June, 2009 Archive

June 24, 2009, 11:25 am

Healthcare and the Headache

AnacinWell, apparently they call a nurse!

Either that or Nurse Nellie caused the headache.

But we know that nurses never cause doctors to have headaches, so that can’t be what’s happening.

Ha!

Trust me, there have been a few doctors over the years that have given me major headaches and I have no doubt that I have been the impetus behind a few MD migraines myself!

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Man, re-entry sucks.

Four days of Nascar. If it didn’t have four wheels, it did not exist for me last weekend.

You don’t just attend a Nascar race; you absorb it.

Eventually, you re-enter the real world. The adjustment takes a day or two.

I’ve re-entered, but I’m not sure I’m adjusted just yet!

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Change of Shift is up tomorrow at RehabRN. Get those last minute submissions in! You can submit through Blog Carnival (button on the right sidebar) or send them directly to “hotelrehab at nyms dot net”.

I’ll be hosting in two weeks – it will mark the start of the fourth year of Change of Shift!!! Time for a new logo!

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The guy in the Anacin ad must be doing what I’ve been doing for the last two days.

Trying to get a grip on healthcare reform.

That alone is enough to give you a migraine.

There is so much information and conjecture and opinion and debate, it is difficult to know where to start.

Who gets covered? What gets covered? Who pays? Who decides the charges? Who decides the fees? Who has an agenda: political, financial or otherwise? Private or public plan?

And the most important question of all: Who is fighting for what is best for the patient?

Because, when all is said and done, WE are “the patient”.

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Okay, so I’ve come up with some foundations; these are things that I feel must be at the heart of any health care reform debate:

1.   Every citizen must have health care coverage.

2.  Every citizen needs to own their health care coverage.

3.  There should be a choice between private and public plans.

4.  Every citizen must be able to choose between a private or a public plan and switch between as necessary.

5.  Each plan must cover basic health care: physicals, screening, immunizations, well care.

6.  Each plan must cover chronic or catastrophic illnesses. (Diabetes, asthma, MS, cancer – just a few examples)

7. After basic health care and chronic/catastrophic illness, each citizen should be able to choose how they want to be covered. I have heard this called the “cafeteria plan”.

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Gee, I don’t ask for much, do I?

We don’t have to invent the wheel here. Other countries have gone before us; there are models of universal coverage we can study.

The operative word here is “study”. Take what is good, understand what does not work and use that knowledge to form a unique form of universal health care that meets the needs of the citizens of the United States.

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Probably the easiest way to tackle health care is from a personal angle.

I just found out what my COBRA payment would be if I left my job tomorrow.

I’m hoping my jaw heals before I go to work on Thursday.

But that’s a topic for the next post.

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June 21, 2009, 9:46 pm

Kasey Kahne Wins Infineon and This Nurse is Nuts for Nascar!

DSCF0136Oh. My. God.

He did it.  He actually did it!

Kasey Kahne won the Infineon road course today.

I was SO THERE!

I am sunburnt, can’t walk for the blisters and am so dehydrated I may not void for a week.

Okay, that was TMI.

But all of that pales in comparison to the thrill of watching MY race driver hold off Tony Stewart over and over and over again to win a road course that no one on earth expected him to win

But that’s Kasey.

I am so damn excited right now I can hardly stand it.  The race has been over for almost six hours and I haven’t come off the high I get just watching this guy drive.

And, oh, by the way, I took this photo! Oh yes. I was thisclose.

Holy mama!

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This is me and Brent, one of Kasey’s team guys.

Part of my race package was a chance to walk around “cold” pit row – meaning while the guys were setting up in the morning.

Brent was nice enough to stop what he was doing and take a picture with me.

He’s a great guy and let me tell you, anybody in a Bud uniform is a BFF of mine!

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Alas, my Sonoma race weekend is coming to a close which means I’ll be returning you to my regular blog tomorrow.

You didn’t think I gave up on nursing for good, did you?

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June 19, 2009, 8:48 pm

And She’ll Have Fun Fun Fun Till Her Daddy Takes the T-Bird Away…

DSCF0043Meet the newest driver in the Nascar garage!

Me!

Don’t let my presence in the #18 fool you, I am not a fan of Kyle Busch.

It was the only car available.

Tomorrow I will be meeting Kasey Kahne.

Lord have mercy!

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This is where I am.

Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA. The heart of the wine country.

Just off the raceway there are lush vineyards that produce world famous wines.

The track itself looks like the Sahara Desert.

And it is just about as hot with very little shade.

It can also be a wee bit hazardous to your health, and I’m not talking hearing loss (although nothing, and I mean nothing, compares to feeling your sternum vibrate when those machines rev their engines…).

I had just a mild case of dehydration and it wasn’t very pleasant.  Fatigue. Headache. Nausea. Fuzzy thinking. I thought I was hydrated, but apparently I was mistaken.  Two liters of water and one baseball cap later, I was fine.

Yeah, I had to wear a baseball cap. I never wear those things. I look like a dork. And I didn’t want to wear it earlier because my hair was just so and I didn’t want to show up on the SPEED channel with squished hair.

So, tomorrow I’ll wear it.

After I meet Kasey Kahne…..

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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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