Nurse Betty BScN (cand): Tattoo mission accomplished

Nurse Betty BScN (cand)

I am a 36 year old mother of 2. I entered university in 2005 for the BScN program but had no idea what a roller coaster ride it would be. My other interests are boating, cottaging, gardening, sitting, doing nothing, vegging and of course hard core belly button contemplating.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Tattoo mission accomplished

So what do you all think? It is hard to get the full effect of the detail in the little guy but he is SOOOOO cute. When it is all healed up I will take another pic and post it. It hurt SOOOOO bad too. The artist said that she has one where I have mine and she said it was the second most painful one that she ever had, the first being the one on her neck and I asked her if that was why the one on her neck was just an outline and she said "oh yeah". I am so pleased with him. I think I'll name him Benny.

So today I had a patient with the coolest wounds. She has Peripheral Vascular Disease and as a result has 2 huge wounds on her leg. The one that I got to change the dressing on her leg was so cool. I removed the top dressing, pulled out the Mesalt and started cleaning the tunneled wound. I looked into the wound and looked up at the RN, who was smiling at me. She said what do you see in there? I described this white thing with black lines on it, she asked what I thought it was and I said I had no idea. She then explained that she had a vascular prosthesis and what I was looking at was an artificial artery. Apparently when the Mrs. B originally came it no one knew that she had this, the etiology of her wounds were unknown. The first time a very experienced nurse was cleaning the wound she thought it was a bit of gauze that had been left in there and actually tried digging it out, she then realized that it was just too perfect. After a consult they discovered that she had this prosthesis. The history given by the patient and her sister was very incomplete and they are finding out new things about this lady every day.
The other wound that she has is about 6 inches long, it runs the front of her shin. It is hooked up to a Vacuum-Assistance Closure machine. We get to see the dressing change on that tomorrow, I am so psyched! I'll let you know how it goes.


Blogger hoosier student nurse said...

Love's adorable. What a cool thing to see. All it seems like I did today was clean up poop. You had a lot better day.

5:46 p.m.  
Blogger Mandy said...

It's very cute. It makes me a hurt a little to think about it, though. I'm a big baby when it comes to pain.

12:23 p.m.  
Blogger Wendy, S.N. said...

So, pretty. How painful is that location now that the tattoo is complete? It looks like you got it in a bendy part.

W. :)

10:42 a.m.  
Blogger Betty said...

it just felt like a mild sunburn for 2 days, it is peeling now and looking great. The real problem was it is right at the waist band of many of my pants, most of my pants sit higher these days because I have lost get ready for it a total of 23 pounds

8:41 p.m.  
Blogger hoosier student nurse said...

Yeah!!! Good for you. It isn't lost though...I know exactly where it is!

11:18 p.m.  
Blogger SVN, prn said...

Awesome. Love it. I have wanted a tattoo for several years but I am chicken.

5:35 p.m.  

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