• Mount Ranier
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    The End Is Coming

    Born for Leaving

     

    It’s time for a change which means the end is coming.

    On our current travel assignment, we are assigned to a Medical Surgical Unit at a hospital in New Orleans Louisiana. This is a 767-bed hospital which is a fairly large hospital. I’m not sure if it the largest hospital we’ve worked at but, it is big.

    We began this assignment on August 26, 2019 and, the contract was supposed to end on December 14, 2019. The unit director came to us and asked if we would consider extending our contract. So, we decided we would for various personal reasons. One reason being that it’s close to Pensacola and the people we love so, we extended this assignment on December 15, 2019 to March 14, 2020.

    We’ve extended at other locations before but, I was really hoping to leave soon.

     ALMOST Finished

    I am looking forward to getting on the road again. I’m thinking Colorado would be nice or, maybe Seattle.

    Michael’s never been to either but I think he would like Seattle and the beauty Washington offers. Not to say Colorado isn’t great also but in a different way. When my dad was stationed in Seattle in 1996, I remember it being picturesque and calming. The trees were giants. The waters were so dark, and the beaches had rocks and dark sand. It was hauntingly beautiful and I want to experience it again.

    Beach in the Pacific Northwest
    PNW Beach

    The beaches in the northwest are very different from what I am used to in Pensacola where the beaches are covered in white sands and shells. The food in the pacific northwest is also very different from what we are used to in the gulf south so, I’m excited to share this experience with him.

    I can’t wait. I mean, I love New Orleans- Who doesn’t?

    But, I’m ready to move on. I’m feeling claustrophobic.

    I think I need big trees and dark waters right now. I’m ready to go.

    The end is coming 🙂

     

     

     

    Quote of the day

    “He who is not busy being born is busy dying.” -Bob Dylan

     

    What’s for Dinner?

    Salmon Roasted in Butter

     

    P.S.

    Still no word, policies or SOP for the virus has been discussed at work. I wonder if they are taking this seriously.  The first victim of this virus succumbed to it today. I really hope the end of this virus is coming.  The news is saying there is no vaccine. That is not good. Fingers crossed.

     

     

    January 11th– A 61-year-old man, who was admitted to the hospital on December 27 with suspected fever, dies from the virus in Wuhan. China revises the number of people infected with the virus down to 41.

     

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  • Coronavirus arrives in Seattle; Seattle Skyline
    Diary Entries

    Coronavirus is Here

    Fuck! Coronavirus is Here

     

    Fuck! It’s here. The Coronavirus is here and guess where it is?

    Fucking Seattle

    It was only a matter of time before it got here but, God Damn it! I was so excited about going to Seattle and experiencing the Pacific coast with Michael.

     

    What Will Happen Now?

    This is not going to be good. I have a very bad feeling about all of this. A lot of nurses are saying they think it’s probably just going to be like the flu outbreaks we experience. My patients and their family members keep asking me what this could mean and, I don’t know what to tell them. It makes me feel terrible as a nurse because I really don’t know what to say to them. The government doesn’t seem to be overly concerned so, I just tell them we will take guidance from the hospital as we get information. Of course, they don’t like that answer but, I am not a psychic! I have no freaking idea what’s going to happen or if anything will happen at all.

    Right now, all I know is, Coronavirus is here and we aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

     

    Quote of the day

    “When life gives you lemons, make orange juice and leave the world wondering how you did it.” -Mitch Griego

     

    What’s for Dinner?

    Wine. Any type of wine. Fuck.

    Wine

     

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    Spreading Fear

     

    “We have it totally under control” -Donald Trump

    Coronavirus is spreading fear all over China and you say, “We have it totally under control”.

    Yeah, okay whatever. This is bullshit! A virus doesn’t care about borders.

     

    I Can’t Breathe

    I’m feeling trapped… claustrophobic.

    I am anticipating staying in NOLA (New Orleans) even longer now because no one knows what’s going to happen. No one seems to know anything about Coronavirus. I am ready to leave here. We have been here longer than we expected to and the emergence of this virus isn’t making it better.

    Coronavirus is spreading everywhere in China and we still haven’t received any kind of guidance at the hospital which is super concerning. The modes of transportation these days is FAST! There are planes, trains, cars, and ships. People travel internationally daily.

    Coronavirus could, potentially, already be in America.

    I am working at the largest hospital in NOLA and if Coronavirus makes it here (which it most likely will) we will NEED some guidance from administration. And, so far, we nurses haven’t heard anything.

    Spreading Fear

    Questions About Coronavirus

    As a nurse, I naturally wonder about certain things related to Coronavirus.

    What is the mode of transmission?

    Do the hospitals have enough PPE?

    How is the hospital going to separate the positive patients from the negative patients?

    Maybe the hospital already has a plan in place and that’s why we aren’t hearing anything. Everything is so ‘up in the air’ right now.

     

    Spreading Fear

    Why Aren’t We Talking About The Coronavirus

    Does everyone know how to wash their hands properly?

    I think I’ll give my boys a call and teach them how to wash their hands if they don’t already know. As a matter of fact, I will  call my whole family and teach them how to wash their hands over the phone. It’s easy… At least 20 seconds with soap and water.

    I don’t know. Maybe I’m overthinking this.

    I’ve been told I do that- Overthink things.

    Sometimes I don’t think that’s such a bad thing… Is it?

     

     

     

    Quote of the day

    “If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it and, if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.” –  the Dalai Lama

     

    What’s for Dinner?

    A bowl for the soul.

    Chicken Noodle Soup

    Spreading Fear: Chicken Noodle Soup
    Chicken Noodle Soup

     

     

    • The Coronavirus outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020.
    • A reporter asks if there are worries about a pandemic. Trump responds:

      “No. Not at all. And, we have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s — going to be just fine.”

     

     

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