Nursing Lady Helen Mary, day 3

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor urologyToday a double nursing routine: when I got from the shower I saw that I was bleeding on the carpet and towels. That happens from time to time, and I am used to it. The problem is a urologic surgery, when the stiches were not placed very well. So when I am too enthousiastic rubbing with a towel certain parts of my body, the scar will get open and bleeding starts. I have to deal with that. I was downstairs busy with emptying the dishwasher and laying out the table for breakfast (Mary wanted to be awaken at 09:00PM). When I had awoken Mary, and I was downstairs preparing breakfast, Mary apparently peeped around the corner of the guest bathroom, and sawthe blood stains. So she came down, a bit bewildred, asking what was the matter. I said that is was not a subject for BEFORE breakfast, but that I should tell her afterwards. And so I did. In no time there was a load in the laundry machine and we tried to get rid of the stain in the carpet. Then it was my nursing turn. Today the bandage had to be switched. So after having her washed, I replaced the bandage on her scar. She is back in bed now, after a load of “alternative medications” from Belinda, and an ordinary Ibuprofen. Incoming calls on the house line are answered by me. What Mary is doing on her smartphone is not to check by her nurse. I only know, that there is a frequent contact between Mary and her three daughters.

Does Arnica really work?

Image result for arnicaUsed to treat bruising, muscular strains, wounds and swelling, arnica is one of the most popular homeopathic remedies in Britain. Derived from the European plant, Arnica montana, the little white tablets – containing arnica solution watered down hundreds of times to form a homeopathic ‘ultra-dilution’ – are one of the few ‘alternative’ medicines to have found their way on to most people’s bathroom shelves. Proponents claim the treatment can reduce swelling dramatically, prevent muscular soreness and alleviate postoperative trauma. But according to a new report, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, the positive effects of arnica are all in the mind. The remedy, claims the paper, is only as likely to reduce swelling, bruising and pain as a placebo. The research, led by Professor Edzard Ernst, head of complementary medicine at Exeter University, followed three groups of 64 patients who were having surgery on their wrists because of carpal tunnel syndrome. Based on the theory that ‘like cures like’ homeopathy has always been controversial – it treats illness by giving patients substances that cause the very same symptoms. However, the remedies are given in minute amounts and are often so diluted that there is little or no active ingredient in them. Yet the fact remains that thousands of practitioners and patients swear by arnica’s remarkable curative powers. Theresa Hale, founder of London’s Hale Clinic, a pioneering centre for complementary medicine, has relied on it for years. ‘I use it at home all the time for bruises and sprains,’ she says. ‘I gave arnica to my mother just two weeks ago when she fell over and her leg began to swell – it went back down within three hours.’ And arnica seemed a godsend for 43-year-old actress Nicola Redmond when she fractured her left wrist. ‘When I slipped off a step-ladder and crashed to the floor, most of the impact was taken by my left wrist which swelled to more than twice its usual size,’ says Nicola, who lives in Blackheath.


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