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mamamia-user-405278599 April 16, 2021

I wrote this comment first thing this morning and for some reason it was deleted so I'm posting again because it's important.

Ok, here's the thing. The doctor interviewed for this piece is not an expert in the 'how often should you pee?' department. Obviously she is a highly educated person, but she's not the right person to ask these questions to, and there are several more appropriate people to take her place. Firstly, a urogynaecologist. The ultimate specialist in this field. Then we have urologists, continence clinical nurse consultants, pelvic floor physiotherapists. Personally, I do have a post-graduate qualification in continence and urology and I know some of the answers given here are not based on the most up-to-date research and are actually incorrect, for example the 'should I have a wee just in case?' - the answer is no. Anyway, here's a link with the answers to just about any questions related to bladder and bowel health you could need.

mamamia-user-405278599 April 10, 2021

Blondpro is a great Olaplex alternative and a bit cheaper. My hair salon used to use Olaplex but found Blondpro worked better, especially for curly hair.

mamamia-user-405278599 April 8, 2021

As a mental health professional currently staying as a patient in a psychiatric hospital, this will be an interesting one to watch...

mamamia-user-405278599 April 7, 2021

I sometimes need to call police as part of my job. I nearly always call mental health crisis clinicians first, who don't attend (95% of the time). I have had one positive interaction with police in my career working with people with mental health and drug or alcohol issues. Most of my clients are men who have seriously assaulted people, often women. I only call police when I know the client is in the community and is a direct threat to themselves or others, including myself. Each time, the answer is almost the same thing; 'we had a chat with him and he said he'll stop doing it', 'he's not unwell enough for us to take him to hospital'. I am an expert in working with these types of men, and yet my clinical judgement is brushed off. Each time, I think about how soon I'll be reading about the client in the paper or see them in the Coroners Court. The amount of times 000 has been called and nobody has shown up is disgraceful.

mamamia-user-405278599 March 21, 2021

I'm so disappointed this hasn't improved. When I was looking for a wedding dress around 14 years ago, i was a 14-16. I was made to feel like I was as big as a house. They told me only bridesmaids dresses would fit me. It was terrible for my self-esteem. I guess the good thing that came out of it was that because I ended up buying a non-traditional (not white) bridesmaid dress, it only cost me $300.

mamamia-user-405278599 March 21, 2021

I've struggled with this. Having a horrible mother who has narcissistic traits, always has to say something hurtful, and thinks she has done no wrong. I have been working on this with a therapist for a long time, trying to accept that she will never fit the hole where a mother that loved me would fit. Being angry with myself for trying to be someone she at least likes or respects. I can't fill that hole with anyone, not motherly coworkers, not a mother-in-law, not with older friends. I need to accept it and move on, but it is an incredibly hard thing to do.

mamamia-user-405278599 March 21, 2021

As a nurse, I've thought about going back to uni for a year to be a midwife as well. I couldn't do it though. I have seen people die, dealt with horrible situations, seen all the blood and gore, but it's only been adults. I've worked with drug and alcohol addicted pregnant women, and I found that really tough. I just couldn't deal with any of it happening to babies and their parents.

mamamia-user-405278599 March 9, 2021

This reads like a conspiracy article.

mamamia-user-405278599 March 2, 2021

Having shared a table with my husband for the last few months, I just want to work anywhere that doesn't have someone constantly crunching nuts and snacking right next to me.

mamamia-user-405278599 March 2, 2021

Ratios. ACFs need ratios, they need registered and enrolled nurses in the mix in higher amounts. They need to pay nurses adequately, and not dump the responsibility for the actions of those they supervise (PCAs, ENs) onto the RN. We need to upskill the workforce, from increasing the basic PCA training to post-grad RN education. 

mamamia-user-405278599 March 2, 2021

I'd be more convinced if we could see it on more than one body type...

mamamia-user-405278599 February 14, 2021

@mamamia-user-482898552 I had the same thought. Living under a rock.

mamamia-user-405278599 February 14, 2021

I don't really think 'think of the children' is a great reason. I know it's tongue-in-cheek, but it doesn't hurt to have children see that bodies naturally have hair. Grown ups have public hair. My daughter has seen me pre and post waxing and we've discussed that it's a choice and everyone's different. Sometimes I have hairy legs and sometimes I don't but it's my choice and she will have the same choice when she's older.

mamamia-user-405278599 February 12, 2021

They're too young to have built a reliance on coffee and wine. Why does Gen X get a free pass every time? They can take my skinny (high rise) jeans from my cold dead hands.

mamamia-user-405278599 February 11, 2021

This is exactly like the hairdresser article the other day. MUA are obviously the experts, just like hairdressers. As a nurse, I would expect a patient to let me do my thing where I'm the expert. Stop whinging and just work with people to get the job done. Take some initiative instead of making people feel stupid for seeing you.

mamamia-user-405278599 February 11, 2021

I don't work shift work anymore because my body and mind can't hack it and I can't work it around my family. But when I did work nights as an RN, I often worked on a geriatric evaluation ward. It sounds tame, but you wouldn't expect the number of patients who do not sleep. The patients who sun-down, the high falls risk patients who decide to get up and go for a wander unassisted and without their frame, the patients with dementia or mental illness, the combative patients, the patients with IV meds and constant needs... I was often the only RN, in charge of a 24 bed ward with 2 ENs. 8 patients each to look after all night, 8 patients each to attend to and write up hourly rounding paperwork and the progress notes for each. Let alone doing the tasks always left to night shift. Driving home after a night shift has been proven to be more dangerous than driving over .05. 

mamamia-user-405278599 February 9, 2021

Outlander has the same effect.

mamamia-user-405278599 February 4, 2021

After a caesarean I learnt that sometimes your organs seize up and decide that they won't actually be working towards the first post-baby poo. I ended up with a bowel obstruction instead, which meant a nasogastric tube, IV fluids only and the biggest enema there is. The nurse was so lovely and asked if I wanted her to stay with my once the enema sent me hobbling to the toilet. I said no, because of course I thought I'd be fine. Then once I got there I wailed and sobbed by myself. Didn't press the buzzer and nobody heard because the rooms were soundproof. 

mamamia-user-405278599 February 2, 2021

@mamamia-user-556745246 Exactly. As someone with curly hair, most of my life I've had to have hairdressers who knew nothing about cutting hair. When they know nothing, you know nothing and the bad haircut cycle repeats. Until around 6 years ago I never had a hairdresser who was an expert in curly hair, and since I discovered the curly hair salon I have AMAZING hair that I never knew I could have. And they're not intimidating. 

mamamia-user-405278599 January 19, 2021

If you 're going for a job, of course you should do a little bit of research about the company you're hoping will hire you. If not for possible interviews, then do it for yourself. Many organisations will ask about their values and which ones resonate with you etc. If you don't know who you're applying for a job with, why do you expect they would want to employ you? 

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