Hello everyone! I just wanted to write a little note here to let you all know… I’m still alive! My life has become very hectic lately and I’ve been so busy with 3D-life!
My Grandmother has become very ill in her antique-ness. My parents had to take her into their home to take care of her. Then she lost consciousness in my mother’s arms and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. They have her stabilized now in the hospital, as of this writing. Her poor little body is just giving out, but she is trying to hold on! If she does transition soon, I know that she has had a long and full life. But this has caused a lot of stress on the family, as it always does when people go through something like this.
For anyone who doesn’t already know, I’m a nurse by profession. And at work we have recently initiated a whole new computer system for everything we do – all our charting. The amount of stress this new system has put on our unit is practically indescribable. Nurses are going home from work hours late and in tears! The system is not user-friendly and it is our only recompense if, for example, someone five years down the road wants to sue the hospital or the staff. We will not remember that patient and so it is our charting that says what we did or didn’t do. And so it protects us, as well as the patients, as a record of what happened (or didn’t happen).
A meeting was called and a too-small room was packed full of management, union representatives, and nurses to hammer at this issue. I was one nurse who was asked to represent my colleagues at this meeting. I don’t know how other professions are, but hospital management are notorious for not listening to it’s nursing staff as far as what the needs for the hospital are. And so while humbling, this was a very challenging task.
The good news is that after a long meeting jam-packed into a tiny room, we were able to get the hospital to afford us some additional training on the new computer system and some extra nursing staff while that training is happening. Another emergency meeting is scheduled for Wednesday this week to pin down exactly which parts of the system are not working right and how to tweak it to be more user-friendly. This meeting, of course, will be eight hour on 1st shift (where I work 2nd shift). And so that ought to afford me very little sleep time!
In addition to all that, it was my daughter’s 13th Birthday! I had a party all planned at my house with the cake ordered and friends all coming and my daughter woke up that morning with a high fever and throwing up! So I had to cancel the party and re-plan it for five days later. Then, she had gotten money for her Birthday, and so I had to take her shopping to spend that money (which, I’m sure, was burning a hole in her pocket!) Wowza! What else could happen?
I got home a bit early from work last night and just wanted to relax a little bit here, in front of my computer, and the power was out. Now, here in Michigan, it’s 32 degrees. It was extremely cold in my house (along with no lights or TV or phone or internet). I couldn’t even get my phone to pull up the internet, which is unusual. And so I sat with my dog and my cat in a cold and candle-lit house for about four hours before I decided to go somewhere where there is power (my parent’s house).
As it turned out, the power was out for about eight hours. And so every time that happens, I always feel just a bit more thankful for electricity!
And so I just wanted to let you all know why I have been away for the last week or so, and not posting here. I haven’t forgotten about my blog, and I see that most of you have found interest in other articles here, that perhaps you haven’t read before.
Don’t forget to use the “Category Cloud” to look up your favorite subjects! For example, if you love to read NDE stories, just click “NDE” in the Category Cloud and it’ll bring up all of those stories posted here.
By the way, have you been reading the “Daniel Papers”? I have been fascinated by them. If you haven’t seen them, they’re posted on “Removing the Shackles” blog-site.
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