December 1st, 2008

Houdini & I

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Holiday weekend over and back to Hospital. Gainful employment is also something for which to be thankful. Overall I claim a pleasant, personally successful weekend. Bit of photo work done in the making of photographs, bit posted to various sites, more done prepping for some posts. Not big on 'new year resolutions' but maybe, maybe.

Hopefully today a new Ranch tool will arrive, to help with the feeding of the Herd of Six ravenous bottle-kids. Called a 'Lambar', purchased through Jeffers (Jeffers Livestock, though it is possible the link will open with Jeffers Pet) it is a bucket with 10 nipples, each with a short hose to provide milk-bar enjoyment for a ravenous herd. This will be a big improvement, as the kids are now old enough to be somewhat more difficult to feed, needing to change off the empty bottles. Even with refills being immediately available.

Competition of the fittest exemplified.

I need breakfast.
RN Self Hard at Work

Not Blocked...

LJ's 'Writers Block' today is:

It's the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day today. From clean needles to safe sex, the fight against AIDS has touched everyone's life. How has it affected yours?

My professional career started before the first news of the unusual disease which affected peoples immune systems came out. There is a great deal more as to how this affected my practice than this one story. A lot of things changed because of it, and since I am a Registered Nurse, it is something which affects me every time I take care of a patient.

One of those patients - I went to check her in and assess her before surgery. This back shortly after I'd transferred from the NICU to the OR, and I still wore a beard. She was blind because she'd been born premature and got caught by another of the risks premies are vulnerable to; too much oxygen will affect retina development, leads to separation and blindness. Fascinated by my beard she ran her fingers through it. She also tested HIV positive.

That she got because of another, early vulnerability, that the tests for donor blood couldn't detect the virus. She'd received transfusions as a premie.

And, her history showed her to be a Frequent Flier here at Hospital. Reviewing her record, I determined that yes, indeed, I could be the Registered Nurse who gave her that transfusion. I wouldn't of known at the time, couldn't know after the fact, and am not alone on the list of people who gave her transfusions.

Still... put that in your bag and contemplate, Oh My Children.
Houdini & I

And In A Somewhat More Upbeat Mode

Office, here at Hospital, is doing Secret Santa. Gift exchange. To this end, we each received a 'Wish List' to complete to help the Secret Santa. I learned something about myself, something suspected a bit recently when I contemplated the fact that many of you that I read do fill in things like Yahoo's Wish List, or Amazon Dot Com, etc.

I don't particularly like doing Wish Lists. I believe I blame my Dad for this. It's all good, no problems, just... damn. This was hard.

No, I'm not... well, maybe I will include what I answered for these. OK, here's the Not-Meme (or make it a meme, really, just not obligatory).

Secret Santa’s Wish List

Favorite color?

Favorite smell (i.e. body lotion, candles, etc...)?

Favorite movie(s), or type of movies (i.e. drama, action, comedy, etc…)? Or Movie wish list?

Do you collect anything (i.e. snowmen, angels, elephants, coffee mugs, etc...)?

Favorite singer/band or genre of music? Or Music wish list?

Favorite Hobbies or Pastime?

Favorite food or restaurant?

Favorite store(s) (can also be shopping websites)?

How would you describe your home’s décor (i.e. Contemporary- All in “Green” colors, Ocean/Beach and Palm Tree Theme, “Loved” with lots of knick-knacks and unmatched pieces)?

Anything else you want to let your Secret Santa know... *hint- the more detail you give, the easier it is for your Secret Santa to find you something you’ll like!

The answers are:
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