Monday, June 26, 2017

The Best of Nursing...Volume 6 and 7...

Week six was another pretty tough week, as I had another code blue situation that did not end well.  No matter the age or illness of the person, it is never an easy situation to deal with.

Week seven was one of those weeks where I had a day leaving the hospital shaking my head.  One of my patients called 911 and threatened myself and others with an IV pole while she was freaking out saying that we were holding her in an Islamic prison.  Yeah.  The best part was during her freak out when she started playing an Usher song and swaying back and forth.  I could hardly hold it together.  Mental note:  need to work on poker face.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Italy and Switzerland...Day 1 & 2: Traveling and Lake Como...

Ken and I have returned from a wonderful two week trip in Europe.  We had such a great time and are both sad that it is over.

We flew from Kansas City to Chicago and then Chicago to Zurich on Swiss Air.


Ready for our 9 1/2 hour flight

Armed with red wine for the long haul

Surprisingly, Ken was able to get some sleep during the long flight.  I, however, did not sleep but maybe 15 minutes here and there.  I thought it was a pretty miserable flight.  I tried to pass the time by watching a few different movies and reading.  

We landed in Zurich and started the long process of getting to Lake Como.  You might be wondering why we did not fly into Milan instead of Zurich.  Well, a flight to Milan was an additional $300/person, quite the difference!

We had to options to get from Zurich to Lake Como.  Option one was to take the train from Zurich to Lugano, bus from Lugano to Menaggio, and then the ferry from Menaggio to Varenna, where we were staying.  Option two was to take the train from Zurich to Como city and then a ferry from Como to Varenna.  We opted for option since we wanted to see Como anyway and taking the ferry from Como allowed for a little more tour of the lake.  

Boarding our final train from Lugano to Como.  I thought it was funny that we ended up stopping in Lugano on the train anyway.

We arrived in Como and quickly asked where the ferry station was.  Well, we learned that you had to take a bus to city center and then get ferry tickets.  We also learned that you could only pay cash to get the tickets and there was no ATM at the train station and we had zero Euros.  Side note:  I have never been to a train station where there was not an ATM.  

So, off toward city center we went on foot.  We found an ATM on the way and then found the ferry and bought tickets for the ferry to Varenna.  We had a few hours to kill before boarding the hydrofoil boat (fast boat) to Varenna.  Things were starting to go downhill.  I was tired and hot.  So hot, that sweat was dripping between my boobs.  That is a definite deal breaker when I am wearing a normal bra.  I alerted Ken of the situation and he very quickly suggested we find a place to stop and order a bottle of wine while overlooking the lake.  Ladies and gentlemen, is my husband a genius or what???


My genius husband that saved the day and obviously knows his wife so well.


We enjoyed our wine and had a little pasta as a late lunch.  The shade had disappeared and we really did not need another boob sweating incident, so we ventured over to another outdoor seating area for an appretif, that the Italians are so famous for.

Our delicious appretif drinks.  The best way I can describe it is kind of similar to a sangria made with grenadine.

Enjoying my first ever appretif.

We finished our drinks and made our way to the pier to catch the ferry to Varenna.  

Darling restaurant near the pier.

Lake Como scenery

Ready to board the ferry

Varenna here we come!  

The ferry ride on the hydrofoil from Como to Varenna took about an hour.  It was a beautiful ride with villages and villas dotting the lake.  

Lezzeno 


Cruising past Bellagio

We had a great time on the ferry watching the scenery go by, but we were very excited to arrive in Varenna.

Varenna

Of all the villages around Lake Como, I think Varenna is the prettiest.



We got off the ferry and looked at the map to find our hotel, Albergo Del Sole.  Del Sole is located in the city center, so we set off through the windy streets to find it.  I have to be honest, I knew Bellagio had windy streets, but I had no idea the same treat awaited us in Varenna.

Walking the windy streets of Varenna to get to our hotel.

