January 4, 2009, 12:22 am

Meet Hannah “Fontana”!

Meet Miss Hannah.

Artist, reader and the greatest big sister in the world!

Hannah is also a patient.

Right this minute she is in the hospital with aplastic anemia.

I’ve never met Hannah, but I met her friend, Jason, through Twitter (@jseliskar).


Now it seems that Hannah loves to get mail.

Snail-mail, that is.

Good old fashioned cards and letters and pictures from other kids and…well, you get the idea!


Hannah’s mom, Debbie, is working on scrapbook pages while she is with Hannah in the hospital.

That’s where I got this photo.

Now, I’ve never met Debbie, either, but she has a great blog called “Our Journey to China for Hannah’s Little Sister, Hope”.

Now the blog chronicles the miracle of Hope (literally!) and the results of hopes and prayers for Hannah’s recovery from aplastic anemia.


So, what if we all sent a card, or a letter or a picture to Hannah?

Not money, or gifts, but a wonderful envelope full of warm wishes and prayers.

There’s a little girl out there who would love to receive them!

Send your cards and letters to:

Miss Hannah “Fontana” Eriksen

c/o The Law Offices of James Eriksen

PO BOX 4257

Rancho Cucamonga, CA


And don’t ever doubt the power of a 140 character post; it can literally brighten someone’s life.

December 31, 2008, 10:56 am

Oh no…

What on earth is going on here?

First of all, I’m pretty sure that not a single curl on the top of her head is real hair.

She looks like a Tribble took up residence on her head, and she is no Nurse Chapel.

How were you supposed to wear a cap on top of that?

Then again, it could be hidden under that hairpiece.

What is tucked under her chin?

I can’t tell if it’s a deflated ambu bag or a sphygmomanometer!


This is a real photo of an actual nurse. It came from Life magazine and the nurse’s name is Nancy Archie, circa 1970. The photographer was Bill Eppridge. Just for fun, I looked to see if there was a nurse by that name licensed in Texas. No results found. She must have retired.


Don’t forget to check out this week’s Grand Rounds, a very unique edition “At the Interface of Evolution and Medicine” hosted at Moneduloides.


Oh no…

That’s what you said.

That was the last thing you said.

After you had told me a joke and

Assured me you were not in pain.

Never knowing you were thisclose to death.

But I knew.

We all knew

And there was nothing I could do to stop it.


Oh no…

That’s what you said as

Everyone rushed to hit their marks on the stage of the drama that is life

And death.

“E.R.” indeed. “The Six-Million Dollar Man.”

“We have the technology. We can make him better, stronger.”

We have the technology.

But you needed time.

And time waits for no man.


Oh no…

That’s what you said as

Your eyes flew open wide and your expression…

Surprise? Shock? Fear? Dread?

I had seen that look before on the face of my grandfather who looked me straight in the eyes

As he went into V-tach.

And died.


Oh no…

That’s what you said.

Before the compressions and the defibrillations and the compressions and the intubation and the compressons and

The convergence of decades worth of medical experience surrounding you and the nurses frantically grabbing the equipment for three physicians at once for the insertion of lines into vessels that were useless

And those infernal compressions.

CPR can seem so violent.

So intrusive.

Without hope.


Oh no…

That’s what you said.

Before you died.

I’ve never felt so helpless in the face of death.

I know there was nothing that could have been done even though everything possible had been done and yet

I can’t shake it off, even after all this time.


Critical stress debriefing.

We don’t have it at my hospital.

Maybe it’s just another term for “mourning”.

Mourning a man I never knew until that night.

Mourning that began

When you said

Oh no….

December 26, 2008, 9:09 pm

Change of Shift and Grand Rounds, Holiday Style!

A day late and one respiratory virus after the fact, I’d like to thank Mother Jones over at Nurse Ratched’s Place for hosting the Christmas edition of Change of Shift!

This week, Curious George takes us on a visit to a children’s hospital, with posts cleverly woven into the fabric of the story.

The first edition of Change of Shift for 2009 will be hosted by our favorite flight nurse, Crzegrl!

Send your submissions to “emily at crzegrl dot net”.


Oh my!
With everything going on this week I came a wee bit late to the Grand Rounds party, but Walter over at HighlightHEALTH has put together a gorgeous holiday edition of the best of the granddaddy of medical blog carnivals.

But it gets better!

Walter has arranged for all the major health carnivals that rotate hosting duties to be syndicated by RSS!

You can subscribe to one, two or all of these carnivals with just one click.  So if you’re hosting, your edition will hit the feeds of everyone who subscribes!

What a great idea, and many, many thanks to Walter for setting this up!

Me?  I subscribed to the “MashUp”, of course!  I want them all!

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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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