Surviving workplace conflicts

Like questionable family members, some co-workers can be the worm that bores through a perfectly good apple and ruins it. There’s always one. One who wants to curry favor with supervisors and other workers; One who’s trying to cover her own misdeeds; One who wants to make your life miserable just because … Any one…

Nightshift: Sunshine for an introvert

It’s after 12 a.m. and I’m at work, just outside of my patient’s room within earshot of his soft snore. As soon as the central air kicks back off again, the house will be prayer-room quiet. This might be the time for many people to rush to their Facebook account for a “Who’s up with…

From candle jar to plant home

I love candles. Aromatherapy from scented candles housed in glass jars creates a sense of peace and calm in my apartment. But when the wick burns down to the bottom of the jar, I always struggle to find a new purpose for the glass jar rather than throwing it away. Until the other day when…

Trump’s Two Days of Truth

Two days. That’s how long it took for Donald Trump to finally break his silence amidst media criticism. Two days. That’s how long it took for the nation to finally get a forced leadership response from a man whose incendiary Tweets and “Fake News” outbursts have nearly reached legendary status. During that time the nation…

Lovin’ my quinoa-lettuce wraps!

Quinoa swaddled in lettuce – who knew? First I want to say that I’m pleasantly disappointed with quinoa’s flavor, meaning that, like tofu, it has none. With all the health hype (that should’ve given me a clue: healthy usually registers a low number on the flavor scale), I’d been excited about tasting quinoa and it…

When life cow-tips you, make a new plan

In high school, I always had at least one large bottle of TJ Swann in the back of my closet. I don’t think my mother, and surely not my father, ever knew about my stash. However, they did know that I was the one who refilled the vodka bottle with water; and a quick sniff…

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…