Trying to stay vigilant about recognizing my PTSD-hypervigilance is going swimmingly, lolsob.
Anyways, here are some plants from today:
This one is my current best "feed me, Seymour" out of a tough field:
This is a quite rare aeonium Big Bang:
This is my massive greenovia, getting ready to leaves 😁
This is the business end of my alluaudia procera -- the leaves never grow past the spines. It could eventually reach 30 ft tall:
I think I already shared this, but it's my fav non-succ plant -- the lupine in the back. I went and bought a lot more in different colors last week to edge my back yard in. Tall, tough, gorgeous, bee-friendly, low water -- the perfect plant.
And a post netting shot, now that all my plants are protected.

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15 Apr
While the venn diagram between hospital work & police work aren't 100%, they do share many similarities -- we're both forward facing to the public, we work with people from all walks of life, and we're both threatened with personal violence.

And, sometimes, sadly, people do lose their lives.

When you accidentally harm someone at the hospital, it's called an sentinel event.

Immediately afterwards a fleet of people step in and consider what happened, how to fix it, and how to stop it from ever happening again.

At my old hospital, we had a pediatric nurse float over to care for a pediatric burned patient.

She put oral oxycodone into an IV line.

Now, already, there's ways to prevent damage from taking place -- oral oxy is a vibrant pink-orange....

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13 Apr
After having worked in an ICU this past year, I would literally get any vaccine on the market shoved into my arm, while I (& possibly the person providing it) were blindfolded, even if I knew it was mixed with lead & arsenic (which I know they aren't.)

Like they could spin the wheel of goddamned theoretical contaminants, and I'd be all, 'You know, guinea worms don't sound so bad, by comparison, shoot one of those fuckers in there too.'

We've left the ppl of Flint, MI waiting this whole effing time to get their pipes cleaned up, you drink water out of plastic bottles in neon colors all day, you think Starbux is healthy, and everyone likes to feed their livers wine.

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28 Dec 20
My mom does have covid.

Explaining to her how to prone herself.

Texting my dad with quarantine instructions for himself and everyone in my brother's household and everyone they saw over Xmas.

While at work.

Taking care of covid patients.
My current pt, I asked our MD what the plan is, and he was all, "find more people to carry the coffin" -- by which he means involve a few more services, so we can get this family to understand that the patient won't make it.
My husband asked if I should come home.

I can't.

Can't change anything for my mom, she's 3 states away.

Can't bone over my coworkers. My patient is a 1:1, we're gonna be short at 11 as is.

Told him my plan was just to be a mess on twitter so here we are.

Brace yourselves.
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27 Dec 20
My elderly parents, who I, even as an ICU RN, could not talk out of making a cross country move and visiting all of their relatives along the way, are in Texas now.

My aunt and uncle who they saw in AZ are now covid positive and my mom is sick.

I just want to throw up and cry.
If my mom does have covid, which seems likely, seeing as they visited my aunt/uncle 2 days prior to their positive diagnosis -- they hung out with my brother's wife's whole family on Christmas, including her elderly parents as well.
I try and I try and I do nothing but try and for what?

What is even the point of all this trying?

I am breaking myself and for why or who or who the fuck cares?
Read 4 tweets
7 Dec 20
I'm seeing a lot of trash takes on ICU capacity today, so here goes me explaining things (before I very much log off to write):

Yes! We have flu seasons here! And yes, our hospitals can get full during those flu seasons!

But what armchair ICU managers aren't realizing is

that it is unheard of for ALL ICUS EVERYWHERE IN THE STATE to be under thread of running out of beds (or currently out of them!)

Usually regions of the state can help one another. There's a fire, a disaster, the ambulances run, everyone pitches in.

I used to be a burn RN

And I got to see this collaborative process several times, first hand.

When there was that big gas explosion in Nor Cal a few years ago, you'd better believe every burn center in the state was overstaffed just in case.

Same same for the fires when the Camp Fire occurred.

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20 Nov 20
It's really frustrating to not have the right words to explain all this covid/nursing as someone who writes professionally.
When you're a writer you're used to thinking, 'There's some perfect way to explain this experience. If I keep trying, I'll get it right, and people will understand me. I can make this experience universal. I can change lives.'
I keep trying, and there's just...not.

I feel like a whiner. We're merely full, but not slammed. But I can't help but see what's coming for us. And feel how disposable our lives and the candlewicks of our souls seem to be.
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