I worked for my money…

Friday, February 18, 2011

Yep, I was BUSY from the time I got to work last night, until the time I left this morning.

Even though it was overtime and there was a bonus, it was WORK.

But I made it, although I had the WORST stomach-ache.  So glad to leave for home and I can’t wait to crawl into bed!

Now just repeat x 3!

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A Crown

Thursday, February 17, 2011

After a long day yesterday with Kimm at the hospital, today it was up and at em’ early for me because today was my day…getting my crown.

I was pretty nervous…not for the actual procedure, but just for the shot of Novocaine.   I HATE those needles they put in your gum!

So I arrived at 10 am and by 10:05 I was in the chair, getting the local anesthetic.  And as I suspected, when she was doing the Novocaine injection I DID NOT LIKE IT.

But once I started getting numb, then all was better.

The whole procedure only took two hours.  The tooth was prepped (by drilling out the old filling) and then pictures were taken and uploaded to the computer where they were used to digitally build a new tooth.  It was SO COOL.  My dentist let me watch the whole thing…the picture was red where the tooth was too high (where there would be too much contact with another tooth) and blue when it was just right.  The machine to mill out the tooth was right in the office and only took 10 minutes.  The tooth came out lavender and then was put in/out of my mouth multiple times while the dentist made tiny adjustments.  When it was ready to go, then it was put in another machine to get the coloring right.  Once cooled down it was checked one last time before being cemented in place.  And that was it!  I really could not tell just by looking at my teeth which tooth had the crown.  The only way I could tell was by how smooth it felt on top.

I did eat on that side for lunch but I was still a bit nervous about it.  I haven’t eaten on that side for so long.  My jaw and gums are a little sore right now but she said that was to be expected–should be gone by tomorrow.  I still feel a bit of sensitivity, but hopefully that will go away as well.  If I still experience difficulty chewing on that side my dentist said I may need a crown on the top as well.  I’m hoping that is NOT the case.

The rest of the day was spent doing various things…getting Kimm’s piercing balls back on (no charge–the girl was super sweet!), getting groceries, doing dishes, sweeping, refilling the cat’s food containers, cleaning the litter box…basically I just was trying to do everything I could to help make things easier for us both over the next few days.  I was scheduled to work this weekend–Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (I guess it is a holiday–President’s Day?).  But while I was at the dentist the hospital called.  I guess they are on internal disaster because they are so short of nurses working this weekend.  They asked me to work Monday which I said “no” (I have plans and I’ll have already worked three 12 hour shifts).  But then my supervisor called and asked me to come in tonight and that it would be from 11-7, but I would get paid as if I was working 7p-7a AND they were offering a bonus on top of that–literally unheard of!  So I said “yes” but of course now I am tired and am regretting that decision.  I guess I’ll just push through and be happy when I see my paycheck 🙂

Kimm did not sleep well yesterday night–basically she listened to music for 5 hours straight!  I don’t know if it was the versed or what, but hopefully she will sleep better tonight.

On a bright note…our real estate agent stopped by with flowers for Kimm (he is SO nice!) and Kimm’s parents also stopped by for a quick visit and had some flowers as well.

They really cheered her up!

And the weather was GORGEOUS today…in the 50s!!  Everything was melting and it’s making me have SPRING FEVER!!!

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A LONG Day at the Hospital!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Well, today was Kimm’s first carpal tunnel surgery for her left hand.

We THOUGHT it was going to be quick and easy.


It seemed like everything that could go wrong, did.

It all started out okay…we were up by 9:25 am, we both took showers,I ate something quick, Izzy was fed and taken out and we were on the road by 10:45, right on time to get to the hospital at 11:15.

She was scheduled to go for surgery at 12:40.

Well, at about 11:30 we were told that the doctor was running AT LEAST an hour behind.  There were two cases prior to Kimm and the first one was not even done at that time and the second case was going to take at least an hour.

