Little things done well are worth doing

The patients that come to my unit are healthy and have elected surgery to replace their worn out knees and hips, or back surgeries that make patients in pain again realize life that is pain free or relatively so. Unfortunately, not everyone who comes to a hospital is going to get better and go home to his or her family and friends.

Yesterday, in the small details of the day as I was frustrated with myself for the feelings of “not knowing all instantly” a beautiful thing occurred.

Clear and sweetly, suddenly a chorus of voices broke out in song – the mixture of voices was hauntingly beautiful as they sang the hymn.

One by one, I watched my co-workers grow silent as we all listened to the beauty of the song, flowing with love from this family as they raised their voices in a not so perfect harmony.

It the midst of the frenetic pace of the day – this family reminded me of what is most important.

In life, it is the little things done well that are most worth doing.

Do not forget the contest, go visit my other blogging friends and leave them some comment love.

I challenge you today to go out and do the little things well, Gentle Reader – they are well worth doing!

Up and at 'em!

Early to work today, umm, make that extra early to work!

But I wanted to stop by and remind you about our ongoing contest that runs through Wednesday, so don’t forget!!

Here are the rules again:

Now, the rules.  You can enter once per participating blog per day.  Entries are simple… just comment on our post for the day.  If you blog and would like to post about our contest, doing so will get you 5 extra entries.  There will be 2 winners.  Each winner will need to give us a mini bio of your family.  (Ages, genders, wants, needs, likes) and we will buy prizes accordingly.  Prizes will be wrapped for under the tree and sent post haste! Comments and posts from Sunday November 23 through November 26th will be taken as entries.  Black Friday we will announce the winners!!!!

If you mention this contest in your blog, email me at kachrist37 (at) gmail (dot) com. Of course remember to replace the at with (@) and the dot with (.) Don’t forget to stop by the other blogs as well – their links are in the sidebar for your convenience!

Have an awesome Monday all!

A Working Contest…

I have survived my first days back at work, with restrictions, learning a new job.

It is a bit of a challenge though, sitting at a computer all day when all around me are patients needing care. Now, do not get me wrong – my co-workers are doing an admirable job in their care for them… I am not casting aspersions on them in the least, far from it!

What is the pain in my heart is that I am not caring for them.

This will be the challenge for me in the coming weeks and will give me an even better incentive to allow Olga the Barbarian to push me harder each time I see her!

I want to be back on the other side of the desk, spending the day – or night, as the case may, with the patients.

However, I do have a new appreciation for the job the Unit Secretary does – I mean think about this, this is the person who deciphers physicians illegible handwriting, stops what they are doing at the drop of a hat to do something necessary for a nurse. They answer call lights, telephones, updates and inputs orders… all while being highly accurate and not loosing their cool under all this pressure!

How quickly can I get back to patient care!!! This I find immeasurably easier and far more rewarding. However, it is good for me because I am using my arm in ways that are good for me without “pushing, pulling, or lifting”! It is also so good to be back with all my co-workers, I have missed them! In a few short weeks, I will be back on nights and then my life will be almost back to normal!

I am participating in a fun little Holiday Blog Contest along with some other friends from Plurk! Starting today and for the next 3 days, you can leave a comment here and at these, other blogs and we will enter your name into a drawing for our Holiday Give Away! Yes, we are giving you, Gentle Reader, something – we want to help cushion the cost of the Holiday for you and your family! You can enter on each blog once per day, beginning today, and ending on Wednesday. We will select a winner from all the entries on “Black Friday”! When we have randomly selected a name, if it is you, you will need to supply us with some pertinent information about you so we can “gift you accordingly”!

So, get out there and visit!

The links are here and, as you can see, in my sidebar under “Contest Blogs”!

Not A Mean Girl

Alana’s Passion

The PQ Nation

Middle Aged Suburban Diva

Popping Bubbles

Sucomments

Random Ramblings of a Stay at home Mom

I Read Banned Books

Daily Douz

Puntiglio

Three Ring “Surf”ace

Andrea Daigle


Me, Myself, and I

The following post has been brought to you by the following blogs who brilliantly posted this earlier in the week, if you are not  reading them – you really should be!

