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21st Century Lesbian Trailer Trash

These are the mad musings of a middle aged woman, dyke, nurse, poet. I have a dog, a cat, a mobile home, and delusions of grandeur.

Location: California, United States

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Still Crazy After All These Years

Yes, we do have an A strain of the influenza in our little facility. I have been screamed at by a state surveyor who is on her last nerve, dealt with the public health department, mopped hysterical nurses up off the floor, and sent 5 residents to the hospital.

I have done battle with pharmacy personnel who cannot get the flu vaccine and amantadine out fast enough along with their regular runs. It came to light that while most of the residents received the flu vaccine by mid November, a significant percentage of our staff did not. Yesterday, the staff development director vaccinated 20 staff. Now we are out of vaccine.

This is a classic illustration of penny wise and pound foolish. The boss refuses to provide flu vaccine to the staff. She arranges a couple of trips to the Kaiser flu clinic and everyone else is on their own. Now that we have the flu in the building, I have had to order about one thousand dollars worth of extra gloves, hand gel, hand wipes, masks, disposable water pitchers, syringes, and over the counter cough and cold medications. Not to mention the amantadine for the staff and the overtime costs because of staff who are too ill to work.

Next month, when the epidemic is but a memory, she will yell at me for spending too much money. Such is the life of a long term care director.

Last night, the staff development director and I went to the Olive Garden to share a nice dinner and a glass of wine. God was good and someone left my new VCR on my doorstep. I watched the last 2 episodes of the L Word, season I. With any luck, season II will arrive by Christmas Eve. With even better luck, I will get at least 2 days undisturbed that weekend. I am supposed to have a 4 day weekend next week. But I will settle for 2.

I am on my way to the facility right now. One of my nurses could not stop vomiting and I have a new nurse alone in the large cottage.

Today my mantra is: This too shall pass.

Kinja, the weblog guide


Blogger ~ nellenelle said...

Geesh... I had my shu flot right in the office...

hope ya get the quality undisturbed time you seek!

5:40 PM PST  
Blogger Seabiscuit said...

Hugs Pam! I hope all your holiday wishes come true. You deserve that and much, much more.

6:43 PM PST  

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