Needless to say, Kimm was NOT happy.  Especially considering that she was really thirsty and hadn’t eaten anything since after midnight.  I convinced the nurse to give her a sip of water–she wasn’t too happy about it, but she complied 🙂

Finally at 12:45, when Kimm was supposed to actually be in surgery, she was brought back to the pre-op room.  She got changed, and they took her vitals (of course her blood pressure and pulse were high!)   Her IV was started (first time, thank goodness) and finally at 1:15 pm the nurse who was going into the room with her came to check on paperwork (a nurse I used to work with on med-surg!)  Then the doctor came to mark the hand to be done and the anesthesiologist came to discuss what would be done for the meds for conscious sedation (versed, fentanyl, and propofol).  I expressed a little concern since I knew that versed is in the same med class as Ativan (which Kimm had gotten in the past and gone a little bonkers with–instead of calming her down, it made her more restless and even combative).  He listened to what I said, but then said he was still going to use it because it wasn’t like she had a more serious reaction.  All I have to say is, “famous last words!”

Kimm left for surgery at 2 pm.  At 3:30 pm I see the doctor come out and she motions me over.  Turns out that the conscious sedation did not work because Kimm kept moving all around on the table.  So they had to give her general anesthesia–she was intubated and all. After that, the surgery was able to proceed with no complications.

After hearing that I called Kimm’s mom just to let her know and then I decided to leave and come home and feed the animals while Kimm slept the anesthesia off.  It took my an hour to leave and get back.  A total of 8 minutes were spent at the house–the rest of the time was driving!

After I got back I just waited.  Finally a nurse came out and asked me if I had Kimm’s lip ring because she was asking about it (they had to take the spacer out to do the intubation). So I gave her the ring and asked if I could see her.  I was brought back and there she was!  First things first–they were able to get the lip ring back in–THANK GOODNESS!!

She was having a bit of pain at the incision site and had to get some extra pain medication.  Unfortunately, all the medication (and probably the anesthesia) was making her light-headed, dizzy, and nauseous.  Thankfully she was also sleepy.  So she slept for a while.  And I waited.

We finally got to leave about 7:45 pm and got home about 8 pm.  Into the house and on the couch.

Recuperating is now in session.

I immediately fixed myself something to eat since I didn’t eat all day–cheesy pasta and an English muffin.  Food never tasted SO GOOD!!!

After I ate we got all of Kimm’s earrings back in–that was QUITE the chore!

And now she’s watching TV while I play around on the computer.

Soon I’ll be in bed because I need to get up early and go get my crown done tomorrow.  I will be glad when that is over!

So, that was the story of Kimm’s “should have been a short surgery, but turned into a long surgery” day at the hospital.  So now I’m thinking that when she gets the next one done, they probably won’t even try the conscious sedation, but will go right to the general anesthesia.  We shall see.

I’m just glad that we are home, and Kimm got through this okay.  I’ll worry about the next one when it happens.


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A Relaxing Night In

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

It was SO NICE tonight just to relax.

Kimm and I played some Scrabble, she watched her hockey game, I watched a movie (Memoirs of a Geisha), and it was just SO NICE.

I made it through my days of work and I’m so happy.  In fact I stayed for an extra hour this morning because the nurse who was going to replace me overslept so I stayed until she got there.  She was there by 8 am and so I made an hour of overtime for not much work.  Usually I’m there until 7:30 anyways and never get paid so this was just a nice little bonus.

And speaking of money…WE ARE GOING TO GET A RAISE!!!!!


Last year they promised a raise and never followed through.

But I hope this happens.  Since I was hired before 2008 I get the highest tiered raise–a 4.5% increase.  WHOOPEE!!

To bed soon since Kimm’s surgery is in the morning.

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Back to the Grind

Monday, February 14, 2011

Even though I had a week off, it was like I never left.

It was a long and busy night.

