Archives for category: sore throat

Nurse Angry has recently started working with an ear-nose-throat specialist. Tragically, this does not give her immunity to afflictions in said area. Ahhh, laryngitis! Nurse Angry wishes she could take a magic pill, but a virus is a virus so she’ll have to make do with fluids, voice rest and cough sedatives. virus1Awww, isn’t he cute!

Nurse Angry does not know how it is in the rest of the world, but in Sweden we convinced ourselves that the horrific, no-sun summer of 2012 was the cause of the epidemic of viruses that plagued us fall-winter-spring. But summer this year was wonderful and now everyone is sick again. Small person in the household has already been sick 4 or 5 times since going back to preschool and the teenagers have fared only slightly better. Not to mention the myriad illnesses of Nurse Angry herself. Only the Old Guy stays pretty much healthy, wealthy and wise.

Flu attack! How a virus invades your body:

 Here in Stockholm (affectionately known as The Capital of Scandinavia, see earlier blog) nobody seems to know how to wash their hands or to cough/sneeze into the crook of their arm. And personally Nurse Angry thinks it is a bad idea to go to work sick or send kids to preschool sick. We’ve all done it but maybe we should rethink that equation.

The Big Picture Book of Viruses!!

Once upon a time Nurse Angry saw a TV program about viruses. It was scary.  This was back in the early 80’s. And at the end they asked one of the researchers “Who will win the war between man and the viruses?” He answered without hesitation, and Nurse Angry’s readers are smart enough to know what the answer was that has haunted her ever since. But there is an upside: we probably don’t need to be so worried about global warming because the viruses are definitely going to get us first. So party on. And pass the Cocillana. Tastes so strange that Nurse Angry just has to wonder what even stranger taste is being masked.

Thanks to a most kind reader by the name of Carey, Nurse Angry  discovered to her horror that she has neglected her blog for more than a year.  Neglect is a Very Bad Thing.  A neglected patient is a dead patient. Or at least an angry patient. And we can’t have any angry patients, can we?

If this blog was a houseplant, even a cactus, it would have kicked the bucket long ago. The main reason for her major blog neglect is that Nurse Angry  SWITCHED JOBS. So she now can send reports from the fast and furious front of primary care.  You think that was a joke, right? She is in fact sitting on the proverbial gold mine of ideas. In the ER, yes, people complained, mostly about having to wait. Telling them they don’t want to be the person who gets immediate treatment because that means they may actually be sick for real did not always make Nurse Angry popular. But it was hard to take these complaints seriously as Nurse Angry usually had something more pressing vying for her  attention. Blah blah blah, I’ll see you in an hour, maybe two. Find something to read or play with your iPhone like everyone else.

The truth is,  you have not seen angry patients until you have worked in primary care. Because when someone has a really REALLY sore throat they have a LOT of energy to find stuff to complain about and give orders.