April, 2008 Archive

April 13, 2008, 8:44 pm

Ahhh…Procrastination is Underrated!

funny pictures

There are two things in life you should never do.

Never download Scrabble to your laptop.


Two, don’t start frequenting LOL Cats – the website of “I Can Haz Cheezburger?” fame.

If you are the Queen of Procrastination, and I am, these are deadly sins. I’m almost embarrassed to put this picture on the site, but he’s so, well, cute, I had to do it.

I could have been blogging, studying, cleaning, or sleeping. Instead I put LOL Cat captions on NASCAR drivers and I’m beating the Apprentice level in a Scrabble tournament.

Yep, priorities in order!


Change of Shift will be over at Nurse Sean’s site this week. I’ve forwarded all submission so far and Blog Carnival is set up to send all posts to Sean. I’ll also forward any further submissions that come here. There are some good nursing posts out there (yeah, I managed to read some between Scrabble games) so be sure to get them to me by Wednesday!

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April 10, 2008, 1:11 pm

The Official 2008 Self-Indulgent Downer Post


Just what every doctor’s office needs: A cancer chart!

Looks like it’s the nurse’s job to keep up the tally. What does she do, mark an “X” for each diagnosis?

Well that’s cancer for ya. Ya either got it or ya don’t.



Two days ago I had a biopsy done on an area not usually accessible to the outside world.

Oh, I was cool as a cucumber. I took a gram of Tylenol, 600 mg of ibuprofen and 10 mg of Valium before I left the house. I wanted to be numb. I was.

I swear, Jeff Scott Soto himself could have walked in front of me and I’d have been like, “Duuuuuude, what’s uuuuup?”

I’m a pro at the doctor’s office. The best patient. Knowledgeable, not a hint of anxiety. No freaking out. Of course I was medicated to high heaven, but I’m still a “good” patient.



Now I’m home and I’m missing two days of work because it feels like I’ve been punched in the stomach, I’m on the verge of tears, I don’t want to get off the couch, my hair’s a mess, I’m wearing my old sweats, and I want a caramel sundae with a vente, extra hot, non-fat one-equal latte on the side but I’m stuck eating reduced fat Ritz crackers cuz that’s all that’s in the house because I don’t feel like shopping and Coldstone Creamery doesn’t deliver and neither does Starbucks.

I’m a real attractive gal!

Now I know how Rosanne Rosannadanna feels.


And in two weeks I’ll know.

If I got it or if I don’t.

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April 3, 2008, 8:28 am

Beam Up With Change of Shift!


…is over at Nurse Ratched’s Place!

She has a special guest with her this week. Sort of a tour around the nursing blogosphere, you might say.

I’ve got hosting honors next edition so you can send your submissions to me via the contact button, through kmcallister911 at yahoo dot com, or through the ever efficient Blog Carnival!

If you are interested in hosting an edition of Change of Shift, please contact me – new bloggers welcome, always!


There is a new med blog carnival in town, this one for Filipino medical bloggers, exclusively. Called The Blog Rounds, or TBR, this edition is hosted at Dr. Clairebear’s Chronicles From the Middle of Nowhere.

(And just for the record, Journey’s new lead singer is from the Philippines, Arnel Pineda! Even though I no longer follow the band-that-shall-not-be-named, this guy can belt a song like no one’s business.)

You just knew I was gonna throw a rock reference in there, now didn’t ya?

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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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