hillarygayle: (Agent Smith Not So Bad)
2017-10-13 10:52 am

Journaling prompt

I got this journal prompt from my friend Tab, & I use it when I feel like journaling but I don't know what I want to say.

Outside my window…
It's quite a sunny morning. The leaves are starting to go a bit yellow & lots of them are falling. We've had a few cool mornings but it's warming up almost to the 80s by the afternoon, and this weekend is supposed to stay pretty warm.

I am thinking…
There's a huge pile of clean laundry on the bed in the extra bedroom, and I should really fold it up & put it away. My bedroom gets the full morning sun and I don't have blackout curtains right now, so I may have to sleep a little in the extra bedroom this weekend due to night shifts.

I am thankful…
For coffee, experienced colleagues who don't mind teaching me new procedures or tips & tricks for the ones I already do, and a paycheck that allows me to pay my student loan bills!

In the kitchen…
I got a new Instant Pot! We've made Mexican chicken, rice, and experimented with rice pudding so far. I'd like to try a pot roast!

I am wearing…
Nothing special. A pair of black capri pants and an ivory tank top.

I am creating…
I'm not feeling all that creative right now & I think that's okay. I may create another cup of coffee. :)

I am going…
We have a trip to western AR planned! We'll be staying at the KOA in Salisaw, Oklahoma, which is in the Fort Smith, AR metroplex. We wanted to stay up in Fayetteville/Bentonville/Rogers, but it turns out our 3 day weekend just happened to coincide with War Eagle Craft Fair, which is in Rogers. It draws a TON of people annually to that area. No wonder I wasn't finding any good RV spots! So instead we opted to stay in the Fort Smith area, which is only about 45 minutes to an hour from the museums in Bentonville that we'd planned to visit.

I am wondering…
How my patient from last night is doing. Oldest patient I ever sutured!

I am reading/listening…
Not currently reading anything, but this prompt made me realize I wasn't listening to anything either, which is unusual for me. It then got me started on a small music binge during which I listened to Elle King, then Dave Matthews Band, and now Deedee Magno Hall (Pearl) from the Steven Universe soundtrack. I love music. Sometimes I wonder if I could've sung professionally; I absolutely have the raw talent but no training. I never tried because I simply never had the ambition for it. I still don't. That takes a lot of commitment & there are no guarantees. But still, I do so love it.

Oooh now I'm listening to "Gun in my Hand" by Dorothy (a band, not a solo artist). It's gritty, jukebox sounding rock.

I am hoping…
This weekend goes well. I work Saturday & Sunday nights: 5pm to 3am! I've worked nights in my career, but never in the ER and never as a nurse practitioner. It's me & one of the very experienced APRNs with 2 of the most abrasive physicians the hospital has to offer. Pretty sure they picked the backbone-having nurse practitioners on purpose. Here we go!

I am looking forward to…
Our trip over to Fort Smith. We are planning to go to the Amazeum, maybe Crystal Bridges Museum of Modern Art, and to eat at places we don't have in northeast Arkansas.

Around the house…
I have quite a bit of laundry to do. Also, the people from the pest control company are coming to look at the outside of the house where we have some potential places for critters to get under the house, where they make noise and generally exist with their flea ridden selves. This may be a major contributor to our summertime flea problem, which persists even when the dogs are well-treated.

I am learning…
A little more about myself as an APRN each day! I was upset at a very very bad shift a couple of weeks ago, but I can look at it now and realize that I did manage all those patients decently; I simply couldn't do it fast enough. That won't come without more practice, so practice I will!

I am pondering…
How anyone ever gets up the nerve to use an 18 gauge needle to scrape metal off someone's eye for the first time. I won't, because I have nerve damage in my hands and therefore don't trust them to safely do that.

A favorite quote for today…
"What's that got to do with the price of tea in China?" --this is something my DNP classmate Hallie said a lot and it always made me giggle. It's said in the place of "What does that have to do with the topic at hand?" It's so quirky.

One of my favorite things…
Blankets! With the chilly evenings & mornings it's been actually worth getting the blankets out!

