CNS or head nurse on this unit on Monday about the experience you related above. This is inappropriate and the staff person involved needs to be counseled.

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