Mr. Noodle

Mr. Noodle
Mr. Noodle

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

catheters and commodes - a teaser

Last week on Twitter I threatened to do a blog post on catheters. There are really a lot of catheters. I won't go into it now, I'll keep you all in suspense, and just to add to the excitement, I think I might also tell you about commodes.

To be clear: a catheter is a plastic tube a nurse sticks into a place it has no business being in order to help something get out. Like pee. A commode is a chair, often with wheels, and a place for a (usually) disposable bucket under the hole in the seat. It's for people who can't quite make it to the toilet.

My job involves ordering these things and keeping them in stock. Luckily, I never see where they get to. (Else I'd have become a nurse). I have learned a lot about these things lately, since keeping them in stock and organized has proven to be a bit of a challenge. Heck, while I'm at it, I might also talk about endotracheal tubes (did you know they come in different sizes?)(any idea what I'm even talking about?)

Normally this is a job that I have no need to take home with me. But all learning is a useful thing, and while I'm at it, why not share the love with all of you, my faithful readers?

On a side note, I was listening to a podcast the other day, and the woman being interviewed had been blogging for a few years when not one but two publishing houses approached her and asked if she would be willing to write fiction. As in "how would you like to write a novel?"  OMG YES, would be my response. So, if you from a publishing house, you know my position.