Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Ladder and I Fell Together

Today, after finishing the snow shoveling on the roof, I stepped down onto the ladder and took one more step down before the ladder slipped away from it's footing. The ladder and I fell onto the front steps. The ladder then slid forward and hit my son in the leg and arm. I felt my foot twisting as it was caught in between two rungs. When I stood up I had to test my foot and leg to see if I could stand on it. The boy has bruises and scratches. I have a pretty good gash in my left shin plus some bruises and scratches of my own. Nothing was broken! Whew! I think I may have torn a ligament or tendon in my left ankle. It's not completely torn but it hurts when I step in certain directions or turn on that foot.
I anticipate some aches and pains over the next few days. I still have to work the next two days. I hope my aches and pains don't keep me from being able to learn, help and keep up.
Please send me your home remedy's for healing and I will consider them for my recovery process.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Return of Light

Today we celebrate the return of light. The days are getting longer. We acknowledge Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza and Festivus but celebrate the return of longer days.
This is the season when we plan for the upcoming year and as the year unfolds we can fulfill the dreams of the long winter nights.
As we share the long hours with our loved ones, friends and community members inside the warmth of our homes and meeting places we learn what is important to each other and how our lives are intertwined. We can share food, laughter, song, gifts, joy and love.
Thank you all for being in my life!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

i m home 2day

It's Monday. Here I am at home. My new schedule has me at home on weekdays from time to time. I'm going to ask to have Mondays off. That will mean that I am at home and nobody else is here. Not that I don't love my peeps but it is nice to have a little quiet time. The trade off is that I don't have as much time with them when they are all home. However, another trade off is that I am home earlier than they are on weekdays and I can do things like plan dinner and do other things around town that may need to be done. So, we will all have to get used to the new schedule. It also means that I have to try to figure out transportation for G. to get to work because I leave for work well before she does. Does anybody have any ideas out there? I'm going to make some phone calls today to see if I can round something up. Wish me luck.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Cup 'o' Pee

Today I peed in a cup. That was how I met Debby Fisher. She was my Cup 'o' Pee officiator. It is awkward to meet someone that you will be working with, for the first time, by handing them a warm cup or your own urine.
It was nice to meet you Debby. Thanks for accepting my urine as a token of our future working relationship.
I passed (so to speak) the urine drug test. My first of many tests at my new job. I will have my first day learning "treatments" on Wednesday. Tomorrow I go to Spokane with Sunny to buy groceries and perhaps some scrubs. I bought some today at Wal-Mart. They are plain. I'm looking for something a little more interesting. I already had one scrubs shirt that has planets and asteroids etc. on it.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Have Job...Will Not Travel

Yes...I was offered a job yesterday. I will be working at a local Nursing Home. There are many good aspects to that. I will be developing some of the "traditional" nursing skills that I never got to use in public health. I think the people I will be working with will be pretty nice. One of the things that the administrator said in my interview was, "We try to hire nice people." I will be serving a population of people that need TLC and someone to listen to them. I hope I can get up to speed quickly so I can get comfortable enough to "be there" for the people who are living there. One thing about this job, I will not have to travel.
So, to those of you out there that were very supportive to me (you know who you are) while I was looking for work and going through the upheaval of the transition out of the Health District...Thank you from my heart. "Thank you" doesn't seem like enough. I have deepened some relationships that I hope will last the rest of my life. I have learned to love some people that are remarkable and felt loved as well.
I have left behind some relationships that I thought would be lifetime. I was hurt but I am not bitter. As I have said previously, "My conscience is clear." I suspect that most of the people that hurt me think they were doing the right thing at the time. I hope they will begin to see things more clearly over time. I wish them luck and peace.
Change is good even if it is a bit frightening at first.
Someone once said, "Chance favors the prepared mind."
So...Be prepared.(the Boy Scout motto) You never know what's coming around the corner.
Love, peace and good fortune,

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I read today

My Dad's Elementary school class in Elsinore, Missouri.

Today, for the first time in a long time, I read. I started reading the new vampire series. It was so nice. I started reading and fell asleep in the first ten minutes. After my nap I read for about 2-3 hours. That was very relaxing and fun. Now I will be tortured until I finish the book. Then there are 3 more books. Woo Hoo! I hope I can find the time/make the time. I really miss reading. Ordinarily my family does not allow me to read for more than 10 minutes at a time before it's "daddy daddy" or "honey I need you to do something."
Wish me luck!