A few plans for the rest of the week…
Work the night shift, play Splatoon 2 on the Switch, and try to figure out some ARNA stuff in between times.
hillarygayle: (Default)
2017-10-08 10:50 pm

3 Good Things

1) Today I set up my Instant Pot. It claims it can make rice in 12 minutes, where my rice cooker takes 40!
2) Aired out Beatrice & hung out in there, getting ready for an upcoming trip to northwest AR to see the foliage & the museums!
3) Set up a reasonable, logical consequence for Ganon since he didn't meet his Accelerated Reader goal for the first 9 weeks. He agreed that it was reasonable & logical, too!
hillarygayle: (Nurse Sakura)
2017-07-22 01:29 pm

Man what a week!

Worked all last weekend. You wouldn't believe how many hand lacerations I've repaired. I'm going to need to ask everyone in my geographical area to please step away from the heavy & sharp objects. I've had 3 crush injuries and at least 6 lacerations in the last 4 shifts I worked. The most impressive damage was someone who accidentally put their arm through a glass & metal door. Y'all, don't expect a door will hold your weight!

I've also had 2-3 admissions, which is unusual for the area of emergency in which I work. They try to send the lower acuity folks over to the Annex (where I work) because there are fewer infrastructure type resources (heart monitors, vital sign machines, only a Omnicell & supply Pyxis), so most of what I see are simple laceration repairs, twisted ankles, sore throats, chronic low back pain that magically became an emergency at 6pm on a random Tuesday, krunny noses, & the occasional N/V/D (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea). Every so often, a VERY high acuity patient sneaks in because they simply don't look bad to the naked eye--it takes some digging to find the real problem. In the last year I've admitted a major heart attack who came in because of a cold, a hip fracture (bad enough to need next-morning surgery) that walked in, a pneumonia patient who had no fever, no cough, and just a little shortness of breath, and a back pain that turned out to be a ruptured kidney! My admissions this week were along those lines: walk in looking not bad at all--run a white blood cell count or get an x-ray or two and OH hey, why don't you come in & stay for a night?

Of course it hasn't helped that I was sick this week. Bryan went to a teacher training last week in the exotic far away lands of Arkadelphia and he brought home this upper respiratory virus which he then thoughtfully gave to me. Booooo. I was okay on Tuesday, sick on Wednesday, and then yesterday was REALLY bad. Fortunately I didn't have anyone who checked in with cold symptoms, because I probably would've stomped on their foot. When you're rocking pseudoephedrine, prednisone, acetaminophen/ibuprofen combo, and oxymetazoline nasal spray just to function enough to come to work, and someone comes in with a runny nose wanting a work excuse? Breeds just a touch of resentment.

I do believe things are about to change a bit though. We recently hired several more nurse practitioners. It's enough that M, the physician owner of the staffing agency for whom I work, has decided to start staffing the Main ER with 4 NPs per day: 2 from 09:00-17:00, and 2 from 17:00-03:00. This is in addition to the Annex, staffed by 1 NP from 09:00-21:00 and one from 11:00-23:00 (usually me). As the 2nd most senior employee, I get to state a preference for more shifts in Main or Annex, and I'm going to go for Main for sure. Not only am I specifically trained for that, I'm almost a year into my practice. I'm comfortable with my work flow and my processes, and once that happens it's only a matter of time until boredom strikes. UNLESS I'm learning new things, that is--which is what happens over in the Main ER with the very ill patients who come in. Lots more experiences interpreting labs, which is something I'd like to get better at.

My RV really wants to go somewhere! Ganon's birthday is Monday, and between that & my work schedule, there's no time for us to take the RV anywhere before school starts back. I'm going to plan us a trip to northwest Arkansas anyway, though. That can be done in just a couple of days. We can stay at an RV park over in Bentonville or Bella Vista and see the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Amazeum. A trip like that might even be MORE fun on a random weekend during the fall, when the heat is less unbearable. Even later in the fall would give us the gorgeous foliage of the Ozarks.

We're going to our first Dragon*Con over Labor Day weekend! I'm so excited! My mom is working on a costume for Ganon to dress as Link from BotW. I can't wait for...

