March 30, 2007, 11:22 am

Topical Potpourri


I imagine these are my co-workers at the moment.

I called in sick the last two nights.

Not exactly conducive to exacting tender thoughts of mercy from those who had to scramble to cover me.

I’ve had a headache since Tuesday night.

Not a migraine, just a general ache.

Now I’ve had headaches in the past from both water retention and/or dehydration (go figure that one out!), but this isn’t either one of those.

I thought exercise would help and tried to Jazzercise yesterday morning.

Dumb move. About three-fourths of the way through I got dizzy and nauseated. But you don’t want to look like an idiot so you pretend to be okay. Ugh!

What was I thinking? Oh, yeah, that I was invincible and that exercise would carry my headache away with the final strains of “The Sweet Escape” by Gwen Stefani.

No such luck.


Well, I know my brain is working because I have so many things rolling around in there that I want to write about.

So, in the manner of my favorite columnist, the late Herb Caen of the San Francisco Chronicle, I shall make this a “…three dot blogpost”.


First off, I was terribly saddened to hear of the death of fellow blogger Colin Portnuff last February. Colin’s Journal was one of my first “Patients of the Blogosphere” links and Colin was one of the first bloggers I had “met”. Colin was a charming man who succumbed to the ravages of ALS. In the “It’s A Small World” category, Colin frequented a coffee shop where my oldest daughter worked after college, he was pretty sure they had met. Rest in Peace, Colin. You are missed…

…Logan Plaster is an editor of Emergency Physician’s Monthly and a journalist who is exploring the various facets of the U.S. nursing shortage. He is interested in collecting anecdotes about actual experiences nurses have had relating to the nursing shortage. He has started a blog (Nursing Life) where you can post these experiences. We’ve all come up against the shortage somehow, somewhere, so do send in any pertinent stories about how you are affected by the shortage and how you are dealing with it in your facility, city, state…


…It’s a darn good thing that I am not watching American Idol this season because if I was, I’d be really ticked at Chris Sligh being voted off before that Sanjaya dude…if, of course, I was watching the show…which I’m not…really…hey, I can’t help it if I can hear the singing from the bedroom and can tell who is good and who isn’t…

…Do you suffer from “stethoscope syndrome”? Do you answer your door at home, only to discover you have draped your stethoscope around your neck? Do you stand in the checkout line at the store, only to realize you took your stethoscope into the store with you and have been wearing it the entire time? Do you go to remove your stethoscope only to realize that you aren’t wearing it? No? Okay. Never mind…


…Why is it that I will proof-read my posts a bazillion times before posting them, only to discover a major typo or grammatical error hours later?…

…I’m loving my Leadership and Management class. We have to peer-review each other’s “Change Project” paper as we write it. It’s amazing what another pair of eyes will spot when you think you’ve covered everything! It’s really great because we can then take that advice/observation and tweak the paper or incorporate the observations as we see fit. Online learning is really interesting. I learn more from my classmates than any lecture I could attend…


…Speaking of classes, I’ll be taking three in the fall. Probably “Health Assessment” and an expository writing class plus a statistics course. That’s only ten semester units, all online. I live on the computer anyway, might as well be productive! I’m amazed I never took a critical writing course in all my academic travels, especially since I love English…

…Hey, does anyone know what has happened to the “The Truth Laid Bear” (TTLB) ecosystem? I’ve been in the same spot for months now. I’m not griping, I’m proud to be where I am in the system, but the “evolution” seems to have stopped cold.



And now, just because I can, I will embarrass my youngest daughter by including a photo of her with her date to the Junior Prom, taken last weekend.

This is my “baby”. The oldest two are getting married this summer within six weeks of each other!

And then to top it off, right smack in the middle of the two weddings, I will turn “50”.

I’m too young to be fifty!

In just a little over a year, when this one heads to college, I shall have an “empty nest”.

Some women might see it as ,”Oh, my babies are gone!”

Not this Mama Bird! I’ll be thinking, “All RIGHT! Now it’s all about ME (and hubby)! Whoo-hoo!”

And I don’t feel the least bit guilty!


  • Mother Jones RN

    March 30, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    Kim, your daughter is very pretty. I bet she gets her looks from you. Good luck with your Stats course. I’m always here for you if your class pushes you over the edge and you need therapy:-)


  • TC

    March 30, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    Your daughter is very pretty, and probably very mortified…

    And as for growing older, just think, you could be a grandma soon! (Tee Hee, I couldn’t resist!)

    As for TTLB, you seem to be evolving more than ever from your latest posts.

  • laura

    March 30, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    beautiful baby.
    i hope the headache clears up soon. ugh! i hate those headaches that go on for days.
    no, i don’t wear m stethescope. two reasons: in nicu-land, each patient has his/her own stethescope to prevent transfer of potential HAIs and two, i beak out in a rash when i do drape one around the neck…itchy and not pretty and we know i must always look prett while nursing. LOL
    nice pot-pourri.
    feel better.

  • may

    March 30, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    wow! the big five oh? it is just a number…and you don’t sound 50 anyway, so you can be any age you want 🙂

  • Awesome Mom

    March 30, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    What a beautiful young woman!!! And congrats on the weddings!

  • SANDY G.

    March 31, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    Your daughter is very pretty. Wow, 2 weddings within 6 weeks!!

    ~Sandy G.

  • StudentNurseJack

    April 1, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    You are one busy woman, indeed! I hope you’re feeling much better by now.

    Congrats on the upcoming weddings. Your youngest and her date are an attractive couple.

  • Max E Nurse

    April 2, 2007 at 4:30 am

    Kim, sweety. As well as the headache – are you a little febrile? Your post seems a little more sporadic and fly around than normal.

    Anyway, you should no by now, nurses don’t have headaches – it must be at the very least a subarachnoid haemorrhage.

    Try taking more water with it.

    I won’t comment on your pretty daughter nor your age, for fear of you getting on the plane and giving me a sharp slap.

    Take care,

  • beth

    April 3, 2007 at 8:35 am

    Kim, repeat after me:
    Fifty is the new forty (or thirty, or twenty if you want it to be…)
    Hope your headache has subsided by now…

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