My Earthly Rock…. Part Two

This is the hard part… it’s hard to write these memories, that are so fresh. Dad was transferred to the rehab hospital on March 24, 2016,  three weeks after being admitted to the hospital.   He was very nervous about the rehab hospital not wanting to take him because of various symptoms associated with theContinue reading “My Earthly Rock…. Part Two”

My Earthly Rock… Part One

The last couple of months have been heart wrenching.  My dad died.  He was 83 years young, and until the end, he was very active.  A couple of weeks before he went to the hospital, he drove from south Florida to northern Illinois in two days, covering the distance from south Georgia to home inContinue reading “My Earthly Rock… Part One”

Pain Management for the Non-addicted

Hydrocodone (Norco, Lortab, and Vicodin’s main ingredient) has been in the news a lot in the last few months.  People are dying from overdoses.  While that is very sad, it has created mayhem for those who take meds as directed.  Those who follow the rules are being ‘punished’ because of the actions of those whoContinue reading “Pain Management for the Non-addicted”

Triggered ER Memories…

I got a canned e-mail from my dad’s medical provider, asking for one of those Press-Ganey surveys to be filled out.   I don’t do those.   They’re a colossal waste of time, and the results are used ‘against’ nurses in ways that are demeaning of the job. They’re a popularity contest for healthcare. NursesContinue reading “Triggered ER Memories…”

Sorting Through The Symptoms…

 I’m whining.  *** Warning *** I’m not chipper and smiley right now… Read at your own risk 😉 This has been a weird few weeks.  Actually, things started to get worse with the dysautonomia during chemo for leukemia, which was fairly expected, but it’s getting worse.  Chemo messes with autonomic dysfunction, especially with diabetics, or thoseContinue reading “Sorting Through The Symptoms…”

When There’s a Death In The Family

On March 2, 2014, my fifty-five year old cousin died. She would have turned fifty-six in May.  She was only five and half years older than I am, and my closest cousin on that side of the family since we reconnected as adults.  While she lived about 80 miles away, we stayed in contact byContinue reading “When There’s a Death In The Family”

Turning 50… and Already On Medicare For Six Years

I turned 50 years old.  I can’t figure out where the time went !  I certainly don’t feel ‘old’, and think that 50 is the new 30, even with the physical limitations I’ve had for years.  I’ve never been one to get all depressed or stressed by ‘big’ birthdays- 21, 30, 40…. but I’m notContinue reading “Turning 50… and Already On Medicare For Six Years”

What NOT To Say To Someone Who Is Disabled or Dealing With a Serious Illness

I think most people are trying to be helpful or supportive when they make comments to someone about their health and/or treatments, but there are some things that  those who have not experienced the situation should just stay quiet about.  Some things are just not helpful, and some are ‘enough’ to ruin a relationship.  TheseContinue reading “What NOT To Say To Someone Who Is Disabled or Dealing With a Serious Illness”

Blowing Away Runners’ Legs…. For What?

The Boston Marathon- April 15, 2013 has been bombed.  Cowards targeted an international gathering and celebration of runners.  There is no logical explanation.  This isn’t political. It’s not religious.  It’s a sport,  way to stay healthy, or hobby.  It’s non-threatening from any angle I look at it. It’s all that’s on regular TV right now,Continue reading “Blowing Away Runners’ Legs…. For What?”

To The Young Nurses…

…us ‘old school’ nurses don’t really hate you! At least this one doesn’t!  I miss being around students and new grads.  We’ve all been new, but things are different, and nursing school is VERY different than it used to be.  Back in the day, we didn’t graduate if we didn’t do all of the skillsContinue reading “To The Young Nurses…”