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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Not Me Monday! Working Woman Edition (yes, I know its Tuesday)

What did you expect?? I could do it all and do it all well AND on time??? Yeah, not so much!! I have not missed this little "Not Me" tradition of mine SevEreLy since returning to work. No, I have had no need to post any of the embarrassing things I have not done. Since I am back to work, I behave perfectly, have had no trouble adjusting from my world of all things Cardiology into this world of discharge (and I'll leave it at that), fevers, sore throats, back pain, abdominal pain, shoulder pain, knee pain...I think you get the idea! I certainly did NOT get secretly very excited when a patient mentioned he had chest pain! I was certainly not excited to look at a 12 lead EKG, or adjust his medications to help him feel better. I was not relieved to realize some of the things I learned were still in my brain (okay, they were a bit buried, but I found them!)


I am so glad that I did not accidentally flip my script pad out of my pocket into the toilet AFTER I was finished using it. Boy, oh boy, was I glad I didn't have to put my hand into the toilet and retrieve the practically brand new script pad. I was even more relieved that I didn't have to ask anyone what to do with it, since I knew of the proper way to dispose of a urine soaked prescription pad so that no one could misuse it. I was not practically on my knees thanking God that the shredder was recently (like just a few days before this incident) replaced with a storage bin and I could place it in the bin and not have to pull it apart to feed into the shredder bit by bit.


I did not thoroughly enjoy lancing an infected skin cyst yesterday. It was not only fun for the first part and I did not start to feel ill watching all the drainage (which I will not spare you the description of) come out of the wound. I was so grateful that was not right before lunch! I did not manage to scarf down my entire lunch in spite of it.

I did not feel so excited when I saw 20 patients in one day. I do not measure my usefulness by the number of patients I see in one day, that would be goofy! I am not so excited for a day off tomorrow (yeah Veteran's day--just another reason to be so thankful for our vets) though. I am not spending my day off helping one of the offices I work at to pack up for a move across the street to have the current building remodeled. No, that would be ridiculous!

Oh, I almost forgot how freeing it is to laugh at yourself! What have you been hiding???

5 comments:

Rikki said...

It's good to read this kind of post again--I needed a laugh to start my long day. :)

The Blackley Tribe said...

Travis, I have severely missed your 'not me's' as well! Apart from the script incident, it looks like you are adjusting to working away from home again quite well, and even enjoying it a little ;) You know you work in the medical field if you can see terrible things drain or ooze from a human's body and still enjoy you're lunch!
Miss you guys!
Dollie

The Blackley Tribe said...

Travis, I have severely missed your 'not me's' as well! Apart from the script incident, it looks like you are adjusting to working away from home again quite well, and even enjoying it a little ;) You know you work in the medical field if you can see terrible things drain or ooze from a human's body and still enjoy you're lunch!
Miss you guys!
Dollie

Cindy and company said...

Great post, Travis! Can't wait to hear more about what you didn't do at work. I know that the hospital setting can give many opportunities for a good story!

Anonymous said...

It's so wonderful to read your "not me" again. You are seeming to be your old self again and enjoying the work you were created to do. The lancing, however, was a new deal, I'm thinking. I thank God that you are being used in the way you love doing. Praise God for a day off, try not to work harder than you do the days you work. Your knowledge and on-hands experience is valuable.
Much love and hugs to all,
G. & P. P.