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2/21/04
Stress. Can't think.

2/17/04
And I am off to convention! One suitcase full of clothes, binders, books, and 100 feet of rope (don't ask), another full of computer equipment, a laptop case full of well, laptops (two, anyway), three gift baskets for the basket raffle, a case of diet coke, and six packs of cigarettes. Oh, and a partridge in a pear tree in the trunk. I'll be back on Friday night.

2/15/04
I'm back - it was great to see Jen and Dona and Hope, and to spend more than five minutes with Sean, who I adore. He and Jen are incredibly happy and I'm so glad. We drove around and looked at dresses today, found some really nice pieces, and then I drove back and got home in time for Sex and the City and the return of Chris Noth. Yum.

The stack of idea pictures for my dream house grows (it will be made of logs, it will have a big fireplace, it will have a clawfoot tub, it will have big windows that face west, it will have a great room for reading/living/dining, it will have a two-car garage for my convertible and the yet-to-be-purchased wintermobile). I need to buy a scrapbook. I need to save money and work more.

2/14/04
OK, off to Jen's in a few minutes, but I just wanted to jot down a few things.

I woke up yesterday (Fri) for school, and every single joint in my body ached. Felt like they were all filled with fluid and I was slogging through water when I walked. So I called out late to school, and went back to bed. Didn't help. So I called school again and said I wouldn't be in (I didn't miss much, Thurs and Fri were sort of disorganized) and slept until it was time to get up for work. Ached my way through work - a lot of pain in the neck patients on the floor.

I'm still achy today, but I have to go drive up to MA - it'll be great to see Jen and Dona, I just wish I weren't so tired.

2/12/04
Today we learned how plastic babies are born. Why, from plastic mannequins! We also watched a film (circa 1970) about children and play in the hospital. What a depressing film. I mean, the content was alright but boy, the hair and clothes... whew. I really have no desire to work with children, let me tell you. Of course, with some of the geriatric patients I work with now, they're like children. Forgetful, not knowing where they are, wet diapers, needing to be fed and changed and walked around... they're just more amusing somehow than children.

2/11/04
T-minus one week until convention.

2/10/04
First day of peds orientation. We took a tour of the unit and met the head nurse. The entire place just looks cramped and depressing. Not because of the kids - more because the cribs look like jail cells with metal bars, and the playroom is full of outdated toys. Maybe it'll look more appealing when we're actually working there. I'm looking forward to going to see Children's Specialized Hospital, where the really ill kids are. Call me crazy, but I think I'll enjoy it.

2/9/04
Today's been productive, even if I did sleep until noon. Mom and I took down the curtains in the dining room so we can repaint the woodwork. Picked out shades of green for the kitchen (and then the downstairs will be all done and repainted). I went to Wal-Mart and bought things for my raffle basket for the convention (my theme: surviving nursing school, it includes shower gel, hand lotion, aspirin, a book about surviving nursing school, and candy, all in a beautiful $2.99 Wal-Mart basket, have I mentioned that I love that store?). Put the basket together. Bought tix for Sweeney Todd at City Opera and Don Giovanni at the Met (with Rene Pape, yum).

2/8/04
Ah, three weekends of work in a row - done. Tonight we had one patient fall, so I spent some time down in X-ray etc, and a lot of poop to clean up. And Joan O. made me a container of her should-be-banned-in-all-50 states "Ambrosia" which is something made out of marshmallows, strawberries and other yummy things. And someone left a brochure for Norweigan Cruise Lines Carribbean cruises at the desk, and I drooled over how warm it all looks. And I got to walk one of my patients (lung ca, mets all over) around the hall twice, without her walker, and she did wonderfully, and then told me I was the only person who ever had time to help her, even with little things like straightening out her bed. That made me feel great.

No school for me tomorrow - we start clinical on peds, and we had to split into two groups for the orientation, so I go on Tuesday.

2/6/04
Happy day-late birthday to brother Peter, whose gift I completely forgot to buy.

Tonight marked the return of my least-favorite patient. Well, one of them - four-point leather restraint guy. I got to do the 1:1 observation with this guy, who's been here before and is a real pain in the neck. But at least it wasn't challenging work and it's fun to identify his mind games.

In good work news, another patient wants to fix me up with her son. I could really enjoy this.

2/4/04
What else... finally finished (for now) organizing the tech stuff for the convention. It's two weeks from today. OB/Peds is fun. Went to the mall today - bookstore, scrub shop (where I found some sassy scrubs for those days where I don't have to wear blue). Bought more books to read after I finish the stacks of unread ones in my room. For those of you who loved The DaVinci Code (where IS my copy?), try this one: Mary, Called Magdalene. Cut out more pictures for ideas for my dream house. Went to the drug store to drop off prescriptions. Ate spaghetti. Thought briefly about going to MC to see Jim Allen play piano, changed mind.

Oh, and I want Mr. Big to come back.

2/2/04
I called out sick from school today - my throat is so swollen that it hurts to swallow or cough or talk, and I hardly slept at all last night because of it.

Getting together all of the tech needs for the NJNS convention is proving to be more of a pain in the neck than originally anticipated.

-catherine

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