Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Reminder (poem)

The story that came with the poem is as follows:

When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a small hospital near Tampa, Florida, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.

What do you see nurses? .What do you see?
What are you thinking......when you're looking at me?
A crabby old man, .....not very wise,
Uncertain of habit ........with faraway eyes?

Who dribbles his food.......and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice....."I do wish you'd try!"
Who seems not to notice .....the things that you do.
And forever is losing . a sock or shoe?

Who, resisting or not...........lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding ....... the long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking? Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes,'re not looking at me.

I'll tell you who I am ....... as I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, .as I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of Ten......with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters .......who love one another

A young boy of Sixteen .with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now. ..........a lover he'll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty .my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows........that I promised to keep.

At Twenty-Five, now .......... I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . and a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . my young now grown fast,
Bound to each other ......... with ties that should last.

At Forty, my young sons ........have grown and are gone,
But my woman's beside see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more, .......... babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children ......... my loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me .......... my wife is now dead.
I look at the future I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing .young of their own.
And I think of the years...... and the love that I've known.

I'm now an old man.........and nature is cruel.
Tis jest to make old age .......look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles..........grace and vigor, depart.
There is now a stone........where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass ...... a young guy still dwells,
And now and again my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys.............. I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and over again.

I think of the years .all too few......gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact........that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .open and see..
Not a crabby old man. Look closer....see........ME!!

Author unknown

Thursday, June 14, 2007

You Just Can't Make This #$% Up!

This evening I was at work, typing away, deep in thought. Suddenly I feel like someone is watching me and look over and my friend Lindsay is staring at me.

"You know what - I've finally figured it out... whenever you are around a man, you become stupid!"

"What do you mean by that?" I ask, momentarily offended.

She starts listing off a few examples, then cites the best and most recent example from earlier in the day:

Scene: I'm standing around with a group of co-workers, and I'm talking away a mile-a-minute, the center of attention, and having an attentive audience. Suddenly one of the male managers walks up as I am mid-sentence, and then this pops out of my mouth: ". . . only 76 out of 100 employees attended the meeting. That's like 50%!!"

***awkward silence***

Finally Lindsay pipes up, "Actually I think that would be closer to 76%!"

Ok.... it is true - I really do become stupid around men...

Friday, June 08, 2007

Life With a Nurse

I thought this was cute - someone forwarded this to me and I had to share it :-)

My life with a nurse:
By Rick Williams

Ah, such mysterious, wondrous creatures are nurses. What treasures lurk beneath those crisp, white uniforms…..what young man doesn't have fantasies of discovering those secrets for himself?


Reality check!!!!

I've been married to a nurse for a quarter of a century, and let me tell you, nurses are not what you expect (and I don't even care what you expect, because you are wrong!)

Let's begin by tearing down some of the more famous assumptions about nurses right off the top:

The nurse as a sex kitten: Any man who lived through the early seventies or has made it a point to rent such famous videos as "night Duty Nurses" or "student nurses" or "Night duty student nurses" or any one of the several dozen nurse-centric flicks will immediately believe that all nurses have heaving bosoms, just millimeters away from popping out of skintight white uniforms. You will also believe that nurses always wear white garters, fish net hose and stilettos. (This of course is a handy dress code because movie nurses spend *a lot * of time hopping in and out of patient's beds.)

The reality is that most nurses wear scrubs-- Shapeless, draping hunks of cotton that could cause you to breeze past Pamela Anderson without a second look.
Shoes are white and chunky with blobs of things on them better left unexplained.
Socks replace the white hose and garters and when is the last time anyone saw a nursing cap? Right that was at graduation!!

Now as far as a nurse hopping into your bed to relieve your "problem"….Get a life! If you aren't sick they don't have time to mess with you. If you are sick, you probably look, feel and smell sick, not to mention they've seen…."better." I don’t care how good looking you are, they have seen better and it was probably a doctor making lots of money or at least someone who didn't smell bad.

