Monday, July 26, 2010

Apparently people are reading this for some reason- Whee!!!

It's been a pretty happy week on the internet tubes for me here lately- which is pretty nice as my real life week has been a little rough lately. I can't complain too much, life overall is still good, but my husband is on tour with his band and I'm missing him something awful. I've had the blog to cheer me up- it's been taking off, by my standards anyway, in that I've gotten a few new readers and some shout-outs from some pretty fabulous and funny fellow med-bloggers and I'm feeling all fuzzy like inside. Wow. Enough to unknowingly inspire me to use alliteration, apparently.
Anyway. Point is, I've received some internets awards/recognition from both Living Dead Nurse and Rachedy, both who are always awesome. You should probably be reading their stuff at this moment.
Rules are as follows:
1.Thank the blogger that gave you the award.
2.Sum up your blogging philosophy, motivation, experience using 10 words.
3. Pass the award on to 10 other blogs you feel have substance.

Listen, I don't know if I deserve this all the time- I don't know if entries solely about how it's a bad idea to piss your pants to be hateful really count as substance, but thanks! I'm glad people are reading it.
I don't know if I have blogging philosophy, per se, I try to make the experience and thoughts I have make sense and I try to avoid abusing the English language. Occasionally I am aware of what a jaded douchebag I sound like and I try to interject a story or two about nice people.
My reading list makes about as much sense as my blog, which is to say, not much at all, but the above blogs included, I also enjoy these:

1.Madness: Tales of an Emergency Room Nurse- This lady is pretty much a badass. Not only are her posts hilarious, but she is full of righteous indignation over all the fuckery the hospitals pull on their nurses every day, and she expresses it eloquently. As someone who can't go three sentences without swearing, I highly respect this quality.

2.Regretsy- Yeah, pretty much unrelated to anything medical at all, but an amazing blog that is so hilarious that it may or may not have made me pee my pants a little multiple times with laughter. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, the author finds the most terrible, overpriced crap on Etsy, the Ebay of handmade goods, and makes fun of them. Fabulous.

3.Call Me Nurse aka Retired- Continuing the trend of me absolutely loving 100% of the Canadians I come into contact with, this incredibly nice and insightful lady was one of my earliest blog followers. She also has an epic blog of her own with lots of great stories about her nursing career, which was all over the map and a great reference for any of you nursing student readers trying to get a grasp on what you want to do with your lives. Unfortunately, the Canadian governing bodies that be are pulling some 1984 style tomfoolery with her at the moment, so she may or may not be on permanent blog hiatus. Here's hoping no- either way, read her archives.

4. NurseXY- Nursing student and future ICU murse, and wise beyond his years as a nurse. Also has quite the funny way of wording things. My favorite recently "It's an ICU room, not a freaking clown car". Yes, NurseXY, I think you'll do just fine.

5. What Claudia Wore- One of the many other non-med blogs I love. As a failed fashion design major, I have a weakness for fashion blogs, and as a child of the 90s, I have a serious weakness for funny blogs based on the clothing choices of characters in The Babysitter's Club series.

6. Push It! Push It Real Good!-Blog about the scariest subject ever to an ER nurse (cue ominous organ music)...Labor and Delivery. Written by a real world friend of mine with a pretty darn interesting perspective- she worked for years as a Doula and now works as an L&D RN in a county hospital that generally relies on a pretty traditional medical model, and fights the hella hard battle to give these ladies the option of a more natural birth. Overall sweet and well written stuff over here.

7.New Nurse Insanity- Fundus Chop!- I've linked to her before, but I'll do it again, damn it. Hilarious blog. Eerie personality similarities. Want to drink a beer with this person.

8.STFU Parents- Another frequently checked non med blog, devoted to oversharing as it relates to children on Facebook. Although the title may throw some off, I think everyone can agree with the sentiments present here- please don't take pictures of your children's shit and post it on Facebook. Don't take pictures of your child's head coming out of your vag and post them on Facebook. Thanks.

9. A Nurse and Her Camera- Funny blogger and a damn good photographer.

10.Glossed Over-A long time favorite blog- Wendy Felton is a totally BAMF. She reads tons of women's magazines and points out the ridiculousness while being angry and funny. She updates rather infrequently but for reasons that make me like her even more, alluding to some body issues all too familiar for me here. Overall awesome feminist writing that makes me slow clap in my living room to my houseplants.

Well, there you go. Go read all these lovely blogs and I will take a little more time to edit the 2 or 3 posts I started and ended up hating/realized they made no sense that actually related to medicine/and or my job.


  1. Hey thanks for the shout out! (this is Retired speaking!) I appreciate your kind words. As an RN that has worked everywhere (well, not Peds!) your blog is one of the first ones I go to every day! ;) I love your writing style. You have the same tastes as me also - we read the same blogs... Sorry about my archives...they aren't there at this time, but I managed to salvage them from my computer cache after deleting - and eventually will repost. It made me sad to put them away for a while. I think I will still blog-comment somewhat anyway...this blogging thing is addictive and difficult to shake.
    BTW - I have always loved mentoring the new nurses coming up - you are our future...and there is nothing that makes me more proud than to pass the torch to such deserving young nurses I have met along the way.
    You are an inspiration! Keep it up! :)

  2. Just wanted to let you know I'm really enjoying reading you. I'm a DON in a 120 bed SNF, but back in the day, I worked open heart ICU, OR, and ER. You've got a great writing style!

  3. Aw! You have both made me blush! Nurse Exec, I'm glad you don't take my hospital administration smack talking personally. One of my good friends is actually a DON- unfortunately on a unit other than my own.

    Retired- I will miss you!

  4. Another blog linked to this one, and I am grateful. This blog is great! We read some of the same blogs so I will check the others.

  5. Wow, just had a chance to see my stats, and wondered where all the traffic was coming from. What a great surprise to read such kind words you've written about me!

    I really enjoy reading your blog as well. Your perspective is really valuable to me right now because my biggest challenges lie ahead--4 1/2 short months to graduation and then that all important first year of practice. I love your sarcastic wit and dry sense of humor. Helps keep me grounded. :)

  6. Aw, you deserve it! I have every confidence you'll do great after graduation- I wish I'd been smart enough to get my ass in gear and get an extern job before I started- you've already got some skills worked out and most importantly, you seem to have a pretty good grasp on what health care is really like. Both of those would have definitely made my transition a little less shocking and traumatic.

  7. Thank you for the props! I love love love your blog, and barring that whole anonymous HIPAA don't-show-your-identity-or-you'll-get-fired thing, I'd love to have a beer with you too!

  8. Thank you so much! I am pretty sure that I know who YOU are (the red hair was a clue), but I wasn't sure if you had figured me out yet ;). Us supernurses and our secret identities (eye roll)!

    I am so happy that you like my little blog, I really enjoy yours. You always crack me up. Who else can say "balls" with such gusto?

  9. I only have another month and a bit to go and I will have all my newly laundered blogspots up.
    It's been quite the chore having to go through and delete everything relating to my present job...but something I have had to do in order to avoid chaos with the *Governing Bodies*