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Happy New Year! December 31, 2008

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Time surely flies when you’re having fun!

Another year has passed and a new one’s comin’ round the corner. It’s been a wonderful ride with a bit of history in the making. I’m excited about what 2009 brings! Looking back I can say we’ve been truly bless… and so despite all that’s happened, especially with the current economic meltdown and the uncertainty that we are all facing, I decided to look back and count my blessings.

I can say that the number one blessing my family has received this year was our house. After years of moving, living in apartments, living with relatives, renting a house, then moving again, we finally have a place to call our own. Just a few months before the financial economic breakdown that hit our nation, we closed on a pretty good deal… $1300 closing cost and the buyer paid the down payment which was a little over $10,000 and just in time before we got evicted from the home we were renting that unfortunately the owners foreclosed. What’s can I say but “God is good, all the time, and all the time, God is good!”. On our own power (credit), I don’t think we could have qualified for a home. But with God’s help and His timing, everything fell into place.

Another blessing I received during the year was my diploma… I’ve finished my associate degree in Information Technology and am currently working on my bachelors. After I’m done with that I plan on going into nursing informatics, creating electronic medical records systems that make sense unlike the one we use at our hospital. I know with the Lord’s help, everything is possible. 

One other blessing I am looking forward to is the balance on the $50,000 sign-on bonus I’ll be getting after January 3. You see, I signed up for a 4-year contract to serve the people of South Texas in that great “white hospital” by the freeway. This is my 4th year now… worked 2 years in 5 West, Telemtry, and almost 2 years in the ICU, and despite all the BS, frustration from managers or policies, and especially EMR systems that don’t make any sense… I’m still here! My former boss, who unfortunately took my “complaints” for a better system as a “chip on my shoulder”, who actively tried to get rid of me, is no longer there. After 10 years, they gave her the boot. I guess with a house and everything, God is telling me, “you’re staying in South Texas for a while”, and I guess that’s what we’re going to be doing. McAllen isn’t such a bad place… we’ve settled here for now and that makes it a better place!

There are a whole bunch of other things that I am thankful for, but if I were to list them down, it might take a whole book just to go through them. So, with brevity in mind, I’ll end here. I know the next year will brings about more blessings, and I can’t wait to turn a page on a new tomorrow. 

So, to all of you out there who, may or may not be counting the blessings of the past year, I still say, May you have a prosperous and Happy New Year from my family to yours!



We say Merry Christmas! December 25, 2008

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, the nurses were buzzling, yes, even their mouse…
clicks heard here and there, admissions quite fair,
The ER is rollin, trauma codes in the air…

There’s nothing like spending Christmas eve and Christmas day with your patients. Yes, you have family waiting for you to get home so that they can open their presents, however, it’s sad to think that some people spend Christmas in an ICU bed by themselves. I’m sure they can use a little company… I’m happy to be here for them… it’s called time and a half! Get real!

No one, even nurses, wants to be in the hospital on the holidays (we do  have a life, and nursing ain’t it). However, we are a 24-hour operation, and like “they” (whoever they are) say, “the show must go on!”. Nothing will stop us from keeping our doors open… no, not snow, not hail, not hurricanes, not even the current economic breakdown caused by whoever you want to blame.

See the picture of our ICU Christmas tree? Not even that was spared from the global financial crisis. Sad isn’t it? Nothing hanging, just that pathetic looking bow. That thing didn’t last for a day… the hospital had to sell it to avoid further financial loss. Maybe they should stop admitting ICU patients who are not ICU patients… you know, those patients who can be downgraded from ER to Med/Surg or Telemetry… no drips, on vent, walky-talky, and constantly on the call light. Either that, or they need to hire better case managers. Who cares? I just work here. As long as they pay me, even if they assign me a vacant bed, I’ll take it, because I’m a nurse, I CAN HANDLE ANYTHING!

