April 27, 2008, 2:35 pm

This Blog’s For You


Ah, Bed Brushing 101.

Such memories…as if!

This was approximately three decades before my time – does anyone know why a mattress would need to be brushed?

I’ll brush my hair and my teeth before I go to work, and if everyone is lucky I’ll put on make-up to provide emotional support to those who have to look at me, but it will be a cold day in Hades before I’ll be brushing furniture!

I raked shag carpeting in the ’70s. That was quite enough!


Just a reminder that (a) I have not fallen off the face of the earth, despite never having gone this long without blogging(!) and (b) Change of Shift is being hosted this week over at Life in the NHS. Julie awaits your submissions at “lifeinthenhs at btinternet dot com”.

I have so many things to blog about that my cup overfloweth. Unfortunately, lately, the blog does not overfloweth. Tomorrow I shall go to my “blogging place” (aka Starbucks) and put all these scattered topics into some sort of logical order.

It’s not a scarcity of material, but more a scarcity of time/motivation. What do you do when you know you want to blog, but you don’t exactly want to blog right then?

Translation: I spent the morning watching the NASCAR race at Talladega and drinking Bud Light. One must support the sponsors of one’s drivers. My husband went to Home Depot. I told him we don’t do Home Depot because we don’t like Tony Stewart!

He was not aware of “our” preferences.

And so, the return of my latte-sated “Nursing” self is scheduled for tomorrow!


  • ernurse

    April 27, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    The other ER nurses laugh at me whenever a hospital bed is brought down for a pt and I make it neatly using the perfect corners and all that…lol.

    Love your blog!! I just started as an ER nurse two months ago and I am taking it all in, learning as much and as fast as I can, and appreciating all you bloggers out there who are helping me feel not so alone.

  • PM, SN

    April 27, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    To look at that matress, it seems like the old style that’s composed like regular bed matresses..have you ever seen one of those cut open? All the skin cells and whatnot migrate to the center, where numerous unseen insects thrive on the dead tissue. I suppose brushing it -might- slow that process down somewhat, but the current system of sealed matresses that get wiped down by housekeeping must be an improvement.

  • Adrienne Zurub

    April 28, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    WTF! Brushing the bed!? Where do you get these pictures?
    You’re back baby!

  • Rae, RN

    April 28, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    I love Kasey Kahne too! And I drink ALOT of bud light to support him! lol!

  • Neumed

    April 29, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    That’s why we’re drinking Bud Light! I knew there had to be a reason…

  • Nurse K

    April 30, 2008 at 5:44 am

    That bed-brushing photo is from the book entitled “Public Health Measures to Prevent the Spread of Pubic Lice”, copyright 1948.

  • Sneed

    April 2, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Besides lice, there is another reason. The Chinese believe that the body sheds millions of skin cells during sleep. These skin cells attract dust mites who chew on the skin cells and multiply. So, by brushing your bed sheets every evening before going to sleep, you help avoid sleeping in a pile of dust mites (and other critters). That way, less itching and scratching during sleep…..

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