Treat Yourself Well

The Canadian Mental Health Association posted a few tips in lieu of Mental Health Week. Learn how to cope with negative thoughts: Negative thoughts can be insistent and loud: don’t let them take over. Distract yourself or comfort yourself if you can’t solve a problem right away. Try seeing the issue from all sides rather … Continue reading

Night Owl

I just completed two nights in the in-patient department of the hospital. I got home and just passed out. But I woke up remembering my nightmare — patients were calling out, phones were ringing, chaos. It’s funny how my blog name has already become a reality within 3 days of working here. I wouldn’t say … Continue reading

Recharging the Batteries

I’ve had the last few days off. I met up with my nurse educator and she took me around the hospital for a tour. We don’t have elevators, but a ramp for stretchers. It has more services than I thought; it’s got a lab, x-ray, ultrasound, mental health workers, dietitians, physiotherapy, OR, dialysis, and LTC … Continue reading

Sleep is for the Weak

I made it through my first night shift! Thank goodness for coffee and small snacks to keep me awake. And also, I really prefer it when it’s busy. Last night I was in the Emergency department. The cases I saw were mostly clinic cases, you’re average cold/cough/pain/flu. I passed the time by reading about different … Continue reading

First Graveyard Shift T minus 8 hrs

Can I just say that duvets are the best? It was the best sleep I’ve had since the beginning of the year. When my head hit the pillow, I was out like a baby! I definitely need to invest in one when I return home. I was going to walk to the hospital this morning, … Continue reading

Home sweet home

Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore. I feel like I really did get swept up in a tornado and arrived somewhere foreign. As we got off the train with our heavy luggage in tow, we tried to find our nurse. But it seemed like in the rush of getting home, she had forgotten us. So … Continue reading