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I Think I've Been A Nurse Too Long

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I was looking at the newspaper while I was on hold trying to call report on an admission this morning. I glanced at the weather section, and saw the projected temps for the next few days:

Instead of reading them as high and low temperatures, my brain stuttered, and I thought, "what horrible blood pressures!"


I found these at www.basicjokes.com. (Pix from LOLcat & dog sites, & Bing.com)

Top 10 Reasons to Become a Nurse

1. Pays better than fast food, though the hours aren't as good.


2. Fashionable shoes & sexy white uniforms.


3. Needles: It's better to give than to receive.


4. Reassure your patients that all bleeding stops eventually. (there's always an end-point!)


5. Expose yourself to rare, exotic, & exciting new diseases.


6. Interesting aromas.


7. Courteous & infallible doctors who always leave clear orders in perfectly legible handwriting.


8. Do enough charting to navigate around the world.


9. Celebrate the holidays with all your friends, at work.


10. Take comfort that most of your patients survive no matter what you do to them.

  
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TOMWDCSKC 7/29/2010 4:50AM

    Number 10 is only good till Number 4 sets in. emoticon emoticon

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AYAMMAYA 7/26/2010 5:50PM

    You are too cute! I love your blog!
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LINDAKAY228 7/26/2010 9:28AM

    Loved the part about the clear legible orders. I'm not a nurse but I do service coordination and recently started following some patients in a nursing home as well as my at-home clients. As part of it I go through charts to make sure the patients I'm following are getting the care ordered for them, etc so I have to read the doctor's orders too,. Or at least attempt too! I also worked in a hospital for 3 years many years ago in a mental health unit at a psychiatric technician and read orders too so I would know what was going on with the patients assigned to me, although it was the nurse's job to actually fill the orders.

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BEYOURBEST1 7/26/2010 8:58AM

    Very cute. Thanks for sharing.


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TYCA41458 7/26/2010 8:23AM

    Too Funny! Thanks so much for sharing this!

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LILPAT3 7/26/2010 8:03AM

    Adorable blog! If you can laugh at what you do, it makes it easier to keep doing it.

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DEVORA4 7/26/2010 1:07AM

  Your blogs ALWAYS brighten my day. emoticonYou are the emoticon emoticondeb

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BUTEAFULL 7/26/2010 12:01AM

    those were emoticon

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JANEYINMADTOWN 7/25/2010 10:45PM

    Thanks for the smile to end the weekend....

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SHERWOODCYCLER 7/25/2010 9:47PM

    Too funny.

And here's to a good spark week.

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And Then The Sky Opened

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I was really hoping my new phone would get delivered by UPS today. The tracking info said it arrived in Albuquerque about noon yesterday. What, they don't deliver on Saturdays anymore? Shoot - with my bedroom door closed (to protect the birds from the cats), I can't hear the doorbell very well. I slept out in the livingroom in my reclininig chair. No UPS. Grr


I'd walked the pups at 0900 - nice slow stroll around the 1.5 miles - cool, and cloudy, getting dark. I showered and dried my hair, and heard rain outside. By the time I'd settled into the chair, all relaxed, I was hearing thunder and hail on the roof. Suddenly, I had a lap full of critters!


Rained and rained. Wonderful for sleeping, except that I was listening for the delivery that never came. Sigh. We really needed the rain, tho. I didn't hear the weather report, but I'm hoping we made up some of the deficit.


More rain predicted this weekend. Yeah! Didn't have to water the garden.

  
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AYAMMAYA 7/25/2010 4:25PM

    Here is a toast of H2O for this blog ~ I love rain too ~ I love that quote, "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." ~ Author Unknown
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LINDAKAY228 7/25/2010 11:20AM

    We've been getting it down here for the past couple of days and it's so awesome!! I love the rain in the summer. It's supposed to continue according to the Weather Channel. Made the temps drop nicely too.

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BUTEAFULL 7/25/2010 3:00AM

    I could use some of that emoticontoo

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DEVORA4 7/25/2010 1:03AM

  emoticonpics. Would you do me a favor and send some of the rain our way? Thanks.

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Quotes About Illness

Saturday, July 24, 2010

(Quotes from QuoteGarden.com; pix from LOLcats & dogs))

To array a man's will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine. ~Henry Ward Beecher


It is a mathematical fact that fifty percent of all doctors graduate in the bottom half of their class. ~Author Unknown


I reckon being ill as one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work till one is better. ~Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh, 1903


I learned a long time ago that minor surgery is when they do the operation on someone else, not you. ~Bill Walton


If I had my way I'd make health catching instead of disease. ~Robert Ingersoll


The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind. ~G.K. Chesterton


There's lots of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it. ~Josh Billings


Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~Doug Larson


Eat right, exercise regularly, die anyway. ~Author Unknown


Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing. ~Redd Foxx


In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired. ~Author Unknown



  
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BUTEAFULL 7/24/2010 6:31PM

    or...how about vegetable tasting like chocolate
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FLAMENM 7/24/2010 3:22PM

    Thanks for the chuckle...

