Good Early Afternoon -
Tweety - I used to work at a Burger King, back in my Boston-Days. They only had one rolling flame-cooker for their meat. I have to wonder if that similar taste you're experiencing with the Vegan-Whopper happens, in part, because they're cooked on the same rolling flame-cooker that's used for cooking the meat-burgers. I only mention this because Amy is fairly "hard-core" with her gluten-free diet. Whenever we go to any restaurant she asks for her gluten-free meals, and quickly asks if those meals are prepared separately from anything that contains gluten. With that said, I am sincerely impressed that Burger King offers a Vegan-Whopper. Very cool! (I used to have a whole lot of fun working at that Burger King, especially after work when we'd all go out to a local bar, at around mid-night, and unwind! L O L!) Hope your work weekend is kind to you.
Joe - Seems like you have a nice day planned for yourself. Hope you're able to get the finger-printing thing done so that the officials in Michigan are pleased and happy. (Honestly? Having to re-do something like sending them finger-prints would annoy the heck out of me. Ugh! L O L!) Enjoy your time with your Dad.
NurseBlaq - Hope you have a nice day.
nursej22 - Nice to read that you were able to finally get a few good hours of solid-sleep after a restless night. Your work-day, yesterday, seems quite interesting and quite varied! Wow! The information on "neuro-TB" seems interesting for sure. When I think "TB", I think "lungs". L O L! That FlightAware app seems quite interesting, too.
Recently woke up. Got a few hours of decent sleep this morning. Work last night was somewhat emotionally draining for me. Almost immediately after starting 7PM-7AM (12-hour) shift, my patient told me, "I'm ready to go home. Please give me the 'papers' to sign so that I can leave." I had this patient the previous night. I also had this patient on previous admissions. This is a young gentleman in his mid-20s who is non-compliant with his DM, and recently came back from rehab for drug and ETOH addiction. I was able to talk him into staying in the hospital the previous night. I was NOT able to talk him into staying last night. (He has a well-established history of going AMA.) Now, to be clear, for almost any other patient, I'd quickly have those "AMA Forms" in my hand, have the the patient sign them, and then say, "Buh-Bye"!!! (And, to be very honest, I haven't done an AMA thing in a LONG time. Years, actually!!) But this situation was different. This guy seemed to be trying to get better. Up unto this point, he's remained drug and alcohol free after being discharged from the rehab facility. We were still working on managing his DM, and that can take time. (From an ICU point of view, I didn't need our services at all. He was very stable. But he needed to remain in the hospital so that our MDs can come up with an effective and doable plan to manage his DM.) It really bummed me out that he was going AMA. Again. Hopefully he won't die because of his decisions. I told him that, as did the hospitalist. Gosh, he's only in his mid-20s!! For several hours after he left, I had NO patients. I was kind of hoping to go home early this morning. But around 3:00 AM, I got an admission, who had a panic attack while getting transferred from the E.R. stretcher onto the ICU bed. (She's an end-stage COPDer with known panic attacks) They recently weaned her off the CPAP down in the E.R., and she as brought up to our teeny-tiny unit wearing a nasal cannula. Thankfully, the respiratory therapist was dragging the CPAP/BiPap machine behind her. Once placed back on CPAP, as anxiously requested by the patient, the panic attack quickly subsided and she was fine for the rest of the night. Sadly, it seems like the end-stage COPD is slowly becoming more and more "end-stage". I don't usually post about my nights at work here. Quite frankly, my nights at my teeny-tiny ICU in my teeny-tiny hospital are relatively unremarkable. (I LOVE "unremarkable"!!) But seeing that "kid" (he's a very young "mid-20s") go AMA bothered me.
Although this is my weekend on to work, for some reason I'm off tonight. I must have switched nights off with someone who needed a night off during the week and was willing to work my Saturday night shift. I just don't remember doing the switching. It must be "old man brain". L O L!
After I'm done typing here, I'm going food shopping. After I'm done with that, I'll go for a power-walk if the weather holds up. Amy is doing two shows today. So, I'll have the house to myself this evening. I plan on continuing on with editing that dance video. . . using my main studio speakers (no headphones). L O L!
Hope all have a pleasant week-end!