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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Health Care Dilemma

You can't read any newspaper or watch any news channel, or even talk to friends without the healthcare issue coming up. That's particularly dominanting in my field. If you talk to most medical people, they all say something has to be done. The question is what. I have been around healthcare for 40... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Bizarre Abuse of a Child

“He’s what?” I walked into the Recovery Room to find out we were getting a 500 pound sixteen year old from surgery. “How in the world did he ever get that heavy so quickly?” One of my co-workers, Candy, said that rumor had it his mother fed him constantly. “Well, she’d have to.” “Supposedly for... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Where did that come from??

“I got a stomach ache.” I was leaning against the wall in the ER just chatting when a young girl came through the door doubled over. I grabbed her arm and led her to the nearest exam room, “How long have you been feeling badly?” “Since this morning and it’s just getting worse and worse.” She lay... Sign in to see full entry.

Medical Students, Interns, Residents, Oh My!

For those of you who are not medical and read this...... I promise we hold a lot of hands in July and August. AND, there are some very intelligent beginners! If you’re ever sick, pray to God that it isn’t in July and August. The newbies come charging on the floor with all the bluster of a Chicago... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Just a glimpse at a Great Lady

Mother, We’re Going Home. My mother was one of the greatest ladies I ever met. If you don’t believe me, ask anyone who knew her. The last few years of her life were the most difficult. Not just for us as we watched her decline, but for her. One of her favorite sayings was ‘as long as you have your... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Listen To Your Elders

A story that STILL brings a smile to my face...................... Being a senior in nursing school was a lot of fun and I learned a lot. One thing I taught a freshman student will probably stay with her for the rest of her life. And, if she stayed at our h ospital, she was definitely a... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Rewind Button

I'm sure I'm not the only person who has looked at a given day or month or, God forbid, year that we've wanted to start over. Technology keeps moving at the speed of light toward faster cars, faster computers, faster jobs, just plain faster lives. I protest. I want a Life Dictated Rewind button. You... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Death is Never Easy

Death Is Never Easy “Come quick,” the feeble voice yelled from the patient’s door. We'd been waiting for Mrs. Smith to die. She had renal disease, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. We prayed for her to be relieved of her pain, and Mr. Smith prayed for a miracle. A miracle that wouldn’t come. “I’m... Sign in to see full entry.

Life as a Nurse Began so many years ago...

{Names have been changed to protect the not so innocent!!} Years ago, nursing school was three years and based out of a hospital. Working in a factory and going nowhere, my mother grabbed me and threw me in the car. "Whoa. Where are we going?" I asked quietly not sure Mother was angry or just... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A beautiful Day

A Beautiful Day I was headed to work watching the sun peek up from the east and a few clouds meander across the sky. A summer morning in the city with the sky clear and the temperatures in the low 90s, I couldn’t ask for anything better. I listened to the radio and tapped the steering wheel in beat... Sign in to see full entry.

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