Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Have had a day of excellent news today. First, I went to the podiatrist. My doctor had thought I might need surgery on my right foot. The podiatrist says it isn't that bad yet, and all I need is different shoes. That I can live with. Instead of the neuroma my own doctor thought it might be, it is just a couple bone spurs from arthritis, which make it so my big toe doesn't bend enough on that side. He says it may need surgery in the future, but right now it can be handled conservatively.
Then: My job title is "community liaison nurse for geriatric psychiatry". Sounds impressive, doesn't it? Usually, it means I am a high-priced paper pusher, but today I actually got to liase!! One of the patients we see in a nursing home was admitted to the psychiatric hospital yesterday, so I went to her "staffing" (making a plan of care) and got a chance to work with her for a while. Most of the time, I sit in a room with the charts at the nursing facilities and type while the doctor sees the patients. It was so nice to get a chance to do something that actually felt like being a nurse!! I do answer pages and respond to patient problems by phone a lot, but I really miss the face-to-face. I do get "floated" to the inpatient units fairly often (about once a week), but this was actually what I signed on to do!! Yes!!
Then I had my job evaluation. I got an "exceeds expectations" on everything except one item that really doesn't apply to my current job, AND--my position has been fully funded again, primarily because I have been willing to "float" to other places and do whatever needed done, from charge nurse to medications nurse to acting as a spare nurses' aide. Whee!! What a relief!! It doesn't change the fact that I really don't have even 30 hours of work each week if I do the job efficiently (which I am concentrating on NOT doing), but at least I don't feel as if my job is hanging in the balance.
My DD, SIL and GD are going to go ahead on their cruise. Unfortunately, SIL isn't handling this all that well, and isn't willing to discuss the situation with DD or his parents. Part of that is job stress for him. He really wants to be a vice president with his company, and has been working toward that for 12 years. For the last year, he and another guy have been assigned to positions where they do some of that work, and are being evaluated to see which will get the official position. He has a major presentation tomorrow, and found out a couple days ago that one of the people he supervises had not carried through on his part of the project. Ouch!! So he is in panic mode about that, as well as dealing with the impending death of his last grandparent, and getting ready for the big trip.
The good news from my daughter is that she got a B in the statistics course she just finished. She is normally a straight A student, but got a teacher who talks to the board instead of the class, and kept switching numbers in mid-stream. There was another honors student in the class, and they have talked to the administration about the situation, only to find that there have been previous complaints and the guy will probably not be re-hired for the next semester.
Got home, and went to log my A1C, only to realize that it wasn't 6.3 last year--it was 6.6!! So I have dropped it by 0.5 points in the last year, in spite of having eaten really badly lately. How's that for an affirming NSV? It is the first concrete thing I have seen that has changed, so I am feeling really good about that tonight, too.
In the meantime: ate well today, and am going to keep doing that. No exercise today, and I have GOT to get back to that. That may have to wait until I am back on track with food, maybe tomorrow, or maybe next week, but it will happen.