You do have to be proactive as a patient on the regular floors. Nurses are so overloaded these days; it's not that they're purposefully ignoring patients, but they're so crazy busy that they can't be in 20 places at once. If the hospital does hourly rounding then you can see your nurse once an hour at least, but having done it, it's sometimes almost impossible to get everything done as well as see your patients every hour. Sad, I know, but acuities are much higher than in the days when patients would stay for 10 days at a time; now what used to be a 10-day stay is overnight or outpatient, and what used to be ICU is on the floor with 5 other patients. And with the new regulations in place, it's likely to just get worse...
I am hopefully working the next two nights and making some much needed moolah for our bank account. The Hyundai is acting up (slipping while shifting) and we already spent almost $700 getting the brakes done on the Honda. And our car insurance is due next week - I pay the full year at a time to avoid interest fees - and we have like three medical bills also due. It's been a year since we moved down here and registered the cars/got insurance, so November will be notorious for having high bills, but the additional pressure of car repairs is stretching us thin!
Added to that is the credit card debt from buying plane tickets for next month...I'll be very happy when December is over and everything finally gets paid off. I was on standby Friday so hopefully the census has stayed up all week and it will not be my turn again. Some nurses have been cut twice in two weeks lately. I have time off to cover if I need to but I'd rather not use it up if at all possible. I am grateful for my job, though - other nurses don't have one anymore, and I do, so I am thankful God is still providing for our needs.
We had a nice Thanksgiving dinner last night, though, with my new writer friend I met at a NaNo write-in in L.A. The last two weeks I went to the write-in and then we spent all night (both weeks) talking afterward. She isn't a Christian, but we have had conversations about life, philosophy, politics, religion, etc. and although we disagree, we're able to have respectful dialogue with no hard feelings about anything. It's soooo refreshing in this time where Facebook is just deluged with name-calling and exaggerations over disagreements. I don't have any expectations about trying to convert her or anything; she told me I'm the first Christian she's EVER met who hasn't told her she's "going to hell"!
So sad that people have really turned her off to Christianity. I'm hoping to just be a friend and show her what following God should be - love for Him and for others - no self-righteous judgement. Anyways, we both got to meet our respective "men" and had a nice dinner and played Settlers of Catan, which for Ryan and I was fun. We haven't had anyone to play with down here since we moved.
As far as my noveling...well...it's going slowly. I'll give it a shot to try to do 20K from now until Sunday, listed as one of the goals from the ML I picked up at the write-in. There's still hope I could finish, but even if I get a good start, I won't be disappointed. This is further than I've ever been doing NaNo, and I still have a decent amount of ideas to get the story moving. We'll see how things pan out.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Love you alls!