Unsustainable Healthcare

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and visiting with me today, I am glad that you are here. Today, I want to talk about why our nurses are leaving and why we can’t attract new nurses into the field.

There have been problems plaguing the healthcare system for the entire twenty years that I have been working as a nurse and for the years that I worked as a CNA before that. Covid has made many of those problems worse, but none of them are new. But we are reaching the point where changes have to be made soon or things are going to start falling apart. One of the biggest problems that our healthcare system faces is that we don’t have enough nurses. If we don’t address this problem soon there simply will be no one available to take care of the sick, injured and dying in this country.

What needs to happen in order to retain the nurses that we have and recruit new nurses? We need better incentives to work in the healthcare setting. The work environment in healthcare right now in beyond toxic. The environment is unsafe. The staff working in healthcare are not properly supported or care for.

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Update 022522

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and hanging out with me today, I’m glad you’re here!

This past week has been a pretty rough one for me and thus I have spent all my spare time resting, in the hopes of washing a few spoons. Luckily work was pretty tame this week so that made my life a little easier. But I have been sick. Again. I have strep throat. Apparently the upper respiratory infection that I got last month wasn’t good enough to meet my annual respiratory infection quota.

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The Grey Between

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thank you for coming and hanging out with me today. I’m glad that you are here. Today I want to talk about the way that the human brain likes to put things into boxes.

When you get a diagnosis, doesn’t matter which one, you start to consider yourself and all your symptoms or traits. You try to decide which of those traits are because of this diagnosis and which are because of something else. In the case of getting a mental illness diagnosis, you start to wonder how much of you is really you and how much is your disorder. And when you have more then one diagnoses, like most of us do, we find that there are these weird areas of grey that live between our diagnoses.

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My ADHD: Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and visiting with me today. I’m glad that you are here. Today is my second installment for the “My Diagnosis” series and the second part that is talking about My ADHD.

I want to start by talking about the fact that Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria (RSD) is not a symptom listed in the DSM5. This has caused many people to tell me that it isn’t really a part of ADHD. The thing to keep in mind is the actual role and purpose of the DSM5. It is a diagnostic manual. This means that the purpose of the book is not to cover each diagnosis in it’s fullness. The purpose of the book is to cover the criteria that are needed to be diagnosed with the diagnosis. This means that every diagnosis in the DSM5 is not represented in it’s full capacity. It is only presented in the manner that will allow a provider to know if someone has met (or not met) the diagnostic criteria for a disorder. There are many aspects to all of these diagnoses that are not talked about in the DSM5 because they are not diagnostic features of the diagnosis.

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Difficult Conversations

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and hanging out with me today. I’m glad that you are here. Today, I am going to be talking about relationships and how to have difficult conversations with the people that we care about.

The single most difficult thing as a human being is making ourselves understood to another human being. It’s crazy, but I also believe it to be true. Everyone is trapped into their world view and it is very difficult to shift that perspective to another person’s view point. That’s especially true if that view point is particularly different than yours. Add into that the reality of logical fallacies and intellectual biases that all of us carry around and things only get messier. In this post, I want to talk about the things that I believe are essential in order to have really good conversations with the people we really care about.

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Saving Memories

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and visiting with me today. I am glad that you are here. Today I am going to be talking about some ways that you can help keep track of your history.

Life is like a tapestry, woven from memories of people and events. Your individual tapestry reminds you of who you are, where you’ve been and what you’ve done. Sadly, there are many chronic illnesses that can effect the memories that make up a person’s tapestry. Everything from brain fog to dementia can change the way that our brains keep hold of our memories. If you’re one of the many people with an impaired memory, you can help manage this symptom by creating a tangible repository of memories for your self.

These tools can help by triggering your own recall of events. It can also help by strengthening memories through repeated exposure to the materials. While this will not replace your memory or help you think of things on the fly during conversations, it can give you a touch stone to help you recall important memories from your life. And for some, it can help you keep hold of your sense of self.

Store memories externally so you don’t have to rely on your organic memory. This will give you a physical thing that you can look back to in order to help you recall or review memories that you are having a difficult time remembering. Make collecting your memories a habit that you do on a regular basis and in a regular way so that you are more likely to capture the things that will become important to you later. It can often be difficult to know what details will be important in the moment which can be anxiety provoking for many. But just focus on capturing what strikes you as important at the time since that is pretty much how our memories work any way.

Memories can be preserved in many ways. You can:
•Collect photos into albums
•Write your stories in a journal
•Create a scrapbook with photos or other mementos, such as newspaper clippings, letters and postcards, greeting cards, sketches, poetry, and musical verses
•Store mementos in a special box or chest
•Make a video or audio recording of personal stories

You can even mix and match these different methods for different types of events. Keeping a daily journal is a great way a capture the general feel of your days and the thoughts that you are having while taking photos can be a great way to capture a special event like a wedding or birthday party. What’s important is that the way the memories are captured are methods that are both easy for you to use when capturing and when retrieving the memories.

You might want to start a reminiscing hobby with friends and family. Gather together people that are important to you and who you have shared events with. Invite them to tell stories. Encourage everyone to share things that they recall. By making this a social event, you allow others to become your memory bank while also engaging in a new bonding moment with them. Consider recording these reminiscing sessions so that they can be viewed later as another way to hold onto memories.

Documents also help. Other sources of information might include old documents, important papers or personal correspondence. Consider making copies of anything precious for safekeeping. These can help pin down important dates like marriages or birthdays. But they can also just be letters or messages that we’ve received from loved ones over the years.

I personally keep a journal that I try to write in every day. I summarize what I did that day, note how I am feeling and put down any thoughts that I’ve been pondering. I’ve done this for years. Because of that, I can go back through my journals and I can recapture much that I had forgotten. The thing that I have become the most aware of because of my journal is how unpredictable my memory can be. There are times that I can recall and event while there are other times that I can’t. Sometimes it seems like my memories are made up of smoke or mist and I cannot touch or hold them. Other times they seem as real as the current day I am living. Memory is a strange creature.

My ADHD Part One: The King Pin

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and visiting me today. I am glad that you’re here.

Today I am going to be talking about my personal experience with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It didn’t take me very long to realize that I was going to have to break this diagnosis up into multiple posts. There is just so much to talk about. The diagnosis has that much of an effect in my life.

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