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I had to email a photo of it for billing purposes at the hospital, so I thought I'd go ahead & share it here too. Just to be a show off. 😜 Women don't show off their accomplishments as much as we should. I would love to see an #accomplishedwomen hashtag blow up with all the amazing stuff we've done.

I had to email a photo of it for billing purposes at the hospital, so I thought I'd go ahead & share it here too. Just to be a show off. 😜 Women don't show off their accomplishments as much as we should. I would love to see an #accomplishedwomen hashtag blow up with all the amazing stuff we've done.

I spent more than 2 hours signing papers in the hospital yesterday. I wrote my name so many times it started to look funny. I had to fill out applications for billing in 4 or 5 different systems so that no matter what insurance someone has, the hospital can bill that insurance for my services. I did Medicare/Medicaid, Missouri Medicare/Medicaid, Humana, Sharp, Tricare, and I think one or 2 others I can't remember the names of. The Sharp application is a 2-part; they send the first part in and then I have to come back and sign MORE papers. Sharp is the one that wanted this image of my diploma, as well as a copy of my ANCC certificate AND a more detailed version of my CV, with month/year dates on everything I'd ever done: experience and education.

Today at 12:30 we have an actual APPOINTMENT WITH UROLOGY! Bryan has either become a total BAMF and gotten accustomed to the pain of a kidney stone or something has happened, because he hasn't been in excruciating pain for a little more than a week. He's got my least favorite of the urologists, but seriously at this point I don't really even care. I just want to know what these stones are made of so we can alter his diet, put him on medication, or whatever else needs to happen. I also want to know if the 7mm one is still hanging around so we know if we need to do something about that.

You may or may not be a Pokémon Go trainer, but I'm so excited that I gotta say it: I got my first 10K egg! For those who don't play, the game will give you eggs every so often. The eggs each require a certain distance to be walked in-game in order to hatch: some are 2K, some are 5K, and some are 10K. The more distance the egg requires, the cooler the Pokémon that will hatch from it! Everyone I know has had a 10K egg at some point except me! Another thing that has me excited: the Apple Watch is getting a Pokémon Go app! According to yesterday's Apple announcement, they're also going to try for better (read: ANY) integration with the step counter on the phone!! That is TREMENDOUS. Up until then, the distance you cover in-game relies on GPS signal, which has some flaws. GPS paints in broad strokes, not steps. You have to move so many yards for GPS to have registered any movement at all. If you walk a straight line, that's all well and good, but the minute you start adding turns, GPS gets less accurate because it's counting when you move out of a certain radius, not the number of steps you took. Also: GPS doesn't work indoors, so I was just expecting that none of the steps I took at work would count toward my eggs hatching. Step tracking would be a wonderful addition to the game.
hillarygayle: (Hillary Dark Queen)
It seems that when you don't have any money, you manage to continually come across things you desperately want but can't justify. Today that's the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream vault. I cannot even begin to express to you how much I want that, but alas! Still no work.

That's not to say there hasn't been some progress, because oh mercy there HAS! Today the floodgates opened with the arrival of my prescriptive certificate number! I don't get the document in hand for a day or 2; it's going out from the Board of Nursing today in the mail, but the number is the thing! When I called the BoN this morning, they gave it to me, and I emailed CH, the credentialing coordinator. She asked if I had an NPI number, and I was extremely disheartened. I didn't even know it was required, but it's the unique provider number assigned by Medicare/Medicaid, so it's quite important for billing. I went online and applied, thinking I might get my number sometime next week...and behold. It came in an email 5 minutes later. Are you KIDDING ME? Nothing governmental has ever been that efficient. I still don't have a DEA #, but that's not prohibitive for practice. It just means I cannot yet prescribe Schedules III-V on my own; I have to get a collaborating physician to order it. That's not a problem in an ER, where you can't throw a rock without hitting a physician. I will apply for the DEA number and when it comes in, I can stop getting orders from collaborators.

After I got that done, CH submitted my credentialing application for approval, and not even 5 minutes later I got an email from Dr. Mc with instructions to get myself added to the group malpractice insurance policy. I did that. Then I got an email with 2 appointments at the hospital next Monday for orientations with 2 different departments. It's happening, folks!

In honor of my very good mood at such progress, have my new favorite song from Steven Universe!

Reading!

Sep. 1st, 2016 10:40 am
hillarygayle: (Hillary Bright Cowl)
Much to my delight, Ganon has recently revealed he has a favorite book series! He likes the Geronimo Stilton books, which are about an anthropomorphic mouse that has grand adventures. The portion of the series that officially hooked him is the Kingdom of Fantasy books, but there are only 8 of them and he needs to branch out. I'm kicked out of the house this morning because Olga is there, so I came to the library to snag him some new books!
For the first time, Ganon has showed interest in a book series: the Geronimo Stilton books. He's excited for the next book in the series, which comes out this month! So of course I came to the library to snag more of them. Accelerated Reader goal, here we come!

I got 2 from the Spacemice series and one from the Thea Stilton series.
At first glance, I didn't like these font changes. After I read a few pages & gauged my own reaction, though, I realized that for some kids (Ganon included), these illustrations & emphasized words are actually keeping his attention on the book and drawing his eye down the page and toward the important words.

Upon first looking inside one of the books, I was disappointed. The weird changes in font and the illustrations on every page irked the book snob in me. I watched him read a page, though, and read a few myself to examine my own responses, and I figured something out. In his case, the font changes and photos are keeping him engaged by drawing his eye to the main points of the story. For him, it increases his ability to pay attention to the book. I was sold at that point.

