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CornChex
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I'm not sure if this should be posted under "Medical" or "Language", but, here it goes. I am reading a book called "What Was Good About Today" that is about a little girl who is receiving treatment for cancer. (I first read this story as a "Reader's Digest" condensation, and have recently purchased the unabridged version.) Last night I was reading an account of how the little girl receives a bone marrow test. After the test, she needs to urinate. Her mother, who is writing the story, tells how the little girl refuses the bedpan, and "using hospital slang" says she will "pee in the hat". Then, from the description, it seems like she painfully makes her way to the toilet in her hospital room...although it doesn't really make the situation clear.

I guess I am warped to worry about a little detail like this, but I am fascinated by words, and the Snopesters never seem to be irritated by minutia.

I have been in the hospital as a patient and a visitor NUMEROUS times, and have never heard anyone speak of using "the hat." I did a google search, and found one use of the phrase in a medical sense, and it seemed to refer to collecting urine for a 24 hour period so that some hormone level could be tested. In that case, "the hat" could not be the hospital toilet, but would be some type of urinal bottle or bedpan.

So, any takers? I am looking forward to this, because I have always received such good insights from the group before.

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A "hat" is simply a plastic container with a wide rim that sits across the bowl of the toilet. The person can sit on the toilet and use it normally, but the urine/feces is collected in the hat instead of the toilet. These are used when we need to measure urine output or collect urine/stool samples that can't be contaminated by water. I'll try to find a pic...

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CornChex
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Ah...that makes perfect sense! Would I be right in guessing that it is probably used more often with females?

(I had a metyrapone test done in the hospital many years ago, and they collected my urine for 48 hours. Being of the male persuasion they just gave me a jug that I hung on the side of the bed instead of a "hat") [Smile]

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Bettie Page Turner
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Here's a pic...yes, you would be correct that it's more of a girl thing. They are also used to collect stool samples for guys and gals.  -

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They are in a lot of cases easier to use than a bed pan. Sometimes it's hard to get on a bed pan just right, and it can make your back and/or hip hurt something awful. So, if there's any way to make it to the toilet it's usually better to do so. Also, it's harder to completely empty your bladder while on a bed pan. At least it is for me. YMMV

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My children love them. I had to have some bloodwork done once and they were impressed with their behavior and got them each a "hat" and decorated them....LOL.

I didn't have the heart to tell them what they are REALLY used for.

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quote:
Originally posted by amywatts:
My children love them. I had to have some bloodwork done once and they were impressed with their behavior and got them each a "hat" and decorated them....LOL.

I didn't have the heart to tell them what they are REALLY used for.

Sounds wonderful, and I congratulate your doctor/hospital for allowing you to get extra ones for your kids to decorate! I agree they didn't have to know the "real" use for the hats [Smile]

Also, since I may be the first to do so - welcome to the boards!

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They even call those "nuns' caps" around here.

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Now, when someone calls me an asshat, I'll know what they mean. lol

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I had a lot of experience with the hat March 8-11 after my c-section.

I wonder if they'd be useful in potty training. They may give the child a sense of security, like they wouldn't fall all the way into the water.

As far as other hospital potty slang, there's always "code brown" for fecal incontinence.

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quote:
Originally posted by Fuchsia:
I had a lot of experience with the hat March 8-11 after my c-section.

I wonder if they'd be useful in potty training. They may give the child a sense of security, like they wouldn't fall all the way into the water.

As far as other hospital potty slang, there's always "code brown" for fecal incontinence.

Like Fuchsia, I had to use one of these things after my c-section. Without going into detail I'll just say that I really appreciated this thing way more than a catheter Or the stupid bed-pan. Whomever invented the bedan sucks, btw. That thing is just a waste. (heh, no pun intended)

I had no idea it was referred to as a 'hat' though.

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I'm with you re: bedpans, ali_marea. I had to use bedpans during 15 hours of Pitocin-induced labor before they finally decided to do a C-section. I had an IV in each arm and they didn't want to move me to the toilet. When they took the IVs out and the volunteers came to prep me for surgery, I told them I wanted to use the toilet first. They started to tell me no, but then I said it again, more forcefully, and they decided it was best not to argue further with me under the circumstances. [Big Grin]

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ali_marea
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*snort* [Big Grin] Sounds like we had the same experience, Lainie. Well, almost. I had the pitocin and induced labor as well, so I was also hooked up to the IV and stuck in bed. what sucked the most, as you pointed out, was the bedpan. UGH. I just hated it. The thing that really sucked was the nurse threatened to catheterize me if I didn't use the bedpan (I wanted to go to the restroom...what the hell is the point of having an IV on those wheels if you can't actually move with it? Besides which, I was able to move with the IV after surgery...why not before? [Confused] )

Anyway, I finally used the bedpan because I had to pee so badly I thought I'd explode. Then, not too long after that, they catheterized me anyway. [Roll Eyes] yeah, I was not a happy camper that day.

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At one point the contractions were coming on so fast that if I needed to pee, I had to call for the bedpan the instant one contraction ended -- and even then I sometimes couldn't finish before the next one started. So maybe I couldn't have walked to the bathroom after all. . . but it still sucked.

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