“What Are You Doing Now?”

A relative asked me that very question yesterday. My answer was simple. I said, “Nothing. Absolutely Nothing.” At this stage of the game I am a guilt free spectator. Paid my dues, did my time. I sit back and watch whatever unfolds. I refuse to engage or intervene. But it took me a while toContinue reading ““What Are You Doing Now?””

Open Heart Surgery Recovery

I spent a great deal of time recovering post op open heart patients in my nursing career. To learn this skill there was one article that was particularly helpful in Heart & Lung: The Journal of Critical Care written by Ann P. Weiland RN, MS and William F. Walker MD titled “Physiology Principles and ClinicalContinue reading “Open Heart Surgery Recovery”

The Train Wreck ICU Admission

A Little Background: 85 year old white male with a history of metastatic cancer to the bowel, liver, and lungs, primary site unknown, 65 pack year history of tobacco abuse, still smokes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), type II diabetes, severe peripheral vascular disease, active ETOH abuse, quart of gin a day, pedophilia, PTSD, benignContinue reading “The Train Wreck ICU Admission”

Scuba Diving Nurses

In Missouri I was certified as an Open Water Diver in the early 1980s and lucky to get stationed in California while serving in the Navy. There are pristine dive locations all over the west coast. Lajolla, Catalina Island, Channel Islands, and Leguna Beach come to mind. I was stationed at a naval hospital inContinue reading “Scuba Diving Nurses”

Adventures In Nursing: The Only ICU Bed

by Robert Schnell You are an RN in a very busy ICU, only half way through a long, arduous, twelve hour shift. The Emergency Department is full and they have a new “customer” coming to you, but, at present, you don’t have a bed available. The only potential bed, Bed #4, is currently occupied byContinue reading “Adventures In Nursing: The Only ICU Bed”

BQuick Anti-Trump Political Cartoons

I don’t support vengeful acts or wishing harm on someone but when trump was going down that escalator saying Mexicans bring drugs, crime, rapists to this country he essentially lowered the bar and set the stage for normalizing crude and vindictive tactics in political rivalries. The gloves are off. Grab a voodoo pin and startContinue reading “BQuick Anti-Trump Political Cartoons”