Good Morning Saturday Feb 19th!

  1. Come one! Come all!

    This here is the Good Morning thread!
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  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    What's for breakfast, Roy?
  4. by   Roy Fokker
    Ha! Perqs of being a "night owl" - you get to start GM threads

    Wow! I think I took out a bit too much aggro on my punching bag - my shoulders are whining and moaning about it!

    Soooooo! This here is the weekend. Whatcha all gunnadoaboutit today?
  5. by   Roy Fokker
    Breakfast?

    Hmm, pancakes with syrup. Egg, bacon and cheese stuffed croissants. Milk.

    BIG HUGE pot of coffee for you coffee nuts

    I got French toast waffles, deli sandwiches. Plain croissants, tomato soup. Salad, grapefruit, oranges, apples and bananas
  6. by   VivaLasViejas
    Tomato soup for BREAKFAST???

    I think I'll have some coffee, and an orange.......I've had a spell here recently where I can't get enough of the darned things. I eat 2 or 3 of 'em a day.......must need the vitamin C. :chuckle
  7. by   leslie :-D
    tomato soup.....mmmmmmmmm- i think i'll have that with my pancakes.

    and what happened to my maypo?
    with all due respect, you make weird breakfasts.

    won't be doing much this w/e....except chauffeur my kids around and get some much needed cleaning done.

    for Christmas, i got my 14 yo a set of weights w/a bench. well last noc i was showing josh how strong mom was and even though i lifted it with arms extended, i wasn't as graceful lowering it and it fell on MY CHEST. i am so damaged goods. enough said.
  8. by   RainDreamer
    Hiya Marla, Roy, and Leslie

    Ah yes, the weekend. What I'll do about it is..... study I have a careplan due on Mon. and a big test on Tues.

    And I'm so far behind because I was real sick again this week, I'd been sick the last 4 weeks(!), thought it was getting better.... but then the beginning of this week it just got worse. Called into the school clinic and apparently something is going around school because the clinic was booked full and I wouldn't be able to get an appointment until the 22nd. I really felt like if I waited until then I would die, it really felt like it. I ached all over, I had a fever, and even though I hadn't been able to eat much the past few weeks, now I wasn't able to keep liquids down either. Finally just went into the ER and got fluids. So the last 4 weeks I've had the flu, I didn't even realize it was the flu.... but it just go so bad this last week because I was so dehydrated. Sheesh, I felt dumb for not knowing, but I haven't had the flu since I was in grade school. I'm feeling better though, but still all I wanna do is sleep. I can sleep all night and still need a few naps

    So this weekend, lots of catch up to do, lots of reading.

    And I wanted to thank you all for your kind words and help after I posted about my bad clinical experience with that burn victim. I ended up calling my instructor and we talked about it for a while, she's really great .... then she met with my clinical group again a couple days later and we all talked about it again and told us we can always go to the counseling services at the University if we feel we need to. It just helped to talk with them all about it, because they were feeling the same as what I was. Thanks again for all your encouragement!
  9. by   akcarmean
    Roy thanks for breakfast but I think I will pass. I just got home from work and am ready for sleep. Beside I have a very large stack of girl scout cookies. dd sold almost 300 well they came in today so now it's delivery time. I think I will deliver mine first. Good Luck with the presentation.


    Anyways hope everyone has a good night day. I am going shopping tomorrow and see what I can buy for myself. Maybe a PDA.


    Leslie hope you aren't hurting to bad. I barely lifted on the boy tonight and my back was killing me by the time I got off. Then to do all the walking around tomorrow I will be in major pain by Sat. noc. darn it I hate this when you can't do anything normal.

    well everyone I will check in with you all when I get home.

    take care and have a good day.

    Tweety -- I hope you get to feeling better soon. I have had the flu 2x already this yr. Don't need it again. At least the last one only lasted a little over 24 hrs.

    Love,
    Angie
  10. by   leslie :-D
    hi raindreamer,

    it sounds like you're FINALLY starting to recover- dang 4 weeks, that's incredible.
    i hope you're doing somewhat better re: your experience in the ER. are you able to sleep? sometimes talking is the only therapy we need. just want to let you know that i think of you and pray for your well being.

    leslie xo
  11. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from akcarmean
    Roy thanks for breakfast but I think I will pass.


    Anyways hope everyone has a good night day. I am going shopping tomorrow and see what I can buy for myself. Maybe a PDA.


    Leslie hope you aren't hurting to bad. I barely lifted on the boy tonight and my back was killing me by the time I got off. Then to do all the walking around tomorrow I will be in major pain by Sat. noc. darn it I hate this when you can't do anything normal.
    1. i think i will also pass on breakfast; roy sweetie we'll work on this.

    2. good for you angie, buying something for yourself. you so deserve it. :icon_hug:

    3. actually they're KILLING ME. the only thing that works is massage....i know, tmi. but that was a very traumatic injury. i hope they're not damaged for life.

    have a great day tomorrow angie...i'll be thinking of you.

    leslie xo
  12. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from RainDreamer
    Hiya Marla, Roy, and Leslie

    Ah yes, the weekend. What I'll do about it is..... study I have a careplan due on Mon. and a big test on Tues.