What really surprised me is that he KNEW the 9th book in the series was coming out soon, and he's eagerly waiting on it. This from a kid who has always ever been just "blah" about reading, and acts like we're killing him when we make him read for 30 minutes a night. He's already doing well on his Accelerated Reader goal at school, and we're well on track to meet his 22 point goal by October. I've already challenged him to beat that goal.

This is another parenting lesson for me. Kids aren't little clones of their parents; I knew that logically before he was ever born. But somehow, I keep being surprised at the ways he's different from me. The very first one was his cautious nature. I may have been that way when I was young; I don't quite remember. I know I was reserved, but I don't recall being as outright fearful and sometimes anxious as he is, and I am certainly nothing like fearful now. Years ago when I realized that, I had to adjust. I'd always thought I'd have a kid who would sail off on their own & I might sometimes have to restrain them. I never expected I'd have a kid I had to PUSH to find interests and achieve goals. Reading has been another adjustment. I read voraciously from the moment I learned how. Little Golden books turned into chapter books, which turned into Nancy Drew books, which turned into other novels. I would read anything I could get my hands on. I read so much it was constantly remarked on by my family, none of whom ever had a particularly literary bent. Again, I never expected to have a child who had to be told to read something, and then acted like it was a chore. That's a profoundly alien concept to me!

So. Another adjustment for me, and I'm thrilled that he's found something that interests him. Bryan was not much of a reader when he was young, but discovered comics in his preteen years, and his progression into an avid reader was similar to mine, only it happened a little older. Maybe Ganon will follow a pattern similar to Bryan's, and this is his start! He could not possibly have a more supportive Mama. ;)
hillarygayle: (Hillary Red Polka Dots)
Between being told I've held interesting jobs (hi, [livejournal.com profile] spikesgirl58!) and making a list of things I've experienced that I don't think are common, it occurs to me that some of you might be interested to know what my family does and is like.

From the time I was born (1979) until I was about 10, my parents were farmers. Both were children of rural farmers here in Arkansas, where we grow cotton, soybeans, and in very specific areas of the state, rice. I grew up on a farm, and most of the fields around me were planted with rice & soybeans (sometimes corn, but not much). On the other side of Crowley's Ridge, where the soil is sandy, other folks grew cotton. When I say "rice field," we are talking about single fields of several hundred acres. Because of this, I grew up with massive tractors as playground equipment, and I know what kind of dirt makes the best mud. ;) We actually figured out on our own how to mix grass into clay to make decently strong bricks. I would actually be pretty handy to have in an apocalypse, for that and various other reasons! Also on this farm lived my dad's parents, Grandpa Hoyt & Grandma Wanda.

Side note: Hoyt & Wanda also had an older son, my uncle Aaron. Aaron is married to Ginger...who is my mom's sister! So a set of sisters is married to a set of brothers. This is either very easy to explain to strangers (i.e. "hey my grandparents were like that!") or very, very difficult (i.e. "...oh my gawd. Are you inbred?" and I have literally had to DRAW A DIAGRAM to prove that I wasn't). Their sons may as well be my other 2 brothers; I don't think of them differently from my own siblings at all. This goes a little toward explaining why, when I say "my immediate family" I am talking about 14 people...not including the youngest generation. That's my parents, my aunt & uncle, my 2 siblings and I, my 2 double-cousins, and all of the siblings/cousins spouses.

My dad never really loved farming. When I was 10, what had long been a pie-in-the-sky dream for him became a reality, and my family opened their own business. It was called the Wood Knot Shop, and they sold unfinished furniture. This sounds weird until you know that my dad has always had an incredible talent for finishing wood: whether it means plain, bare finishing, technique finishes like antiquing & distressing, or stunning faux finishes that make the wood look like another substance entirely. My mom is naturally extremely artistic, and together, they figured out how to make this happen on furniture. They were the only people in the market doing this, and everyone who lived in this town at that point knows someone who had work done by my parents. My aunt & uncle held regular jobs (my uncle was a firefighter & paramedic--worked his way up from driver to chief in his career before he retired), but also worked in the store as sales, as did my Grandma. Papa Hoyt farmed until aplastic anemia got the better of him & he retired.

After about 10 years, it became clear that the furniture store was becoming the side business, and doing interior custom finishing work (on kitchen cabinets, fireplaces, etc) was what the market wanted, and what my dad preferred doing anyway.  They sold the furniture store itself and became John Keller Custom Finishing. They do custom builds if someone needs something an odd shape or size. They match new work to existing. Some of the before & after photos on their website are amazingly dramatic. My aunt & uncle, both retired now, work with them part time. They all think outside the box to come up with the most unexpected, creative solutions and designs to things. If you are stuck on a deserted island, these are the people you want with you. If they can't built a boat to get you away from the island, at least you'll be living in a bamboo mansion which somehow has running water and ceiling fans.

So, when I talk about Redwood House, and say that we need to drastically remodel a kitchen, remove a wall, build a kitchen island, reroute the plumbing, and paint the living room, and I say it like it's no big deal--this is why! I was literally born into an interior design crew! I have never lived in a house with plain, white walls. When I went to college, my dorm room had custom over-the-desk shelving that my dad built to better utilize the space. My current kitchen is probably a $10,000 remodel...and all we paid for were the materials. I intend to TRY to pay them for their labor in the Redwood House, but they're not gonna take it. e_e It's not all perfect; they love what they do, but they dislike the uncertain nature of owning your own small business. As I grew up, they always told me "Don't work for yourself. You can never leave work if you do."

So there you have it! What my parents do for a living, and how that's had a bigger impact on my life than you'd think!

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