Wow, I didn't realize it had been awhile since I last posted. Where did November go???
I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends over at my parents house. I guess there was about 30 to 35 people. It was the first Thanksgiving in quite a few years that I didn't have to work - so I enjoyed that.
I've been at work since Saturday night. Amazingly we have been staffed pretty good - especially since the hospital is pretty much completely full. When I left this morning, they had 3 or 4 people admitted that had to be kept in the ER because there are no beds available. This usually doesn't happen until January. Tonight is my last scheduled night for this week, but I think I'm going to pick up a few more shifts for the overtime money.
My patients have all been alert & oriented this week. It's nice to be able to have conversations with them - especially since I've been working so many nights in a row. I think they feel better having a familiar face rather than a different nurse every day & night.
I think the highlight of my mornings are when our chaplain shows up in each unit and says a prayer. I don't realize how special that is until he's away for whatever reason and the morning is quiet. It's nice to take time out to say a prayer together. It also reminds me that my shift is almost over & I can go home!
I'm definitely going to try to work more this week. I have Christmas shopping to do next week & I want to pay cash all the way.
I plan to take more vacations. That's what life is about - taking the time to enjoy it. I'll never be a work-a-holic!
Ok, time to get some rest....so I can get back to work tonight. Have a good week everyone! Stay warm up there in the north!