Thursday, September 1, 2016

A Day in my Life

I think the months are going by quicker all the time!  How can it be September?  I am sad to see summer ending, even though it's been so hot this year.  I think Fall is beautiful, but I hate thinking of Winter following it.
I've had quite a day today.  Here's how my day went.  I think you'll understand!

6am - I'm up and on the treadmill.  I walk for 30 minutes every morning.  Then it's off to the shower and get ready for work.  Today my start time is a little later because it's Thursday.  Every Thursday I do rounds with our doctor so I start at 8am instead of 7.  It's nice because I get to sleep till 6 instead of 5!

 7:45 - on my way to work.  It cooled off last night and is 69 degrees and cloudy, but still pretty outside.

There is a small pond I drive past and there is frequently a bunch of ducks and geese next to it, this morning was no exception.

This is my view for most of the day - my fan, water bottle, my computer and books.  Before the Dr arrives I print off recent vital signs, any recommendations from social work, pharmacy, therapy... and get the charts ready for the patients he'll be seeing.  I also get our lab book ready for the next weeks lab draws, filling out forms and figuring out what labs are scheduled.  There are often forms that patients need to have filled out and signed by the Dr, med orders that have to prepared so he can sign them...   Although most everything is on the computer, we seem to have more paperwork than ever!

Our Dr arrives around noon.  I have all the charts piled up on a cart, so we have easy access to them.  He fills out all his paperwork first, and then we start seeing patients.  Today he saw 10 people, but also changed orders for several others because of things going on with them.  He's frequently interrupted by a phone call, his pager or papers faxed to us.  He's a very nice guy, easy to talk to and has a lot of common sense which seems to be hard to find in medicine today!  He's also a very good Dr - one that I would recommend to my own family.
He told me his schedule had opened up for tomorrow, and because we have been so busy at our building, he wondered if I was available to come in on Friday to help catch up.  I was supposed to have the day off, but this needs to be done, so I'm working tomorrow.
He finished his work at our building at 4:30.  He will now go to his office and do paperwork.
I now have to call all the families of the patients we saw and update them on any new orders.  I also have to print all the new orders off onto med sheets, write a summary of his visit to the other nurses, write out charting guidelines because of med changes and put all the charts away.
In the meantime, we got another new patient, so I stayed to help put in new orders and answer questions from the family.

This is our time clock.  We have to put our hands onto a part of it to punch out.  It's now 6:40.

I stopped in the parking lot to show you how nice our new addition is looking.

As I looked at the building, I saw this plane and banner flying by.  We are very close to Grand Valley State University.  They were preparing for their first football game.  The banner said "Welcome Freshmen".

 On my way home, I stopped at the grocery story.  I had to get ingredients to make 5 pounds of sloppy joe's for a church activity on Friday.

I got home about 7:40.  Bob was still at work.  He works one evening a week, and it just happens to be the one that I get home late as well.  I thought I shouldn't sit down, or I wouldn't want to get up.  I got the sloppy joe made and cleaned up the kitchen.  At 8:15 I was done and ready for supper.

Here's my supper - a chopped tuna salad from Subway.  It may not look that great, but it's a very good salad, and perfect for a night when I need supper for just me!
Bob got home at 8:30.  We are now relaxing and will soon be heading to bed.
Hope you all had a good day!


Joyful said...

You had quite the busy day so it is a good thing you got to sleep in a bit. I agree with you about missing summer already. Even though I love the Fall I do not look forward to the winter.

Doris said...

I'm sad summer is ending. I do enjoy fall but do not like winter at all!
I remember the Dr. days when I worked. I could see all those charts piled high :)
Hope today goes smoothly for you. Happy Holiday Weekend!

Beth Cotell said...

What a busy day! I like the chopped salads from Subway!

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Mari...I got tired just reading your blog today! You are Wonder Woman!! I know your patients and their families are thankful for such a caring and competent nurse who sees to all these needs.

Karen said...

What a full day you had, Mari. It's great that the doctor is someone you admire and respect. It sounds like your facility is one that families can feel confident about and that takes good care of its residents.

Jenny said...

Girl! I hate it that you have to work on Friday! I hope you have a relaxing Labor Day weekend! xoxo

Sally said...

Well, our Jenny wrote the same words I was going to! :)

You're a busy lady, Mari. Enjoy what time you have off.

Terri D said...

What a busy day, Mari (echoing what everyone else is saying)!! Made me tired just trying to keep up with you and I wasn't even there! God bless you for the good work you do for your patients and their families. Your facility is one of the good ones!

Patsy said...

Gee ! I think I can almost remember a day of real work.
As I read about your busy day.

Cherdecor said...

You may have a good doctor but I think he has a pretty good nurse too! I'm sure that you were looking forward to your day off. You had things to do but you are like the energizer bunny, you just keep on going! Blessings!

carrie@northwoods scrapbook said...

Wow - that was a full one Mari! I bet you were beat!!

That addition is looking great & I can't wait to see how it looks completed. Hope you didn't have to work too hard today too.

God bless you for all the work you do (+ church too!) - you are one great Lady!!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend. xoxo

Jean said...

I loved reading all the details of your job! So different from any job I've ever done. I'm most impressed that you got home at 7:40 pm and had five pounds of sloppy joe meat finished and the kitchen cleaned up by 8:15! You must make it differently than i do!

That salad looks delicious to me.

Hootin' Anni said...

I always enjoy these posts. I read every word faithfully

I can't believe you have the early morning energy for the treadmill before heading to work. A full day and grocery shopping...sloppy joes for church and dinner. A VERY FULL DAY. I think I would have to stop around noon & call it a day.

Hootin' Anni said...

Forgot to mention the bird pond...sweet.

Hootin' Anni said...

Forgot to mention the bird pond...sweet.

Hootin' Anni said...

I always enjoy these posts. I read every word faithfully

I can't believe you have the early morning energy for the treadmill before heading to work. A full day and grocery shopping...sloppy joes for church and dinner. A VERY FULL DAY. I think I would have to stop around noon & call it a day.

Anonymous said...

Bless you...what a long, busy day. The new addition is very nice. I hope you are able to get some rest this weekend.

Jennifer Hays said...

I'm glad you like these kinds of posts as much as I do. :) You do such important work, Mari.

Bethany Carson said...

Wow! Sounds like a long, busy day! I'm with you on dreading the upcoming winter. If only summer could last a little longer. Awesome that you get your exercise in every morning, and have a gravel road on the way to work. It's awesome to live in the country.

Laura said...

Wow what a day!! You are so good at what you do. I think people would say they same things about you that you say about Doc! :)

That is also the largest pot of bbq I've ever seen!!