I discovered a quick and efficient way to lose all of my ‘holiday weight gain’

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The week of Christmas I randomly weighed myself. I was curious about my weight, because I threw caution to the wind this past holiday season and ate any and every sweet treat that crossed my path.

I was the heaviest I’ve  been in a long time.

I finished my 15th worked shift over the past 18 days. We drove home to visit the family, and I  enjoyed my Christmas holiday with my family

We visited with both sides of our family, stayed overnight then headed back home. Arrived home, did some cleaning up and I headed to the gym to workout and work off all that darn crap.

I had only made it to the gym once in over a week due to my last stretch of shifts. I had worked 9 straight, so I was achy sore from work, from traveling and needed to move.

As per my usual, I decided to push the limits a bit. Did some sound barbell work and then did some tough mid-line ‘abs’ work. By the time I was done, my gut was feelin’.. a bit blegh.

I chalked it up to being away from training.

I made it home and that blegh feeling got progressively worse. By the time I was home, I was flat out nauseated. It took everything in me not to hurl. Within the first 30 minutes of getting home that Friday night I was in the bathroom. And I stayed in the bathroom for hours. In fact I spent more time in the bathroom that night than I did my bed.

Over the next 36 hrs (from what I’m told) I laid on the couch shuffling from sitting up to lying and sleeping. I would awaken long enough to crawl to the bathroom and come back out to the couch.

I don’t remember Saturday after Christmas at all.

It took me all the w2014-12-29 07.52.07ay until Tuesday of this week to feel… uhhmm.. ?normal? Tuesday was the first day I did more than shower. I didn’t brush my teeth for days.

 

I found out at the end of my weekend, that my lil’ nephew and niece were sick on Christmas morning and they had so very kindly passed on their germs to me and half my family.

I weighed myself yesterday. I lost seven pounds since the days before Christmas.

 

This has been my hangout for the past 72 hours… Gotta love the flu. Finally up and moving today.

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So much for that holiday weight gain.

 

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A very Merry Christmas to everyone

 

screenshotMerry Christmas from our home to yours. Thank you all for being a part of my world. Over at Scrubs Magazine and ScrubsBeat we wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Holidays.

As you can see… even my beautiful wife makes a cameo!!!

Thank you to all of those working a shift today!

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Nurses: Improve your argument

When someone is screaming at you because of their anger, make sure you don’t let your anger jump in. Raising your voice doesn’t make you ‘more’ right. Raising your voice doesn’t solve problems. Raising your voice simply raises the level of your vital signs.

Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.

The next time you have a volatile patient, family member, provider, colleague or complete stranger raise their voice… be sure you don’t raise yours. Work smarter, not harder.

Image source: Pin by Marwa Ismail on Quotes & Wise Words | Pinterest.

Once you become a nurse, TV is ruined forever

Sitting in front of the boob tube tonight watching one of my DVR’d shows I realized that TV was officially ruined for me once I entered the nursing profession.

Every. Single. Time. Something medical-related surfaces in the plot of whatever TV show I’m watching, I automatically pick it to pieces for it’s lack of ‘reality’ and validity.

As if that would happen“.. is muttered in my household quite often (since I’m married to a nurse).

It’s actually turned into quite the game for my wife and I. Who will break their silence first? Who will blurt out the ‘AS IF’ response to whatever is happening on the television first?

*sigh*

Darn nursing.

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Pleasantly confused?

😫😯 Had a long night at work glad it's over. 😊 #work #nightshifts #nursingproblems

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There is the confused patient.

….

Then, there is the pleasantly confused patient.

As a nurse, these two patient’s make for two VERY different days on shift.

‘Nuff said.

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Nurses: Changing your first ostomy bag

You want me to do what?

They did what do someone’s colon?

A what? A stoma? I don’t know what that is, but it doesn’t sound good.

I remember looking at the appliance thinking to myself… ‘that does not look right’. I mean there was an orifice where there shouldn’t be one! (my apologies to all the brave folks out there who live with an ostomy, forgive me. I was very naive)

I started at the stoma within the appliance. Then I stared at the stoma and the bag….

