October 25, 2006, 9:11 am

When The Only Way to Seize The Day is Burn it to The Ground


Ladies, have you ever lost any days?

I don’t remember losing any days.

But…apparently there is something that will give them back to us!

Ah, the life-affirming benefits of sanitary napkins, as explained to us by Ellen J. Bruckland, Graduate Nurse.

This chick didn’t even pass the boards yet and she already had a job endorsing feminine protection.

Hey! Stay-Free! Yeah, you! With the triple adhesive and the super absorbency?

How do I go about applying for some of those days I supposedly “lost”?


Isn’t this the coolest title for a post?

It comes straight off a song on Lindsey Buckingham’s new solo CD, “Under the Skin”.

Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, for those of you who have been under a rock for the last thirty years instead of listening to it.

Ooooo, that was harsh! Didn’t mean to be, but it was too good of a line to leave out!

The song is called “Show You How”. And if you click on the link, it’s the song that is playing in the background.

Lindsey is having a mid-life crisis.

And so am I.


But it’s not a bad crisis.

Where is this energy coming from?

I’m going back to school, blogging my guts out, writing an entire novel in November (it’s National Novel Writing Month) and going back to straight night shift, four days a week in January.

My house is actually…organized.

A year ago a slug could have beaten me in a three metre race.

Where did this sudden urge to write come from?

(And just for the record, I haven’t been through any teleportation devices with an insect…geeky reference to “The Fly”, please ignore if unfamiliar with the plot…)


They say that women of a “certain age” get a burst of energy.

This doesn’t feel like a burst of energy, this feels like someone lit a bonfire under my butt and I need to DO. EVERYTHING. NOW.

It totally rocks.

Maybe I need to blog this on Scared To Health, because if this is how peri/menopause feels then the world had better look out because I am coming through!

Besides, this is my “professional” blog. Got to keep things nice and tidy here.

The party is over at Scared To Health, I’ll let you know what to bring!


Steven F. Palter, MD, blogs over at “docinthemachine“. Knowing my interest in technological aspects of medicine, he sent me a link to his award-winning “x-ray vision” tumor surgery posts.

They say magic is done with smoke and mirrors.

Well, the ability to diagnose can be enhanced with light and mirrors.

You have to see this to believe it. Click on the link. Read the text. Watch the videos, they’re short.

Congratulations, Steven!

This is truly exciting!


James Lileks is probably the most famous unknown writer in the world.

I consider him one of my blogfathers in that his “Bleat” gave me the inspiration to start blogging.

He is also a columnist at the Minneapolis Star Tribune (the “Strib”), with a daily blurb called “The Quirk”.

Like almost every medical person I know, he loves Nyquil.

Nothing like a bit of Benadryl in a 10% ETOH base to give one a good night’s sleep,eh?

But what to do when it’s too late for Nyquil and too early for Dayquil?

Check out: The Daily Quirk: I’m Guessing About The Taste of the Handle

God, I love that guy!


  • Mother Jones RN

    October 25, 2006 at 3:26 pm

    I’ve also heard that women get a middle age burst of energy, and if that’s true, then mine is WAY overdue.

    Girl, I don’t know how you do it. I tip my nursing cap to you.


  • jen

    October 25, 2006 at 5:36 pm

    I’m too lazy for writing the novel in november……instead i’m going to do nablopomo, a blog a day in november!

    you sound super busy!

  • S. R.

    October 25, 2006 at 5:48 pm

    That’s a lot to comment on.

    I can’t read the old ad starting the post. Anyway to increase its size?

    Night shift is cool. However, you either have to be good at sleep or able to keep the night schedule on your days off. Flipping around is killer. 0800-1700 all the time baby!

  • MandyHamm

    October 25, 2006 at 8:35 pm

    Love your blog, very witty; however, I still don’t get the change of shift thing…

  • enrico

    October 25, 2006 at 9:18 pm

    I agree with esteemed commenter above: repost w/the larger photo, please!

    I think your burst of energy is great! Maybe I should take years of estrogen then start erratically not taking it, varying the dose, and then enjoy the burst of energy that comes with. That is, if I can function effectively with my newly enhanced man-boobs, hot flashes and mood swings. Nah, I’ll stick to procrastination. 😉

  • Ada

    October 26, 2006 at 12:14 am

    *whispering* Hey Kim, maybe it’s all that healthy food you’ve been eating…

    just a thought.

    oh and speaking of which, if there’s a bonfire under your butt, how come you haven’t updated Scared to Health in a while?

  • Annemiek

    October 26, 2006 at 5:18 am

    I just crawled from under that rock and listened to the website of Lindsey Buckingham, great, thanks!
    Now I go back and wait for my spurt of energy.

  • Kim

    October 26, 2006 at 8:54 am

    Hi guys…

    I can’t enlarge that photo because I must have saved the smaller image instead of the larger one.

    Sorry ’bout that…you can get the gist of it from my comments, but tiny this shall remain!

    Trust me. It’s silly.

    Kim : D

  • PaedsRN

    October 26, 2006 at 8:36 pm

    You’re doing NaNoWriMo? I did the Three Day Novel contest this year. Insane. I didn’t finish. But it does get you kick-started.

  • Cathy

    October 27, 2006 at 1:59 am

    OK Kim, I am 54 and I have NOT experienced this “burst of energy” you are having. I barely experience the energy to get from the bed to the shower. If you stole my share…I want it back! Now.

  • Sid Schwab

    October 27, 2006 at 3:58 pm

    Sometimes your posts are so full of energy that they make me tired reading them

  • Dawn

    October 29, 2006 at 6:06 pm

    Lileks is the only reason to read that waste of pulp known as the Red Star Tribune. You should hear him on Hugh Hewitt’s show – he’s even funnier than his columns!

  • Kate Loving Shenk

    October 30, 2006 at 3:11 pm

    hi there–just wanted you to see my new “LENS’–


    also to say–i enjoy your blog–

    kate loving shenk

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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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