January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Long time no write...it's been pretty darn busy around here.  Not all of it has been work though...in fact, I've been cancelled for most of this past holiday season due to low census.  I wonder if I'll even be cancelled today.  I know, it doesn't seem likely--after all, it is a holiday.  Then again, it wasn't too long ago that I was cancelled on a Sunday.  And it being a holiday does mean time and a half pay, and I'm sure there's lot of permanent staff that would like that.  I'll know by 1300 if I'm working or not.

So let me catch you up on everything since the last post.

November was full of lots of work at my main job.  Job #2...I haven't  been to and I'm not sure if I'll be going back there anytime soon.  They're a good agency and I do like where they send me, but it's a significant pay cut to work for them, so my efforts have been pushed at jobs #1 and 3.

Job #3...picking up a few days here and there.  They're debating about going on strike in a couple of months so I've been a little wary.  I've no intention of being a scab, but at the same time, I'd feel bad if we went on strike on one of the days I was scheduled to work for them, so I've been hesitant to be available for them.  I discussed my concerns with one of the staff nurses, and she said that I should just schedule myself whenever I want, and if it turns out that I'm scheduled on a day we're striking to just not show up to work, especially as they wouldn't let me in to work anyway.  OK.

I finished the first ER nursing class.  I learned a lot.  I got to put some of it into practice as at work, we've had to send a few patients to the ER.  And I got to see it in action from the patient POV as I had to take one of the little ones in.  He turned out to be fine.  The class helped me understand a lot of how the ER works, so I had more patience than I might have had otherwise...but it still was a long night for me.

December's work schedule has been skimpier because the census has begun it's annual holiday drop.  As I mentioned earlier, I got cancelled for a lot of the holiday season.  One of the unit managers felt horrible about having to cancel me--really, it was so sweet.  He wrote this long rambling e-mail about how I was valued and how he was happy to have me working on his unit any time...I told him not to worry, I know how things work d/t census so I don't take it personally.  I also mentioned the family coming in and that the cancellation would be a blessing in disguise.

The littler one and I both caught the stomach bug that has been going around.  Projectile vomiting is not fun at all, neither as the one vomiting nor the one being vomited on.  

I am now one year older.  Happy birthday to me!

Holidays.  Shopping.  Family in from the East.  Prepping for all of this took up most of December.  Then they arrived for two weeks...getting cancelled was indeed a blessing as we ran all around town for those two weeks.

I gained a few pounds despite my best efforts.  All that good food...

Last night, I didn't even make it awake until midnight.  Oh well.  I'm at the age where it's not the big deal it used to be.

So today.  New day, new year.  I generally try not to make "will/won't" resolutions but instead come up with some goals that I'd like to accomplish.  I think resolutions are too narrow and don't allow room for human error, whereas goals are more forgiving and I feel less horrible if I stumble along the way.

Though I did take on one spur-of-the-moment challenge.  I signed up for Dryathalon.  I figure that it's for good causes:  sponsoring cancer research, jump-starting weight loss, and giving my hepatic system some time off.   I'm putting my money where my mouth is to help keep me on track...and if family/friends want to support the cause as well, that'd be great.

The last time I gave up alcohol for something, it was for Lent and I ended up pregnant.  At least this time, pregnancy is an impossibility.

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