    And I'm so far behind because I was real sick again this week, I'd been sick the last 4 weeks(!), thought it was getting better.... but then the beginning of this week it just got worse. Called into the school clinic and apparently something is going around school because the clinic was booked full and I wouldn't be able to get an appointment until the 22nd. I really felt like if I waited until then I would die, it really felt like it. I ached all over, I had a fever, and even though I hadn't been able to eat much the past few weeks, now I wasn't able to keep liquids down either. Finally just went into the ER and got fluids. So the last 4 weeks I've had the flu, I didn't even realize it was the flu.... but it just go so bad this last week because I was so dehydrated. Sheesh, I felt dumb for not knowing, but I haven't had the flu since I was in grade school. I'm feeling better though, but still all I wanna do is sleep. I can sleep all night and still need a few naps

    So this weekend, lots of catch up to do, lots of reading.

    And I wanted to thank you all for your kind words and help after I posted about my bad clinical experience with that burn victim. I ended up calling my instructor and we talked about it for a while, she's really great .... then she met with my clinical group again a couple days later and we all talked about it again and told us we can always go to the counseling services at the University if we feel we need to. It just helped to talk with them all about it, because they were feeling the same as what I was. Thanks again for all your encouragement!
    Hi, RainDreamer!

    Don't ever hesitate to seek 'debriefing' after a traumatic patient situation, even if it's as informal as a chat with a colleague or as serious as a few therapy sessions. In the course of a nursing career, you will encounter many such situations, and some are much tougher to get past than others; yes, we have to maintain our professionalism, but trying to hold in all the pain and human tragedy we see can ultimately lead to burnout, depression, even suicidal ideation. I'm glad to see that you took the initiative and spoke with your instructor of this incredibly sad and tragic event, as well as posting here; you'll never forget what happened, but it sounds like you're processing it and learning from it so you can move on to the next thing.

    And you know, some aspects of nursing NEVER get any easier, no matter how often you witness or participate in them. About six months ago another nurse and I had to code a 42-year-old man, who up until that morning had had no idea whatsoever that he had the same heart condition that had killed both his father (at age 50) and his brother (at age 36). He was married, had four kids ranging in age from 8 to 16, and as his color changed from pink to pale white to near purple, he became anxious and frightened, and he begged us not to let him die.......even as we called the code, before he faded into unconsciousness, he was crying for his wife and his children, and hanging onto Judy and me for dear life........We'd get a rhythm for a few minutes, then he'd lapse back into V-tach or V-fib. We lost him for good an hour and a half after his first run of V-tach........none of us could believe it. He'd been admitted only that morning for chest pain and SOB, and he was dead before the sun set in the West that evening.

    Even with years of experience under my belt, this one hit me like a ton of bricks, and indeed was hard on every single person who worked on him. For one thing, we'd just lost a co-worker (who was the same age as this pt.) to cancer and were still reeling from that loss; for another, he was close to many of us in age; and of course, the thing that will haunt me forever was the look of absolute terror in his eyes as the knowledge of what was about to happen struck him. He knew he was going to die. So did we, and we knew that he knew, and he knew that we knew........and there wasn't a thing we could do about it, other than flog his dying heart for almost 90 minutes.

    Well, thankfully our supervisors and the hospital chaplain decided to hold a debriefing session a few days after this. Some of us were having trouble sleeping; others, like Judy and me, felt guilty even though we knew, clinically, that the battle for this patient's life was over before it had ever begun. That debriefing session allowed us to vent, to express our frustration and anger and fear, and it was the beginning of healing because we were encouraged to understand that we really had done everything humanly possible for this man, that the family knew we'd done our best, and that the only way he'd have survived was if God Himself had been at the bedside defibrillating him.

    The moral of the story is: It's normal to be upset, to cry, even to be horrified when confronted with tragedy. If you ever get to the point where you can look at human suffering and not be bothered by it, then you'd better get out of this business because there's no room for nurses who can't feel. You don't get to lose control and run down the hall screaming, but there's nothing wrong with honest human emotion, and it's good to share that with others who have been through those experiences.
  13. by   dianah
    Wow, you said it all, Marla! And so true, so true . . .
  14. by   Roy Fokker
    Quote from mjlrn97
    The moral of the story is: It's normal to be upset, to cry, even to be horrified when confronted with tragedy. If you ever get to the point where you can look at human suffering and not be bothered by it, then you'd better get out of this business because there's no room for nurses who can't feel. You don't get to lose control and run down the hall screaming, but there's nothing wrong with honest human emotion, and it's good to share that with others who have been through those experiences.
    Very well said!

    Raindreamer :

    When I lost my girl, my best friend AND his mother in a span of a few months a few years back - I was absolutely crushed. Three of my closest people in this world were gone and I was quite devastated.

    My best friends sister is an absolute angel I tell you - she was dealing with the death of her brother and her mother and you know what she tells me?

    "It's OK to cry! Don't ever be ashamed of showing your emotions. Emotions are what define us. Don't ever be ashamed of being HUMAN!"

    That is basically my motto now - don't ever be ashamed of being human.

    Yes, we are expected to be professional - you know the whole gag: be courteous, always smile, deliver the best care... blah... blah... blah. But I hope people - especially yourself! - don't forget that we are ALSO human beings, with our own set of quirks, tolerance levels and sensitivity. Some idiots are prone to say that "well, if you can't handle this, maybe you shouldn't be a nurse!" - well to them all I can say is : "Compassion is what defines a nurse".

    You just couldn't help but feel bad about that experience. You have absolutely no reason to feel guilty or bad about - but yet you do. Why? Because deep down inside, you are a compasionate human being. The tragic suffering of others - be they strangers of even animals, leaves scars on your heart.

    And this is one of the reasons why you'll be a great nurse someday! This simple feeling of empathy for the suffering of others is what defines our profession.

    I hope you are able to deal with you experience. If at anytime you need to vent, steam, yell or just plain yap - we are always here for you

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