Thursday, February 1, 2007

Change of Plans

Noooo, it's not what you're thinking!  I'm still planning to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing.  My change in plans is to push back my goal of paying off my car by June & shooting for December.  Why you ask?  Because I am planning to go on a much needed vacation to....

 

 

HAWAII...woo hooo!!!!!!  The plan right now is to fly to Hawaii on a Thursday...stay in a hotel for 3 nights & then take a 10 day cruise around the different islands & end up in Canada.  From there I can either fly home or continue the trip to see Seattle & Portland...these are all places I've never been to before. How can I pass it up?  It will be expensive, but I have until May 24th to save up some money...that's why I'm putting off paying off my car.  I want this vacation paid for before I step on that plane. 

Of course my plan to work hard starts next week...I only worked 1 night this week & that was enough.  It was a very easy night - I felt as though my patients had been drugged or something because they all slept practically from the time I got there & were still sleeping when I left.  Other than medications & something to drink, they never called for me.  I was considering working tonight or this weekend, but my sleep schedule is so messed up.  Yesterday morning after work, I got about 4 hrs of sleep...then got up & went to watch my oldest nephew play baseball.  He's in college now & it's a lot different than high school.  I actually liked the high school games better.  It was so cold out that we couldn't stay for the entire game.  Next time I'll bring a blanket! 

Last night I saw the movie "Catch and Release."  I was worried cause the critics had been slamming it...but I've learned that 9 times out of 10, the critics are wrong.  I usually like whatever they don't & can't stand what they do like.  It's a total chick flick...pretty good movie.  I tried to get some sleep last night, but only slept for about an hour & have been awake ever since.  I feel like a zombie right now...I know I'm lacking sleep, but I don't want to take a nap now & be up all night again...so I'll force myself to stay up & maybe just go to sleep around 10 tonight...I have to see Grey's Anatomy. 

They are enforcing that working weekends rule at work again so I went ahead & signed up for every other weekend.  I need to work a lot anyways & I don't mind having days off during the week. 

There's not much to really say about my patients this week as they slept 95% of the time I cared for them...except my new admit who was very dramatic.  She came in with chest pain and also diagnoses of anxiety, dizziness & bipolar.  I was told she had already signed an AMA (leaving against medical advice) in the ER, but they managed to talk her into being admitted....not a good sign.  She was very different than the usual patient...not quite sure how to describe it, but I was getting the impression that she was drug seeking.  I could be wrong, but she was insisting on something stronger than the Lortab that was prescribed EVEN THOUGH she wasn't complaining of any pain.  She said she felt dizzy.  Well, I'm not going to add a stronger pain med to that symptom.  She came up to the floor around 11 pm & by 4:30 am she was complaining that she was still feeling the same way as when she came in & why wasn't I doing anything.  I wanted to say I'm a nurse, not a miracle worker.  I found that the less time I spent talking to her, the better.  That doesn't sound that nice, but in this case, I think she was thriving on any attention she was getting.  She started complaining of a bad headache...while having the tv right in front of her face with the volume up & she refused to turn it off.  I know for me when I have headaches...a dark, quiet room works wonders.  I did give her a Lortab for the headache & left her to continue watching her tv shows.

I'm still waiting for the official admittance from the collegefor my Bachelor's degree.  All we are waiting on are my official transcripts from the other 3 colleges I attended.  I'm beginning to think I'm a professional student.  3 colleges = 3 degrees.  I am good at finishing what I start...lol.  I think my hospital will only pay $1500 a year, which is basically nothing as the classes are anywhere from $750-1500 each.  My hospital also wants a commitment that I'll continue to work there after I get my degree & I am not sure I want to commit to that...so I will probably just end up paying for it all myself...yet another incentive to work more.  Time will tell.

 

2 comments:

molly146012 said...

Sounds GREAT! you deserve a vacation i say go for it :)!  what a good plan.
have a great time ....wish I was going! ***hugs*** Molly

tendernoggle said...

I WANNNNNNNNNA AAAAA GOOOOOOO TOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!:-)
LOVE YA,
CARLENE