Ganon: I'm Ganon.
Fan: Don't you mean Link?
Ganon: No, I'm cosplaying as Link. My NAME is Ganon. :D

I'm taking one cosplay outfit: my Pokémon professor costume from last Halloween. It's incredibly easy. It's just one of my old lab coats to which I sewed a Pokéball patch on the front. Put that on over one of my cute dresses, and *poof*! Pokémon professor! I already have a bit of an animated look, with my colorful hair and my professor-type glasses and my stand out makeup. When I wore it last Halloween, people knew instantly--even the parents at houses we went trick or treating at. Other than that, I think I'm going to stick with my geeky shirts & skirts from Her Universe & Tee Fury.

Right now, however--I am craving pizza with mushrooms, and I just found that Lost Pizza now supports online ordering. It's go time!
hillarygayle: (Hottie Sneaky Hat)
2017-06-27 12:53 pm

Hot Springs: Our First RV Trip!

Thought I would share some photos of our trip to Hot Springs! Bryan spent his days at the Arkansas School for Math, Science & the Arts (ASMSA) while Ganon & I hung out at the RV, drove around Hot Springs hunting for things to improve the RV with, and played around on the free wifi (!) at KOA.

The Hot Springs KOA is an extremely nice place. It's built into the side of a hill and the campsites are terraced. There are several large pull-through sites, which is exactly what I wanted. They sent a person on a golf cart to pilot me into the spot & make sure we could reach the sewer/water/electricity hookups. The campground was super close to the downtown area; it only took 8 minutes to drive Bryan over to the school. Really it was QUITE awesome. I loved the whole experience & I feel like getting a KOA membership was a great idea.

Where there was once a heavy, small-screened CRT television, there is now an empty cabinet with a nice flat screen mounted to it. All thanks to my incredibly creative parents and my dad who just sort of happens to carry a table saw in the back of his truck. Not a joke. The empty cabinet now contains wiring for the Apple TV and any video game systems we want to bring along. My mom said we're supposed to go on vacation to "get away from that stuff," but I disagree. You go to get away from work & stress!


More pictures of the campground & our trip in here!
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hillarygayle: (Nurse Sakura)
2017-06-27 12:20 pm

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Boy did I have one of those days on Sunday! We saw a zillion people (I saw 24 people during my 12 hour shift) and they were either there for some complete garbage, non-emergent complaints or they were there for things that made my hair stand on end. No middle ground! It left me feeling incredibly introverted yesterday. The way I put it to Bryan was "If the entire world got mad and said it was no longer speaking to me, I'd probably say 'You promise?'" I wanted to hide under a blanket but I did the next best thing & went & got a massage instead. I felt somewhat better, but on the way home traffic turned into Mad Max Fury Road so I got a little crabby again.

I will say this, though: best way to become my favorite patient? I was in a room with a very nice lady I'd just diagnosed with a very annoying injury. She told the friend with her "Doesn't she look like someone?" Indicating me. "Not someone in particular, I don't think. I think she just looks like a 1940s movie star. She just has that kind of face." Oh yeah. INSTANT favorite patient. I was also told on Sunday that I looked like Adele (I've gotten that once before), Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds (I've gotten that one A LOT and I've still never watched the show), and told that I was "kinda woke for a white lady" and "See, she's real. I told you she was cool." So it's not like it was all bad.

This morning there's no milk in the house, and while I can forego the sweetener in my coffee, I've got to have milk or cream. I really should start keeping a stash of those little shelf-stable creamers for just such occasions.

Tomorrow is going to be a hard day, I fear. As many of you know, we have 3 dogs: Pete, Sam, & Harry. Sam & Pete are quite old for rat terriers; they're 15 years old this year. Last year, a tumor began to show up in Sam's groin area. It didn't seem to bother him; it wasn't painful or bleeding, but recently it's gotten much, much larger. At this point it appears to cause him difficulty in movement, and while he doesn't help or cry, he doesn't move much and I think the sheer weight of it is causing him back pain. Bryan & I have long since come to terms with the mortality of our dogs; we've been feeling like they were living on borrowed time almost for the last 4-5 years. Ganon, though, bless him. Ganon is almost 11, and he has never lost anything that he's loved. This will be very much a first for him. He cries when we talk about it. Last night I asked if he wanted to go with us & said we were thinking of this afternoon, but he requested one more day. I imagine Sam will probably be fed bacon & be very petted & made over tonight. Hospice patient doggie & all that. :( In honor of Sam, have a pic of my doggos:

hillarygayle: (Default)
2017-06-19 09:38 am

Adventures in RVing!

