Ruby Vee's Nursing Blog

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'Tis The Season -- For Domestic Violence

I was walking through the mall this morning on the way to my hair salon, and heard the distinct strains of "Jingle Bell Rock." I used to LIKE Christmas music . . . now I can barely force myself to...

Telephone Etiquette

I knew it was going to be a bad day when the phone rang at 4:30 AM and I actually answered it. It's a reflex. The phone rings when it's dark and you're sleeping it's either a crisis of some sort or...

"Nice" vs. "Social"

Let’s say I work with two nurses -- “Kjirsti” who is polite, professional and very quiet. She eats her lunch in the breakroom and listens to the conversation, very rarely contributing anything...

A Dog And Kitty Christmas Show

It was the year i started graduate school, and i was going to school full time and working full time. With no time to spare -- and no money, either -- i neglected the most basic rules of pet...

A Turkey of a Turkey Day

Only fair that this title should have two turkeys in it, since it's the story of two turkeys. (or maybe it's three and dh was one of them!) i met my husband when we were both working in the same...

Katrina Retrospective: Rescuing Mamita

I wasn’t in new orleans for the hurricane, and this isn’t a story about me. But it’s a good story nonetheless, so i’ll tell it again. Mamita had always been loud, dramatic and self-centered and...

Purple Cows Anyone?

i come from a long line of story tellers and practical jokers. i've never managed the art of the practical joke, but i've been known to tell a story now and again. my father, on the other hand, was...

Why I Don't Eat Chicken

People think I'm batty to not like chicken -- what is there not to like? You're not a vegetarian, are you? No, I'm not nuts and I'm not a vegetarian. I like red meat, and pork -- I just don't...

The Purple Glasses

I like bright colors, but it's been many years since I've had the nerve to wear them. I'm getting older, you see, and fatter. I'm no longer as young and as pretty as I once was. But faced with...

The Funeral Suit

I don’t know why I’m thinking of this now -- I’ll never take my mother shopping again. Sometimes I think that’s a good thing. Mom has Alzheimer’s and Dad took care of her for the last few years...

Nursing Ethics: About The Weather

Winter is over here, and summer is on its way. I count myself to be fortunate in the extreme that I didn't have to stay overnight at the hospital this winter. Yet it seemed to snow every single...

Holiday Blessings

We've planned a trip to visit my husband's family the week before Christmas, and consequently didn't do our usual trip to the tree farm to cut the biggest tree we could manage and bring it home to...

Coping With Alzheimer's: Sometimes You Have To Cry

I was going to write that sometimes you have to laugh; but that's been my coping mechanism all along. Both my mother and my mother-in-law have alzheimer's. Mamita's is more advanced, but my mother is...

Conversations With My Mother

conversations with my mother i just got off the phone with my mother, and i'm thrilled. this was a good day, and a good conversation. the good days and good conversations are dwindling now; ...

Ghosts in the Family

i grew up in a haunted house. every time we're sitting around on a slow night shift attempting to scare the bejesus out of each other with ghost stories, the question comes around: "do you believe...


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