Friday, August 22, 2008
So I am not a really religous person. But something was said last night that surprisingly bothered me. A patient stopped me as I was walking through the hallway and commented on how fast I've grown (she was there 3 months ago and I was 'tiny'. Is it a sad commentary on how ofter she is there or how often I am there that she remembers me?). Anyway, she asked if I had a name for the baby yet, and when I said that I hadn't decided yet, she said "oh that means she has no soul yet".
Wait what? I've never really thought of my baby having, or not having a soul and I am not sure that I even think about souls at all in my normal day to day life..... but the thought that my baby doesn't have one... it really bothered me. Why? No clue. But it did.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Another observation- not against NBC this time- watch the people who win gold medals when they play the national anthem. EVERY nation that wins you will see the athlete singing the national anthem EXCEPT the USA. What does THAT tell you?
It's official- I'm an Australian. Ok sure- most of you knew that already but NBC has confirmed it in my own heart. It's time for the olympics and as people tune in to watch Michael Phelps win his 11th (or was it 12th?) gold, I'm searching and cheering for the Australian (like the Australian swimmer who stole back his world record about 10 mins after it had been broken). Tonight NBC's coverage of syncranized diving REALLY ticked me off. Correct that- REALLY REALLY REALLY ticked me off. In fact, I think it made me ashamed to be an American. The showed the Americans diving, the Chinese (who won), the Russians (because they were good) and a couple of dives by the Canadians. And that's it. The didn't show the Australians, or the Ukranians (until the last dive becasue they won the bronze), or any of the other 8 teams. You know NBC- the world doesn't revolve around the Americans. Sure- show events the US are in, but also show the teams they are competing against
Thursday, August 07, 2008
I am not a smoker. I just wanted that out there before I start. I fully support non smoking indoors. I have nothing against smokers, I just don't want to smell it. As of Jan 1st 2007 all of the hospitals in my area (I am not sure if it was all of New York or just all of the Capital Region) banned smoking on hospital grounds. In theory- GREAT idea. You can't smoke [I]anywhere[/I] on the grounds- not the parking lot, or the lawn or anything. You have to cross the street. Like I said- in theory great idea (Hell sick people want to get sun too an shouldn't exposed to second hand smoke).
In practice, this is the worst thing that hospitals have EVER done. EVER. Before this went into effect my hospital had a smoking shelter out the back. That's where people went. It was out of the way, and no one who didn't want to smell smoke had to go there. NOW... people congregate on the sidwalk in front on the hospital. I'm 7 months pregnant and I cannot walk from my car to my place of employment without passing half a dozen smokers. And the litter! The paths are COVERED in butts. It's not just my hospital, when you drive by St Peters down the street the entire sidewalk in front of the hospital is full of people smoking.
At least before everyone who smoked was in this small area, now they can spread out wherever they want. So no matter which direction I walk, I have to smell it- and breathe it. Give the smokers back their shelter I say- and get them off my sidewalk.
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