Sunday, February 28, 2010

What I Have Been Doing or I'm Back!!!

I finally have my laptop back.  I have been visiting all of you from my iPhone, but it is hard to to type in comments on the small keyboard...I'm always pressing the wrong ones and having to start over.  Anyway I have missed posting and I'm back.
It has been crazy busy at work.  There are 4 RNs that keep kinda keep all the plates spinning, first of course is the Director of Nurses, then the Nurse Managers of the ED and the Medical Unit and then me the CQI/UR/Infection Control Nurse.  The four of us rotate executive call, in other words after hours we put out the little fires and handle call-ins etc.  The DON is on sick leave and the ED Nurse Manager is in Nurse Practitioner school.  That leaves me and the MedU Nurse Manager to put out the fires.  Oh and the administrator rolled the ED Nurse Manager position into the DONs when the DON comes back there will still be just 3 of us rotating call.
Sooo it has been really intense for the last 3 weeks.  This is a picture of my desk.  I quit cleaning it up, I just keep layering things on top of things.

Okay I can't upload any pictures.  I wanted to upload pictures of my office for you to see......but Blogger is mad at me and won't let me.
I'll be back with stuff that is Rattling Around In My Head, maybe with and without pictures...we'll see.  If you have any ideas on how to fix my problem, let me know.

 Okay, checked back and was able to upload this image.  Please note the schedule for 2 weeks is the yellow paper.  All that white out and scribbling is mine.  I am in love with the white out thingy that is in the lower right hand corner.  I get all giddy when I get to use it.  Just above that is a purse mirror that a staffing agency brought by along with some more goodies.   You will note the generic Naprosyn and Pepcid.  A must have when you have carpal tunnel and an aching shoulder.  And of course the lipstick stained coffee cup.  I must have at least two large cups in the morning before my brain really works.  Rubber bands, paper clips, stapler, but no tape...lost the dispenser over a year ago and never replaced it.  Several note pads.  Wound care products and skin preps for starting IVs.  That wood box used to hold an O2 saturation monitor in the ED.  I pick up discharded things....
This a vintage bedside table that I bought at an auction and on top of it lives a collection of McDonald's Happy Meal toys from the Wizard of Oz and one little chipmunk.  Oh and Snow White was won out of one of those pick up machines by a co-worker's child.  The sign behind them was posted on a door in surgery.  I always meant to put in in one of the bathrooms at home...

 And this is a shelf laden with my work--that's my work or last 5 years on the bottom two shelves. Reports, indicators, minutes, policies and procedures blah blah blah.
On the top and first shelf is my stuff.  My nurse dolls, my cap (nobody even gets one anymore) that I never liked to wear, various glass syringes, an old fetascope that we used to listen to fetal heart tones before the days of dopplers, old books and bottles and etc.
Yes my office is just like me, messy and multi-layered. Sigh.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Pictures From Memphis or What I Ate At The Blue Plate Restaurant

I sure have missed posting stuff and putting comments on your blogs.  But trust me I read each and every one of them.  It's just hard to post from my iPhone.   I can post from my iPhone, but I can't upload the pictures that are saved on there.
Here's some pictures from Memphis.
This a life-sized statue of W.C. Handy that is in the lobby of the Hilton Hotel in Germantown, which is where we stayed.  Cool huh?
This is the tag that  I forgot to take off of the hoodie that I wore all over Memphis on Saturday.
This is the famous "Blue Plate Restaurant."  The line was almost out the door.  But we didn't have to wait too long.
The restaurant is filled with these wonderful  pet portraits by Debbie Richmond.  The Yorkie immediately made me think of my blogger friend Helen and my cousin Annette.  It is just awesome.  The colors are amazing.
Aren't they wonderful?  I really wanted to wander around in there and take pictures of all of the portraits and not worry about disturbing everybody's meal......but I didn't.
I ate a brunch that would make a cardiologist sad.
For starters:

Biscuits with.......
Saw Mill gravy.....

Grits floating in butter, 2 eggs over easy and country ham.

Ahhh now on to see "Jersey Boys." Life is good.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Weekend Fun

I thought I would post some pictures from our weekend in Memphis. But I can't figure how to upload the pictures from my phone to Blogger. Hmmm. But I guess you may not about what I ate for breakfast at The Blue Plate. And you have probably seen pictures from the musical "Jersey Boys." And you can go to Debbie Richman's website yourself to see her wonderful pet portraits, and you can go to "The Edge of Darkness" website and read about the plot. I don't particularily care for Mel Gibson, but he sure can make some good movies-this one was twisty-turny just like I like.
I can't say enough good things about Jersey Boys...I was so happy...that harmony...I can mark it off my bucket I just want see Frankie Valli in concert.