I’m a Versatile Blogger Award Winner

A big thank you goes out to The Chick Dick Mysteries, who nominated me for the Versatile Blog Award! Nancy is a fabulous woman who is a former nurse; a rogue, indie author; has an unhealthy shoe/purse addiction; and who intimidates the fuck out of me with her amazing writing talents. Pretty fucking fabulous, if you ask me.

She's amazing!

Along with the perks of winning this award come certain responsibilities, which are, in no particular order:

1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this award along to 15 10 blogs you enjoy reading. Sorry people, I’m just too lazy and over Twittered to attempt to write about 15 blogs! I can pull off 10 though. 😉
4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

Kind of a glorified chain letter, but I still love it! I feel like this is a great way to learn about blogs that you might not come across on your own. It’s also a great way to shout out to the blogs that you enjoy reading every day. So pull up your dirty panties and participate! Here we go!

Here are 7 things about me:

  • I don’t like seafood. This is a disgrace to my heritage. You should see the looks I get when real Asians hear this for the first time.
  • I went to Europe when I was 16 years old. I loved Venice. The water looked like disgusting, fermented toilet water.
  • I have three dogs; Olive, BEANz!, and Duke. Also known as Crazy, Special, and Seal Blubber.
  • I’m handicapped when it comes to hair and makeup. My friends like to call me manly. I agree.
  • My first CD was Green Day’s Dookie. After hearing it 30 times in a row I promptly bought a Green Day t-shirt with a big piece of shit on the front. Well, my mom actually bought it. Gawd I miss her.
  • People I would go gay for: Sofia Vergara, Zooey Deschanel, and Karen O.
  • I once had a sex dream starring Rivers Cuomo, the lead singer for Weezer. It was amazing.

Here are my nominations for the Versatile Blogger Award:

1. http://bronanthebarbarian.com –This bro is rude, crude, and fucking hilarious. Do some pre-reading Kegel exercises because you could seriously pee your pants.

A picture from his recent post 'Why Santa Claus is an Asshole'

2. http://lexiconlover.wordpress.com –Lexi, is an insightful addict on many different levels. She takes you through her addictions of drugs, love, and body image. She makes you laugh, cry, and appreciate her everyday battles.

3. http://chasingafterdreams.com — Rachel, a 20-something Canadian, public-health nurse is cute, sweet, and funny. She has a big heart and bigger dreams. She’s inspiring.

Super cute!

4. http://nurselyssie.wordpress.com –Alyssa , a new-grad nurse who is fun and quirky. I love reading about her experiences in nursing school and now a new chapter of her life has begun. Reminds me of my not-too-long-ago new nurse days.

5. http://kimxrn.wordpress.com — Kim is a beautiful nurse, inside and out. Her blog is cute, inspiring, and thoughtful. She’s a fellow new blogger, like myself.

Fabulous!

6. http://thenerdynurse.com –Brittney, is a patient, nurse, and technology advocate. Her blog is so amazing and informative, I love it. She is what I want to be when I grow up.

7. http://dianamican.wordpress.com –Diana is funny, sarcastic, and secretly sweet. Her blog is one of the first blogs I read and it blew my mind. The overwhelming number of our common tastes and distastes still freaks me out a little.

Love this!

8. http://my2ndheartbeat.wordpress.com — A blog written by a heart transplant recipient whose story is truly amazing and fabulous. He gave me my first shout out and I am forever thankful! He’s seen death (shocked over 100 times!) and now knows the gift of life. Please, please read his story. It’s really inspiring to see the patient’s perspective.

9. http://sickerthings.wordpress.com –Hussy is an ICU nurse that is even sicker than me! Possible?! Yes! She still blogs but her tweets are soo ridiculously funny! I’m truly addicted to the Pussy Hussy!

You have to check out her Twitter! Just click on the TITTIES to connect!

10. http://motherhoodandotheradventures.wordpress.com — The only person I know in real life. She inspired me to start my blog after reading hers. She’s a hard-working stay-at-home mother to the cutest little guy. He has Sensory Processing Disorder. Her blog has amazing projects and crafts for children. She makes me want to be a better mother.

Her little guy making one her fabulous projects!

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Empathy check.

“They may forget your name but they will never forget how you made them feel.”-Maya Angelou

Empathy check time.

I do like to joke about my experiences in the hospital but it’s nice to get an empathy check every now and then.

We have a very tough, emotional job and it can be very draining. Our lives are stressful and often times it feels like we’re just stretched too thin.

Death, sickness, mental illnesses, doctors, managers, protocols, meetings, projects, charting, co-workers, unions, money, kids, holidays, marriages…The list goes on.

Empathy tends to get forgotten in this jumbled mess, but it still remains our most valuable tool. Putting ourselves in our patients’ shoes is something that we’re excellent at. Simply stopping and thinking, “How would I want to be treated?” can change how we treat that grin-and-bear-it type patient. Thinking of patients as ‘real’ people also puts it in perspective. This is someone’s best friend, mother, sister, son, father, brother, daughter.

I became a nurse because my mom died from breast cancer over 5 years ago. I found out the same week that I was pregnant with my first child and that my mom had cancer. Tough week. I was 6 months pregnant when she passed away. When she passed away, I wasn’t even in nursing school yet. Whenever I think back on her illness and death, two things stand out.

First thought that comes to mind is how ignorant I was of death. I honestly did NOT think my mom was going to die.

Think about that.

I thought my mom, a living, human being wouldn’t die. How could she?! She was my mom. Mom’s don’t die this young, especially my mom. Her death has made me realize the gift of life and has honestly changed me, down to my core. I, now do things I never would’ve done 6 or 7 years ago. I felt like I was searching for answers that I could never find, only to find out that I had them all along.

My second thought is about a nurse that cared for my mom in the hospital before she was sent to hospice. She was an older nurse and she was awesome. We noticed she worked a different shift. After the 3rd day we asked her why she came in so early and she informed us that she didn’t want to go to 12 hour shifts like everyone else. She said that she was ready to retire if they couldn’t work her schedule out. The hospital of course worked it, since she was so valued.

She was the most caring person I’ve ever met in my life. I remember her always fixing my mom’s sheets and repositioning her. Always talking to her, even when she wasn’t coherent. I remember her always being honest with us and letting us know everything that she knew about my mom’s condition or what the doctors said. She showed us so much compassion and empathy that it changed my life. And now, we get to change lives!

So let’s remember: Every single patient that we see is affected by us and how we treat them.

Empathy?! CHECK!

Now that’s simply fabulous.

 

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