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Saturday, February 03, 2007

Horrible, Horrible and Rambling

I visited my Grammy today. I didn't go yesterday because I figured she would be in and out from the anesthetic and all the pain meds. So, I went up this morning at 10 and spent the day with her. Mary was already there, and I had picked Joan up (there was no way I was letting her walk to the hospital in that crappy weather). Grammy was in good spirits all morning, even after having to do some leg excercises with the physiotherapist. She ate well at lunch - but then there's not much that will dampen my Grammy's appetite.

All was going well until she had to get out of bed. The day after the operation, the patient has to get out of bed with assisstance and sit in a chair for an hour. Mary, Joan and I watched through the window and we were all trying not to cry. Poor Grammy was in so much pain. She went white as a sheet, was gagging because the pain was making her so nauseated, and almost passed out. Of course, it didn't help that the nurse timed her medication so poorly. The nurse gave Grammy her pain meds at 11:00 and was going to wash her and change her dressing and get her sitting up. Well, by the time she got everything ready, lunch had arrived, so she let Grammy eat lunch. THEN didn't come back until almost 2pm. By that time the meds were starting to wear off. The nurse should have waited until after lunch to give Grammy her pain meds, waited an hour, THEN gotten her up and about. It was absolutely horrible watching Grammy try to hold it together while sitting in that chair. It was going to hurt no matter what, but it should have been more manageable. Good pain management is stressed at every turn in a hip replacement.

We made it clear to the nurse that Grammy's pain meds needed to be better managed in conjunction with her excercises. The nurse wasn't happy. She had lots of excuses, but really, none were valid. The nurse had a working watch on her wrist and from what I can discern, she can tell time. A little common sense would have gone a long way in this situation.

Can you tell I have a very poor opinion of nurses at the DECH? My poor opinion has nothing to do with Grammy's care. In fact it was formed long ago. After having worked for a healthcare company(actually Fudee's competitor), as a "sitter" sitting with patients, particularly on the ward my grandmother is on, I have to wonder what is wrong with a lot of these nurses? And I mean nurses. Not LPNs or RNAs. The nurses seem to become desensitized to their patients plight after time. Now I know that a lot of patients are very needy and many calls to the nurse are nuisance calls. Trust me, I've seen it firsthand. But the nurses just don't seem very compassionate at times, specially as the day goes on. What's really sad is that the LPNs and the RNAs are the ones that do all the work. The nurses dispense meds, handhold the Drs at rounds and not much more. The LPNs and RNAs have to do all the real work like moving patients around, getting them cleaned up, getting them to the bathroom, and doing vitals. Nurses sit at the nurses station. LPNs and RNAs are contantly on the go. Even my mother, a nurse, says it's true.

Anyway, Mum just got home from the hospital a while ago - Grammy is doing a bit better this evening - very tired and sore.

I dread tomorrow. Hopefully it will be better with Mum there to monitor what the nurses are doing.

Friday, February 02, 2007




Dr. Dickinson let my mother and aunts know around 10:30 that Grammy was out of surgery and doing great. The anesthesiologist wanted to keep her in the recovery room for a while longer as a precaution ... just to make sure her breathing was fine.

Can't wait to see her! But she will be out for a while longer, so there's no point in going till later today. Even after she is on the floor in her room, she will be in and out with all the pain meds they will be giving her for the next day or two.

I took a picture of her last night with her walker. I plan on doing a before and after LO. Once she's healed and has her physio, she'll just be a-movin'. We won't be able to stop her.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Grey's Thoughts

~Well, I was half right about the proposals on Grey's Anatomy.
~I really like Callie. She's big and she's a confident woman - something to which I aspire.
~Izzie is becoming a really big BITCH.
~Addison watching Karev almost made me pee my pants I was laughing so hard.
~Callie's parents were cruel, cruel people - Calliope Iphiginia!
~Meredith's mother is an even bigger bitch than Izzie.
~Burke and Cristina are too cute - all excited about a marriage that's going to have more rough spots than a bad case of eczema.
~Poor McSteamy. Doesn't realise Addison is imagining he is Karev.
~Aaahhh! McDreamy.....

Holy Mother Of Effing God!

Pardon my language. But oh holy shit!

My grandmother got a call a couple of weeks ago that her hip replacement surgery was re-scheduled for March 16th. She then got another call. Her surgery was bumped up to February 7th and her pre-op work-up was January 31st.

Holy shit! Things are moving fast! She was originally supposed to have the surgery at the beginning of of December, but was rejected by the putz anesthesiologist. Her spirometer results weren't what he wanted before he put her under.

Well, she went to Dr. Dickinson last week and he discoverd that her results weren't good because she wasn't using the spirometer right! He did another test and she was fine!

Off she goes to the pre-op work-up, the same anesthesiologist, he does the blood gasses and they are fine! Guess what? He didn't do her blood gasses last time, like he was supposed to. If he had, he would have discovered she was ok to go! Dickhead!

Anyway. All this is not about the title. God I have the shakes right now. The hospital called this morning. Grammy's surgery is TOMORROW MORNING AT 6:30!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We're all a little freaked out right now.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Your Brain's Pattern

You have a dreamy mind, full of fancy and fantasy.
You have the ability to stay forever entertained with your thoughts.
People may say you're hard to read, but that's because you're so internally focused.
But when you do share what you're thinking, people are impressed with your imagination.
Now this is an interesting thought .... I actually considered book editor as a career option in university. But art teacher...hmmm that would be a great job. Too bad it's a dying position in the NB Education System.

