Friday, February 29, 2008

OK. This Pisses Me Off .......
I'm a very staunch Anti-Abortion guy. Abortion may be the only topic there is that's a deal breaker for me. Whether it's politics, family, friendship, employment, whatever. I have no truck with it or anyone who endorses it. Just the way I am. Your mileage may vary and all that.

Most people don't think about abortion in a clinical manner. As an RN, I think of these things in a procedural manner. As in, What really happens during an abortion.

No, I'm not gonna post a bunch of pictures of 5 gallon plastic pails full of infant body parts. Go to Google Images if that interests you. There's plenty of documented evidence out there of just how disgusting an abortion procedure is. I don't need to see any more of it.

All that being said, one aspect of Planned Parenthood that I never thought of is hit on in the video below.

I saw the link at Ace of Spades earlier today and was pretty shocked by it. Angered even. My wife damn near cried watching it. Just wrong in to many ways for me to elaborate on.

Watch it and I think you'll understand.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Overheard in the ER .....

RN - "So what do you do for a living?"

Drunk DoucheBag - "I'm a Shadow."

RN - "A what?"

Drunk DoucheBag - "I'm a Shadow."

RN - "That sounds like pretty good job. Every day you get an hour off
around noon."

Probably no night shifts either.

Yep. These Assholes say goofy shit like this all the time.

Friday, February 22, 2008

2008 Riders Choice Awards ...

Going on over at Motorcycle Bloggers International Go check it out and vote.

Lot's of good sites and stuff there.
This Sign Was Funny .........
When I first saw it several months ago. Now? Not quite so much.

Her Husband was the "Man from Hope".

Now it seems ironic as hell that an empty suit, who repeats the mantra of "Hope" over and over will derail her.

Not that I'm feeling sorry for The Bitch, or anything like that.

Note that a Right turn leads to prosperity. Little late for that this time.
But ..............

I'll hold my nose and vote for that Sonofabitch, McCain. Why? Because as Kim DuToit says, "I love my country more than I hate John McCain."
And that will have to suffice for now.
Something Cool for Y'all....
Here's a little online Radio thingy I came across recently.

Pandora Radio

It works on an algorithm called The Genome Project. Don't know much about how that works, but it is really neat-o.

Pick an Artist who you like and it will create a station of songs that are similar. In theory, you should like them. But if one comes up that you don't like, vote it down and the algorithm changes. Same thing if a song that you really like comes up. Give it a thumbs up and it goes off from there.

I have yet to put an artist in that they haven't been able to run with. And what's really nice is they play songs and artists that I haven't heard in years or that I've never even heard of.

Yer Unk gives it a big thumbs up and I think you will too.
Like a Psychotic Tsunami ...........

A full moon always brings interesting shit into the ER. A full moon AND an Eclipse? Well that equals - Full on Zombie Madness.

It's always interesting that the goofiness starts about 2-3 days prior to the full moon and escalates up from there.

There must be some very powerful MoJo when an eclipse is involved. This past week prior to the eclipse has been unreal for Psycho activity.

Just about everyday we've been sending folks off to Sunnyvale Farm or some type of psych facility.
Two successful suicides and a larger number of "Underdoses" than usual. (A true Overdose to an ER nurse is successfully doing the job.)
And every dysfunctional Zombie and their family has been through here with complaints that date back to the signing of the Magna Carta looking for narcotics.
Along with an unusual number of folks of all ages, just up and dying. Young, old and in between. Strange.

Seasonal Affective Disorder this time of year doesn't help the prevailing Psycho situation any either.

Hell, I even get grumpier this time of year. But at least I had enough sense to go out to the barn and bring in the Grow Lights I use for starting Tomatoes and garden sprouts and they are hanging over my computer desk now.

Can't tell if the Grow Lights are helping my mood any, but my ear hair looks fuller and seems to be growing upwards in a photo-tropic response. So that's something.

