Tuesday, March 3, 2015

snow buddies!

 thought this turned out cute.  it wasn't just me for the Monday walk portion of the Monday walk.  :-) thanks MT for joining.  coffee was well attended and fun as well.  Mondays are good days for us Monday walkers!!
 these are just a smattering of pictures from the walks of late.
 partially lined up for Fairbanks.  lots to do before i take off Sunday and i'm hoping for decent weather as i'm always a nervous winter driver.  K&K's tale of hitting a guard rail after skidding on ice did not help allay my concerns.  i do have a place there though...for two nights.  i'm still debating that third night.  will look around online tonight after i blog and see if i have any options that look appealing.
 things continue to get dicey in Russia, so KGB feeling with a Putin foe shot so near the Kremlin...no chance of that murder ever being solved i suspect.  hopes of a changing Russia do seem to be fading. on other international...but Alaska news.  a poor tourist from Europe had gone heliskiing and then joined others to explore a glacier on a lake.  there was a calving and the young man perished, crushed.  very sad.  probably quick, but always a reminder of how treacherous it can be at the face of any glacier.  don't explore too closely.  you just never know.
a Bangladeshi-American blogger who was in Bangladesh and is very outspoken was hacked to death in front of his wife.  a reminder to appreciate the freedom of speech we all have here and remember that it does not exist in many parts of the world.
 a few siblings are convinced that there really is no global warming....that since "Antarctica is unchanged" this is proof.  research shows more and more how flawed the studies that seem to prove this are.  new studies show that in some parts of Antarctica the loss of ice is unquestionable...averaging 130 billion tons/year of melt.  those are NASA's numbers not some liberal left wing nut...their thoughts.  politics and science do not mix...get your politics out of my science and stop fighting...accept there is an issue and do something about it.
 our state won't fund Round Island which costs approximately $100,000/year but they will spend $400,000 to put free pregnancy tests and condoms in bars apparently.  they hope to combat alcohol related issues in the next generation.  not much to say but my eyes are sure rolling...buy your own dang pregnancy test or wait a few weeks and your body will give you a clue one way or the other.  the people who don't care, won't be rushing in to take tests and avoid drinking.   i'm sure many college age kids who don't want to "waste" money on pregnancy tests will just hit the local watering hole and enjoy a free test on the state of Alaska.
 below are two moose....it's amazing how a large animal can hide in the brush up here.  the one was right on the trail...seen in a zoom shot above.
 this guy was in the bog on a different walk.
 still has his rack.
 took advantage of my rather dirty car to show my support of Round Island.  looking good!!

 liked how the clouds were lifting ever so slightly and giving me a view of the Chugach Range.
 our moose sighting of the day.  this one was quite a distance away, but i spied her and took my shot.  she spied us as well....probably way before i noticed her.

 very little ice but still a wee bit left.
 out with MT today.  we took the gasline-powerline-tank route...turned out to be a bit much for her older dog, Morgan.  sorry Morgan.
 more ice...
 the dogs seemed to enjoy themselves, Morgan just was a bit achy coming back down the tank trail.  Rio stayed home.  Blossom chased her tennis ball happily.

 Morgan takes a drink at the creek
 joined a friend at Outback for dinner then hit the gym tonight.  30 minutes of bike time and trying to keep myself from singing out loud with my headphones on.  that is tricky.
 one of speedy chilling with Blossom while i snuck in closer to the moose.
 these two are of the Alaska range with some Fata Morgana....an optical illusion more common in the northern climates
 Denali with fata morgana.
thankful for:  1.  nights off  and sleep.  great to catch up a bit. 2.  walking buddies both human and canine! 3.  the person who is going to come clean my house and fold my laundry...oh wait, that is never going to happen.  hehe!! thanks to myself then for doing the chores...thank me!!  haha.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Fur Rondy Snow Sculptures..

