September 7, 2006, 7:11 pm

Hello! I’m “It”!


Well, this is how I look after two twelve-hour shifts in a row.

You should see me when it is actually busy!

I just have one sentence to write about the last two days.

Carrots in the pleural fluid.

That was not a typo.


Oh, and when I came back after being off for five days straight, someone had put a mug in my mailbox that showed a bumble bee and read “Bee-otch” (spelled like that).

Now, it could belong to someone else; one can’t jump to conclusions.

But no one seems to know where it came from!

By the way, am I the only woman out there that thinks “bitch” (pardon my language) is a compliment?


I have been officially tagged.

It was a bilateral tag – simultaneously administered in a most efficient manner by Difficult Pt at Ripple of Hope (love the new blog title!) and Intelinurse2b at It’s A Nursing Thing.

And so, let the inquisition begin (“NO ONE expects the Spanish Inquisition”! Sorry, just channeling my inner Python….):

1) Are you happy/satisfied with your blog’s content and look?

  • Absolutely, positively!!!!!! It’s so…me! And I owe it all to Shane Pike, my “web guy fantastique”!

2) Does your family know about your blog?

  • My family knows so much about my blogs that they are sick of hearing about them! “Shut up and blog!”, they tell me. A writer is never respected in her own home….

3) Do you feel embarrassed to let your friends know about your blog?

  • Nope! They are just too polite to tell me to shut up about it, unlike my immediate family.

4) Did blogging cause positive changes in your thoughts?

  • Yes! Writing about nursing made me realize just what a special profession I am in and I began to see the positive aspects, instead of griping about the negatives all the time. It made me excited to be a nurse again!
  • And of course, the whole world is one big blog post just waiting to happen. I see the significance of my interactions more clearly.

5) Do you only open the blogs of those who comment on your blog or do you love to go and discover more by yourself?

  • I produce my side-bar as People’s Exhibit #1! I’m always checking out new blogs. My comments come to my email, so if someone new comments, I go check out their blog. I also check out other sidebars to see if there are blogs I haven’t heard of yet.
  • I think it is important to get the word out about new blogs and encourage the writers by visiting the site. That’s what happened to me in the early days and here I am over a year later!

6) What does a visitor counter mean to you?

  • Oh my, I live and die by my Site Meter! LOL! I love to see the numbers go up and get a big ol’ head, only to have it deflate on the weekends as the numbers drop. It challenges me to write better, more succinct posts to elevate those numbers! Blogging: A Roller Coaster of Emotion! LOL!
  • Seriously, though, every one of those numbers represents a reader and it is quite humbling to think that people are visiting. I appreciate everyone who does.
  • And I’m always amazed at who is reading Emergiblog! Africa! Greece! Brazil! Australia! India! England! Kuwait! Israel! Iraq! Is there any other medium that can bring the world together like the blogosphere? There is no “me” and “you”, there is just “us”! And we (bloggers of the world)are so much more alike than I ever imagined. We are making a better world, one link at a time.

7) Did you try to imagine your fellow bloggers and give them real pictures?

  • Yes. All male physician/med student bloggers look like Harrison Ford or Orlando Bloom. All female physicians look like Jane Semour.
  • Nurses and nursing students are either Catherine Zeta-Jones or Sally Field, perhaps a Betty White in there for the older nurses.
  • (Addendum: a commenter just told me that HE doesn’t look like Sally Field! Me, so proud of the fact that there is not a sexist bone in my body, forgot to include the guys in nursing! Mea mega culpa! And so, with that in mind, I now decree that all male nurses look like Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Patrick Stewart – love that Captain Picard look!)
  • Paramedics look like Russell Crowe or Keifer Sutherland. Patients I put together in my mind as I read, because there is no “typical” patient.
  • Now, if you’ve actually posted your pic, all bets are off….

8) Admit it. Do you think there is any real benefit in blogging?

  • There is for me on a personal level. I found a love of writing that I didn’t know I had and it gets me excited and motivated to keep doing it. On Scared to Health, it gives me an outlet to totally ventilate and act bitchy if I want to! LOL!

9) Do you think that blogger’s society is isolated from the real world or interaction with events?

  • Heavens no! Blogs are “real time” commentaries on what is happening around the world and you have the opportunity to hear and see all sides of every issue, if you are willing to do it!

