One of my best childhood memories is making my Dad's favorite pie, Lemon Meringue. My mother would take out her Sunbeam Mixmaster, don her apron, and guide me step-by-step through the long process of making a pie. It came naturally for her. But why wouldn't it? She had all the ingredients: a house, a husband, two kids, and a dog. To me, those were the ingredients needed to be a domesticated woman. And once you had those elements and that title, well then anything from sewing to baking to juggling an entire household would come easily, naturally.Read More
If there were never again to be another book written, another sonata, another screenplay, another sweet lyric... If no further advancement of televisions, computers, or iPhones were made... If all future ideas never came to fruition to enjoy, to detest, to discover, or to negate... the world would still have endless gifts to offer, to unearth, and to be grateful for.Read More
A Nurse's Touch
When one thinks of nursing they may envision a nurse sitting bedside with the ill, holding their hand, or hugging them. Commercials and medical tv shows strengthen this misconception by showing nurses barehanded caressing the hair or cupping the face of a patient they are bonding with. In reality, the majority of touching a nurse does is with some form of barrier between nurse and patient.Read More
The All-Seeing Nurse
"I've seen it all."
This is a statement I have heard countless times from nurses. They state it as fact, with pride, and at times with arrogance. I completely disagree with any nurse that makes this proclamation. There are so many diseases and possible traumas we have never heard of that we can't even comprehend the vastness of what we don't know. We have never seen Yellow Fever wipe out an entire city, like it did to Memphis in the 1800s. How many nurses have seen Chikungunya (Chik-un-what?)? Although Ebola is now a household word, only a handful of nurses have actually seen it in action.Read More