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Trials and Blessings

Friday, March 14, 2014

I am blessed by everyone that has left me sparkgoodies today - thank you so much! I have been feeling a little discouraged lately and this was the boost that I needed. I have been having back and shoulder problems which have made it difficult for me to work out and this has certainly affected my mood. I have had spinal xray and they say that I have arthritis in my lower spine. I had a MRI and arthrogram on Wednesday for my shoulder - I am waiting for the results. So what does it all mean? I am getting old! Well that is what the nurse told me - oh really?? I am 52 in May and that is not old girlie! Once I get the results of my MRI back, I will be back training with my trainer! She can modify my workouts for what I need :)
So that is where I am at - feeling blah!

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LYNNIERN 4/7/2014 12:44AM

    Have you ever met a nurse without a back problem? Hope you are feeling better.

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LJCANNON 3/20/2014 6:50AM

    emoticon So glad to see you back!! I am Sorry to hear about your back problems, but there are LOTS of Effective Treatments out there, as you know. Staying as active as possible is probably the Best Thing you can do.

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MSTWOMOONS002 3/15/2014 5:28PM

    emoticon Hi Chris;
Good to hear from you, sorry your having problems, I'll put you on the healing prayer list, hope your trainer can modify your workout to help you feel better.

Take care & Be Well time for a cup of tea?

Many Blessings Always Debby emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NELLIEC 3/15/2014 4:06PM

    All I can say is that the worst attack I had of arthritis was when I was 16 -- and it made me feel like 160.

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NELLJONES 3/15/2014 8:55AM

    Physical age is relative. Some athletes are old by 40.

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FIT4MEIN2013 3/14/2014 9:57PM

    Yeah...the arthritis thing gets us all. emoticon

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Ready for the Winter Challenge

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I have not blogged for quite a long time. Have been busy with my new job and I think I have it sorted now! I am working on my schedule and how to make it work for me - there is a lot of flexibility and I keep changing things to see how it is going to work. The latest is that i had been coming home midweek but now I have decided to stay away Mon-Thur nights and come home early on Fridays. This week I planned all the meals and froze them for my family and I will be doing the same today. It was fun and my daughter helped last week. I have not been so good on taking and planning my food as it was my first week staying at a new place, but I will plan on taking my food this week. Though I will only be at the house to eat Mon and Tuesday evenings, I am coming home wed and going back Thursday evening. I have an appointment with a new doctor as mine had retired :( and that is on Thursday - the positive side of it is that I will be able to work out with my trainer while I am home that day!

I have signed up for the winter 5% weight loss challenge and am ready to start, I have even set alarms on my phone to make sure that I log in when I am supposed to!

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RUBECCAL 1/19/2014 11:06PM

    It sounds like you are doing a great job. Working around any change in life takes some adjustments. I'm currently trying to rework my schedule so I can fit more healthy and enjoyable things in. It gets hard to balance needs and wants sometimes.

I'm glad you joined the 5% challenge. I'm on the Determined Daisies team with you. Good luck!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 1/12/2014 2:40AM

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    Planning your meals is always a great help! When I stop planning ahead, that's when I get into trouble! emoticon

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PENNYPEARLS 1/11/2014 3:42PM

    Sounds like you are doing great with planning and freezing meals. I am also looking forward to the challenge. emoticon

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    I'm ready too! Wish my weight loss could have been reported today! A good one! LOL

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PATTYKLAVER 1/11/2014 12:52PM

    It's hard for me to get on a schedule - I'm always trying to re-adjust it. Sounds like you're doing good. Good luck on your new job.

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Away for work!

Thursday, November 07, 2013

What a stressful week it had been! Started on Friday when I got into a car accident while coming home from work - got hit by a man who was in a hurry to get to his resort!! It has been a frustrating time, as the other person was in a rental car and now his insurance can not reach him by phone, he has never called in a claim either - then they tell me that there are also concerns about his coverage! emoticon My insurance have now been to assess my car, are getting the police report and now we are getting the car repaired under our insurance. Now have to pay for a rental and my deductible!
Then I heard that we are getting an employee recognition award - it is a bonus check, so guess where mine is going??? emoticon
Then yesterday I was to fly to Utah for work and guess ticket got messed up! Eventually got on a later flight and am now in Utah for training for work. Am trying to stay on track, but food is provided! There is an exercise room which I am planning on visiting in the morning before my next session.
On a bright note.....there is a nurse at this training that is from California and we worked together about 10 years ago!!!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 11/14/2013 1:36AM

    All the best .

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STRESS80 11/12/2013 12:02AM

    Sorry to hear about your accident. Glad you are ok though. What hospital are you training with here in Utah? My hubby is a med tech in the lab on graves at LDS hospital. How long are you staying for training. Wished I could of seen this sooner I could of made some plans to meet you. Now the rest of my week is taken by appointments and errands. :( .... have a good stay while here. emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 11/8/2013 10:34AM

    Aren't you glad that you got a bonus check to pay for the damages? And whether food is provided or not, I always pack my lunch. It is much safer and if it makes others uncomfortable that I am not eating with them, that is their problem, not mine.

