Ahh, this will be a good one today, folks.
The full moon- does it really affect behavior?
Have you ever thought about where the word "Lunatic" comes from? Well, the root word is Luna, and Luna = Moon. I had never really thought about that before.
So is there a sliver of truth in those old myths?
I am a huge cynic, but I gotta tell you I think there is something with the moon.
My coworkers ,when I first started nursing, would talk about it being a "full moon" and us being "in for it". I laughed along, but it was more of a scoffing laugh. A "how can you be so naive" laugh.
And then I worked some nights surrounding the full moon.
These were not nights where as I drove in I thought, "it is a full moon tonight" and therefore set myself up for craziness. That is why I say it is not in my head.
These were nights where I left in the morning saying, "what was going on there? Why was everything and every patient so off?" And then maybe the next night I looked up at the sky and realized that the moon was full.
And I resisted making a corrolation. But it has just happened too much.
Now, the logical side of me does admit that prehaps it is just that the patients know about the moon and they have conditioned themselves to go off meds, drink, etc at those times.
All I know is there seems to be some truth in those old legends...
What do you think?