Your Career Type: Artistic
You are expressive, original, and independent.Your talents lie in your artistic abilities: creative writing, drama, crafts, music, or art.
You would make an excellent:
Actor - Art Teacher - Book Editor Clothes Designer - Comedian - Composer Dancer - DJ - Graphic DesignerIllustrator - Musician - Sculptor
The worst career options for your are conventional careers, like bank teller or secretary.
You Are Cookie Monster

Misunderstood as a primal monster, you're a true hedonist with a huge sweet tooth.

You are usually feeling: Hungry. Cookies are preferred, but you'll eat anything if cookies aren't around.

You are famous for: Your slightly crazy eyes and usual way of speaking

How you life your life: In the moment. "Me want COOKIE!"
In a way, I am embarrassed to post this. But I love this song (and the band) so the results of this little quiz are kinda freaky!

Your Stripper Song Is

Closer by Nine Inch Nails

"You let me violate you, you let me desecrate you
You let me penetrate you, you let me complicate you
Help me I broke apart my insides, help me I�ve got no
Soul to tell"

When you dance, it's a little scary - and a lot sexy.
Your Observation Skills Get A B-

Your senses are pretty sharp (okay, most of the time)
And it takes something big to distract you!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Ok, this is freaky scary.

ColorQuiz.comJeanette took the free personality test!

"Seeks success, stimulation, and a life full of exp..."

Click here to read the rest of the results.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Rick Mercer Photo Challenge

Does anybody watch the Rick Mercer Report? It's on Tuesday nights at 8pm. If you do, you know about the photo challenge. He will post a photo to his website, you download it, and have a little fun with your photo editing software. Then you can send it to Rick and he will feature it on his website. So I happened to be going through some old photo challenges and one had me laughing so hard, I thought I was going to pee my pants. It was a Stephen Harper photo challenge and this is what someone came up with:

Recipe Time!

I tried a new recipe tonight. It's from the same Cooking Light:Chicken For Dinner mag I got the Thai chicken recipe from. I think this one is Thai as well. A few tips: I didn't have any Sriracha, so I substituted with Franks Hot Sauce, since Anita left me a gargantuan bottle when she moved. I will get a bottle of Sriracha though. It sounds yummy! What's Sriracha you ask? It's made of sun ripened chilies which are ground into a paste along with garlic. Sounds HOT! Can't wait to try it! Also, since I was making it for those with wimpy taste buds, I only put 1/2 the hot sauce in it. I didn't have the bottled ginger, so I used 1 tsp of powdered. If the onions look like they are burning, add a little water to sweat them.

Sweet and Hot-Glazed Chicken and Onions

3 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tbsp ketchup
1-1/4 tsp Sriracha (like Huy Fong)
1-1/2 tbsp canola oil
1-1/2 cups sliced onions
1 tbsp bottled minced ginger
1 tbsp bottled minced garlic
3/4 - 1 tsp curry powder
1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1" thick slices

1. Combine hoisin sauce, kethcup and Sriracha in a small bowl. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in a large skillet over med-high heat. Add onions, saute for 3 mins or until tender. Add the remaining ingredients and saucte for another 6 minutes or until chicken is done.
3. Stir in hoisin sauce mixture and cook 1 minute, tossing to coat.
4. Serve with long grain or jasmine rice and a vegetable, such as green beans, snow peas, or broccoli.


Catch and Release

Ok, I have been prodded ever so gently by Nick to blog about the movie.

First of all, I need to write about some of the actors. I really like Jennifer Garner. She's a great actress, despite what people may say. But then, most of the garbage talk about her has to do with Ben and his break up with J Lo. Obviously, he's much better off now. You can check her out in "13 Going On 30"(hilarious, but a tear-jerker as well), "Daredevil" (where she met Ben), and "Elektra". Timothy Olyphant ... what can I say about him, but YUMMY! He's gorgeous. He's a great actor. Well, I have to admit, he could do a documentary about grass growing and I'd still watch it. He's played some very different roles. You can check him out in these movies: "Scream 2", "Gone In 60 Seconds", Stephen King's "Dreamcatcher". And then there's Kevin Smith. This guy has always cracked me up. The first time I ever saw him was in "Dogma" (effing funny movie - everybody should see it), as Silent Bob of Jay and Silent Bob fame. He's been in lots of other movies, like "Daredevil" (seeing a trend?), "Clerks", and "Scream 3". Ok, on to the movie.

So what can I say? Well, first of all, BIG SIGH! Aaaaaaahhhh! It was such a sweet movie. LOVED it. It's classic romance and comedy all rolled together. Jennifer Garner plays Gray Wheeler, a young woman who must deal with the death of her fiance, Grady, only days before the wedding. She finds comfort in the company of his friends - Sam (Kevin Smith), the comedian, Denis (Sam Jaeger), Mr. Responsible, and Fritz (Timothy Olyphant), the playboy. As she deals with her fiance's estate, his secrets begin to unfold. Gray starts to see a whole new side of the "perfect" fiance she thought she knew, is drawn to the last man she thought she'd ever fall for, and realizes he's not as unreliable as she'd pegged him to be. While this movie uses a fair bit of the physical, it relies mainly on verbal comedy. The chemistry between the cast members is perfect ... they really pulled this movie together and you can tell that they enjoyed working with each other.

I would give "Catch and Release" a 8.5/10. I can tell you that when it comes out on DVD, I will buy it. If you enjoy going to the movies or watching romantic comedies, I would definitely recommend this one.

Sunday, January 28, 2007


A frickin 12 hour crop and what do I get accomplished? Only 3 layouts! I do have to say that they were quite labour intensive. Specially the damn mosaic.