15 January 2006

My Weekend

This was my weekend off, and a much needed one I might add. Seeing as how I don't really know anyone in Chattanooga yet, it is a bit of a challenge to find ways to fill up my 3 days off. I mean there's only so much shopping a girl can handle before getting completely burnt out. On Friday after finally getting up around 12:30 pm (hey it was after 4am before I went to bed) I decided to hit the Y. I discovered that there are very few people who work out in the middle of the afternoon, so I may have to make this my new time to visit the Y. I'm not really sure what I did with the rest of my day because as I sit here try to recap my weekend, I can't think of any great life events that occured on Friday. I think I payed some bills and put away my laundry, but if I were on the witness stand, I don't know that I could safely say this what happened on Friday, January 13th. Wow, I didn't realize until I just typed that, that we had a "friday the 13th". I guess nothing too horrible happened. Or maybe it did and my memory was erased and that's why I can't recall what I did. Saturday I braved the mall and found some new pants at Banana Republic. I also picked up some new picture frames at TJMaxx to add to my ever growing collection. That afternoon I watched the women's american nationals ice skating finals. For all of you who aren't up on your women's figure skating-and I'm guess that's probably most of you- this is the last major event before the Olympics that helps determine the 3 women who will represent the USA. Exciting I know, I bet you're on the edge of you seat waiting to read what I did on Sunday. I decided to try a new church this weekend as the one that I had been to a couple times was, well, let's just say it was too "Baptist" for me. So while this may sound rather odd considering the comment I just made, I decided to attend Woodland Park Baptist Church. It was definitely more my style and the pastor was really good. For now, I'm pretty sure I'm going to start going there. After church I went to Target, and then I headed up to Cleveland to watch the Colt's game with my friend Nathan. For those of you who didn't catch the game it was an emotional rollercoaster and a gut wrenching loss for Peyton and the Colts. They had several opportunities to win or at least force overtime, but weren't able to capitalize on any of them. It was a very sad way to end the season.
So that about sums up my weekend. Thrilling as you can read. I also managed to clean the apartment, do some grocery shopping, and balance my check book. This comming week I have 60 wonderful hours to look forward to in the Parkridge East ER. Hopefully they will be as uneventful as my weekend was!

09 January 2006

the nuts are loose in chattanooga

is it asking too much to just see one normal person during a shift in the er? i didn't think that it was, but after the 60 hours i put this past week at good ole parkridge east, i have decided that it is indeed asking too much. i consider myself to be an "average american" but i'm becoming less convinced of this on a daily basis. it would be nice to walk into an exam room and see a patient who isn't going to lie to me, has a job, and isn't completely psycho. as the title of this post implies, the majority of the patients i have seen here lately are crazy-some of them literally. i have seen a few patients with legitimate complaints and who actually weren't just there to get pain meds, but when the ratio is 1 normal person to 20 crazy ones, one tends to forget about the normal ones.
i made another patient mad this weekend because i didn't write him a prescription for percocet for his "back pain", which according to him was horrible pain- the worst he'd ever had. however, this man is telling me all this as he sits on the bed calmly without even the slightest hint of discomfort. i mean come on, if you want me to believe you even just a little bit you should probably at least pretend to be in pain. he did give me this sob story about how horrible things were in his life right now, so maybe that was his strategy to get me to give him drugs. needless to say i didn't write him any narcotics and when the nurse went to discharge him and give him a shot for his "horrible pain" he got mad and left, which was fine with me.
in other news, i joined the y today as part of my semi new years resolution to try and live healthier. i also finally got around to setting up my high speed internet this past week, and i can assure you that i will never go back to dial up. as i am know to be suffer from a lack of patience, it's very nice to have pages load quickly. so that pretty much sums up what i've been up to since my last post.

03 January 2006

A Weekend in the Big JC

I went home this past weekend to visit the family and celebrate a late Christmas. The Big JC was pretty much the same, except for a few new construction sites and some road construction. Of note, there is a Fatz being built in Elizabethton near the new Wal-Mart, which if you have never eaten at a Fatz, you definitely need to check it out when it opens.
On Friday night, I went to DeAnna Stoltzfus' wedding-who is now DeAnna Smith (just a bit of a simplification). On Saturday I went up to Bristol, VA to spend some time with my Granny, which is always fun. I spent New Year's Eve hanging out at the Disque house, ate some delicious white chili, played Gesstures and spent some time catching up with Leah. I also got to see my good friend Mark Hossler and his wife for a little while which was cool. I must say it was a bit of a struggle to stay awake to usher in the new year, but I'm going to blame that on my lack of sleep the week before and the very nice warm fire that I was sitting in front of. The highlight of my weekend was probably getting to spend time with my niece Kaley. She has grown so much in the month since I saw her last and she is as wild as can be. I swear the kid has more energy that anyone I have ever seen. She is so entertaining and has started talking lots more. I have pictures to post later, so there is something to look forward to. I am also proud to report that the Christine has now offically started working at Chick-fil-a in the Mall so now all five Keyt girls have joined the "cult". I'm sure everyone is surprised by this.
So as you can see it was a thrilling weekend in JC, but none the less, it was good to see the family and catch up on what was happening back home. This week it's back to work as it is my week to work five 12 hour shifts. Yesterday we saw 101 people, hopefully it won't be that crazy today.
Hope everyone had a Happy New Years, let me know what you did. Later~