As I said above, nurses have almost always seen "better" and that includes "personal anatomy." Any male foolish enough to think that he ranks among the Gods when it comes to endowment will quickly be dismayed to learn that his sweet, little dear has seen MUCH bigger. Just bring the subject up and you will most likely hear about the head injury case she saw in nursing school (while she holds up her arm and grabs her elbow with her hand to put things into scale) If you think your "little Willie" is king, you're wrong! In fact I've never met a nurse that didn't have a BIG WILLIE story, so be forewarned. (***Side note from Jen: some day you have to ask me about the conversation myself and a fellow student nurse had on this topic ;-) ***)

The nurse as an angel: If you want to hear the latest gross joke, just find a nurse. Some uninformed males seem to think of nurses as angelic creatures: demure and loving, a cross between a nun and their mom. Well I hate to burst your bubble guy, but as a group, nurses are some of the rawest folks you will ever run into. I don’t care how sweet and demure they may look on the outside; inside is someone who has seen things that would gag a maggot, break your heart or drive a normal person nuts. So most nurses develop a very wicked sense of humor squarely lodged in the black to sick side of the scale.

Also, in case you are looking for angelic sympathy for the little boo boo you had in the shop, forget it! Let's say as a typical male klutz, you manage to saw your finger off. You go running to your nurse wife who is on the phone with a nurse friend of hers. As she continues to talk to her friend she gives the stub a good eyeballing, slaps a towel on it, takes out a baggie to put the severed digit in and tells you to get some ice while she is explaining to her friend that her dummy husband just sawed his finger off. As you stand there bleeding for 15 minutes she calmly finishes her conversation as though nothing is going on until she finally says, "well I guess I better get him to the hospital." She hangs up the phone, looks at you, sighs and calmly says, "let's go." You have just learned an important lesson. On the nurse scale of emergencies, yours is about a minus 9! As my wife has told me, "when you are on a ventilator, with six drips running, your head down and your feet up, then you're sick. Anything less than that just isn't worth getting excited over!"

The nurses mutual benefit network: As a male either dating or married to a nurse, you should realize one important thing: There are nurses everywhere. That, in itself, is no big deal. The fact is, every nurse knows other nurses who know more nurses, so that by the time you are finished, a nurse in Cuba who observes you doing something you shouldn't has the immediate capability of getting word to your wife/girlfriend. This system is way more reliable and efficient than the Internet and has existed for much longer. Take it for granted that your nurse wife/girlfriend will know about anything you have done, good or bad, before you get home!

Your social life with nurses: Nurses hang out with other nurses and soon you may find that all your friends are married to nurses. The reason this happens is because in situations where a nurse mingles with non-medical folks, things can get ugly.

For example, you are out to dinner with your nurse wife, another nurse couple, and two civilian couples. The nurses sit and chat, discussing fun things like bleeding bowels, open sores and how much fat was sucked out of some patient, projectile vomiting, traumatic amputations, etc, all over a nice pasta dinner. The nurses carry on talking as the civilian couples turn funny colors, make faces and suppress their gag reflexes (and this is if the nurses don’t have any really gross things to share like the homeless guy with maggots in his bleeding sores.)

After several dinners and gatherings like this, you will soon find your circle of friends has shrunk significantly. The key to avoiding this is to do the following: Never go out in mixed groups with more than one nurse. A lone nurse is ok. The trouble starts when you have more than one, and when that happens, keep the regular folk away. Also get used to the idea that some friends and neighbors will take advantage of the fact that your wife is a nurse by calling at all hours of the day and night for advice. This may include male friends "dropping by" to show your sweetie his rash. The best advice I can give is to just deal with it and hope it isn't contagious.

The health ramifications of a nurse: Most nurses have been described as having the constitution of horses, which isn't true because I've been around horses and they get sick more often. The reason for this is pretty simple. After 3-5 years on the job, nurses have been exposed to so many bugs that they either end up dead, or full of every antibody known to mankind. If you want the ultimate booster shot, just get a blood transfusion from a nurse who's worked in a hospital for 20 years! Oh, and if you are the least bit squeamish, don’t even think about the bugs she brings home on her clothes. It will mess your mind as she talks about her resistant TB patient, the patient full of body lice or the one with poison ivy in his mouth! So don’t ask!

Conclusion: Ah such mysterious wondrous creatures are nurses. You know, they really are and I thank god everyday for my nurse!

Friday, June 01, 2007

Tragic School Incident

Very sad article about a freak incident that happened at a school where my mom was supply teaching. She left a few hours prior to the incident so thankfully never saw it happen. She emailed me about it last night and then I found the article online.

Soccer practice had been cancelled on Wednesday due to a thunder storm, and while a few of the kids were waiting for their parents to pick them up, they went onto the soccer field to kick the ball around. One grade 8 student was struck by lightning and died. The two students that were beside him were thrown a ways but otherwise were ok.

Quite tragic.

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