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  1. ellakate

    He did it; my son is a high school graduate!

    :anpom:Congratulations, Brandon!! BTW, congratulations, Mom.
  2. ellakate

    Best age for puberty/birds, bees talk

    That's my girl, Leslie! Good job.
  3. ellakate

    I did CPR on my ferret

    chenoaspirit, my psychiatrist gave me a tip in dealing with painful memories, like your little Jasmine's screaming. OK, now remember another sound that Jasmine made when she was happy and go to that place. Every time you have that sad thought, plug in the happy time. Don't blame yourself. It isn't your fault. Animals have shorter life spans than we do, and as long as your heart is beating it will always hurt to lose one. You loved that baby until the minute she died. And she knows it. I can only hope that we are all so lucky when our times come. . . . . :specs:
  4. Angelfire, don't get bogged down in this stuff. If you aren't baring body parts, your clothes are fine. You are so much more than clothes. From a wise counselor -- when we change, it makes those around us very uncomfortable. Especially, when we change for the better. When those around us become uncomfortable, they act in a way to keep us in our old pattern. (Translation: You are growing, they are not.) It seems to be about control. :specs:
  5. ellakate

    Care and Feeding of a New Kitty

    I have a little fellow whose farts could peel paint off the wall. He outgrew it after his intestinal parasites were resolved and his intestine was less sensitive. Moogie, can you find KMR (Kitten Milk Replacement)? It is in our grocery store and most feed stores. This works great on these little ones. It won't improve the diarrhea, but it will pack on the weight.
  6. ellakate

    Care and Feeding of a New Kitty

    Will she eat a bit of yogurt?
  7. ellakate

    Aussie Jessica Watson rounds the Cape!

    This is one gutsy woman! She can truly say that she has been around the Horn.
  8. ellakate

    A Job, Maybe?

    i've heard geritol is better than those energy drinks out there... that it's quite the pick-me-up. hmmm.... It doesn't have the kick that it used to, Leslie.
  9. ellakate

    Where we all live

    Georgetown, Tx. It is 26 miles north of Austin, the state capitol. I grew up in a small town called Pflugerville. The road looked a lot like the one that herring showed us.
  10. ellakate

    A Job, Maybe?

    The commute is about 24 miles on country roads. Very little highway driving, which is lethal around here. Thank you gentlemen for the kind words of support! They are much appreciated.
  11. ellakate

    A Job, Maybe?

    OM gosh! I've found a part time nursing opportunity in a nearby town. It is for a clinical research nurse in a family practice setting. The advertisement is for LVN, to train, so I hope that they won't mind if they don't have to train me. :lol2: Since leaving home health, I haven't seen any jobs like this. I have sent my letter of interest, resume via craigslist, where the job was posted. While I am enjoying my leisure days, I am too young to retire, according to today's standards. I thought that when I reached 56, I would get all the old people discounts. But they raised the age for senior citizens, just when I get there. Of course, AARP is still there. (Wow, I feel better already) I hate that 50 is the new 30 stuff. I already did that! To think that I would have to experience those years again is more than I can take. Who has the energy to do all that stuff again? Well, I need to take a dose of Geritol. Thanks for listening. :specs:
  12. ellakate

    I am so angry right now.

    My sister is crazy too. I have decided just to pray for her. When they are odd, there is nothing that we can do. It is way beyond our human intervention.
  13. ellakate

    Ask-allnurses.com answers...

    MsILLRN, this is what it has become. No wonder new grads feel thrown under the bus. Twenty-five years ago, I was hired as charge nurse 3-11 at a city county hospital. Human resources conducted classes teaching all new CNs how to complete performance reviews. But it isn't employed in this work environment. Retorting to the manager would have only given the peer group more ammo to say that you are 'overly emotional' or 'defensive.' Peer group evals have the potential to be deadly. I have had several reviews by incoming managers who had never worked with me. Management by hearsay. Poor managers use evaluations as leverage. What if you received praise and asked for more money? Rather than answer that, no praise is offered. I agree with your assessment of poor management, but no management is closer to the truth. I am sorry that this has happened to you.