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State of the Me

I am.

Looked at in greater detail I could add lots of things to that. ... ready to go home (only can't yet). ... enjoying working on photos even if not everything is going to be shown (some is just practice, and sometimes I'd rather practice with things I like even if I can't show it). ... needing time off.

Well, that last is coming. Another week plus two days and I've got a week plus one day off. It will be bittersweet time, though. Time off as originally planned started this Friday, for the annual hadj to AORN Congress. Which will be next week.

For the first time in 13 years I will not be there.

This, more than anything else, is an indicator to me of where our economy stands. I can keep the roof over our heads and the Land under our House, the food on our table including for the livestock and pets. Our connections to the Grid and Communications remain active, we can still get about as well with fuel and transport. In that last is where the bitter choice came in, as Sydney SubaruOutback needs work done, and the funds to cover that in the timely manner needed, as well as go to my professional association meeting, do not co-exist.

I started off this post with my current default icon, these days being Houdini & I. It is now RN - Florence. It's not simply that I could save money trimming my trip to cover only the days of the conference, rather than as I usually do extending the time a bit afterwards to photograph things in other places. That would conserve funds, yes. And still the equation will not balance.

Decisions made in the near past, Voice raised in our representational government process, all made and done knowing that indeed we, as a population, are not facing difficult financial times, we are in the midst of them. Doing what could be done to help with that because that's what people should do, much less Nurses. Yet still the impact comes: How Bad Is It?

It is bad enough that I am not able to go represent our Patients who need the advocacy, or my colleagues who are also unable to go, to see to the future of a Profession and a People.

No, Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore. And I don't think the ride is over yet, either...


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Mar. 11th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
Your hospital doesn't pay for your conference trip? Or at least part of the expenses? Sucks that you can't go, hope your money situation improves soon.
Mar. 11th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
Oh do NOT get me started on that one. I mentioned 13 years consecutive. I've been 14 times. Only once, only the first time did Hospital pay for me to go. Even last year in (now) a 'management' position. And this a Magnet Facility.

::walks off before I get really started on this::
Mar. 11th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
*nods in agreement*
We've only just begun.

Edited at 2009-03-11 03:38 pm (UTC)
Mar. 11th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I know...the feeling. Financially feeling the pinch right now. But I have to keep thinking something, somewhere will finally break open soon, and things will start improving.

Hey, who says I'm not a cockeyed optimist at heart? Just don't tell anyone.
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