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Confessions of a Middle-aged Suburban Diva

1. When showering, do you start the water and then get in, or get in then start the water?
I, of course, start the water and while waiting for it to reach the perfect steamy temperature, I disrobe and brush my teeth – yes naked – you know you were dying to know…

2. Do you read the labels on your shampoo bottle?
Wait a minute; there are directions on a shampoo bottle?

3. Do you moan in the shower like the people on the Herbal Essences commercial?
It depends on who is in the shower with me, or whom I am thinking about at the time – however, my moaning, if indeed there is moaning, is not the “Meg Ryan When Harry Met Sally” version, just sayin’.

4. Have you ever showered with someone of the opposite sex?
Absolutely I have.

5. Have you ever been forced to shower with one of your siblings?
No, but I was forced to share a bedroom with my sibling, and in fact we shared a double bed. You can only imagine the horror this did to my tender psyche for all those years! However, I countered this affront to my person by convincing her that there was a horrific monster in the closet that moved under the bed when the lights went out, she lived in fear of being eaten by this monster. Now, aren’t you glad you are not my sibling?

6. Have you ever brushed your teeth in the shower?
See #1, I brush my teeth before I get in the shower!

7. Have you ever dropped your soap on your foot?
Yes, I have – you have heard of slippery when wet, right?

8. How old do you look?
Now there is a heck of a question! My darling daughter tells me daily that I am “stinkin’ old” however; I do not think I look my age, but maybe that is because of question #9…

9. How old do you act?
Now this is really a great question!! I have been told frequently that I have perfected sophomoric behavior, so that puts me about 15 correct. Seriously, I believe that all of us, myself included, tend to take ourselves much to seriously – I subscribe to the “Laugh, and laugh often” style of living – especially when you can laugh at yourself!

10. What’s the last song you sang?
This one:
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11. Have you recently become a member of anything?
I have not recently signed up for anything however, like the Michigan weather, just wait a few minutes and that could change. I will keep the Inquiring Mind’s notified if it does!

12. What are your plans for the weekend?
To celebrate my victorious return to the workforce, which happens on Friday and replays on Saturday, Sunday I will be found on the sofa recovering.

13. Do you kiss with your eyes open or closed?
Another good question, generally closed – but sometimes open, it makes it hotter, don’t you know!

14. What’s the sexiest thing about Condoleeza Rice?
The fact that she will soon no longer be the Secretary of State, nuf said.

15. Does anything on your body itch right now?
Ummmm, no. But, this is one of those questions that once asked, suddenly everything itches. Just sayin’.

16. Who’s the sexiest famous woman alive?
Hmmm, good question. There are a few that come to mind, however I am going to steer away from the “Hollywood” types and toss Lesley Stahl into the ring for your perusal. She is intelligent, good looking, and, in my humble opinion, one hot mamma!

17. Who’s the sexiest famous man alive?
Boy, Sean Connery has been sexy for so long, how can I not select him. Like a fine wine, he has improved with age. Add to that the fact he is Scottish and, quite simply, the man makes me moist!

18. Does every family have a crazy uncle?
Only if they do not have crazy parents – and since I was blessed with crazy parents my Uncles and Aunts all appear normal…it’s all in the perspective, you know?

19. Have you ever smuggled something through customs?
I honestly do not think so…

20. Does playing the guitar make a guy more attractive?
Musical talent most certainly makes a guy more attractive, and if they can sing…

21. Do you live in a city with a good sports team?
I live in a town that is home to the “Fighting Dutchmen”, what the hell do you think!?!

22. Have you ever finished off the popcorn and ate the junk from the bottom of the bag?
What are you talking about, that is the best part!!

23. Have you ever had sex in a tent?
If you think the Holiday Inn camping, as I do, then yes I have. Otherwise, the answer is no.

24. What about in a boat?
Oh yes, with all this water around me – you betcha!

25. Have you ever dated a Goth?
No, I have not.

26. Would you rather receive amazing oral sex or have amazing sex?
Now wait a minute… you mean you cannot receive both? I had no clue, seriously.

27. Can you fix your own car?
Fix my own car? Do I look like a mechanic?

Thirteen on Thursday!

