• Coronavirus arrives in Seattle; Seattle Skyline
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    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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    Happy New Year 2020

    The Beginning

    Ignorance Truly is Bliss

     

    HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE

     

    Happy Birthday to me!!

    Today, I turn 43 years old. God, I never expected to be this old. What do you do when you’re 43?

    Oh, I know!

     

    Go on a vacation.

    This is a much-needed vacation from real life, and nursing. I am a nurse and I love my job but, everyone needs a break once in a while.

    And, where better to escape reality than in Las Vegas, right?

    Welcome to Las Vegas sign
    Historic Las Vegas Sign

     

    We were listening to the news in the background as we were getting ready to go out for the evening. My ears perked up when I heard something that made my heart drop.

    ” A virus has the Wuhan Province of China in a frenzy.”

    They have reported it to the WHO so, it must be kind of a big deal.

     

    The news of this virus didn’t stop us from vacationing. It’s New Year’s Eve and we have some partying to do.

    First, we go to Gordon Ramsay’s Pub and Grill in Caesars Palace (because, I love chefs like they are celebrities and G.R. is one of my faves). I am so excited about being here!! I really wanted to go to Hell’s Kitchen but, reservations decided otherwise.

    After a fantastic dinner we go to the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas. This is a limited capacity party on the “old” strip in Las Vegas. It has a massive LED screen rooftop that is visually breathtaking and it really makes this experience unique. It was a fun night that included multiple bands, dancers, magic and an all around menagerie of entertainment.

    Happy New Year!!

    Here we come 2020

    Fremont Street NYE Las Vegas
    New Year’s Eve 2019

    The dawning of a new century is upon us.

    In the following days, we drove from Las Vegas to Arizona along Route 66 to catch a train to the Grand Canyon via Grand Canyon Railways. I highly recommend this tour by the way. It was the most perfect way to see the Grand Canyon. The train offered beautiful scenery both to and from the canyon. We actually stayed in the Grand Canyon Railway hotel and caught the train to the Canyon the next morning. Then, we stayed the night in the Grand Canyon at one of the lodges. It was great but when I go back I will stay about a week so I can actually explore. One day and night is NOT enough time to see the splendor the Grand Canyon offers.

    The Grand Canyon is a marvel. Who cares about that stupid virus in China? There is NO way it will ever come here. We are the freakin’ USA and we have a great health care system. The People are fully prepared to handle something of that magnitude.

     

    Relax, enjoy your vacation (Don’t worry about that virus)

    Hakuna Matata! (Disney is always happy)

    Don’t worry, be happy (ignorant)…

     

    Remember the question I asked earlier, ‘Where better to escape reality than in Las Vegas, right’?

    Nope, turns out the world wants to punch us in the fucking face with reality! More importantly, the lack of preparedness in our healthcare systems is obvious in the face of a viral outbreak.

    Happy freakin’ New Year.

     

     

    Quote of the Day

    “Where ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise.” Face it: you were better off not knowing that, weren’t you? Generally speaking, ignorance is a detestable state of mind. The more knowledge you have, the better equipped you are to deal with life. But ignorance itself doesn’t equal stupidity. -Thomas Gray

     

    What’s for Dinner?

    Gordon Ramsay’s Beef Wellington

    (actual photo from my birthday dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s Pub and Grill in Caesars Palace- Las Vegas, Nevada)

    Gordon Ramsay's Beef Wellington
    Gordon Ramsay Pub in Caesar’s Palace
    • A pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan, China was first reported to the WHO Country Office in China on 31 December 2019.

     

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