Tuesday, May 01, 2007


Seriously who the hell thinks it's an appropriate time to bring out a hydro hoe and start it up at 9 a.m. on a rainy day? My neighbor to the east of us. Asshole... I have no idea what he's digging or why. I do know he better keep off our property or we'll be having words. Again - Asshole as he's right butt up against the property line.

I've been quiet - work stretch. Which means I'll be off after tonight. I have spent a great deal of time providing emotional support to families. I love my job - the drama in my life is a piece of cake in comparison to what they are going through. I know I do a good job. I've never doubted that. Is it easy to provide clinical care as well as emotional care - not only to the patient but to the families? It's hard. It's draining. It's not something that eveyone does well and it sure as hell isn't easy to do. I've made families cry. I always am honest with them. Do I hedge my bets - yes. I am not a psychic and I do not hold a crystal ball. I would much rather be proven wrong than proven right when I give the bad possible outcomes. However I will not sugar coat things - I am nurse doom and gloom and I will give you the worst possible outcome - because I want to be proven wrong. I will always advocate for your loved one and for you - never doubt that. I know everyone reading is going - great we NEVER want S as our nurse. I never want to be anyone in your families nurse - especially if you're reading me. My ideal world is where there are no patients - everyone's healthy. Again - fantasy land.

I actually seen one of my patients get better. That makes me smile. He gave me a thumbs up today when I asked him before I left to go home... His family and another patient's family that I had cared for made me feel as if even when I didn't have the time - I made a difference in their lives and that is why I do my job... Because sometimes I can make things easier for families and sometimes I can even help a kid/adult/whatever get better.

In other news - D is sick... his allergies are wreaking havoc on him. I so have no sympathy.

Also - we are keeping Pepper. She's not going anywhere... she is no longer on the proverbial chopping block. The two pups can live out their lives as brother and sister and they'll be in our home. So - yeah we're a 6 dog house. Someone asked me how I was going to take care of 6 dogs and a baby. My response- "whoever barks/cries the loudest gets taken care of first." Simple philosophy huh? Blue & Pepper have both started learning to "sit" on command. Pictures will be forthcoming. The pups are also losing teeth left and right and have had to revert back to eating their food wet as their teeth hurt.

Ernie ate a box of pudding... then drank a bunch of water - wonder if it truly tasted like pudding then?

Such is life... nothing else going on here- yes we're still gestating... one step at a time. I also have a plan so to speak... my idea is simple... we're planning on finding out what we're having. I think rather than allow everyone to know right away - parents, friends, family etc. We're going to keep it a secret - maybe even from ourselves until the day of the shower. Couple of reasons - it will drive my mom bonkers and I haven't done that in a while and that way we get the things we need/want/desire rather than a bunch of clothes that we may or may not like. It also allows those close to us to be involved and find out the surprise... maybe have a contest and draw a name of who was right wins a prize kind of thing. Your thoughts on this are appreciated. Crazy -cool? Irritating?


Mandy said...

Announcing the surprise at the shower sounds like a LOT of fun! Good idea. And I agree about the gift thing. I think you get much more off of your registry when you're having either a surprise baby or multiples.

Amy said...

OMG, that is SUCH a fun idea, announcing the gender at the shower, when even you & D find out! I actually announced the minute I found out, LOL! But I do plan to set up a game on Expectnet.com so people can register their guesses online from everywhere and I'll have a prize for the winner :-). Just another thought...

DinosaurD said...

Oh I love Ernie, but you already know that. What I want to know is if he jumped up and down after having the water (therefore making pudding in his stomach)?
And for the record, I have the doctor I do because she's honest and I'd look for the same thing in a nurse. So, don't sell yourself short here.

thirdtimelucky said...

You sound a bit like my mum and she was a great nurse because she was honest with people.

As for announcing at the shower I thinks that's a great idea - who needs a bunch of gender specific pink/blue stuff?

Michell said...

I love being a nurse for many of the same reasons you listed and I have to say that I would really prefer to have someone be totally honest with me than try to make me feel better with falsehoods or partial truths. And that's very funny about Ernie eating the pudding, I am assuming Ernie is a dog??

Kristin, Rod, and Victoria said...

Very cool idea about not telling till the shower - what would you do, have the doc put the results in an envelope you'd open at the shower? Rod and I started out saying we weren't going to tell anyone... that lasted about 2 hours!!! I had been to showers where they knew what they were having (mostly girls) and they got TONS of pink clothes, and maybe a handful of things off their registry. I didn't look at it as selfish - just practical. Whatever you decide, it'll be right for you and D, and that's what matters.

LIW (Lady In Waiting) said...

I think that is a fantastic idea and, if I ever get pregnant, I might have to borrow it.

By the way, you sound like a great nurse. I would really want the truth so that I could prepare myself for the worst.

This & That said...

Could you hop on a plane and be nurse to a dear friend whose 17yr old was in a car accident last night? We really need someone like you!

I think your idea is really great and what a way to "rally" all those concerned and make them part of such a wonderful experience. Very thoughtful!

Rest up on your break from work!