I very rarely follow the blog world agenda for what to do on my blog on any given day, but today it seemed most fitting to tell you all about thirteen things for which I am most thankful!

It hardly seems possible that 6 weeks ago, I had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and very early tomorrow morning I will be heading back to work, not 100% recovered but well on the road to that goal.

  1. I am most thankful to MetroHealth Hospital that I have a job in a time when many are facing loss of work and wages. My joy will be overflowing at my return to work in the morning!
  2. I am thankful for my boss, who made weekly phone calls to ask about how I was doing, and knowing that she truly cared what my answer was!
  3. Dr. Kevin Howard, who in my not so humble opinion is the best surgeon on staff at my hospital, his expertise has repaired my shoulder!
  4. I am thankful that I will not have to think about work attire at 0400, but will mindlessly put a uniform on and head out the door!
  5. It is a given that I am thankful for Frack and Paddywhack, but I need to acknowledge their love and support during the last six weeks.
  6. Knitting! Lest you all forget why I started this blog, knitting is something for which I am more than thankful! My determination to pick up my pointy sticks and turn yarn into an object you can wear has driven my recovery from the first day home when I persevered to knit just a few stitches and each day is succession, this act alone kept my sanity from departing forever.
  7. Plurk and all my Plurk friends! I have wasted entirely too much spent my recovery with all of you and I loved it and all of you! I am grateful for your help and support!
  8. The 12-Step Recovery Program that I will start tomorrow when I begin to have Plurk withdrawals! Hello, my name is Kat and it has been 15 minutes since I Plurked…
  9. I am thankful for planetKnit and her unwavering support; she has called me daily and regaled me with stories of the real world.
  10. I am thankful for having gone through this surgery and recovery process, I believe it will help me be more understanding and empathetic with my patients and my interactions with others.
  11. I am thankful for the pain that was worse and is now better and being able to see the difference!
  12. I am thankful that through out this journey I did not lose my sense of humor or my ability to laugh at myself!
  13. In addition, last but certainly not least, I also need to acknowledge one very special friend without whom these six weeks would indeed been long. He was and is a bright point to my day, brings a smile to my face, and love and laughter to my soul. Friends like this do not come along every day, and it is a blessing to have him in my life.

Gentle Reader, I promise to make a valiant effort to stay in touch with you on a regular schedule, but trust that you will forgive me lapses as I return to the work force.

Have a phenomenal Thursday all!

Old friends…

As many of you know, I live in the town in which I grew up. A lovely city nestled along the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa, where everything looks beautiful.

Looks can be deceiving though, and pretty outside is not always pretty inside.

I ran into an old friend the other day, one I had not seen for years – in fact, I had not seen her for over a decade, which sounds incredibly long when you consider that Holland is not a large city.

This friend and I were in a Bible Study together and when I filed for divorce, the group dropped me like a hot potato. It was a very painful but excellent life lesson for me; people will not always make the choices you think they will.

I was at BN stopping to get a book and spend a few minutes browsing with a cup of hot tea, I turned, and there she was. I am not sure who was more surprised, her or I and watching her face as she recognized me was very interesting. What happened next was even more interesting, I expected her to be polite, say hello, and move on. However, what transpired was an interesting experience and one I thought I might share with you all.

After a 10 plus year void, there was a bit of catching up to do, as you might expect and after the pleasantries of catching up on each others children, imagine my surprise in finding out that she and her husband were divorced. This saddened me greatly; they always appeared a most solid, unified, and loving couple. But, when she went on to talk about loosing her support system, the very same friends, of whom she was one of, who did this to me a decade before, and all of a sudden it was as if a light came on for her. We both began to cry, no uncontrollable sobbing, but tears that escape unwillingly from your eyes; mine for the ache that I knew was filling her heart at the loss of a husband of 35 years and friends that sadly have not changed in a decade. We have walked the same path, it seems.

After sharing a truly wonderful conversation, I am happy to inform you that we exchanged phone numbers and have arranged to meet for coffee next week.

The one thing I have learned in life is not to hold grudges and that things happen for a reason. It is nice that our paths have crossed again; I hope that we each bring joy to the other’s journey.

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