February 23 to February 27 was busy, more so than it should have been. I stayed late every day, by an average of two hours each. I took call every other day. I went on call the afternoon of the 27th. My pager went off within two hours. I worked full days Saturday and Sunday, and on March 2, I was back to work at 6:00 AM. Each day this week, I left work late. Three days were education days for two nurses needing Arrhythmia Class as a prerequisite for ACLS. One nurse resigned. Then called in sick. Strange how that happens..... So I have been working understaffed by about 50%, with about a 40% increase in overall caseload, and no time off myself. I continued to take call every other day.
I eat, drive to work, drive home, sleep, eat, repeat. I have been able to fit in thirty minute visits to the range by pre-packing my gear, and going as soon as I get off work. Twice I was paged back to work from the range. The fact that I have been able to continue to blog each day is because I can pre-publish pieces. I apologize for the lack of coherence at times. I was just too tired to think straight.
There is much of my regular material that I haven't blogged on, simply because I have been so tired. Cassie is presently at the vet staying overnight after being spayed. That would have made a good piece. Ilsa spent her first day alone at home, lose inside the house. I didn't know what to expect that day. Would the sofas still have stuffing? Would the carpet still be in place? True to form though, my big black beauty slept on the living room sofa, watching the front door for my return. She was a good dog. That would have been an excellent piece as well. I came home one day during the last eleven to find that I now have cable TV piped into my home. I watched it for about five minutes before falling asleep. Ilsa enjoys Animal Planet. I have seen several interesting pawn shop guns, but had no time to write about them. A friend's mother was injured by a negligent discharge. Again, no time to write. I may write a bit about that one later.
It's been a tough eleven days. Then I read about a case such as this one. I have one more to go. I'm looking forward to Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.