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Joined Sep 6, '02 - from 'The Great Northwest'. VivaLasViejas is a RN and blogger extraordinaire. She has '20' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'LTC, assisted living, geriatrics, psych'. Posts: 26,408 (38% Liked) Likes: 42,042

Black Roses

by VivaLasViejas - And now, for something a little different..... As many of you know, I have battled mental illness for some time, and recently found myself in a very dark place. It is a place I've visited many...

Reversal of Fortune

by VivaLasViejas - That moment came for me yesterday morning. Not for a minute did I believe that I would really get my dream shot, even as I sailed through an initial phone interview and the first of two panel...

Jury-Rigged

by VivaLasViejas - I got the dreaded jury summons a few days ago. Why is it that some people can go most of their lives without being called for jury duty, while some of us are summoned every. other. year?! It's...

So Long As We Both Shall Live

by VivaLasViejas - This year, as some readers know, everything has changed. We now count our remaining time in terms of a year or so, not decades, and our hopes for the future in terms of lengthening life, not a long...

Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?

by VivaLasViejas - September 11, 2001. It was the morning of my second day at a new job. I was just waking up when my sister, who was living with my family at the time, banged on my bedroom door and ran into my room...

The Hardest Decision I've Ever Made

by VivaLasViejas - I knew it was the beginning of the end when she fell here at home and fractured her pelvis in two places. She has now been in the SNF for two months, rehabbing from her injuries, and although they...

Gifts From the Sea

by VivaLasViejas - They say that everything happens for a reason, although taking some of the seashells I'd gathered on my recent visit to the Oregon Coast to my doctor's appointment a couple of weeks ago was merely an...

Trading Places

by VivaLasViejas - It was never supposed to be this way. We were supposed to grow old together, my sister and I. We were supposed to sit on the porch---she in the shade, I in the sun just like always---and watch our...

Recovery: A Journey, Not a Destination

by VivaLasViejas - I used to be so proud of my sobriety. Every year that I stayed away from alcohol was a cause for celebration. New Year's Eve of 1991 was the last time I'd taken a drink, and as the years passed I...

We Gather Together

by VivaLasViejas - "We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing, He chastens and hastens His will to make known. The wicked oppressing shall cease from distressing, Sing praises to His name, He forgets not his...

To Everything, There Is A Season

by VivaLasViejas - Maybe it's just a quirk of mine, but I've always associated certain songs with seasons of the year. I'm not just talking about Christmas or Easter music; I mean songs that call to mind a particular...

If You're Clumsy and You Know It, Pour Your Meds

by VivaLasViejas - I've got to admit it: I HATE filling up my pill minders each week. The reasons for this are many, not the least of which is being reminded that I take enough meds to need the things in the first...

The Litter Box Incident

by VivaLasViejas - Now that my husband's customary chores are gradually but inexorably being transferred to my to-do list, I got ambitious last night and decided that I was going to not only change out the cat litter,...

Stupid People Tricks

by VivaLasViejas - Here's how kooky Viva shows everyone she's koo-koo for Cocoa Puffs: She goes to an appointment in a big building, gets turned around in there but doesn't realize it, goes out to her car and can't...

Help.....I'm Writing and I Can't Shut Up!!

by VivaLasViejas - It's hard to imagine now, but it was only a year ago that I had the world's worst case of scrivener's constipation.....AKA writer's block. It was awful......I wanted desperately to write, but...


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