Just a little love

When we stop and slow down the pace of our busy lives (as we have been forced to do with the sheltering in place that has been required of us recently with COVID-19-and just with ANY stressful situation), we have become closer to family, and realize the wonders of each blade of grass-at least I have tried to notice these things. This video shows the power of pure love, the power of slowing down for the little things in life, the power of laughter and a completely stress-free moment. It has been shown that blood drawn after laughing shows less … Continue reading Just a little love

National Nurses Week-Covid-19

What a week! For the past few months, nurses have earned their rightful place as FIRST responders, Never before have I seen such national attention paid to honor my chosen profession. When I practiced, the honorarium for a nurse during National Nurses Week might have been a new ‘Bic’ pen for charting! Not only did our president state that he is going to honor nurses with a proclamation, there are numerous television commercials that I’ve seen; but it is also National Prayer Day and nurses will indubitably be honored. Nurses are in the frontlines with ventilators, they meet, assess, triage, … Continue reading National Nurses Week-Covid-19

“It’s more than I usually do…”

What humility, what gravitas! In ‘nurse-speak,’ that’s code for, ” I was so busy, I barely had time to think!” “I was so busy, I was running on auto-pilot,” or “I was so busy that I was running on fumes.” When your nurse is running on AUTOMATIC PILOT,  know that beyond the shadow of a doubt, that the skills, the basics, the education, the ability to ‘think[ing] on her feet’ are the best they can be. That the best solid nursing skills were second nature to her and etched in stone. This could be your life. There’s no need for … Continue reading “It’s more than I usually do…”

Limit the caffeine

It’s Saturday morning and that cup of coffee without the rush of having to go to work results in the inherent desire to have a second cup; if one is good, two is better, right? After watering the flowers, which are just as thirsty as you (caffeine in coffee is a mild diuretic), you brew a larger pot. Wow, mmm, mmm good and then your husband emerges from the sack, scratching his scalp. “I’ll only have a cup if you’ll join me,” says he so you oblige, quite cognizant that this is # 3 and then the jitters begin. But you’re … Continue reading Limit the caffeine

What is hospice? For whom?

You heard the term, ‘hospice;’ sketchy on details, you seem to remember a relationship between ‘hospice’ and ‘terminal illness.’ Further, hospice is an approach to the care of someone terminally ill who has chosen not to have more aggressive treatment to save his life. He now wants care to focus on his comfort. Often that means no more chemo, goodbye to radiation, no more operations-unless the doctor is certain that they will bring comfort, but they are not intended to cure. What care is involved? Nursing care involves symptom management and pain control usually. The nurse isn’t a ‘junior doctor’ … Continue reading What is hospice? For whom?