Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
This is my friend, LeeAnna. She and I work(ed) together at the Peds ED. She moved to Nashville a little over a year ago, and now she moved back to her home state of Alabama: Birmingham(this weekend).
I'm quite sad over this. I mean, I knew that she talked about moving due to some situations, but I think I was in denial up until last week. Anytime I think about it, I tear up. I know she's only 2.5-3 hours away(& a phone call away) but still a dear friend is moving away.
She and I have confided in each other, about work, love, life, spiritual needs. And, it's been wonderful having another person in my life that I can do that with.
LJ, I love you greatly, and I have a house that you can come to...and I hope to make many trips to see you and the beach!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I'm fortunate to have two vehicles: one that I drive to and from work and my other car that I bought after college as a present to myself. I love my Altima! I've been paying on it for quite sometime! Hehe.
I took my red car, Pontiac Grand Am, to get the oil changed and a brake check. I ended up needed an entire brake system, which was going to cost me $334.55. Nice, huh? Just need to place a bow on that car and say, "Merry Christmas."
I dropped it off this morning, and they were going to call once they were finished. Tonight, I go back to work for three nights. So, I needed to be able to get the car, and attempt a nap before work this evening(which I'm learning that I don't really sleep any on my first night back anymore).
When my Mom and I got there, they were testing the brakes. They parked it, and the cable to the shifter(5-speed manual) broke! One more thing that needs to be fix...
All I can say is that I truly know I'm blessed, because it easily could have happened on my drive to or from work...and you know, I do have transportation to get to work. On the other hand, I guess it's a good thing I'll have 54 hours on this week...
Monday, December 10, 2007
This picture was taken back in April, when several of us decorated Ali's house. We just wanted to make sure her house was ready for the Easter Bunny, that's all! So this is where the first picture began. :) Post-it notes, easter eggs, grass, & pinwheels. We saw some of these items resurface recently! :)
Picture #2. It was taken while the group was in Destin...a much needed trip for many! A time of relaxation, reflection, and just to hang out at the beach!
Picture #3. It was taken this past weekend out the Annual Dirty Santa Christmas party. Saturday night was filled with LOTS of good food, laughter, and discovering new personalities! Karen Jones. Yes, she's our minister of preschool and children, however she can be quite devious! Ricky Crabtree. He listened to the two married men, instead of his fiancee'. Jackie Briggs. It's nothing new to us that he'll eat anything! While, playing "Who's smarter than a 5th grader," MJ focused on that she gained self-esteem in life, instead of knowledge! Hehe.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Bottom line, interstate congestion stresses me out!
Sunday, November 25, 2007
- an awesome God--who shows His love and mercy through so much
- ignorant parents--job security
- one of my first jobs--shooting range--the greatest job ever
- Belleville River Bash--reunion of family and friends--the most stress free weekend of the year
- the upbringing of a WWII veteran & a baby boomer--thanks Mom and Dad!
- my brothers, Ethan(who will be there at any moment, especially at 5:30am on the interstate) & Mark(very grateful for the opportunities getting to know him)
- the children @ Camp Hope--they are my heroes!
- the weekly lunches with the group from church
- I have to agree with MJ, not working in retail!
- the foundation of nursing that was given to me by the experienced & absolutely amazing RNs in the Burn Center
- the detours in life
- Steve Fisher--one of the greatest men I know--I miss him so much!
- my grandparents, who really aren't my grandparents, but are my grandparents
- those few people in my that I know who will be there at any time
- slurpees, even though I can only get them when I go to WV. they're @ 7/Elevens
- the foundation of my faith @ New Hope
- the opportunity to help people each & every day
- the awesome (nightshift) staff that I work with--nothing has to be said, it's just done. great teamwork! we always manage to have fun, even if it's 216%. we get through it--together!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Last night, we were attempting to place an IV for antibiotic therapy. The parents were already telling us that they wanted someone good to start their child's IV. There were three of us nurses in the room. All of which totalled to about 30 years of experience (& they both work with Peds IV therapy). I attempted, I got a blood return, and when I went to flush the IV, the vein blew. At that point, the parents were telling us that they wanted someone who could get it on the first try. Well, I must say, when you're trying to hit a moving target, it's a little hard. So, one of the others tried, and the exact same thing happened, which isn't uncommon in children. Well, that was it, we were verbally abused by the parents, and the three of us walked out of the room. We let the charge nurse handle the situation, and none of us walked back into that room again. We notified VUPD, and they spoke with the father. Of course, he denied everything.
Regardless of the matter, there are just times where you can't make people happy, and tonight was one of them.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Last night was a record breaking night. We got up to 216%. Meaning, we were well over our serving capacity. When I left this morning, we had 21 admitted patients sitting in the ED. Crazy!
To top it off, as I was wrapping up report, I had a family member approach me, "Do you have real coffee here?" (We have a nourishment room with water, coffee, tea, cereal, crackers, etc). I informed him where he could get himself some coffee. You would think I would be use to this by now, but honestly, I'm not. Our name should be the Hilton, instead of the Pediatric Emergency Department!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
My stylist and I have know each other for quite sometime. She and I use to work retail together, and once the store closed, we both went our separate ways. A few years back, I was looking for someone that could do my hair. For girls, you can't trust just anyone to do your hair. I came across her in the mall, and we've been together ever since. Not only is she my stylist, she is my best friend. I'm able to talk to her about anything, and I get honest answers (whether I like it or not, haha).
Today, I had an appointment with Kim. She puts some shades of brown in my hair, since it is the fall season. I ended up with a trim, because I couldn't decided what cut I wanted. I wanted to keep it convenient: easy for a ponytail for work. We said that we would do something totally different the next time: color and cut! So, just be prepared.