 realized i was missing all the fun fur Rondy activities.  it's always a fun weekend...and i missed out.  a friend from work joined me over there, have fun and give her some photo tips that she's been wanting.   it was getting late and they were closing her down but i was able to get to the snow sculptures.  this year if you want to see them get over there...we could have another melt at any moment.
 quite a few decent ones despite some rough snow conditions this year.  perhaps they will destroy these for the ceremonial start.  make a snow trail through town for the dogs with em.
 of course the bible was well represented. though in truth these cross dudes look more like they are about to break out into dance.
 went for a swim again, which again felt fabulous!!  my knee feels so great after a swim.  great incentive to get back into it and stick with it!!25 laps today.  lots with the kickboard, but mostly cause that really works the knee and feels terrific.
 other than swimming i've been bogging it this week.  bummed as my new phone has this cool health related app on  it.  the first day it showed all my steps taken...over 11,000 that day but then i've been unable to get any data from it....not sure what is up.  suspect i hit the wrong button in my enthusiasm.  don't see one for swimming but it supposedly notes stairs too...not sure how it all works but will have to try and figure it out.  otherwise the phone is super cool.
 love my new canine photos that i made for the screen/screen savers.  those pups are sure cute!
 three nights of work behind me.  trying to think of where i worked this week.  you would think i could remember a thing like that. it's coming back to me.  the first night i worked ER all night.  steady but not killer.
 are these totally cool walrus fun!!??!!  loved the walrus sculpture.  of course, i was all....i put the walrus in the shades...hmm.  they do look cool in shades.
 next night was crazy busy.  loads of trauma's. by 4 am though they had enough people so i said to see if the sup needed me elsewhere...the adult icu grabbed me up and i soon got a patient in as a direct admit.  in the time i would have been waiting another patient had a heart rhythm issue so i helped out. then the rapid admit and get ready for the next shift.
 got bounced a bit the next night as well.  you can totally tell i was digging the walrus, right?
 i was in the adult icu all night last night but i started with one patient which i had to quickly turf to another unit and take over 2 other patients, one returning from OR as i arrived to get report.  that nurse then went to care for another patient that was arriving from the cath lab with a balloon pump in.  after that my night wasn't bad.  sedated the one patient more cause you breaka you face...you better not pull out your endotracheal tube...lest you find yourself with an emergent trach.  i avoided that.  my record is still clean and i hope to keep it that way...hopefully i'm not jinxing myself by writing this but i have never had anyone accidently extubate themselves...i've laid on a few and pried a few very strong people off their ett's or just held on for dear life while a co-worker got ett saving drugs.  been in icu's for years...that is a lot of patients with ett's and many near misses.
 i recall one super strong/big/tall teenager with a death grip on his ett...it took several of us nurses laying on him to keep that tube in.  after it was all done there was stuff all over that had flown across the room in the struggle.  nurses should be strong and fast.  had a slugger the other night...trying to change his attends and put on a condom cath to get urine.  threats of death were lodged at me...
 liked the troll under the bridge...complete with warts.
 the funny thing with that old guy was that when i returned to check on him a bit later he was all calm and asked if we'd clean him up.  i let him know that we just had and that he'd threatened to kill us all, did he not remember that...he didn't. poor old guy has dementia....he apologized.  not that he didn't threaten me later on again.  got him in his wheelchair to wait for a ride home so i put him at the nurses station to wait, he kept following me around in that wheelchair, some other patients family was laughing watching him follow me all over.
 i kept putting him back in this one spot so that he wouldn't get run over by the many EMS dudes and their stretchers.  at one point they were flying in with great regularity...the paramedics had been directed to put a pt in one room that was still full of folks so i put her where i'd taken out wheelchair guy...had to clear and clean the room while they waited and she screamed in pain...Karen..you would totally understand her discomfort.  ( you were way braver though).  lots of blood spilled that night i can tell you.
 my other favorite arctic friends...polar bears!!
 so not much fooling around at work this week.  a bit beat today, but happy that i got in a walk and a swim.  no moose in the bog today but yesterday there was a bull laying down.  will toss those pictures in another day.
 so Jesus sculptures and the big puffy dude from Ghostbusters!!  such variety!!
 my friend practicing with her camera.
 and having me set up my shot of myself...so i took her picture.
 sans makeup and fresh from the pool.  hopefully by this summer i will be more fit and less fluffy!!
 just looked outside for lights...looks like some great displays further north.  can't believe it's already March.  the Iditarod is right around the corner and a trek north for me too....i'm excited though not planned at all.  get stuff, throw in car, drive, throw stuff in hotel and go wander and take pictures.  should be cool.  never been to fairbanks this time of year and have always wanted to see the ice sculptures they have...may be able to catch a bit of that, though i think it's a bit early still.  not sure.
 downtown was a ghost town in parts...then you'd see some homeless dude wandering around with their bags.  it's a tough world out there.  i really do have it good.
 we were laughing as i texted my friend that i was at the ark, her response..."what's an ark".  she clearly had a different upbringing than i did.  haha.
 it's actually nice to go close to closing to see these.  way fewer people to battle and the lighting isn't bad
 i did get some of my education stuff done last night at work  we always have education stuff to do..not that i really learn much from all the required education as we mostly just have to prove to JAHCO over and over again that we know the same things so IMHO  JAHCO has really made it tough for hospitals to give staff actual education as they have to spend so much time and effort proving that we know the same stuff every year.  brilliant plan created by some person in an office that has no idea what working at a bedside is like.
 some people get cranky with the wait in the ER and with all the ambulances coming in i guess there was a bit of a wait out there the other night.  people can be so clueless though.  you came to the ER for what....and you expect to be seen immediately?  amazing.
 right before his pick up came, wheelchair dude started screaming and carrying on...he was peeing.
 nurses/doctors...people in the medical field have some bizarre and twisted senses of humor...we have to, it's a survival technique.  years ago i had a patient that decided she was going to be going home with me when my shift ended.  she watched me all night.  wouldn't stay in her room, was out at the nurses desk.  in the morning i took a chance and had to make a run for it as soon as she glanced the other way.  man could i hear her screaming as i got on the elevator.  that nurse surely had a rough morning because i had left that old gal behind.
 this one below was pretty, i guess it's a wave with a mermaid (it loaded sideways) it could also be a bit more vulvular looking i guess.  hmm.
 of course, this guy shows up all over these days.
 doubt he'll have the longevity of Jesus but Olaf is here to stay.
 doesn't Jesus look like he's about to do a disco dance?  i should crash.  looked out, saw clouds, no lights.  i'm sure they are further north, but i'm going to call it a night.
grateful for: A.  SWIMMING and WALKING!!  B.  that our shifts last only 12 hours and not 24.  C.  pizza at the desk on busy nights....take that JAHCO!