Tuesday, April 15, 2014

20 Commandments for MentalHealth workers

I was searching for nursing blogs to find, and came across this blog.  There aren't a lot of post, but what this lady has posted has great meaning.  I thought I would share this with you.  I think all that work in mental health should follow these commandments.

20 Commandments for MentalHealth workers: 20 Commandments for Mental Health workers: Thou shalt respect your patient and not judge Thou shalt increase the well-being, opportunities and happiness of your  patient Thou sh...

To Spend or to Save....

I am an Impulse spender.
I decide on a whim that I need something,
I immediately have to have it
and I go tot he store, and spend.

Sometimes that whim comes to me when I am already at the store,
Sometimes it's from an add on TV,
or someones post on a "Swap and Buy" group on facebook.

Everywhere I look there is propaganda telling me to spend my money
Sometimes its money I don't have,
Sometimes its money allocated for something else,
The worst part is, almost always it is something I can live without.

As you can guess as soon as I pay off my credit cards
I re-rack them up.
There is always something else I "need"
Even when I don't have the cash.

I've been more aware of my frivolous spending lately.
Its gotten way out of hand.

I was watching debt reality shows yesterday
and so I set out a realistic budget of my expenses, income, and reasonable spending.
It was a little shocking.
I worked out if I was really tight with my money
I could save $1000/mo.
Or I could pay off my credit cards, student loans, save for a vacation, or better yet save for a deposit for a house.

Its disgusting to realise that I wast approximately that much money every month.
Wasted on eating out, video games, makeup products, diet products,
clothes and scrubs when I already have lots, driving to town 5 times a week.
The list goes on and on.

It need to change.
I have decided to curb my spending to match the budget I made for myself.
Starting this week I will be on a cash budget.
I already pulled all my credit and bank cards from my car.
Now I almost need to cut them up to stop using them online,
but I am not quite ready for that yet.

My first goal is to pay of my credit card.
Next save $ 1000 for our holiday
Then start saving for a down payment for a house.
If I stick to this I would have enough money for a down payment on a house I could afford by next summer.

Buying a house for ash and I has been a goal of mine for along time.
I always thought it was unreachable.
Looking at my overspending i realised the money has been there all long.
No wI know where to gt it from,
and I don't even have to work extra hours.

I'll keep you posted how I'm going with this.
Its always hard to change habits.
I've tried to curb my spending problem before
and fell right back into bad habits.
With a long term goal in mind, I think I can stick to it this time.

I am so sick of renting and moving all the time!

The Time for change is Now!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Outbreak - Adventures in Nursing

I have worked a few shifts during numerous Outbreaks since I began working in health care 2 years ago. I know all about the proper personal protective equipment, the gowns, gloves, and masks that need to be warn in isolation rooms.  I've been taught to sanitize my hands in between removing each item of protective equipment to further decrease any spread of infection.  I thought I had a pretty good idea of dealing with an Outbreak, but yesterday I had a bit of a shock.

Yesterday when I got to work I found out I had numerous clients with similar symptoms.  That mean a possible outbreak.  It meant notifying Public Health and having them declare an Outbreak.  It meant going over all the procedures that needed to be put into place to prevent the spread of infection.  It also meant putting all those procedures into place, and following up with staff to ensure proper precautions were being taken.  It meant running all over the facility to find the proper supplies and enough of it for each of the cottages I work in, and each of the clients that were sick.

On top of that ensuring that staff were communicated to about the Outbreak, the staff currently working, and the staff coming on in future shifts.  Making sure that each staff member is aware of what is expected of them during an outbreak, and the importance of reporting any client of staff symptoms that may be related to the outbreak.

I honestly ran my butt off for 8.5 hours, and only sat down to chart at the end of my shift.  Between taking care of sick clients, passing out meds to all my clients for am and noon, setting up signage and cleaning supplies for the Outbreak there was no time for a lunch break, I think I barely made time for a pee break.

I honestly had no idea what all went into declaring an Outbreak and setting up to prevent further spread of infection.  I learned a lot yesterday.  That's the best part of nursing, there is always so much to learn.  I was completely exhausted yesterday, but I still love nursing, I still love my job!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Let Me Go - My Solace

So its been 9 months since MR F broke up with me.
This time last year we were still pretty newly engaged and I was thinking about wedding dresses and venues.
Clearly THAT was a Waste of Time!

Anyway We've been in and out of contact for the last few months, mostly seeming to depend on my mood (or should I say Hormones.  JEESH!)

I've been back and forth between hating him, and wanting him back.
Its kind of  fruitless misery as he has a girlfriend these days, but yeah, I'll blame it on hormones again.

I did go out on one date.  I'll have to write a special post for that cause it was That bad!

Anyway along with my breakup I have found solace in different songs.

The first was "Say Something" by A Great Big World, that was my December and January song.
(now you can see why I was so depressed lol)

Currently, starting about 2 days ago, my song is "Let Me Go" By Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger
Maybe I'm in a better place, maybe I'm not.
I'll let you be the judge.
I haven't felt so depressed lately, but I'm still kind a mess.
This is pathetic, 9 months, Seriously!
I almost can't believe I am admitting to this.

