Sep 28 2010


Orders. We get them everyday + we are expected to comply. We give them + we expect others to comply as well. We get them in the office from that grumpy ol’ boss, we give them to our family members, law enforcement + the rules of the road give us even more orders to follow, we get them from our doctors, in some cases + days, we even are that grumpy ol’ boss who expects everyone to comply with their orders no matter how ludicrous they may sound. Today in clinical orientation we chatted about patient advocacy, health literacy + how the two play a huge role in a patients compliance throughout a physician’s treatment plan. Now, I’ll be the first to tell you that orders are 99.9% not fun to follow, but having worked in the field + having been a patient, I also can tell you that they are quite crucial to follow. Statistics show that approximately 80% of the information that a physician gives to a patient is not retained within 20 minutes of leaving their office. Depressing isn’t it? What’s even more depressing is all the “yep’s”, “nope’s”, “uhuh’s”+ “totally’s” we receive in health care, when we ask “do yo have any questions?” Easy right? Embarrassing? Sometimes. Ok, most of the time. But we seriously, as medical staff get so caught up in our treatment plans that we don’t take time to be positive that the “orders” were even understood.

So what does any of this have to do with being compliant? Well, everything. If you can’t understand, or you don’t remember how on earth are you going to be able to advocate for your own care, or be able to comply with the prescribed treatment plan?

When I saw this video, I was drawn back. Ok, I giggled alot {ALOT alot}. But then, I started researching about mis-informed non-compliance. And I found out alot of other crazy, doubled over, rolling on the floor hilarious incidents. Oh, man did I. OK, so the point of my crazy ramble. Medical staff, please do your best to inform your patients, explain procedures, be sure they understand,+ make sure questions are answered.

*le sigh* {cackle}

Sep 9 2010

Ethiopia. In the year 2003

I always thought that by my mid-twenties I would have outdone my mother in world travel. Well, I was wrong. This morning my mother boarded a flight for Ethiopia, and into a time warp. In 21 hours she will be arriving on New Years Day of 2003. Its flabbergasting isn’t? Seven years + 9 1/2 months in the behind the majority of the world?

So, with keen interest I googled + wiki’d the subject + here is what I found.  The Coptic calendar, which in turn derives from the Egyptian calendar, adds a leap day every four years without exception, and begins the year on August 29 or August 30 in the Julian calendar. A seven- to eight-year gap between the Ethiopian and Gregorian calendars results from alternate calculations in determining the date of the Annunciation of Jesus. The difference between the Ethiopic and Coptic is 276 years. In spite of this, the Ethiopic Calendar is closely associated with the rules and the different calculations influenced by the Coptic Church and the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church.

I used to have this large list of all of the place that I want to visit throughout my time here on this blessed planet. But, Well, time has changed me – and really – don’t care where I go, I just want to go. I want to explore, to fill a passport or two, and just be free, to see a need + fill it. To go anywhere _ everywhere I can. Im due time I am sure, but man, my heart is aching for that next stamp…

Is your mind still trying to unravel the whole 7 year time change? Yeah, I am still confused too. Hope you all have had an equally mind boggling day!

Sep 7 2010

we might need this.

OMG. For all of you fellow xkcd comics readers – you’ll LOVE this.

Sep 7 2010

a day late.

It may be the day after labour day… but, I had to share these little humors with you. I hope you all had a grand vacation holiday + spent it with those you love <3 - Thanks to the catastrophic greenhouse effect, Labor Day no longer signifies the end of summer - Happy Labor Day to someone who barely labored this year - Here's to hopefully still having jobs when we return from Labor Day weekend - Labor Day is a fitting tribute to the contributions of American workers in industries other than those that recently destroyed America

Sep 6 2010

checking in.

Sorry to disappoint, in lieu of an actual blog post – I will leave you with a photo of my friend Kristyn’s crazy adorable baby boy/Richard Simmons impersonator. America, watch out for this little kickboxer to be coming to your television screens some day in the near future.

I am still around, I promise. I am not taking a sabbatical, a hiatus, a vacation (although it would be very nice…). I am still here, mending the inner workings of this site – and pondering the ideas + meanings of what it has been, and what it will become. I am currently insanely (wait, haven’t I always been?) busy with work, wedding planning, photo editing, enjoying the summer+ the company of dear friends, …………. and attempting to complete the 25 blog post drafts + 37 ideas that are currently on the backburner. I promise, I will be back soon.

Grace + Peace