Monday May 2, 2005!

  1. :Melody: Good Morning! :Melody:

    Hope all premium members stop by and say hello today!

    I'm having oatmeal with unsweetened soymilk.......yummy! :chuckle So you guys are on your own.

    Off to the gym, and then to a meeting at work "Customer Service"...woo hoo! Then some new committee I've been drafted to tomorrow.

    Statistics starts today but this week isn't too bad, next weeking seems to be the killer stuff.
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  3. by   Spidey's mom
    Good Morning from the west coast where the sun is not shining yet

    Oatmeal with soy milk sounds good to me - I'll have a bowl.

    I had two pieces of angel food cake with chocolate whipped cream frosting yesterday after work at my father-in-law's b-day party. :uhoh21: My mother-in-law said it was fat free and sugar free though.

    Working again today - no ER patients yet. 6 patients on the floor and 2 RN's and one CNA.

    Off to get more coffee to drink with that oatmeal. Thanks Tweety.

    steph
  4. by   Tweety
    Quote from earle58
    yes tweety, i do understand that she has made some of these decisions. but when someone feels suicidal or filled w/hopelessness, are they even thinking accurately? i mean, this is a psyche unit.

    and yes, nurses ARE liable if they didn't do a mouth sweep per p&p, even if there isn't a bad outcome. if they're afraid of getting their finger bitten, then you can still do a mouth check w/a flashlight and check everywhere in the mouth. and that was one of the concerns i shared w/the case mgr.
    just for the fact that tiffany shared all this stuff w/me is a cry for help.
    and i told her today,that if she ends up staying here longer than anticipated, no one held a gun to her head to do this stupid and dangerous crap. so yeah, i did hold her accountable, but also acknowledging (to myself) that she desperately needs help and has further deteriorated since admission. perhaps i'm too involved,but even though these teens are masters of manipulation, how can this happen? i can't think of a single valid reason.
    thank you for your well wishes.

    leslie

    Hugs, Leslie. I'm glad she's sharing things with you and hope things go well for all of you. It's quite common though the first few days for the kids to tell you how horrible it is and how horrible they are being treated, and perhaps even to digress deeper into their symptoms and not show progress so early on. So perhaps a little more time.

    Sounds like you've got a good handle on it and don't need any advice from me of all people. (My brother did spend time in this type of facility when a teen because of drugs and unfortunately, due to his own lack of committment and understanding they weren't able to break through and he made little progress.)
  5. by   CHATSDALE
    good morning cyper family...
    i worked all weekend but i went back and got the gist to the past couple of days postings

    RAINY, RAINY RAINY i can't tell you how happy i am for you..i know it all came with hard work and determination...good luck with getting the ideal job after all thin

    dinanh..sounds line the trip of a lifetime..i hope everything goes as planned i know that this sounds like a silly thing to say to a nurse but start walking long grueling walks..and don't wear new shoes ENJOY

    dear leslie my heart goes out to you...i am glad that you are there for tiff right now this is a very important thing that this is done right at this time..it will effect the rest of her life
    make sure that the staff does their job and that they see her and the others as individuals.. to try to make each little peg fit in the proper hole is not a beneficial goal
    making people see that they can be happy in their own skin is more difficult but this will achieve better long lasting goals
    some people need to be on meds long time, sometimes life long, just as some people can graduate from crutches to cane to indepentent walking does not make them better thatn those who must use a crutch from now on it is very hard to accept sometimes
    but that is part of the hurdle
    she really needs you as an advocate..but do not see the staff as the enemy . . you will have very good dedicated people as well as those who only want to collect a paycheck with the least amount of effort
    and kids lister to the other kids too who may have been surviving the sytem for a long while and they learn tricks from each other
    my prayrs are with you...keep us in touch
  6. by   lil' girl
    Hello everyone!! Well I made it through the second semester!! Just one more to go, and that is only 10 weeks, yaaaaaaaay!!!! We lost 5 people today. So we go from 30 at the beginning to only 19 now.

    Cool and cloudy here, kinda blah, but what can one do??

    Hope ya'll have a good day!

