Broccoli for breakfast? Yes, please.

Night shift work.I love it! It’s quiet. I can think better. All the executives are on a day shift schedule. And in a private duty nursing care situation, my one patient usually sleeps – well, unless he’s got to pee. Excuse me for a moment …. Okay I’m back. He’s all tucked in again. So,…

Cheese Memories: When love was absent

Memories. My first memory is of a dark room, me standing in a crib crying. My second memory is of me in an oxygen tent because of an asthma attack. My third memory is of getting beaten with a rubber hose, a foster mother more focused on ironing while watching Dark Shadows on television than…

I confess! I’m Vicki, and I’m a foodie!

It’s after 3 a.m. on an early Saturday morning and my thermos of coffee is doing little to quiet the hunger pangs in my belly, so I figured this is a great time for a post of foods I’m craving right now. Well, you know; if you can’t beat ’em … 🙂 Yep! I’m a…

Partners in Patient Care

Partners: definition – “a person who shares or is associated with another in some action or endeavor.” It’s what I what I was taught that my role in patient care was when I became a nursing assistant. “Partners” is supposed to describe the goal of what a nurse and a nursing assistant should be focused…

Star Rates: Where the taxi elite shine

A few posts back, I wrote about the Lyft driver who had the nerve to call me lazy … while he was driving me to work. The star rating he got was more than generous, considering. But before him and since, I’ve had a couple of extreme cases where I handed out low-star ratings for…

5 ways to avoid back, leg & knee injury

Strained back. Weak knees. Pains in the legs. At 55, I consider myself fortunate. I’m a certified nursing assistant who has spent the better part of 20-plus years lifting, transferring, and rolling over patients taller and heavier than me. Yet, I’ve never had any back or leg problems; and the only knee problems I’ve ever…

Foggy: A mini fiction moment

She should know this room. She should know that just last week she polished the wood paneling with Old English and a clean cloth. She should remember choosing the red and black décor. But she didn’t – and they knew she didn’t. Look at them standing there staring at her waiting … waiting for her,…

Easy ways to keep nutrition commitments

Couch Technology: press a button to discover all you need to know about eating more fruits and veggies, purchasing a Nutribullet, or cutting meat out of your diet. But if you really want to improve your health for life, you need to get up off that couch and find ways to make it all work.…

The Art of the Text: the Response

What could possibly feel lonlier? I send a text; no response. A few hours go by; no response. Twenty-four hours later I feel like a person who’s standing, uninvited, on the porch of someone they believe is their friend, ringing their doorbell, knowing they’re on the other side of the door, peeping through the peep-hole.…

Toothbrush: A tongue-to-cheek blurb

Ha! Wow! This has to be the most insane moment of my life; sitting here at my writing table trying hard to think of something interesting to write about a toothbrush. Perhaps I could write about the many different types of toothbrushes I’ve had over the years: soft, firm, electric. And the ones I would…