 Well it's day #1 of our RV vacation in Hot Springs! It's sort of a working vacation, since Bryan is actually at a training at the school of math & science here (it's the curriculum organization training for his programming class). Anyway, we've learned a few things so far: 

Have a longer sewer hose than you need. We went out & bought a 15' with an elbow joint and all threaded connections. SO NICE.

Wanna bring out the ultimate stupid in other drivers? Drive an RV. Had a dummy almost cause a head on accident with oncoming traffic yesterday. It was on a very winding highway between the main interstate and Hot Springs. I was driving 55 in the right lane at an area that's meant to let people pass the slower moving traffic for a short distance. This goober waited until the left lane had already ended, AND THEN decided to swing out and pass me. This of course DIDN'T WORK because there was no more lane, and there were cars in the oncoming. If this accident had happened it would've involved at least 4 vehicles including my RV, and would've happened right at my left front bumper. All this to try & pass someone technically driving the speed limit. It's not worth it, whoever you are in the white Tacoma.

KOA campgrounds have wifi! This is how I'm currently coming to you from an RV. It's not the BEST wifi connection (it is certainly not up to Ganon's standards) but as Leslie said: "Wifi at a campground! Living in the future!" It's enough for Ganon & I to be watching Breath of the Wild YouTube videos.

Haven't tried showering yet, but that's next up. 

Looking at all the other RVs. Some are super stripped and plain; some of them are ULTRA FANCY. There's an incredible one up the hill with this outdoor entertainment system...holy cow. Right now I'm looking at the cutest little teardrop camper. They're cute & cleverly laid out, but boy do I love my much bigger motorhome with all the nice amenities.
hillarygayle: (Agent Smith Not So Bad)
2017-06-10 05:22 pm

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 I'm so excited about our upcoming RV trip! Bryan has a training in Hot Springs; it's where the Arkansas School for Math, Science & the Arts is located, so as a math teacher, it's where most of his continuing education occurs. Ganon & I are going to go with him this time, & we're taking the RV! Bryan has the option of staying in the dorms at the school, but Ganon & I are going to camp at the KOA. It has a pool & wifi, and it's really close to Magic Springs/Crystal Falls, a combo amusement park/water park. $40 per night is a sight better than you can get from the vast majority of hotels!

I'm not having a great day today. I'm just baseline crabby and everything that goes wrong seems to stick out in my mind. First the farmer's market was sold entirely out of tomatoes. Then came the grocery trip where I realized I'd forgotten my wallet & had to put half my cart back so I could pay with a random MasterCard gift card I happened to have. Then when I tried to bake cookies (I was gonna bring some to Brigette, one of my coworkers who I haven't worked with in ages), they came out really crappy. Some of them were overbaked because I forgot to set the timer, and others just went flat & weird. I did something wrong, but I'm not sure what it was.

Day is looking up, though, because we're ordering Indian. Bryan is getting chicken vindaloo, and I'm getting chicken korma. I think now I'm going to take a moment to go & plug up my RV & sit in it while I research things to do in Hot Springs. :) 
hillarygayle: (Agent Happy)
2017-05-31 05:42 pm

Check one off the bucket list!

Throughout grad school, I thought about the things I'd get to do when I got out of school and started working. The first things, of course, were getting all my student loans lined up so I could get the payments started. Getting the credit card that we'd lived on for 5 months paid down, that sort of responsible adult thing. But there were a few things I wanted to do just for fun. Of those things, the most reachable goal was a motorhome.

Well...goal achieved. <3

hillarygayle: (Hottie Camera)
2017-01-02 10:34 am

And we're back

I've decided to import my LiveJournal account over here & start using Dreamwidth for primary again. Very few of the people I used to know on LJ are still there, and in any case I can & will continue cross posting from here. It's just that it makes me somewhat anxious for my blog to be housed entirely on some Russian servers, especially in the current political climate. I'm nervous I could somehow lose all of that writing, and I've been writing on this journal for literally more than a decade.

It's been 20 years to the day since I burned my hands back in 1997. That thought struck me this morning.