THE BAG…..

Wait a minute… why does that bag look like it’s going to explode? Isn’t there you-know-what in that bag? And you want me to disconnect that thing?!

ON PURPOSE?!

And that smell!? Oh man, oh man, oh man.

I was just like everyone else. I remember the hot mess I made trying to change my first ostomy bag. Wow. It wasn’t pretty. In fact… If memory serves me right… I had to ‘change’ the bag three times before I stopped making a bigger mess than the time before.

I mean …. Stool. Was. Everywhere. I lost count on how many times I apologized to that patient. This is one of those skills they do NOT teach you in nursing school.

The best piece of advice I can give every nurse out there… is to pin down your in-house wound care nurse and have them show you the ropes. They have magic hands, they really do.

As for the throwing up part… (see pic above)

You might wanna master the art of the mouth breathe….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFt3SdKzreE

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My blog name: My Strong Medicine

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I’ve been blogging for…uhh… wow. I’ve been blogging for ~10 years. Officially have been blogging with a separate ‘dedicated’ blog for 8 of them and spent about a year-plus-or-so blogging on the old Yahoo 360 social network (which, in my humble opinion, is where the Facebook juggernaut got their inspiration and ideas) as well as tinkering with good ole’ Blogger (back when it was one a handful of blogging platforms) dating back to 2004-2005 era.

When I first created my blog ‘space’ back then I had intended to blog about health/wellness/fitness. In fact I did that for approx 18months (or so) under a different  blog name : 2bestrong.  I’m not quite sure why I chose that name.  Way back then I wanted to promote all-things health with the mental toughness to go along with it. Even back then I was all about mental ‘strength’.

As a new blogger I realized quickly how many fitness blogs were out there.. but not many nursing blogs. I wanted to find my niche’, but I wanted to keep blogging about my original topics. I thought, why not do both? I’ll blog about all-things health AND I’ll blog about all-things nursing. More specifically my journey as a nurse, and of course me being a MALE nurse (even back then I hated that connotation).

My topics of interest were all about the physical toughness, mental strength, metaphysical fortitude and of course my love for all-things nursing.

I’m pretty sure I took weeks, heck months to figure a name that was unique, had a ring to it, and of course had some good metadata draw for my blog’s SEO! (bet you didn’t think I knew or cared about SEO, did ya?!)

I wanted and loved the work ‘Strong’, but I just couldn’t find the ‘hook’ that I wanted for my blog. I started using domain name generator websites that would take keywords and mash them up into a ‘name’ for your website/blog. After A LOT of wasted hours I stumbled upon the phrase ‘Strong Medicine’. Ironically there was a TV show named ‘Strong Medicine’ that literally had just ended around the time I was creating this blog – not that the TV show has any application or relationship to my blog – just a fun fact for ya.

Needless to say, Strong Medicine, the domain name was taken (back then).

*sidebar – just did a quick Google search and that particular domain is no longer active. Weird?

But a little trick that many websites were utilizing back then (and still do to this day) was to ‘personalize’ your website’s name by adding ‘my’ to the front of the name.

Presto-chango… and POOF…

MY STRONG MEDICINE was born, circa 2008.

I liked it because the name could apply and be an umbrella to all the above words, terms and intentions of my blog: physical toughness, mental strength, metaphysical fortitude and of course my love for all-things nursing.

The only stretch of the imagination is the play on words between my world of nursing and the term medicine. Ehh, splitting hairs if you ask me. Medicine is nursing and nursing is medicine. But my life is more than nursing, and the term medicine can encapsulate so much about my life:

-medication, medicament, drug, prescription, pharmaceutical, dose, treatment, remedy, cure; nostrum, panacea, cure-all; informal meds; archaic physic.

-the science or practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease (in technical use often taken to exclude surgery).

-a compound or preparation used for the treatment or prevention of disease

-a spell, charm, or fetish believed to have healing, protective, or other power:

Six years later, and I’m still pretty happy with the name.

 

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