Being an RN and what you see in an emergency room on any given night makes you truly appreciate life and how scared it is and how we don’t tell our families often enough how much we love them. This week’s shift has truly made me take a step back and review my own life and my role within my family. The rate of teen suicides is increasing, and families are not paying enough attention to the warning signs! Everyone is so emerged in technology, TV, gaming systems that no one talks anymore. How hard is it to turn everything off when you sit down for supper as a family and find out whats going on with your kids. Are they being picked on in school, do they know of anyone at school that is acting as a bully or being bulled. This is important! Your kids lives are at stake, two of the families I dealt with last night said they didn’t know who their children’s friends were, who they talked to, knew nothing and it floored me.
It’s not just the bullying either, the young girls are trying to be so much like movie stars, athletes at a such a young age that they are anerexic at the age of 10 because they think they need to be this perfect thin 100 lb person. Once again the parents didn’t see the warning signs, even when there daughter is wearing an aneroxic bracelet like the movie stars wear. We had a patient at the age of 10 overdose on her mother’s diet pills. What is wrong with society?
I raised two daughters through these stages and worked a full-time job and went to school part-time for my degree. I wanted to know where they were going, who was going to be there, phone numbers for the other parents. I asked them if there was issues at school, if they were having issues of any kind that they were embarrassed to tell me about. It was a struggle sometimes but you get out of your children what you put into them. Now they have children of their own and they are a carbon copy of me with the same questions. It’s not that hard people to talk to your children everyday, there’s no excuse for young teens overdosing or committing suicide because you didn’t take ten minutes out of your hectic schedule to talk to them. Now you have to take time out of your hectic schedule to plan their funeral!