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I've been home several days, but hadn't taken time to report on the results of the road trip, though a lot of you are aware already. On the 4th of July after I got off work, I drove to Elgin, IL where I stayed at the home of Drew and Renee Scheeler, who were hosting a 4th of July BBQ. While I didn't get to see any particular fireworks show, driving along I-90 at dusk was fun, because I could see several shows at once from a distance! The next morning I headed out with Kevie, the person who volunteered to ride along. We went to the hospital to pick up [profile] lorddragon65, who was ready to go. First I swung by the Iowa Toll office- I'd taken the Camry, and forgotten to grab my I-Pass. I decided that dropping $50 for a new one was probably not a bad idea, as it would mean that no matter what car I take to Chicago, Ohio, or wherever there would be an I-Pass in it. Indiana and Ohio are behind the curve- most of the other states who do toll roads take the I-Pass, but they still don't. In fact, I used the one I already had on my trip out to D.C. earlier this year. Our next stop was the place where [profile] lorddragon65 had been living to pick up the things he was going to bring with him. I packed and repacked to make sure it all fit, but had to leave behind his television because there was NO WAY it was going to fit in the car with the rest of his stuff. Since it was my call to leave the thing, I told him that I'd buy him a new television, so our next stop after that was at Best Buy where I found an itty bitty (7" on the diagonal) flat screen TV. Perfect! We then hit a Boston Market for lunch, and headed out towards Ohio on I-80. We were held up in construction east of Chicago, and I think it may have added as much as two hours to our trip, but I can't be positive. We arrived at the facility at about 8 pm, and looked around for the charge nurse to start the admission proceedings. While the charge nurse was talking to him, I worked on unloading the car and stopped to talk to the residents while I was doing so. I wanted to be positive that the place we were dropping him off at was a good one. Without exception every person I talked to said approximately the same thing- that the first few weeks are really hard, but especially once you start seeing results and making friends, it gets easier. [profile] lorddragon65 is so sociable that I can't imagine that he won't make a ton of friends really quickly. I spotted some techie geek boys who were about his age (a little younger actually) right off, and introduced myself and let them know that he was moving in. Before I got back to his room, another resident, a woman, had dropped in and was flirting furiously with him! She also scoped out Kevie, and he gallantly flirted back. I flirted outrageously with everyone I ran into- it got them to open up about the facility, which was my main concern, but also was a shot in the arm for a lot of them I suspect. Sucks to be stuck in a facility, but this one wouldn't have been so bad with younger people in it. He'd missed dinner, so Kevie and I ran out to the local Subway shop and picked him up a sandwich for dinner. We didn't leave Ohio til about 11 pm, and so didn't pull into Elgin til about 5 in the morning. On the other hand, we got to watch the sunrise, which was kind of cool. I got a semi-panicked e-mail from him night before last because he was told that he was scheduled for 2 showers a week, and thought that meant that was all he could have. There were a couple of other minor concerns, so I called the facility and talked to the charge nurse about them, and she went down to talk to him and clear things up. I hope things are going more smoothly now. Some of the issues I'm sure came from the fact that he was essentially admitted on a holiday weekend- yes, it was a Thursday night, but a lot of the regulars were no doubt off for a few days. The one difficulty is that while there is WiFi in the building, it doesn't reach his room, and he's not too pleased about that. On the other hand, it means that he needs to take his laptop down to a rather main area and hang out there with it, so he ends up socializing while he's at it, and that's not a bad thing. The bad thing is that I suspect that it's going to cause problems with his Vonage box when that get set up again. The switch they're using is full, and I suspect that there's no way that the facility is going to drop $$ on a bigger switch. I looked up the kind they have- it's a Cisco. Then I trolled around Cisco's site. Turns out that they have an in-kind donation program for non-profit organizations. While the facility is not a non-profit, it occurs to me that a resident's association could be developed to fit the guidelines of a non-profit organization. I'm going to look into that angle and see what transpires. Helping people who are medically challenged and cut off from family and friends by distance might be just up their alley.

Off tonight with M2 to take him to see Ratatouille. Then the midnight showing of Harry Potter for me. Switching back over to a night schedule for my next scheduled night tomorrow night, so once again I'm trying to stay up all night.

Road trip!

Jul. 3rd, 2007 12:17 pm
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Greetings fellow fen, techie geeks, and SCAdians

