September, 2006 Archive

September 7, 2006, 7:11 pm

Hello! I’m “It”!

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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.

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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?

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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.

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5:12 am

Change of Shift: Volume One, Number Six

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Welcome to the latest edition of “Change of Shift: A Nursing Blog Carnival”!

This week we hear not only from nurses (including a Canadian colleague), we have a paramedic, a surgeon, an ER chaplain and a warning against complacency from a most amazing patient.

It is quite an eclectic mix this week and Emergiblog is proud to be hosting this selection of stories.

And so, in the great tradition of Grand Rounds, Emergiblog presents: Change of Shift.

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PDXEMT, (paramedic extraordinaire!) presents a heartwarming salute In Praise of Nurses posted at PDXEMT. Hey buddy, on behalf of ER nurses everywhere: “Right back at ya!”. (Although if you had ever seen the author of Emergiblog in scrubs, you might revise that last paragraph!)

Ron Hudson presents a retrospective look at two decades of living with HIV infection in Twenty-one Years Now posted at 2sides2ron. We have come so far in our understanding of HIV/AIDS, it’s easy to forget the early days and become complacent. Ron reminds us in his inimitable way that we can’t. Important reading.

Jo, from Coffee and Conversation addresses catching a medication transcription error in Med Error….Or not . Attention Residents: learn how not to treat your RN colleague who you may need to save your derriere someday. And for pete’s sake, don’t ever write an order for an incident report. You might as well put a big red arrow on your chest with the words “Sue Me!” engraved on it. I mean really….

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Our favorite surgeon, Dr. Sid Schwab presents a case of a patient with a most unusual post-operative “complication” in the form of his ICU nurse in Surgeonsblog: When Nurses Attack posted at Surgeonsblog. Warning: may cause disarticulation of jaw secondary to laughing while it drops onto your keyboard.

Did you know Canada has a Safe Injection site program? Check out how Canada is working to mitigate the problems of addiction, as Canadian student nurse, InSite Supporter, gives information via the “InSite Fact Sheet” on Protect InSite. Here is strong evidence that safe, accessible facilities for drug addicts help the community and the addicts themselves.

Malcolm presents Anne. Nurse Extraordinaire. A young nurse and the story of a life of giving, in six stunningly beautiful paragraphs. And yes, it is based on a true story and a real nurse.

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Editor’s pick of the week: Room 506 posted at kt living. Read and remember why you became a nurse; every now and then we really are witness to a miracle. Beautiful.

Get to know fellow nurse bloggers “Third Degree Nurse” and Jen, RN from “Into the Unit” as Tatiana presents Nursing Studio Podcast #13 posted at Nursing Studio. I will be listening for the first time myself. I wonder if I can use this as an excuse to get a new iPod?

Pull out your sense of humor as we ponder the meaning of Jesus Loves Me… posted at Too Fat for Ponies. I’m sure he’d appreciate any advice on how to protect his laptop from the ravages of those who would abuse it!

Don’t you wish your Nurse Prof was fun like me? Too Fat for Ponies also presents a funny nursing professor in Culture Shock. Elvis and valsalva? I’m just sayin’…..

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DisappearingJohn learns that patient care situations aren’t always black and white in Losing sleep… posted at DisappearingJohn RN. What would you have done in this situation?

Whether you are nursing on the front lines at home as a caregiver or in a hospital as a nurse/doctor/aide, you’ll find Caregiving Hazardous To Your Health? a thought provoking read. Thanks to Mona, over at The Tangled Neuron for this submission.

Susan at Rickety Contrivances of Doing Good reveals the best pain and anxiety relief available in an ER. Bet you can’t guess what it is! Find out at Major Drugs. No Needles.

Intelinurse2b is excited and her enthusiasm is contagious! Celebrate with her at I’m Hooked posted at It’s a Nursing Thing. Nothing like seeing nursing from the eyes of a student. It’s good for this T. Rex, RN’s soul!

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Thanks for reading and thanks to all who submitted to this carnival.

Then next Change of Shift may have a guest host! I’ll be finalizing the details and posting them here. In the meantime, send the posts to me or through Blog Carnival, as usual.

Thanks again!

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September 5, 2006, 9:35 am

Grand Rounds With A British Flair

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I say, old chap, it looks like quite a discussion going on here!

And there is quite a bit of information over at Clinical Cases and Images-Blog where this week’s Grand Rounds is ensconced.

Ves has chosen the venerable British Medical Journal as his guide to bringing you the best of the medical blogosphere this week.

And don’t forget to check out the Grand Rounds statistics at the end! Very interesting!

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