Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Funny patient

Ok, I'm probably going to hell for making fun of a patient at the hospital, but it was just too funny to not share.

Do any of you watch MadTV re-runs? This patient totally reminds me of the chick, Stephnie Weir with the high whiny voice. My patient was just like this character on MadTV.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3c31D86E20

Anyways, I was standing at the nurse server, looking at this lady's chart when I heard this little high voice call out, "Can somebody help me? Please.. somebody give me my pain pills. Please, someone bring me some apple juice."

Silence on the front. Nobody turns to help this lady. Then I read in the chart that this lady is crazy and they're trying to teach her how to appropriately ask for things she needs and not just yell things out to all nurses on the floor. The lady is like 56 years old, has several health problems (including a couple of strokes), and now her husband is divorcing her because she's become too much work.

The next thing she yells out, "Please someone get me a preacher!"

I tried SO HARD not to laugh. A nurse's assistant and I looked at each other and shrugged. She asked me what I thought she needed a preacher for.. I shook my head and tried not to say what I was thinking: "An exorcism".

So today, I was up on the same floor as this lady's room.. and she was getting ready to leave the hospital. I ignored her because I was just trying to follow the advice of the medical chart! She kept crying out, "Will someone help me with my socks? The bus is picking me up in 5 minutes!!"

The social worker, 3 nurses, and 5 nurse's assistants had to inform her for the hundredth time that her bus would not be there for an hour and someone would help her when they could.

Seriously, watch the video of the annoying chick with the high voice, and picture an old crazy woman yelling out, "Will someone get me a preacher?"... and it'll make your day.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Ok I'm back

Honestly.. I couldn't think of too many things to blog about, which is why I've been slacking so much on blogging. Plus, I've been pretty tired after work because it's been busy.

So.. I get complimented by the most random people at work. When I first started working, I would get complimented every single day on my pointy-toed shoes. It was like nobody had ever seen those kind of shoes before!

One day, I was walking across the lobby to a different floor when a baby yelled out something unintelligible to me. I looked around me to make sure the baby was talking to me, but nobody was around. I must've had a bewildered look on my face because the grandma of the baby said to me, "She likes your shoes." Wtf? Since when do 18-month old babies have a sense of style?

Today, I went in to talk to a patient who was pissed off she couldn't have butter on her tray. She asked me to show her my heels, and so we started talking about shoes and clothes. Mind you.. this lady was 72 years old. We talked about the show "What Not to Wear", and she then told me that I passed the "fashion test". Haha.

When I was telling this story to Graham on the way home, he mentioned that a lady also complimented him on his pretty eyes. We then found out it was the same kooky lady walking around in a pink nightgown.. one just like my mom wears. Random!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Excuses, excuses...

I have been a very lazy blogger this past week.. Let me explain why.

Wednesday: I came home, made dinner, put on Kung Fu Panda, and promptly fell asleep at 7 PM.

Thursday: 2 hour long Relief Society meeting

Friday: friends over

Saturday: family over

Sunday: over at friend's house

And that brings us today.. a very busy 10-hour day at work and a frustrating evening at home (long story--but it does not involve Graham).

One day.. I will blog again.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

What do you reminisce about?

I just got caught up in a bout of nostalgia... at work.

I was looking at BYU football's win-loss record, and I clicked on the school website. I haven't been to the BYU website in years.. since I swore off Blackboard and Provo forever in April of 2006.

I was immediately hit with nervousness and excitement.. the same emotions I felt when I was applying to BYU, after I was accepted, and all of the details after. I thought of the first email I got from my dorm roommate Amber, all of the letters in the mail from BYU about potential majors, dining plans, etc.

In that moment, I actually MISSED college.. BYU... the dorms.. the whole bit! Me! The cynical single gal who couldn't wait to leave Provo.

But.. what I think I actually missed was the excitement about a new adventure in life.. The possibility that anything and everything was going to happen in the next couple of years. I think the general thought for me was that my potential HUSBAND could be walking around the corner any second now.. (Remember why I went to BYU.)