My increased level of grumpiness, coupled with my tendency to run my mouth at inappropriate times, mostly the later, has landed me in a spot of trouble as of late. I mention this only in passing, no details forthcoming.

It'll get better as Spring approaches. Of course with GlowBull Warming, Spring seems to be aways
off yet. Non stop cold and snow here. Damn you, Al Gore.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Somebody Give This Guy a Medal .....

Saw this over at Denny's today. Great video of a great Patriot.
Rock on, Dude.

And sharpen that friggin' knife when you get home.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines Day .........
Feel the love.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

How to Judge Your Parenting Skills????
I just remembered this and figured it fit the trend here. Via Maddox.

That just about says it all.

(I already own the T shirt. So there, losers.)
Parenting Tips Continued .....
In the proceeding post I offered up some Handy hints for treating your child's fever along with the many virtues of Tylenol Suppositories.

In the spirit of public service, I figured a few more tips may help. (Plus I've had these nice little pictures I picked up somewhere and this seems like a good time to use them.)

Let's begin with some basic safety tips-

Here's some basic Hygiene Tips that may be good to follow, too.

And we can't forget drying them off can we?

Ok. That's enough for now. I wish I could remember where the hell I got these from. I'd like to credit the genius who came up with these.
I've got a bunch more of these that I'll get to later.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Really Crappy Weekend Ends on a High Note .....
The Good News? The Patriots lost The Super Bowl.

The Bad news? The Flu has descended on my little corner of the world. Oh Lordy. The ER waiting room was standing room only for the entire weekend. I pity the poor bastards who had to come in for sutures or an orthopedic complaint. They'll all be sick as shit in a few days just from breathing the exhaust from the Flu infected hoard that were spewing viral particulate all over the place. Yes, we provide masks freely. No, most folks won't wear them.

We saw about double our normal number of patients both Saturday and Sunday and believe me, nothing says loving like a mob of infected Zombies who have to wait a couple of hours for treatment.

Several years ago, a very good friend and former coworker, Terry, taught me a very useful response for the "How long is the waiting time to see a Doctor?" question.

Answer - "T
here is never a wait if you have a true medical emergency. All other routine medical problems will be addressed in the order of their severity, as determined by the Triage Nurse and may require you to wait before seeing a Doctor."

Very factual and to the point. That response also pisses off a lot of people who suffer from, what I call the, "Moon and Stars Syndrome." Meaning, all that shit in the Universe revolves around them.

Hey, I know they feel bad. I've had the same shit for the last 2 weeks and damn if I didn't feel like shit, too.

Oh, but I wasn't being an asshole, hounding the ER staff to get to the front of the line because, "I'm really sick, Mother F***er and I need to be seen NOW!"

Pardon me if I Triage the little old Lady with Congestive Heart Failure or the 8 month old who is limp, struggling to breath and is the color of concrete, straight into the back ahead of you and your cough, cold and fever symptoms.
Don't come to me and start yelling, "I'VE BEEN WAITING AN HOUR ALREADY AND THEY JUST GOT HERE!" I know how long you've been waiting. I also know that in another hour you'll still be sick, but you won't be dead. Suck it up and try to remember there's more to this world than you and your problem.

It's not like you're gonna be late for work or something.

Triage, on days like this can be a real challenge. My biggest fear is missing someone who really needs to go directly to the back and be seen immediately.

When your ER is over run with patients and emotions are running high, it can get dicey and the possibility of mistakes increases exponentially. It wears you out both physically and mentally. Having your train of thought derailed in this type of environment could be a bad thing if you're in the middle of mixing or administering medicine, etc.

You can't always tell if your coming or going on days like this.

So, what to do if you or one of your kids are running a fever? Take some Tylenol. Take it regularly.
TYLENOL IS NOT A VACCINE! One dose WILL NOT eliminate a fever and prevent it from coming back.

And don't tell me you didn't dose your kid with something prior to coming to the ER because, "I wanted you to see he had a fever."
Dayum, people! I'm gonna believe you if you tell me that your kid has a fever, OK? I'm probably gonna congratulate you for doing the right thing if you're treating it, too.