Here's the Lyrics if you don't already know them and Love this song:

[Avril Lavigne]
Love that once hung on the wall
Used to mean something, but now it means nothing
The echoes are gone in the hall
But I still remember, the pain of December

Oh, there isn't one thing left you could say
I'm sorry it's too late

I'm breaking free from these memories
Gotta let it go, just let it go
I've said goodbye
Set it all on fire
Gotta let it go, just let it go

[Chad Kroeger]
You came back to find I was gone
And that place is empty, like the hole that was left in me
Like we were nothing at all
It's not that you meant to me
Thought we were meant to be

Oh, there isn't one thing left you could say
I'm sorry it's too late

I'm breaking free from these memories
Gotta let it go, just let it go
I've said goodbye
Set it all on fire
Gotta let it go, just let it go

I let it go, and now I know
A brand new life (is down this road)
Where it's right, you always know
So this time, I won't let go

There's only one thing left here to say
Love's never too late

I've broken free from these memories
I've let it go, I've let it go
And two goodbyes, led to this new life
Don't let me go, don't let me go

Don't let me go, don't let me go, don't let me go

Won't let you go, don't let me go
Won't let you go, don't let me go
Won't let you go, don't let me go
Won't let you go, don't let me go


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Back in Action

Remember ME??

So I took a bit of a hiatus.  
Is it sad that I googled the definition of hiatus because I wanted to make sure I used it properly.

So reasons for this intermission include:

  •  A bit of depression
  • Crazy schedule of hockey and work and real life lol
  • Stress stress and more stress
  • and a feeling that I had nothing happening in my life worth posting about
I'm feeling bit better now.  
I recently started checking back in with some of my favorite boggers.  
I've also had those "this would make a good blog post" moments more and more lately.
For some unknown reason, today, even though I am completely exhausted from work, I decided Now is the time to jump back in.  

I missed my blog. I missed my bloggy friends.  
I missed my comments from readers.

I love my new look, and yet since getting the new look, Ive hardly made use of it.  
Funny how that happened.  

Well I'm back in the saddle.  Get ready for a mass of posts as I catch you back up on

My version of The Ugly Truth

Saturday, February 1, 2014

In Too Deep

I've been trying to make some changes in my life.
Trying to find more happiness and forfillment in my life.
I've tried to reevaluate what it most important to me, 
and bring my focus on those things, rather than wasting it on things that don't matter.
I was starting to feel a little better.
Until this afternoon.

I decided that I need to catch up with a friend at least once a week for my sanity.
I made plans with multiple people throughout the week and somehow they all fell through.
Today I had plans to catch up with my Dad.  
I haven't seen him in months because he lives 5 hours away.
Lucky for me he was going to a rodeo only an hour away, so I planned to meet him.

So After Asher's hockey game we head over only to find out after we get there when I can't find my Dad, that they had car trouble and couldn't make it.  
I'm sorry they had car trouble and I know they can't help it, 
but I was pretty upset.  Pretty defeated.  
I wasted almost 3 hours of my time, and gas money, and had planned my day around this, only for another set of plans to fall through.  

I feel like there must be something wrong with me.
I feel completely alone, and like I have no one.
Being a single mom is really isolating.  
I am so lonely.  

I have one friend who lives in the next town,
also a single mom.  
I messaged her and told her I need some fun.  
She's good at finding fun.
So here is hoping she can help show me the way
because right now I really really need it.  

What am I doing wrong? 
Why does it feel like I have no friends?
Am I really that bad or that boring of a person?
Seriously.  I am so sick of having no one. 

Hoping tonight will help me get out of this defeating funk.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Days When I Love Being a Mom

I recently posted about "days when being a single working mother suck", and while there are a lot of those from time to time, there are always more days when I love being a mom, even a single working mom.  

Here are some pics from some of the recent days when I Loved being a MOM:

Mother/Son Date Night

Recently Asher and I went to see the movie Nut Job.  Great movie.  Great night out for the two of us.

Asher's Birthday Party.
Nothing more fun than watching little boys have a silly string war.

Asher's Birthday Lunch
When asked where he would like to go for his favorite meal, he chose Pizza Hut for some Stuffed Crust Pizza.

Trying to freeze bubbles in -20 degrees Celsius

 This is probably and "Only in Canada".  I had heard you could blow bubbles and they would freeze.  We made our own home made bubbles, and found things around the house to use to blow them.  It worked well, and the odd one froze enough to survive landing, but they often shattered like a glass bulb when they landed or blew in the snow.  Maybe we have to try a colder day.......

Frozen Bubble
These are all pictures from the last 3 weeks.  It makes me happy to thin back and see that we have had a lot of good days.  I am really glad I did this post.  To end it I would like to share the best day I had this month, where I was happiest and Loved being a Mom more than ever:

When Asher came home from his Dad's

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