Saturday, November 21, 2009

Nosicomial Paraplegia

nosicomial= hospital acquired
paraplegia= lack of use of legs, or, lack of being able to walk or help oneself onto the commode or bed, or even lift oneself up into a seated position to get whatever you need from the bedside table.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Random suggestion:

If you buy a ring because it’s cool, and buy it a bit snug, and not realize that the metal used is one of the hardest metals out there, DO NOT PUT IT ON YOUR FINGER. Buy a bigger size. Seriously. We needed 3 pairs of ring clippers to get that stupid thing off you.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


I am a sucker for animal commercials, commercials from a telecommunications company that has a man at Vimy ridge call his grandfather, or movies with an old man longing to take adventures with his wife and flies his balloon house with an annoying boy scout. Oh and girlie sappy movies. I cry like a baby to the point that my fiance brings extra napkins “just in case”.

I do not cry at work. Have never even been tempted- even when I’m overwhelmed. I have seen numerous people die, families crying, bad things happen, but I don’t cry. Internally I feel bad for the family, but I have never been emotionally connected.

But then you bring a puppy dog in and they don’t have a home and I’m waterworks.

Perhaps this is my way of coping- I invest my emotions in something not real.


H1N1 otherwise known as HINI (hi-nee)

I'm about a month late with this post as everyone has already posted but here I go.

H1N1 Flu has taken over my hospital. Between the politics of who gets the shot first, of whom is on influenza-type precautions and whom is not, and then the people storming the waiting room with a cough, it is driving me bananas.

Some are, in fact, very sick. And as typical with Emergency Departments* with the 'flu we don't really know if their respiratory distress is actually from Influenza, or if it's bacterial. Oftentimes it's both: a secondary infection with the primary immunosupression from the "Hi-nee". They get treatments for both bacterial and viral causes, and if they are not doing well, a trip to the ICU. Most of the people I've seen intubated lately for "influenza-type illness" are under the age of 50.

I know the media hype is going fanatical about who and who isn't getting the vaccine, the safety of it, and how the government is doing a piss poor job. All I have to say is that most of the 'flu can be prevented from people staying home when they are sick, from handwashing, and from the vaccine.

Getting the flu sucks. Getting this particular strain REALLY sucks (I have had it). Both my fiance and I were stuck in our house with 40C fever for 3 days and almost 3.5 weeks later I STILL have a mild cough.

Get the shot when you are able to. If you don't do it for you, do it for your children or your friend's children.

Oh and I've also learned that I look GORGEOUS in safety glasses, an N95, gloves, and a yellow disposable precautions gown :) One day I'll take a picture to show you.

* if Whitecoat would ever read my blog he would be so proud