Sunday, March 13, 2011

Random Thoughts #2 of 2011

1.)  I often wonder how much of my day I should write about on my blog since I live in a small town and almost everyone knows everyone.  I can talk in subtleties, but still, how many chest pains and shortness of breaths can you stand?  If I talk about the really interesting cases, chances are someone here will know whom I am talking about.  HIPAA and all that.

So I don't write.  Then I feel guilty about not writing.  Then I think about writing but then wonder if you will find it interesting.  So I dont' write.  Wash, rinse, repeat.

2.)  Tonight I was told to read and write about a book called, "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk" by David Sedaris.  So I downloaded it to my Kindle for iPhone... which I have started to become obsessed about.  I love books.  I would live in a bookstore if I could.  Now that I can instantly download and carry a virtual library with me I am reaching Nirvana.  Of course, having the time to read all of these tomes will be difficult, but I'm collecting them like a miser, "They're mine, all mine..."

3.)  So this patient walks up to the triage window and states, "my daughter just got bit by this, what do we do?" and lays a glass jar on the counter with this inside...
I don't like scorpions and having one put on my desk by the triage nurse was not something I quite expected.  I live in Northern California.  Redwood forests and the Pacific Ocean.  Not sandy deserts and scorpions.  But, I was surprisingly informed that, yes, these creepy crawlies do inhabit woodpiles in this area.  Freak out!  I was only slightly perturbed to find out that I actually did have to know about rattlesnake envenomations since there is a local species, but now I have to know about scorpions, too?!?!? 

4.)  I just came back from Maui, and I am working on the video pictoral from my trip.  Tonight I am working on a pile of dictations which I haven't been able to do since I lost my voice from this cold I got.  So, my video is pending... but I will share here once I have it.

5.)  I came across this MEME on a blog I follow, which prompted me to put in a blog posting of my own, so in a way, this inspired me to write today.  Post on your blog and share in the comments... I can't wait to read your responses!  Until next time... cheers!

ABC's of Me:
A: Age: 43
B: Bed size: Double
C. Chore you hate:  anything to do with cleaning
D. Dogs: 0 but will be 2 within the next year
E. Essential start to your day: Check on Facebook and morning news
F. Favorite color: Ceylon Blue
G. Gold or silver: Platinum!
H: Height: 5'1"
I: Instruments that you can play: Used to play the guitar and know my way around a keyboard
J: Job title: Emergency Medicine Physician
K: Kids:  Three fur babies
L: Live: in NorCal....
M: Mom’s name: Ana
N: Nicknames:  Montey, VerBon, Vern
O: Overnight hospital stays: Only when I am on night shift and when I used to be on-call.
P: Pet peeve:  People who can't control their speed while driving because they're talking/texting on cell phone
Q: Quote from a movie:  "I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really:  get busy living, or get busy dying."  Andy Dufresne, Shawshank Redemption.
R: Righty or lefty: Righty
S: Sibling: None
T: Time you wake up:  0630 or 1830 on days I work, whenever I get up on days I don't.
U: Underwear:  Always
V: Vegetables you dislike: onions and brussel sprouts
W: What makes you run late:  My husband... he takes a while getting ready
X: X-rays:  Knees and CXR's
Y: Yummy food you make:  my hubby loves my cheesy grits and chorizo
Z: Zoo favorite animal:  meerkats.  always have to get a pic!


Patty E said...

I found David's book quite humorous, I too like Meerkats and dislike talkers/texters while driving. I enjoy your blog and your stories. Wish HIPAA would allow more stories but you're right about small towns, they'd know who you were talking about which could cause some backlash.

Bethe said...

ABC's of Me:
A: Age: 56
B: Bed size: Double
C. Chore you hate: Washing the dishes
D. Dogs: 1 Maltese
E. Essential start to your day: Let the dog out, the cat in, turn on laptop, make tea while tripping over the cat.
F. Favorite color: Aqua Blue
G. Gold or silver: White Gold
H: Height: 5'4"
I: Instruments that you can play: Harmonica
J: Job title: Registered Nurse/Asst Mid-Wife
K: Kids: 2...Marc is 34, Nicolle is 31 until next month
L: Live: Palm Harbor, Fl (5 miles north of Clearwater)
M: Mom’s name: Joyce N: Nicknames: Bethe, Bets, and when I was a kid it was the "Campbell's Kid" or just plain "Campbell's" because I looked like the little girl on the soup can
O: Overnight hospital stays: Ohhh yeh...when I had a chole-lap, hysterectomy, then ovarian cysts w/bowel obstruction, Heart arryhmia (sp), 1st pacemaker surg, and another bowel ob.
P: Pet peeve: talking on cell phone loud in public/texting & on cell phone while driving. Oh shit..let's face it, I'm a control person and like things done the right way. ie. "my way". lol
Q: Quote from a movie: Hmmm..thinking : /
R: Righty or lefty: Righty
S: Sibling: 1 brother, 2 yrs younger
T: Time you wake up: 8-9:00
U: Underwear: Rarely. Ever since I had an electoangiogram the bands on my legs bother me. But, I always wear underwear in the hospital-my butt gets cold in a hosp gown.
V: Vegetables you dislike: squash & sweet potatoes. It's the testure I hate
W: What makes you run late: Forgetting my sunglasses
X: X-rays: yep. I have Arthritic Lupus so I could (and have from time to time) have a meltdown
Y: Yummy food you make: Pecan Praline Apple Pie or Brownies from scratch
Z: Zoo favorite animal: Snow Tigers

I've wondered about the Confidentuality clause, too. I've opted not to talk about my pt's online. Although, I have written about DOBS, or Hillbilly Bobby (I don't think he reads-it's amazing how many people don't pick up a book), or it's a boy, it's a girl. But, even that could be a violation by HIPPA.

betty said...

It is hard to write about your day without violating HIPAA, Veronica. I know what you mean. When I generally talk about a report to hubby, I flub a few key details not to be too specific about who it might relate to. Really, scorpions in Northern California? and rattlesnakes? I guess though that you do get the warm weather to sustain them a few months of the year. Enjoyed reading your meme; I'm with you about onions, but I do like a brussel sprout or two.


Lori said...

I am listening to Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk on my iPod right now.

Was bitten by a scorpion once years ago in Florida. I was a very sick little puppy and stayed drugged up on Benedryl for two days. Anything I should know if it ever happens again?

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