You are doing well. Have fun catching up on old times with your former coworker!

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TATTER3 11/7/2013 9:53PM

    Roller coasters are vicious!!

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    Lots of ups and downs! Sounds like you're hanging onto a positive attitude though! Enjoy your time in Utah! We'll be driving through in about a week once again.

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RENLLY 11/7/2013 10:48AM

    Smart choice to use the exercise room. As for the food, try to make smarter choices and drink a lot of water.

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KELLIEBEAN 11/7/2013 8:02AM

    What a crappy way to start your weekend. I hope they catch up with him and he makes this right. I'm glad you were not hurt.

That's great that you ran into a previous co-worker. I hope you guys enjoy your time.

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RSSSLHB 11/7/2013 7:11AM

    SO emoticon take care emoticon

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MESEATURTLE 11/7/2013 6:48AM

    sorry to hear…hope all falls into place
hope u have a great time with her!!

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TERI-RIFIC 11/7/2013 6:41AM

    Hang in there. Seems like you're taking it in stride.Utah is beautiful.

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MISSRUTH 11/7/2013 5:59AM

    It's weird sometimes how there can be bad stuff... and then good stuff to sort of balance it out. Glad you weren't hurt in the accident!

What a happy coincidence, that someone you previously worked with is at the same training! I reckon if you choose wisely from the food provided, and utilize the exercise room, that will all work out okay too.

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Climbing out from behind my desk!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

My life has been so busy and I have been trying to work out what I am doing! As some of you know, I have changed positions at work. I am now a clinical educator, it has been an adjustment stepping away from the bedside. There has been no educator for a while and everyone had been pitching in, so now I am trying to work out what has happened and where are we going! So far I am loving it (it is week 3). I get to make my own schedule as long as I work 40 hours. I am still traveling a long way to work so for right now, I am coming home on Wednesday afternoons and going back Thursday evenings when I stay until midnight so that I catch the nightshift nurses too, then Friday's come home around 2. Well that is the plan anyhow, will see how it all works out!

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MSTWOMOONS002 10/17/2013 3:54PM

    Hi Chris; emoticon emoticon

You'll find just the right way to make this new position & schedule for you. I believe in you I know you can do what needs to be done in order for things to run smoothly.

Take care & be well, remember to drink water & rest & relax when you need too.

Many Blessings Always Debby emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 10/17/2013 11:58AM

    Lynn, I LOVE being on the education side of nursing! It is also a huge incentive to keep my own lifestyle in check, because how can I preach it if I don't live it?

Congrats on the job!

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TERRIH8118 10/17/2013 11:37AM

    emoticon Sounds like a great challenge. I'm sure you'll adjust to the schedule soon.

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TATTER3 10/17/2013 11:22AM

    I would have loved to get into education! what a challenge...just get organized and enjoy!!! Keep Sparkin'!!

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MISSRUTH 10/17/2013 9:04AM

    emoticon It may take a little while to work out the best schedule for you, but what an exciting time!

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LJCANNON 10/17/2013 12:26AM

    emoticon I am glad that you are enjoying the New Position!! I know that you will get a system worked out soon, and the Nurses will get a Huge Benefit from having you there!!

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Night Shift is over!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Last night was my last night as a PICU night shift to work and my co-workers and intensivists had organized a little party - lost count of tracking!

Had a great time, they had also got me a princess bundt cake! I had a small piece :) Very yummy! This morning more nurses and intensivist turned up with bagels, starbucks coffee and toppings for breakfast before I left. Feeling loved! Then another nurse wanted to meet me on my way home for another breakfast!!!

I am going to miss all my PICU friends emoticon but I am still at the same hospital so will still get to see them. Has been an emotional time. So the medical director gets together with the director of the pediatric service and as I am a salaried exempt employee I thought I could not do any bedside nursing. But the two of them got talking and the director is going to go to HR to get me a secondary employment status!!!! I am so excited! I would then be able to pick up some shifts on a casual basis but would be paid for my bedside nursing as a flat rate and not be eligible for overtime money. I am OK with that as I want to keep my skills up and get to still work with my PICU friends from time to time. SO will see what they can work out!

So my tears turned to dancing! emoticon

Excited to start my new job, hope I am up for the challenge! I start Monday morning!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 9/27/2013 2:12AM

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TATTER3 9/26/2013 8:24PM

    Way to go Nurse!!! Yea you!!!

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NELLJONES 9/26/2013 8:29AM

    Good for you!! You aren't just loved, you are respected in your profession by the people who count!

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    Sounds like things are working out for you! Nice you were treated so kindly by your co-workers.

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SUSANBEAMON 9/26/2013 12:44AM

  good for you. working daylight hours is a whole 'nother thing.

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JANTWO 9/26/2013 12:37AM

    How exciting!!!!

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