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LINDAKAY228 7/24/2010 1:20PM

    I liked the one about the minor surgery being when it's on someone else especially. It reminded me of when I was with my mom one time when she asked her doctor the difference between a minor heart attack and a major one and he told her if you survived it, then it was a minor one.

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3CHIHUAHUA 7/24/2010 1:04AM

    me too Devora

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DEVORA4 7/24/2010 12:30AM

  I have to say that whenever I see your pics I am in a better mood. emoticonfor sharing them.

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Wonderful Sleep

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Since we were relatively overstaffed last night, the others let me leave about 0400. (By the time I'd finished up the last minute stuff, it was almost 0430, but close enough). Got home, washed my face off and brushed my teeth, took my meds, fed the critters ... by 0530, I'd covered the bird cage and was in bed. (Poor birds, I had to switch their days and nights so I can sleep in the daytime - I left the light on last night and the radio playing for them) Sleep -yeah!! Woke up at 09 to potty the pups again, and checked to be sure the switches I'd proposed on the schedule worked out - yep, I'd sucessfully switched tonight from a long (12 hr) to a short (8 hr). Going in just before midnight tonight.


Got up this evening and walked the pups an hour around the neighborhood. Very dark clouds gathering, but no rain predicted yet. We need it. Maybe I should wash my car? If I had an outside clothes line, I'd hang the sheets out - all the usual "I finally did (this) and it rained".


Yesterday, I had no particular worry - just that I wasn't sleeping. Found some quotes about it from Quote Garden: Insomnia is a gross feeder. It will nourish itself on any kind of thinking, including thinking about not thinking. ~Clifton Fadiman
The worst thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald
Nothing cures insomnia like the realization that it's time to get up. ~Author Unknown

  
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AYAMMAYA 7/24/2010 1:14AM

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DRASADAF 7/23/2010 11:29AM

    night shift can be tough..anyways i m glad u r doing just well...

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FITKAT2010 7/23/2010 6:20AM

    Yes sleep is incredibly important on all levels.

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BUTEAFULL 7/23/2010 5:01AM

    I'm glad I didn't work the night shift, it is so hard to block the light during the day and then there are telephone calls and people knocking on the door or ringing the bell what a pain in the ***

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XENA1956 7/23/2010 12:52AM

    Yeah been there done that got the t-shirt. Hate it when I can't sleep. It is so hard when work changes up your working hours. I feel for you. Hope you had some nice rest and get some needed rain soon.

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TOMWDCSKC 7/22/2010 11:50PM

    Sleep is good. emoticon

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DEVORA4 7/22/2010 11:47PM

  fantastic pics. Did you take them? Glad you had your rest. emoticon emoticon

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Plethora or Dearth

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Or, Feast or Famine, as the case may be. We've been short-staffed due to injuries, and I was sick last week for a couple of nights. This week, TPTB have assigned 2 RNs from other areas to us. Came into work tonight, and we had 6 (six!) RNs, 3 techs, 1 NA, and a clerk. Shoot - I couldn't sleep well this afternoon - I actually thought about calling for 4 hours so I could try to sleep. Another of the RNs went home this evening, and I'm the float nurse.


Got up at 0330 (3:30A) and wandered around the house. Got to the gym @ 0700 - done by a little after 0800. Got all my weekly tasks caught up - dishes done, uniforms set up, salads made for work. Whee! Bed by noon. Lay there, not sleeping. I'd covered the bird cage and told them "good night" - they decided to make a few chirps, but I could ignore that. Startred reading when I wasn't sleepy - got up at 1400 (2p) and played on line briefly. Laid back down, put on the sleep mask, had the rainstorm CD and white noise machine playing. Tried progressive muscle relaxation. Slow breathing. Sigh. Not sure if I got any sleep - seemed like time passed, but I couldn't turn off my brain chatter.


Insread of pumping iron, I'll be pumping coffee.

  
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BUTEAFULL 7/22/2010 3:26PM

    I had a night like that the day before I had to be up early and have a long busy day, boy was I dragging, I too couldn't turn off the brain to sleep

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HEYRED221 7/22/2010 1:17PM

    That's a drag not being able to sleep. I feel for ya. I have been having issues I think because of the heat and humidity. My swamp cooler and fans are just not helping - I will be so glad for some cooler weather. Hang in there!

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FITKAT2010 7/22/2010 6:20AM

    What are you fretting about sweetie? That will keep you from relaxing and sleeping. FAce it head on.

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DEVORA4 7/22/2010 1:08AM

  sometimes that is the best idea Hope you get more rest emoticondeb

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3CHIHUAHUA 7/22/2010 1:02AM

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