    Hugs
  7. by   Rustyhammer
    Good afternoon,

    Been working hard all weekend doing yard work with my boys. All the yards are green, mowed and weeds are trimmed down to a managable height. We also planted a bunch of new flowering bushes around the house to liven it up a bit. Today we woke up and it was snowing. Man! When will spring get here. Lawns are green but the trees have yet to get their leaves. The river is high from runoff (very high this year) but we still have yet to see temps above 60.
    Today I'm replacing the floor in the guest bathroom. Good day for indoor projects I guess.

    -Russell
  8. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from CHATSDALE
    dear leslie my heart goes out to you...i am glad that you are there for tiff right now this is a very important thing that this is done right at this time..it will effect the rest of her life
    make sure that the staff does their job and that they see her and the others as individuals.. to try to make each little peg fit in the proper hole is not a beneficial goal
    making people see that they can be happy in their own skin is more difficult but this will achieve better long lasting goals
    some people need to be on meds long time, sometimes life long, just as some people can graduate from crutches to cane to indepentent walking does not make them better thatn those who must use a crutch from now on it is very hard to accept sometimes
    but that is part of the hurdle
    she really needs you as an advocate..but do not see the staff as the enemy . . you will have very good dedicated people as well as those who only want to collect a paycheck with the least amount of effort
    and kids lister to the other kids too who may have been surviving the sytem for a long while and they learn tricks from each other
    my prayrs are with you...keep us in touch
    chattsy, as usual, that was wonderful and helpful input.
    no, i do not see the staff as the enemy, as i have met some wonderful nurses; like the nurse last evening, who removed tiff's 45/15 restrictions- he was very empathetic and listened to what my contentions were.
    yet this morning when i called, i asked the nurse if tiff had gotten a tox screening per my request, and rather than answer my question, she defiantly said " all the nurses do very thorough mouth checks on this unit" and i responded with "obviously not" and repeated my question about the tox screen. she said nothing had been done since her dr. hadn't been in yet. i asked her why she couldn't call any doctor for an order....so i think (maybe not) they're waiting for any of these drugs she took, to be excreted.

    and yes about the kids that have been there a loooong time; these are kids that don't have a home to go to and are awaiting placement into foster care. so they do indeed, know how to play the system.
    tiff did tell me today she took her lithium which we'll be able to determine when they draw levels.
    i've already spoken with a crisis counselor from a facility right near our house and the program is called "safe at home" where a team comprised of psychiatrists, therapists, social workers, tutors come to your house and you also go to the facility for INTENSIVE 1:1 therapy.....that seems like an option when tiff gets stabilized on her meds. over my dead body, i will not allow her to go to another in-pt facility.
    the only obstacle is tiff's father will probably still be here when she gets home as he won't be leaving until i've settled into a job and i don't need anything triggering tiff.
    she hung up on my last noc, very irritated because her father was in the background yelling "tell her i am fighting for her" and as soon as she heard his voice, total change of attitude-very upset/angry.
    but the dept. of social services visited w/tiffany today, as children's hospital filed a 51a against her father. they'll be meeting w/me and the boys tomorrow and w/ed on thurs.
    so i'll get a better sense of tiff's discharge and her coming home from dss.
    ed's on his 4th day w/o drinking and is now being father of the year, since he found out he has charges against him. unfortunately the damage has been done.
    and yeah, i was telling one of my friends, that i do feel an inner strength filled with determination and hope. it's a good place to be. i'll do whatever it takes to get my dtr well again. and i also warned her that for awhile, i will be watching her like a hawk. but if the meds help along w/therapy, hopefully she won't rebel but rather will understand.
    thanks chattsy. i found your response very comforting.

    tell me i don't need to vent, yes? :chuckle

    leslie
  9. by   Tweety
    I'm waiting for the air conditioning man to fix the leak. Said "after 3pm" whatever that means, its' 4:25 now. I finished up my first Stats assigment, which was basically seeing if we knew how to use the web and the library for research, which wasn't too bad. The fun begins next week, but I need to start on my days off this week.

    Leslie, sounds like a rough road you've began, but good things will come out in the end, I'm sure of it. I admire your strength.

    Guess I'll start supper here soon, which is a sure indication that the air condition man will come, right when I'm in the middle of cooking.

    Russ, SNOW!! In May!

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