10) Does criticism annoy you or do you feel it’s a normal thing?

  • It doesn’t annoy, it hurts. If it is constructive, then it is a learning process, but it still stings a bit. I’m always ready to admit when I goof, though. Only parts of me are perfect! LOL! I only “lost” one reader that I know of, anonymous (of course), who did not agree with a post I did on John Lennon and how I viewed the world 25 years after his death. I felt really bad about that. Still do.

11) Do you fear some political blogs and avoid them?

  • I will read a blog before I make any decision. Left,right,center. A good writer can take a controversial topic, give their opinion and leave those who disagree coming back for more. I do admit to staying away from one HIGH PROFILE “left-wing” blog site because I don’t really need to read foul language and non-stop rants, although I am surely no Pollyanna myself. I just have better things to do with my time.
  • When I first began discovering “blogs”, they were the blogs of conservative commentators and radio hosts I listen to (The Trifecta: Dennis Prager, Michael Medved and Hugh Hewitt). In fact, I thought ALL blogs were political until I started mine. Almost didn’t start it because it wasn’t politically oriented. I would then check out the blogs of the liberal guests that would be on their shows. Just because you don’t agree with someone, doesn’t mean you can’t learn from them.

12) Were you shocked by the arrest of some bloggers?

  • Depends on where they were arrested. Some countries don’t take kindly to the freedom of speech I alluded to in the above question. I don’t like that it happened, no matter where the blogger resided, but I’m not shocked at some of the arrests. Had it happened in this country, I’d not only be shocked, I’d be an activist. Amnesty International would look like a mom-and-pop store in comparison.

13) What do you think will happen to your blog after you die?

  • Well, I’m pretty sure the posting would be erratic, at best. It will just float in cyberspace, to be used however someone wants to.

14) What song do you like to hear?

  • Layla. The original. By Eric Clapton. You expected me to say something by Journey, didn’t you? Layla is the best rock song of all time. At least that is how I feel today.

As for my next victims, I shall have to ponder for a few minutes. Actually, for about half an hour until dinner is done. Then I shall secretly come up and tap you on the shoulder.

Don’t worry, it’s just me.


  • PaedsRN

    September 7, 2006 at 8:07 pm

    I don’t look like Sally Field! Not even slightly. Maybe a less-handsome version of John Goodman 😉

  • Kim

    September 7, 2006 at 8:22 pm

    Boy is my face RED! Appropriate addendum addended!

  • Deacon Barry

    September 8, 2006 at 8:57 am

    I’m cool with looking like Patrick Stewart. Just remember to add Paul Newman’s blue eyes, and lots and lots of dark brown curls. There, now you’ve got an uncanny resemblence of me. (Does the Picard manouver)

  • Margaret

    September 8, 2006 at 9:16 am

    Don’t feel deflated because we don’t visit on a weekend, I’m sure that others are like me: On Monday I read all your blogs from the weekend. 🙂

  • DisappearingJohn

    September 8, 2006 at 9:22 am

    Actually, I tend to be more of a weekend blogger, but it depends on what my work schedule is at the time. Blogging is usually my “calming down” activity that I do between when I get off work, and when I go to bed…I can live with Patrick Stewart… We do share a hair style…

  • Prisca

    September 8, 2006 at 10:23 am

    I read ALL week and love it…

    Too funny about the bitch mug! I would think that was a compliment, too! 🙂

  • Dr. A

    September 8, 2006 at 1:13 pm

    Great blogaholic answers. I watch my sitemeter too much as well. Oh yeah, I have the more American Grafitti Harrison Ford look rather than the “Random Hearts” Harrison Ford look – in case you were wondering…

  • Mel

    September 8, 2006 at 3:10 pm

    hmm…you leave me wondering what you think we finance types look like, but don’t answer…

  • intelinurse2b

    September 8, 2006 at 4:30 pm

    Thanks Kim! Youre the best! Youre answers were hilarious.

    If the mug weren’t so blatantly offensive, I could imagine you using it with great pleasure knowing the offenders were not getting a piece of you-but I hope they don’t anyways.

  • Jodi

    September 8, 2006 at 6:40 pm

    lol…I love that you would picture me as a Katherine Zeta-Jones! Of course through links ON my blog you could find a pic of me…and I think you have.
    You are too funny!

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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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