Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Long Time No Talk!

I have been incredibly busy since starting my new job two weeks ago.  I am now working in a local hospital on the medical/surgical floor.  It also has an oncology section.  I am working 3 twelve hour shifts a week, two of which are back to back.  It is a killer as far as working for near 24 hrs straight.  I have had some pretty interesting patients so far.  Nothing too serious yet.  I did have my first oncology patient the last shift I worked.  He was just special.  Cancer patients never cease to amaze me.  He was in for his 3rd out of 6 rounds of chemotherapy and his attitude was amazing.  He was so funny--unlike the other patients, he had set up shop in and outside of his room like a little personal office.  He refused to wear a hospital gown and wore business attire.  When I asked him about it he responded that he wasn't going to let cancer or his surroundings change the routine that he has kept over the past 35 years of working.  So there he was, making phone calls and working on his laptop all the while receiving chemotherapy through an IV that was going in through a port under his skin.  He didn't let it stop him, he didn't feel sorry for himself.  His wife was keeping him company, sitting in the corner in a recliner reading the newspaper when I came in to assess him.  I jokingly made a comment that it was hard to listen to his heart, lungs and abdomen with his thick shirt and suit pants (since most patients are wearing a gown making it easy).  His wife, without looking up from her paper said, "oh honey I'm sure he's be happy to take all his clothes off for a pretty girl like you".  LMAO! What great humor and positive attitudes these two had.  I think I'm gonna love this job.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Watch me duke it out over Same Sex Marriage on BabyCenter!

Uh-oh folks.  The gay marriage debate is heating up everywhere.  Teen child stars and political doofuses from coast to coast are yapping their chops talking all kinds of crazy about gay marriage and how it is "wrong" and (excuse me, I have to bust out LOLing) an "abomination".  Yeah yeah the bible says it, blah blah blah.  The bible also sanctions slavery.  Why are so many people not willing to question what we are "taught"?  How is it that so many people just take what is fed to them and assume it is the only truth?  I find it so baffling that in this day and age people are still trying to push their beliefs onto others. 

In learning about codependency and reading "Codependent No More", by Melodie Beattie, I have learned that we cannot control others, and in trying to do so, we end up being the ones who are controlled.  I bring this point of view to the gay marriage debate.  Why are people so concerned about how others are living their personal lives? I am quite sure that 99% of these judgemental people have their own issues to tend to. That being said, I do believe everyone is entitled to their opinion. And I'm entitled to mine. I am not trying to force gay marriage down anyone's throat just as I don't want anyone trying to shove straight marriage down mine.  But not granting loving humans equal rights is an action, not an opinion. 

For more debaucheries and debate see my BabyCenter posts here! I present in comments #24, #29, and #40.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Talk to Us Tuesday: Let's Talk About Why you Aren't Doing What you REALLY Love

People hate their jobs. I believe the statistic is that approximately 80% of people are dissatisfied with their current career.  Considering we spend 40+ hours a week working, that's lot of unhappy people spending a lot of time at a place they hate!  I hear it all over, things like, "I wish I could work for X company, or "I'm only here for the money".  The other day, I overheard a woman saying to her friend, "my dream is to become a florist--if it weren't for the money I would love to open my own flower shop!"  Upon hearing that I frowned feeling sad for her.  She was a women in her 50s I would guess.  Many years left in her I'm sure--but what was she waiting for? I wondered.  Why are so many people complacent having a not so desirable job?  Money? Comfort?  Friendly associates? The point is we all have a dream in life, but I wonder how many people actually go for it and attain it? How many chase it until their dying day, having never achieved what they longed for? 

Every job I have ever had has been a rung on the ladder to where I really want to be.  I have never been able to see myself in a job for more than a year or two before getting bored and moving up.  I am a constant learner.  If I am not learning, I am B-O-R-E-D.  While some people see comfort in routine, I find it grueling.  I have to have a job where I see/learn something new (almost) every day.  This is why I chose nursing.  I am constantly learning, it never ends.  It keeps me stimulated and challenged.  I love it.

What do you want to be doing with your life?  Ask yourself why aren't you doing it? Is it lack of money? Lack of support from your friends and family? Are you afraid you aren't smart enough, good enough, creative enough?  Ask yourself these questions.  If you aren't doing what you really have a passion for, how can you make it happen?  Life is super short, folks.  Live it by living your dreams!