All I can say is that I’m glad to be home.  One more night to go.

And I totally forgot that I would be working Valentine’s Day.

Tell the ones you love how much they mean to you today!

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Comforts of Home

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The things I missed most about home…

*my own pillow

*Izzy, Charlie, and Madeline

*seeing Kimm

*my shower

*my bed

*my morning cup of coffee

*reading blogs in the morning

*cooking in my kitchen

*my home

I’m sure there are more, but that is what came to mind today 🙂

I’m writing this on the cuff just before I head out the door!  It was a busy day today and it looks like it will be a busy night as well based on an email I just received from a co-worker.

I’m glad Kimm and I were able to get our reiki session in today–I need some positive and relaxing forces in me right now.

I’m hoping for a good night, even though it may be busy.   See you in the morning.

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Week in WI: Recap

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Wow!  I can’t believe it’s been a WHOLE week since I’ve blogged.  I was on a blogging vacation as well as my own vacation to Wisconsin to visit my parents.

And you know what?

It was nice 🙂

I actually enjoyed the time away from the computer.  Although now I feel like I have lots to catch up on!

Since my memory is getting HORRENDOUS, and I love looking back on my blog to remember what happened in my life, I will highlight the highlights of each day…

Sunday, February 6th

Ugh.  After working two days in a row, I came home Sunday morning and CRASHED in bed.  I had to sleep fast because I had to get up so early to finish packing, take a shower and get ready to leave.  I was in bed by 9 am but it was more like 9:30 before I fell asleep.  And I was up by 1:15!  So not much sleep.  When I woke up my eyes were BURNING!!  But into the shower I went and after that I started feeling a bit better.  The packing went pretty well… I think I’m getting better at bringing LESS which makes it much easier.  After packing I made a pizza for Kimm and I and we were able to relax while we ate.  Then it was off to the airport.  I arrived at the designated 2 hour before flight time and before I knew it I was through security (no scanner in use yet).  On the plane, some zzzz’s for me and then I was in WI at 7:30 pm.  After a quick walk from the plane, I was giving my parents a hug!  That was really nice.  I miss seeing them more than once a year.  My mom looked AWESOME…she lost a bunch of weight and just looked so nice.  They had come to the airport early to watch the first part of the Superbowl (Packers vs. Stealers).  They were glued to the radio the entire way home waiting to see if their beloved Packers would win…THEY DID! (31-25)   Arrived home, ate, and then to bed.  I was EXHAUSTED!!

Monday, February 7th

I was up early…7:40 am.  I was able to go with my parents for their daily walk.  It was nice.  During the rest of the morning we just kind of relaxed…my mom made a cake for my dad to take to his Dartball game, we made out a menu of what we were going to eat for the week, and we read/watched TV.  Lunch was a fave…grilled cheese and tomato soup!  After we ate Mom and I went shopping to look for some new jeans for her.  With her losing so much weight all of her pants were so BAGGY on her.  She had to try on a lot of jeans before we found some that looked good but I think it was worth it.  She looks so good!  Before we even left I had her try on my jeans and sweater and I couldn’t believe the transformation!!  We came back home and met up with Kurt and Eric (my 9-year-old nephew).  The thing that I absolutely love is that even though I only see Eric once a year, he is so not shy and came right up to me and gave me a hug and started talking 🙂   We went to The Chinese Buffet for dinner…I ate way too much dessert…I seem to recall several small pieces of cheesecake and 2 bowls of ice cream!  After dinner we watched a movie, “The Clan of the Cave Bear” (because I saw that book of mine in my room at home and started reminiscing how much I loved that book and Dad remembered he had that movie on DVD).  After the movie we played Scrabble–that was a lot of fun!!  I have to say that by playing Words with Friends my Scrabble skills have definitely improved!  And guess what…after that me and mom attacked some of her closet, going through and getting rid of stuff that was too big.  Within an hour we had gotten rid of three small garbage bags full!  My mom thought it wasn’t much fun but I was having a ball!

