I'm glad you all came back...it was too quiet in here. I popped in on my nights off but there wasn't much being said and I didn't want to be in here by myself so I kept mum.
Thought about you and your aliens, Pup. Sorry, they must have missed the memo.
We had a progressive dinner with our small group tonight. I was SO HAPPY to be able to host a small party tonight - it started at our place with appetizers. I totally went overboard...made cheeseless fondue (from my Ultimate Uncheese recipe book) with roasted veggies and focaccia bread for dipping, deviled eggs, fresh salsa and guacamole with chips, hummus and baba ghanoush with pita chips. The good news is we get the leftovers, and I work the next three nights. Then we went to our pastor's house for ham & potatoes & veggies & rolls, and opened our presents (each couple bought another couple a present). Then we went to another house for dessert, and played a dice game called LCR which involved putting three dollars in for the game and winner takes all. I forgot about it, and we don't have cash, but two guys each gave us three bucks to play, and I won! We returned the dollars to the guys who lent us the money, and now we have a stack of dollars. I was happy about winning, since I'd felt a little guilty for forgetting to bring cash.
I had a very long night last night; had an all-natural patient who pushed for over three hours and pretty much would have been a section if she hadn't been so close to delivered all night and insistent about no C-section. Of course the baby was malpositioned, but she got it out at the end of my shift just as the new nurse was coming on. I had to stay late and chart, and was sooooo tired, but I'm glad she had the delivery she wanted. Definitely is worth all the work when they are happy.
On the next three, although I'm half expecting a standby for one of them - as long as it's not Christmas Eve. HOLIDAY PAY. Don't want to miss out on that.
Sorry about your fall, Shann. I didn't have a comment on my WC entry, so I figured you must be out of commission. Hope you feel better soon and that the bubble wrap continues to cushion you.
Sorry also about your flu, Amy! I haven't received a flu shot in the last few years (thankfully I live in states that don't mandate them for healthcare workers) and I just dose up on vitamins like crazy and drug myself to sleep, so I haven't been as sick the last few winters. But I definitely recommend them for people with weaker immune systems. I can't imagine being knocked down like that. I used to, when I slept poorly and ate regular food and a lot of fast food, but now I'm an organic food snob and I make a point to sleep well. Other than my bad back, I don't have a bunch of health issues. Quitting milk products, as hard as it is, has made a significant difference and I have no motivation to ever go back. Hope you feel better soon and have a nice Christmas.
Becky, please don't leave. We may be AWOL at times, but we're a chatty bunch who will always come back and care for our own. I finally abandoned my fish application on my phone, so they're probably all floating upside down now, but I pop back in here as often as I have some time off. I really like having Ryan home now because I finally feel like we have a good routine. On my nights off I can do my online stuff as soon as he goes to bed. I love all of you and wouldn't want to see anyone go. Even Holly peeked in one time, remember?
I hope everyone has a nice Christmas. Not sure if I'll get a chance to come back until Christmas Day night. We don't visit family until after Christmas anymore since inevitably I work. But a MERRY CHRISTMAS to my online family, the PCRS!
Blessings to all, and to all a good night...