I have a fannish friend from the Chicagoland area who is on staff with Duckon (procurement) who has had a long-time problem with morbid obesity as well as type two diabetes. He landed in the hospital Sunday during the Duckon closing party due to blood glucose/heat/dehydration issues. We'd been working towards getting him admitted to a bariatric (weight loss for the morbidly obese) program in a long-term care facility, and this provided us with the opportunity to make it happen, albeit in an extremely unplanned fashion. Well, everything worked out just right- I work a day shift tomorrow til 3 pm, leaving me enough time between then and the next day I work to drive out to Elgin, IL (where he's in the hospital); drive him to Gibsonburg, OH to get him admitted to the facility, and then drive home to be back to work for a day shift on Saturday at 7 am. I've recruited a friend to do the drive from Elgin with me so that it won't be so difficult. Pursuant to this, I'm looking for a fannish or SCA type household reasonably close to Gibsonburg or on the way back towards Chicagoland from Gibsonburg (we'll be taking 80 to within about 15 miles of our destination- we pull off 80 at exit 71- OH 420 south) that might be willing to grant us crash space on the night of Thursday, July 5. I don't need a bed- am perfectly happy on the floor, but my traveling partner has had recent bypass surgery (which is why he's off work and available to travel) and would probably be best off with at least a futon or sleeper sofa. A non-smoking household would be preferable, but it's not critical (just best for him due to his post-surgical status). I do apologize for cross posting as it may occur, but would still request fowarding this to the Midrealm mailing list if anyone is on it.
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Amoxicillin, 500 mg. p.o., b.i.d. No work til Monday afternoon. Woo hoo. I had a night shift scheduled for tomorrow night, darnit. OTOH, the gal that was supposed to preceptor me in my first night shift on Thursday called in that night. Maybe I got it from her? ;)
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I'm headed to urgent care- fever/chills, sore throat, icky sinuses, pressure/pain/itchy ears. In other news, how about those incompetent terrorists? I just love the attacks where they manage to not hurt anyone other than themselves (not including property damage. First off the morons that tried to bomb outside of Tiger Tiger- can't even be bothered to ensure that their IED is properly set up. If you're going to go to the time and trouble of setting something like this up, take the risk of being injured in the process or killed during the commission of your act, you'd think that they'd make DAMN sure that it was set up right and going to work. Then there's the two yahoos this morning who tried to ram a Jeep through the glass doors at the Glasgow airport, causing the UK to go to "critical" in its alert level. You'd think they'd have figured out a way to measure the bleeding doors and their Jeep to make sure it would actually fit through. Idiots. Of course there's the guys who tried to do the second underground bombing a couple of years ago...with the remains of the same batch of explosives that was used in the first. Perhaps in all their research of how to make it, they would have realized somewhere along the way that it would become unstable and not work after ten days to two weeks? To have the crap kicked out of you by your intended victims must be terribly humiliating...

So the current score is Christians 1.5 (one currently in the hospital, one injured a couple of years ago by the Underground passengers), Lions .25 (some property damage, raised alert level)
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M. has teased me since we were married about my "night owl" tendencies. I've just made it official- I'm now a rotating "night-evening" nurse. I had my first night shift last night, and it went pretty well, but it was a slow night on the floor. Our floor has what amounts to two night shifts- P's- 7 pm to 7:30 am, which is what I worked last night, and N's- 11 pm-7:30 am. In some respects, the 12 hour shifts are actually easier because you have 12 hours to get all your stuff done. No matter how long you're there, you have to give medications at the proper time and respond to new situations in a timely manner, but in either an 8 or a 12 hour shift, you still only have to do one head to toe assessment, and one full set of charting for each patient, thus in a 12 hour shift you have more time to get the paperwork done. Also, night is a lot slower since fewer medications are administered, there isn't testing going on (unless it's an emergency). There's still plenty to do, but the pace is different. I'm not sure which I like better- the nights get me more time to accommodate and learn, but the days give me more stuff to learn. In some respects I'd prefer days- more people around as backup, more things happening to learn about, but nights have their strong side too. Anyway, now my regular sleep schedule will be from about 9am to 5 pm. That will leave me enough time to get to whichever shift I end up working. Since I'm up all night tonight, but not working I think I'll get a bunch of cleaning done. Hooray!
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So, I've successfully biked to and from work twice now. Yesterday, the first day, the minute I sat on the seat the boingy thing that makes it springy munched the mounting bracket for my rear blinkie. Fortunately I discovered that fact immediately, and retrieved the blinkie. Looking it over, I realized that the blinkie would quite handily clip to a horizontal strap on my backpack, so I turned it back on, clipped it on, and off I went. I love my ride in the morning- it's quiet except for birdsong, and there's not much traffic. Unfortunately, I won't get a lot of the morning rides- I'll be doing rotating nights and evenings (sigh). The second thing I found out is that I really need to find my bike shorts. Like tomorrow morning. Every time I sat down today I was reminded that my backside, naturally padded though it may be, is NOT equivalent to a good chamois. There's a reason that hard-core stupid cyclists end up with pressure sores. I take care of the at work- I don't want one! I also adjusted the seat up this evening- I wasn't getting enough extension on my downstroke and so I was working too hard. I think it will be much better tomorrow. I just wish I had longer legs. There's no way for me to rest a leg on the ground and remain on the seat while at a stop- I have to hp off the saddle and straddle the middle bar. And I have the smallest frame available. Sigh. I work the pm shift tomorrow, meaning I start at 7 pm and get off at 7:30 the next morning. Pursuant to that I'm staying up later than I normally would tonight. I've decided that I'm going to go to the first showing of "Live Free or Die Hard" at midnight. That should be enough adrenaline to keep me awake for a while! Orientation is going well- the documentation is coming along with practice, and I'm seeing continuous improvements in my time management, which is very encouraging. The situation is so completely different from my very first job that it's almost unbelievable. While I don't know everything, I'm not completely at a loss, and I'm finding out that in many ways I knew more than I thought I did. I know that I'll also find out that I know less than I thought I did...
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Your Score: Masculine

You scored 83 masculinity and 43 femininity!

You scored high on masculinity and low on femininity. You have a traditionally masculine personality.

Link: The Bem Sex Role Inventory Test written by weirdscience on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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It's been crazy busy here. The new job is going really well, but I decided to resign and Barnes and Noble, which is kind of a shame because I really like it, not to mention being very fond of the employee discount. On the other hand, M. pointed out that if I pick up the couple of shifts a week that I am not working at Barnes and Noble after I'm "certified" on the floor (done with my preceptorship) that I'll make more than enough to make up for not having a discount- after all, my purchasing patterns probably won't change except perhaps for fewer impulse purchases that currently happen because I'm at the store so much. Read more... )
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And more importantly, have you signed it?

M and I saw this this afternoon. This is one you ought not to miss.
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Since I'm going to be looking for work, I'm going to change the privacy setting on all past and future entries to "Friends Only" to avoid potential employers digging into my personal life uninvited. I'm leaving this post unlocked so that folks are aware of it. To any potential employers who may be reading this- shame on you for snooping where you weren't invited! :)


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