We checked into our hotel and left to explore Varenna.  We found a darling little spot overlooking the lake and stopped for drinks.  


The view from our room


Some beautiful scenery along the way.

One thing that we learned about Italy is that when you order alcoholic drinks, you are served snacks with your drinks.  This can very from potato chips to more elaborate things such as bruschetta and meat and cheese.  Talk about a great perk!  By the end of our time in Italy, I am pretty sure we consumed the equivalent of two family size bags of Lays potato chips...each.


We had the perfect view for our very first Italian sunset.

After enjoying our drinks and snacks, we went back to our hotel for pizza.  It was some pretty amazing pizza.  

We wrapped up our first full day pretty tired after traveling, but very much looking forward to the next day.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Best of Nursing...Volume 5...

Unfortunately, I had another sad week.  I had a patient pass away, but fortunately his family had made the difficult decision to let him pass away peacefully.  No matter the age or the illness, it is still a sad situation.

The best funny moment was when a patient told me that he did not understand how women with big butts go to the bathroom.  I nearly peed my pants.  He kept calling me baby doll and told me he loved me.  I guess this is the one case where being in your 80's pays off.  Who am I to yell at an 80 year old for loving me?


Monday, May 29, 2017

Anniversary Celebration...

This year for our anniversary dinner, we went to a local Kansas City favorite, The Rieger.  We were lucky enough to get to sit at the chefs' table and watch the chefs at work.  It was a really fun experience. We both love the Rieger and both had delicious meals.  Ken is still talking about the Kansas City strip that he had, it was THAT good.

I was in love with my dessert that I had.  It was the frozen souffle and it was amazing.

My amazing dessert

After dinner, we went down to Manifesto for a few cocktails.  This has to be one of my favorite places to enjoy a drink.  It is lit up by candlelight and I just love the entire experience.

Taking selfies in the dark and I was telling Ken to keep his eyes open!


Such an amazing night celebrating our anniversary!

Thank you Ken for taking me out and spoiling me!  I appreciate you making all of the arrangements so I did not have to do a thing.  Here's to another 8 years or so!!


Friday, May 26, 2017

8 years...

Today is our 8 year wedding anniversary.  Eight years!  How did that happen so quickly?  I am not going to pretty like everything is perfect all of the time, because that would be false.  I am going to say that I am so lucky that I am married to the perfect person for me.  

Ken makes me laugh, takes care of me, and is a wonderful husband.  I am so fortunate that he is mine.  

Happy Anniversary Ken!  I cannot wait to celebrate with you tonight and on vacation.

May 26, 2009 - Negril Jamaica 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Life Lately...

It seems like we have been spending most of our time lately either working or resting.  We are both getting pretty excited about Summer getting here and vacation to follow!

Raining days call for soup and sandwiches.

Someone started digging in the backyard.  She had not done this since she was one.  She is pretty difficult to get mad at.

That face.  Despite her look, she did not get into trouble.

We had a beautiful morning at March for Babies!

I volunteered for the 9th year in a row.

I was happy to get to spend some time with this guy since we had both been busy with work.  Working three 12 hour shifts in a row does not allow for a lot of time together.

I finished my run and found these two waiting on me.

 I love evening snuggles with my girl.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Best of Nursing...Volume 4...

This was a pretty tough week.  I had my first code blue situation, which ended up resulting in the patient passing away the next day.  I had been part of code blues before, but this was the first time it had happened to one of my patients.  It was pretty tough to handle, especially since I had gotten to know him and his family.

Since I am all about trying to find the best in most things I would have to say the best part of the week was the wonderful compliment that I received from the patient's daughter that I had gotten to know.  She told me that she was so grateful that her dad had me as his nurse for his final days and that I was the best nurse she had ever met.  Given her grief and the horrible situation she was experiencing, I took this as the best compliment I could ever possibly receive.  I deal with many horrible people that sometimes make me question the human population, but people with this much kindness restore my faith in humanity.

That was the best moment of the week, despite the loss.