Care and feeding of home medical professionals?
February 14, 2014 2:59 PM Subscribe
This weekend, I'm going to have a home infusion nurse in my house for approximately 4 hours a day while I'm hooked up to an IV. This process is going to repeat every 4-5 weeks indefinitely, to treat an autoimmune condition. What do I do with her?
posted by kythuen to Human Relations (15 answers total)
I've never had anyone I don't know just hanging out in my home for long periods of time. I know she'll have a laptop with her and that she'll be working while she monitors my infusion, but that is literally ALL I know about this process.
(Note: I know all I need to know about the medical aspects of the process; it's purely the social aspects that confuse me.)
What is the etiquette involved? Do I need to feed her? Offer her coffee/soda? Do I need to make small talk with her, entertain her in some way? Do we need to be in the same room at all times? What is she going to do with her time? (Is she going to stare at me a lot while I marathon cheesy sci-fi shows on Netflix??? Is she going to judge my yoga pants and mickey mouse sweatshirt?????)
Of particular interest: If you have had home infusions, what did your nurse do while she was there? What did you do for him/her? If you're a nurse who has given home infusions, what do you expect from your patient? What could a patient do to make the experience more comfortable for you?
I'm an introverted and socially awkward person even among my nearest and dearest; I sense an uncomfortable weekend ahead. Any advice on what my nurse might expect from me, or how I should behave, or how I should expect her to behave, would be welcome.
I do understand the basics - be kind, be generous, don't be weirder than I have to be. It's everything else that I want to know about.
(If it makes a difference, I'm in a house in the 'burbs, in the Northeast, and the nurse will not always be the same nurse. I share the house with my room mate and three cats.)