So, the basic idea here is that I'm a nurse and a single mom. I'm a pretty good nurse. I've worked in large hospitals, small hospitals, new hospitals, old hospitals, in the ER, in labor and delivery, in the neonatal intensive care, and as a middle manager with all that means. As a mom, on the other hand, I suck.
That's the failure of trying to be a good mom. You never can really be a good mom. I'm convinced. Usually, I think I'm doing it wrong. If I think I've finally got it right, my toddler will let me know I'm wrong. Plus, I'm pregnant again. I just can't get enough.
Which brings us to the important....
1. THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE. These are silly stories. Nothing here should be interpreted as medical advice. First, you are going to feel really stupid when you are in the Emergency room telling the doc, "I know its a lot of blood, but I was reading a story on this blog and the woman in the story was okay, so I thought I would be too." On top of that, there are doctors and nurse practitioners for a reason. You can even find them at Walmart now. If you need medical advice, go to one of them.
2. NO REAL NAMES. Okay, I'm stupid enough to write a blog and think that someone may be interested enough to read it, but I'm not stupid enough to put real names on here. I may occasionally give away names like mine (Shelly), my ex-husband's (Jeff), a good friend (Jen), etc. but most names you will see are changed completely. Lawsuits are uncool and asking for them is idiotic. So, if you're looking for gossip about your neighbor, look elsewhere. I'm sure there's a web site somewhere with information about Milly Smith's bunion.
3. NO REAL HONESTY. Again, about the lawsuits. Most of the stories are just about my experiences. There they are. But, when I'm talking about other people, I will often change things up just a little. I may combine a couple of patients or attribute quotes to different patients. I may combine a couple of stories into one. The biggest reason for this is to protect people's privacy. Just like that piece of paper you get every time you go to a doctor's office or to pick up a prescription, I am letting you know I'm not giving out private medical information. So, if one of these stories sounds just like you, congratulations, you sum up the combination of a couple of patients that have made my life interesting.
4. ONLY MY OPINION. The opinions on this blog are just that; opinions. Any facts are purely coincidental.
UPDATE: I am now a single mom of a toddler and a baby. Find out more in the pages here. The stories are delish!