Today is for chilling out, taking the Christmas tree down, & getting the garage door back to where we can park Bryan's car in the garage again. Off I go to have more coffee! 
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2017-01-01 12:00 pm
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  • Sun, 00:03: 2016, thanks for the doctorate but you took my mentor & some of my favorite celebrities. Go on, and let the door hit ya.
  • Sun, 00:08: Here begins 2017, and my word of the year is "explore." New hobbies, languages, expanding my pursuits.
  • Sun, 00:08: RT @Darediva: Clean sweep, fore and aft. Your ship has sailed, 2016.
  • Sun, 01:07: https://t.co/EM4iWla5Ft
  • Sun, 01:08: RT @aspillane: When a 12-year old has to advise the President-elect of the United States of America he should act with grace and maturity.…
  • Sun, 01:09: RT @EsKaLiDiNg: Jan 20: Trump places his hand on a book he hasn't read + takes an oath he won't keep: to protect a constitution he doesn't…
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2016-12-29 12:00 pm
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hillarygayle: (Hillary Dark Queen)
2016-12-28 05:38 pm

2017: Explore

I don't do New Year's resolutions. They're always so specific, and failing one a single time destroys my motivation to keep it. I've never successfully turned one into a habit. I do like coals, though, and I'm a big picture lady, so I prefer to choose a word for the year. It's a single word that encompasses all of the things I want to focus on and what I want to get out of the year.

2015 was balance.
2016 was progress.
2017 is explore.

I have been so focused, so single minded for the last 3 years. This year is time to go off my leash and explore new hobbies (surely there's some form of exercise I actually like), study new things (Spanish!) and travel to visit people & places.
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2016-12-28 12:00 pm
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  • Tue, 14:31: @MissCreech4 Hi, Hillary Creech! I'm also Hillary Creech...and I just wonder if you're the person who's emails I'm getting.
  • Tue, 14:31: @MissCreech4 You wouldn't happen to have a very cute dog currently in boarding, would you?
  • Tue, 14:32: I really want to join the online mourning for Carrie Fisher, but I'm at work. Suffice it to say I'm devastated. :(
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2016-12-27 12:00 pm
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  • Mon, 23:34: RT @Nola_Lee_Kelsey: Dear Pres. Obama, Please hide the nuclear codes in a science book. No one in the next administration will ever find th…
  • Mon, 23:34: RT @pourmecoffee: RIP. As epitaphs go, doesn't get much more badass. "Vera Rubin, Who Confirmed Existence Of Dark Matter, Dies At 88" https…
  • Mon, 23:38: RT @EmilyneMondo: George Michael worked anonymously at a homeless shelter I was volunteering at. I've never told anyone, he asked we didn't…
  • Mon, 23:42: Acute gastroenteritis was the word of the day here in the Creechdom. Fortunately everyone seems to be mending.
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2016-12-26 12:00 pm
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  • Mon, 00:47: Sweet lordamercy. So that's Christmas in the emergency department. Damn.
  • Mon, 00:47: I am quite tired, to put it diplomatically.
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2016-12-20 08:50 pm
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  • Mon, 22:33: Ganon: *x files theme* Me:Go to sleep you little memelord. G: MEMELORDS DO NOT SLEEP. Me: ...that's probably accurate.
  • Mon, 22:38: RT @JamilahLemieux: RT if a Black feminist improved your worldview.
  • Mon, 22:48: .@creech42: I was thinking the gunmetal gray [reference to cars]. Ganon: Gray? GRAY. Are you serious right now?! Do they not have red?!
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2016-12-18 03:06 pm
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2016-12-12 12:00 pm
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  • Mon, 09:20: Waiting outside the courtroom for a friend having birth certificate changed. Don't know if I can just go in & sit?!
  • Mon, 09:21: He was already inside when I arrived.
  • Mon, 09:25: I am gratified, however, that my mind control worked on the folks at court & my friend's case was one of the first.
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2016-12-08 12:00 pm
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  • Thu, 10:03: I get anxious giving my name at Starbucks, just waiting for a Trump supporter to jump on me for giving the staff...y'know, my NAME.
  • Thu, 10:04: Grateful for an hour to just sit at Starbucks & leisurely drink a coffee before work, though. 11-11 shift is pretty sweet.
  • Thu, 10:05: It eats up my evenings, but so does the 9-9 shift, and that one eats up my mornings as well.