Pediatric fever is probably one of the biggest reasons for ER visits. Kids get sick and get fever all the time. Treat the fever.

Tylenol. First line. Advil/Motrin/Ibuprofen (All the same thing).
Give that Tylenol and in 3 hours, if the little one is still running a fever? Give a dose of Motrin. 3 hours later, more Tylenol. 3 hours later? Motrin.

Seeing a pattern here? Yeah, it's a pain in the ass, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

Keep your kids hydrated! Fever dries the little ones out way faster than you'd think. Lot's of water, Pedialyte, etc. Small volumes, but frequently. Like sips every 3-5 minutes. Popsicles are wonderful.

TYLENOL COMES IN A SUPPOSITORY FORM!! This is G-d's gift to parents. Kids won't puke it back up if you stuff a Tylenol Bullet up their ass. Don't ask me why kids vomit all over when their temperature goes up. They just do. The Tylenol bullet makes it easier to keep 'em hydrated and helps with keeping the Motrin down, also.

Suppositories are also a great training device for that child who is difficult and wants to fight you about taking medicine. Even a 2 year old can figure out, pretty damn quick, that taking a teaspoon of medicine beats having a suppository stuffed up the pooper.

And don't tell me, "I can't get him/her to take medicine." YOU'RE BIGGER THAN THEM, DAMMIT! I didn't get to be known as "The Bristly Faced Tower of Terror" by asking my kids nicely to take their damn medicine. Do what you gotta do and remember - Suppositories are your friend!

This rant isn't meant to make you feel bad about taking your kid to the ER for treatment. Far from it. If you're kid is sick, they need to be checked out. But you can avoid a lot of late night trips in the ER, if you apply a little common sense and work at the problem.

You do have a Thermometer , right?

And remember to keep a positive mindset. Good vibes help.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Time to Update "THE LIST" .....
What list am I referring to here? Why this one silly -

A complete list of things caused by global warming

And it's a pretty damn big list, too. Covering threats from Acne (Yes, Global Warming causes Acne. Dumbass.) to Yellow Fever. A huge list of serious bad shit that Global Warming is responsible for.

But one thing WASN'T on that list - Zombies. That's right, Zombies.
Zombie attacks might increase due to global warming, study shows

A new study by scientists has suggested that zombie attacks might increase if the current projections of global warming are realized. “If the earth gets warmer, it means longer springs, summers, and falls, and shorter winters,” said John Carpenter-Romero, Ph.D., a zombie-ologist who co-authored the study. “And shorter winters means more time for the undead to prey on the populace.”

Yeah, and you were worried about the Friggin' Polar Bears?
Now Here's a Shocker .....
I was always pretty tough on my kids, Dayum! This guy makes me look like a Piker.

Guy Who Uses Stun Gun on Son to Toughen Him Up Jailed, Unsurprisingly

Jailed? Wow, who woulda' guessed?

"The father of an 18-month-old child is off to jail for four years after being found guilty of using a stun gun on the boy. His reason for using the 100,000-volt Dragonfire, which resulted in muscle damage to the kid's heart, was because he wanted his son to be "the toughest cage fighter ever."

I don't want to hear my kids bitching about how mean I was anymore.
OK, I'm still Alive ........
Maybe not much of a life, but I am alive.

I've been sick as a dog lately AND working extra. Yeah, I know that makes a lot of sense. I must of looked bad the other day as the ER doc I was working with said I looked like shit and made me take a prescription for antibiotics from him. They seem to be working as I'm still here. There was some question for a few days last week.

The clutch on my Little Blue Truck went to shit last week. Ouch! There went that Christmas bonus I'd been saving. Good news? I had the $$ and the Little Blue Truck is back in service.

Lot's going on around this here place and the blog thingie just hasn't been to high on the priority list as of late.

Lot's of funny shit going on out there in the world, too that I've missed making fun of.

It'll get better.