So to all of you out there, nurses, and otherwise, who are kind enough to sacrifice time away from your family to care for the sick and needy this Christmas day, I say… MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! 🙂

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly… Fa la la la la la la la la December 18, 2008

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What a circus! The sign is up, the sign got stolen, the sign is back, people protesting on both sides, now you can’t put up displays on the state capital building. The drama goes on… and on… and on. What can I say?

I’m sure you’ve heard about this controversy that is happening in Olympia, W. A sign sponsored by the Freedom from Religion Foundation stands next to a Nativity scene. People have now questioned the judgement of Washington state governer Chris Gregoire for allowing such a sign which attacks religion to be displayed. Now, others have applied for similar displays such as the spaghetti monster, “festivus”, and “Santa will send you to hell”. What’s next, White supremacy signs during Martin Luther King Day? Have we lost our minds yet?

I’m glad we have freedom of speech in this country, however, things are starting to get totally ridiculous. Whatever happened to the America with high ideals? And we call this “progressive” as the seculars would call it? The only progress we are making is the breaking up of the United States as obviously the country is very much divided at this point. We have the Republicans vs. Democrats, the far left-wing nuts vs the far-right wing nuts, the Liberals vs Conservatives, Straight vs Gay, etc., etc., the list goes on and on. Interestingly enough, the very holiday that was supposed to unite us, is causing division among us.

I’ve heard on Fox News that in 1870, Pres Ulysses Grant, signed into law, Christmas as an official holiday. This was the era after the Civil War and the country was still greatly divided, and so to unite the country, the president signed the bill into law making Christmas a federal holiday, a time that everyone observed, no matter what side they where on. Unfortunately, this is not the case today. Regardless of what you believe in, I think there are some traditions that need to go, and some that need to stay, and I say this one stays!

So, to all of you out there who are either watching or who are part of the circus act, I say “Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a Prosperous New Year!” May God bless you all, and may God bless the United States of America! And if you are an atheist, tough luck! Here’s something to think about…

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

The “Big 3″… wheeler bailout December 8, 2008

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Here’s how the “Big 3” automakers should have gone to washington for the bailout instead of firing up the jets and traveling in typical “CEO” fashion. Maybe Washington or the public for that matter would be sympathetic to their plea. Interestingly enough, they all came to Washington last week in their hybrids, a far cry from the jets that shuttled them back and forth weeks ago. At least they didn’t have to pedal for miles to get to the government watering hole. Surprisingly they came with bigger buckets. Instead of the original 25 billion, they now would like a bigger bailout, who knows how much. Now, everybody wants a bailout… when will it end?

I don’t know what these people have been doing all these years, but one thing’s for sure… they grossly mismanaged the companies they represent, and now, we the people would have to reward their fiscal irresponsibility by giving them a hand out. Yes, people argue that 3 million jobs are at stake. It’s sad if those people lose their jobs, but then again, if the companies go belly up, maybe that will be good for everybody. Not only will they have an opportunity to get “reorganized”, but they can actually start with a new slate and build the companies up to where they will be more viable.

Regardless of what happens, whether they do get the bailout or “loan” (sly use of words) from the government, one thing’s for sure… these companies need to learn from the other automakers like Saturn, Honda, Chevy, or Toyota on how to manage their business to keep them viable.

Yup, our president-elect yObama aptly puts it when he said that “things are only going to get worse before they get better.” I guess the reality of the situation is starting to rear its ugly head as he gets “in tune” with the real situation in America. Sure it’s easy to say, “we will create jobs”, but how, and what kind of jobs would you create in this economy, not to mention the quality of jobs that would actually support a family of 6.

Despite this there’s hope, and I’m not talking about the hope our president-elect Obama thinks he personifies. I’m talking about the real hope… the kind of hope we find in Jesus. Yes, it’s not Obama, it’s Jesus that America needs… and all we have to do is call on His name. Wake up America… it’s time to wake up!