Then I started to think about what I often reminisce about:
--Engagement times.. pre-wedding, all of the planning.. so exciting!
--Cheerleading.. the fun, the skirts, the drama..
--College life. Stay up late, skip class sometimes, no real responsibility.
--Shopping trips at the mall with no husband (no guilt!)
--Vacations.. cruises..
--Pre-real life.

Real life is EXPENSIVE. Real life doesn't provide you with the feeling of new prospects around every corner (at least mine doesn't). Work is work. I guess I like the excitement of new things... which in the future can include children, buying a home, and...?

So, what are some of your favorite pasttimes you look back on and enjoy?

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The 4 x 4


This is where you post the 4th picture in your 4th picture folder.



This is my brother's family at California Adventure on the Roarin' California water ride.

I now "tag" all of you who read this blog!

Friday, November 7, 2008

We are now safe

We finally got our medical insurance cards today!

Graham's old work had COBRA coverage for us after he quit his job and we moved up here, but it would've cost about $700/month. Ridiculous!

So we've been uninsured for the past 4 months.. And Graham hurt his shoulder pretty badly playing tackle football a few weeks ago.. So we are SO HAPPY to finally be insured again!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Another serious post

One of my favorite authors died today at the age of 66:

Michael Crichton

I don't know how many of you have read his many books, but they are literally some of the best books ever written. He has written about important topics before his time (genetic engineering in the early 1990's in Jurassic Park) and some great science-fiction novels (Sphere and Andromeda Strain). I read the book Jurassic Park when I was 11 and I was HOOKED.

In his honor, I plan on borrowing his books from the library and re-reading them. I highly recommend you do so yourself.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The next JFK?

Ok.. this is probably the most serious blog post I'll ever write.. but I'm feeling political.

Anyways, I have to admit.. I was first excited by Obama running for president. I felt like our country needed change, and he represented a big change. But after inspecting his platform, I decided his ideals were a little too radical for me. #1 thing I don't want: universal health care.

One thing that's been driving me nuts about Obama's campaign is how his supporters idolize him, calling him "The One".. likening him practically to a Messiah. Isn't it dangerous to have such high expectations in one man? Should we worship our country's president?

Dave Chappelle said on his show.. "you should never be the first black person to do anything", because there'll be a horrible story associated with it.

Our country is more progressive than it used to be, and we're not all racist.. but it's possible that attempted assassinations will happen during Obama's presidency. I think Obama is going to be remembered as a JFK for our generation. Young, attractive.. represents hope.. and might die young as a president?

Sunday, November 2, 2008

We got punked..

I mean... fellowshipped.

So, Graham's co-worker invited us to dinner at his house Saturday night. We didn't really want to go, so we tried to think of excuses, other "plans".. any way out possible!

The icing on the cake was the call 30 minutes beforehand about a change of plans. Turns out, we were going to a birthday party for a friend/family member?.. "More food" was offered as an explanation and consolation. Graham and I tried to think of excuses desperately to avoid the future awkward situation, but to no avail. We were stuck... and tricked into going to this party.

Only on the way to the party did Graham mention his co-worker's religion: The Church of Christ (Iglesia ni Cristo--the Filipino-based religion). He said this is a typical move to fellowship people into their church and most likely we're going to a church-sponsored party. Great.. Not only was this going to be awkward, but we were going to a different church's activity... i.e. MORE awkward!

So when we got there, it wasn't that bad. There were enough people that we could sit and eat without having to socialize too much. The food was disgusting actually.. There was some traditional Filipino food items: eggplant with fermented bean curd, sweet spaghetti with cut-up hot dogs, brown chicken wings with soggy skin and beans, and hot dogs. If it weren't for the delicious homemade rolls, I probably would've thrown up right there.

A lot of the people were Filipino of course, but there were some white people.. the "ministers". They all told us to come back again and that they hoped to see us again. We left after an hour, and Graham's co-worker escorted us to our car. He mentioned the word "fellowshipped" and "church", which solidified our conjecture that this was a missionary attempt. Graham told him we already have a church that we go to, and thanked him for inviting us. We laughed our heads off the entire drive home.

Life lesson: There's no such thing as a free dinner.

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