My New Motto

I had a very pleasant dinner the other night with an old friend I went to school with, and whom I literally hadn’t seen for years. We didn’t have a falling off or anything like that. We just sort of — drifted. Life gets in the way. Children, family, work, and suddenly it’s ten years later and you’re wondering where all the freakin’ time went. She didn’t look much different, to me anyway. She was still married to the same guy and still had the cottage up in Haliburton where we once spent a summer weekend walking in the woods and minding the bears. Her kids were all grown up. She was, to my surprise, an ICU nurse. Surprised, because she was determined when we graduated to be the best med-surg nurse ever. But she’s a smart cookie, and predictably she wanted a challenge. She told me when she first started as a med-surg RN, she would avoid codes because “codes were only for critical care nurses.” Now, she jokes, she avoids codes because she’s old and seen it all. Let the young ‘uns do them. I agree, at least with the sentiment.

We compared notes. We kindly and gently mocked each other’s specialities. We traded war stories, told tales of egregious physician behaviour (a favourite nursing pastime), stories about ourselves, our patients, our profession, tragedy and comedy: the wealth of human experience we are privileged to share.

Another piece of wisdom: “Stupidity,” she says, “is what keeps us in business.”

My new motto.

My other new motto: look up an old friend once in a while.

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  1. #1 by Cindy on Saturday 05 March 2011 - 1057

    Dear Bluesy
    I too had a wonderful evening. I’ve missed debating our lovely health care system with you.
    I think with a bottle of wine and our experiences we could improve our near broken system.
    See the problem with our fearless leaders is they do not sit in the waiting rooms of our hospitals and see the worried faces or pain. They are so overwhelmed with paperwork and meetings. There is no way they can truly appreciate what we see every day. I don’t mean this in a negative way on them as a person because most of these leaders started out as caring nurses wanting to help.
    I really could go on and on in a rant about what our government has done, making these smart and capable professionals into puppets. They should be letting these leaders do what they do best…….manage health care not running from one brainwashing meeting to another. Wasting time and not fixing the problem.

  2. #2 by Cartoon Characters on Thursday 10 March 2011 - 1501

    Cindy: i second that! :)

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