Tuesday, February 8th

Up at 8:40 am.  No walk today since the temp was 4 degrees, and with wind chill -15 degrees!  So instead, me and mom hit her closet again.  We went through A LOT of clothes.  My mom was trying on things left and right and I was the judge…”too big,” “doesn’t look good,” “too old.”  We took a break for lunch…French Toast!  Then we did MORE clothes!  We still weren’t done but we took a break and went to the grocery store.  That night we had veggie burgers and homemade mac and cheese.  Kurt came over for dinner too but he had regular hamburgers…no soy for him!  After dinner we relaxed…watched The Biggest Loser and played more Scrabble.

Wednesday, February 9th

Again no walk because it was too cold.  I got up, ate breakfast (my standard every day there–same as here–English muffin with 1/2 peanut butter, 1/2 jam).  Then I read The Clan of the Cave Bear.  It felt GLORIOUS to just sit and read.  I realized while I was at home that I haven’t really just taken time to sit and read.  Most of the time I read just before going to bed and that ends up being a chapter at most.  But while in WI I was able to read and read 🙂  Then I had to get ready because I was meeting Michele for lunch and a long visit before she had to go to work at 4 pm.  I was so happy that I was able to see Michele!!  She is pretty much the only friend I still hang out with from high school and she was my BEST friend from high school so that just makes it so much better.  The best part is, no matter how long we don’t talk, we can just fall back into a deep heart-to-heart conversation so quickly!  We went to a new restaurant in Sheboygan Falls called Bread and Bean Eatery.  I had a great meal–a “Roma” Panini–tomato, provolone cheese, spring mix, and pest mayo with a side of kettle chips/pickle, a Stewart’s Key Lime soda, and Turtle cheesecake…can we say YUMMMM!!  After sitting and chatting there for a while we headed to Starbucks and picked up White Chocolate Mocha coffees and continued talking at her house.  The time went by so quickly!  But I truly treasured it.  She dropped me off at home and Eric was over after school.  He finished off his homework and then him, me and my mom played a game of Skip-Bo before dinner.  Dinner was simple but good–spaghetti, salad and garlic bread with ice cream for dessert.  After Eric left to go home we watched a movie–Secretariat.  EXCELLENT. I really never knew the story behind that horse.  More Scrabble 🙂  Then bed…that night when I called home to say good night to Kimm I found out that she was pretty upset.  She had gone to her pre-op appointment at the hospital and they had pretty much said that she needed to take out ALL of her facial piercings and her earrings and she couldn’t quite understand why that was such a necessity, given that they also said, “if you can’t get your ring (on your hand) off, well that’s okay”–REALLY???  So the ring on the hand that you will be working on is okay, but the earrings and piercings on the FACE, nowhere near where the doctor will be, need to come out??  Needless to say, she was in quite a funk.

Thursday, February 10th

Wow…the time was going to fast!  On Thursday we had made plans to see my Grandma Mabel.  She is going to have surgery on her knee so she is having a lot of pain and difficulty moving around.  So instead of going out, we stayed in!  We picked up lunch (Burger King–they actually have a veggie burger!) and got there about 12:30.  I can’t believe she is in her 80s!  She looks pretty good and even better, her mental faculties are still sharp.  She was glad to see me and catch up.  We actually stayed for quite a bit–didn’t leave until after 5 pm.  Drove home and stopped for Taco Bell because my parents wanted to get to bell practice.  After they came home we watched another movie with Hilary Swank, based on a true story–“Conviction”–VERY GOOD.   Then to bed.

