Wednesday, April 18, 2007


I feel like I should post something new and bump my latest "confession" down a notch. I have to share with you that it took many, many hours and a few glasses of wine to draft the last post. If I was ever to write a book, I'd have to take a sabbatical to get it done (which doesn't sound like a half bad idea right about now!) Thanks for all your comments ... they are much appreciated.

Anyway, not much going on. All is quiet, all is well. We have Kristi all this week which makes life so much less stressful. We have a new nurse who oriented last week and will orient again on Friday and then work one day a week starting next week. She doesn't have any vent experience, but ... not to worry. As long as she knows how to keep the trach clear of secretions and use an ambu-bag - we'll be fine. It's been my experience that the nurses who come in "fresh" actually end up working out better because they don't have preconceived ideas of how things should be done. They get to learn how to do things "Jack's way". Fortunately, Jack is healthy and doing well, so it's a good time to find another nurse to bring on board. We wish Kristi would just move in with us, but she does have a family of her own (darnit!)

I'll try and update with something of substance - but not too "deep", soon.

*In case anyone is worried ... I should add that the new nurse will be trained on the vent and I'm sure she'll pick it up quickly -- it's not rocket science.


kristy said...

Thanks for the update! I agree about the new nurses. One of our best is now "Nathan trained," and she sure is a hard worker! I hope to see your pictures soon and to hear that your week has been uneventful!

julie worthington said...

Glad to hear all is well with you. enjoy your wine - I'll raise a glass to you tonight.

Love Juliexxx

Melisande said...

No apology needed Ann. You are fantastic!!


Anonymous said...

I found your blog through Kristi's and have been reading for the last month or so. I'm happy to hear you will be getting a new nurse soon! I was wondering ... have you ever blogged or written about your journey with Hilary before? I am a Deaf Education teacher and work with some families of newly diagnosed children. I thought it might be cool to share another parent's journey. It's hard as an educator to share all of the ups and downs as we have not all lived them ourselves.

I hope you have a restful weekend,

Anonymous said...

Good luck with your new nurse.
We love reading your blog Ann. Keep going.