Friday, February 11th

My last day.  Wow.  It went by so fast.   During the morning I finished reading The Clan of the Cave Bear–almost 500 pages in a week…not bad.  Then we left to meet my Uncle Larry and Aunt Marilyn for lunch (we didn’t have to drive the full distance to Green Bay…we met half way).  It was a good visit.  Chatted for a couple of hours over lunch at Perkins (the pancakes were EXCELLENT!).  I was really glad that my brother came too.  When we got home about 3:30 we watched another movie…Dear John (based on the book by Nicholas Sparks).  After that we played our last game of Scrabble 😦  I really enjoyed it and will miss it.  Michele was able to come over after work for a last quick visit–we ordered pizza and had a peanut butter pie for dessert (that we had picked up at Perkins!).  After eating Michele and I looked through old yearbooks–boy did that bring back the memories!  Michele left a little after 10 pm and then we went right to bed because we needed to get up EARLY for my flight to MA in the morning.

Saturday, February 12th

Up at 4 am.  Double UGH.  I really hate early mornings!  But we did it…we all showered, I finished packing, and we left the house by 5 am.  An uneventful drive to Milwaukee and we arrived to the airport at 6:15 am.  My flight was scheduled to leave at 8 am so we were all able to have some breakfast together–Strombolis! (me and mom shared an egg, potato, and cheese and dad had a sausage, egg and cheese–I really liked it!).  I went through security by 7 am and it only took about 5-10 minutes…not too bad.  Again, no scanner in use.  My flight left at 8 am–I was able to sleep on/off on the plane and then before I knew it, I was back in MA.  Kimm and Izzy picked me up and we were home by 12:30.  We had homemade pizza for lunch–same meal as before I left!  After that it was nap time–I was able to sleep for a few hours 🙂  Then a shower to revitalize.  Unpacking.  Grocery shopping and getting gas for the car.  Laundry.  Catching up on reading blogs (that will take a while!).  Tomorrow it is back to work.  Even though I haven’t worked in a whole week, it still feels like I was just there!  I heard that while I was gone, one of our more experienced day shift nurses quit.   Wonder what they will do now.

Well.  That’s it folks.  I’m sure not many people (except you mom and dad!) have read through all of that.  But I’m glad I recapped this for my pitifully BAD memory.

So the best parts:

–SEEING my mom and dad and brother again…there’s nothing like seeing someone in person 🙂

–catching up with Michele–I miss having a close friend who lives nearby

–getting to see my Grandma, Uncle Larry and Aunt Marilyn

–playing Skip-bo with Eric

–playing Scrabble with my parents

I guess it’s true what they say–your best memories are the good times you spend with the people you love 🙂

I didn’t take too many pictures (what is wrong with me??) but here are my two favorites…

Mom in my clothes…doesn’t she look GREAT!!

Me and Michele 🙂

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Our teeny, tiny hospital is pretty full.

4 ICU patients, and 3 IMC overflow in the ICU.  IMC full.  Med-surg full.

Where to put any other patients, that is the question?  I’m sure today while I’m sleeping they shall be discharging up the wazoo.

Off to bed and one more night to work until going home to WI.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Today flew by!

We were out and about doing some errands.  And the best part was how sunny it was 🙂  Lots of snow melting.

Now I’m going to do some preliminary packing and then hop in the shower.

Off to work for two days and then Sheboygan, here I come!

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Last Day

Thursday, February 4, 2011

Tonight was my last night to spend with my family here in Massachusetts 😦

I work tomorrow night and the next, and then I’m on a plane to Wisconsin.  As much as I love visiting my family back home, I hate to leave my family here.  Why can’t you be in two places at once ??

Tonight was nice and relaxing, just the way I like it!

We ordered pizza out and then watched a movie, The Pursuit of Happyness.  SO inspiring!!   Izzy got plenty of couch snuggling time.

It’s off to bed because tomorrow we are going to be busy getting ready for me to leave (grocery shopping, packing, paying bills).

P.S.–Our road FINALLY got plowed the real way.  In fact the town sent big trucks that they scooped all the excess snow into and carried it off.  Now our street is plowed better than any other one!  It’s SO nice.

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