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Feb. 16th, 2013

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Poem: A Psalm

A Psalm

Father I cannot count your numberless blessings;
I know not all the times you have rescued me
from my own foolish ways.
When I stood on the brink of the pit of destruction,
You caught my hand and pulled me from danger.
When I was injured and in pain, I cried for mercy,
And your loving fingers made my body hale.

Today again I cry out to you, my emotions bruised.
I cry out – but you do not listen.
Your ears are deaf to my pleas for mercy,
My sins keep my prayers from your presence.

Take away my sins and do not consider my faults.
Cleanse my soul with the blood of your Son.
Then, with nothing standing between, hear my plea
and answer my cry.
Deliver me from the enemy and his snares,
That I may dwell in peace with my Lord forever.


January 18, 1998
Bonnie J. (Askey) Weathers


O.k., so now y'all know my real name. I can't bring myself to use a pseudonym for my poetry. I started with this one because it's the earliest one that I have on my computer. I'm going to go in chronological order, for the most part, though I might on occasion throw in a brand new one.

Please comment on the poetry itself, in addition to the subject of the poem.
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Feb. 14th, 2013

CuriousCat

I am debating....

I recently started writing poetry again, and it has been suggested to me that I should use a blog to share my writings. I am debating about using LiveJournal for this. The one thing that bothers me about LJ, and having my posts be public so non-LJ users can see them, is that I get a lot of spam comments on my old posts. I suppose that no matter what blog I use there will probably be some spam. But I do wonder if some blogs have better protections against spam.

WordPress has been suggested to me; another friend uses BlogSpot... For all you LJ users who stick around, do you have any suggestions?
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Jun. 11th, 2009

FlorenceNightengale

Yesterday's interview

I interviewed at an intermediate school yesterday. It went really well. For starters, the principal said that she's never had to interview for a school nurse before, since she's only been at this school for 2 yrs., and the nurse who left was there for 5 or 6 yrs. So she didn't have any formal questions to ask me. Well, I do really well in informal interviews, so that was already a plus.

Second, she told me that the principal of the primary school where I had interviewed, had told her to interview me. Sounds like the principal of the primary school thought I would do better at the intermediate school. Recommendations never hurt!

At one point during the interview I briefly mentioned living in Mexico, but I guess they didn't pick up on that. Later I asked how many Spanish-speaking students they had, and they said very few; it was mostly the parents who didn't know English. But they had about 3 Spanish-speaking staff members, "in case you need help." "Oh, no, I'm fluent in Spanish!" I said. I like surprising people with that one. I immediately jump up several notches in their esteem. :D

Also, at one point we were discussing the background of the students, and how it's more than just the band-aid; it's having someone acknowledge the cut. I mentioned giving them a hug before sending them on their way. Later, when I asked what they were looking for in a school nurse, the principal said a compassionate nurse, and referred to my comment about giving hugs. Connection made.

As I was leaving, the principal walked me toward the door, and patted my shoulder like an old friend. She said she'd check my references, and let me know one way or the other by the end of the day on Fri. I know I was the first interview, but I believe I set the bar pretty high!

In other news, before the interview I'd started coughing pretty bad, and I was hoping I could avoid doing so during the interview. Praise God, I didn't cough until I left the building, and didn't lose my voice until I got home. I still don't have a voice; this cough is really irritating my vocal cords. I know it's allergy-related, so there's not much I can do. Warm tea, resting my voice as much as possible, cough drops... Pray I have a voice when I get the call from the principal!
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Jun. 8th, 2009

Clayton1Year

Summer Fun!

There's a waterpark about 45 min. away, and on Sat. Dave's karate school got a group rate & reserved a pavilion. About 120 people showed up, and since it was potluck, we got stuffed! Ate food, went down the tube slide & around the lazy river. Ate, re-applied sunscreen, went down the body slide (my cotton shorts slowed me down), went down the tube slide. Repeat, except I only went down the tube slide after that. Go me: I didn't get any sunburn at all!

In other news, not to go into too many details, I've been having some stomach cramping while answering nature's call. Sun. I spoke to the on-call nurse, and after asking many, many questions, she suggested it could be irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and recommended I see the Dr. within 2 wks. for an evaluation. Well, I managed to get in this morning, and while the Dr. agrees that it does sound like IBS, he's checking my thyroid just to be sure.

In the meantime, he started me on Celexa. That's right, an anti-depressant. It seems that the gut's nervous system (which is actually mostly separate from the rest of the nervous system) is low on serotonin in IBS, and SSRI's can fix (read: cure) the problem. If all goes well, I'll probably only have to take the med for a few months. Praise God!

On a slightly different topic, please pray for Clayton's eczema. We think it was sitting down in the grass that caused several new patches to appear on his legs, though he also has a new patch on one elbow. They're fading with hydrocortisone ointment and Aquaphor or petroleum jelly, and I'm very grateful that they don't itch. Still, please pray that they won't itch, and that it stays under control with minimal treatment. I've seen how bad it can get.

Thanks, friends, and make the choice to have a wonderful day!

Jun. 2nd, 2009

FlorenceNightengale

Job search & work update

I have an interview at an Intermediate School for next Wed., the 10th. I'm not as excited about this one, but I'm going to give it my best shot. I'm hoping Dave will be able to review some potential interview questions with me before then.

In the meantime, I'm working for the home health agency. Er, that is, trying to work. *sigh* O.k., so client R. is the little boy with a trach that I worked 3 weeks in a row W-F evenings. For last week, the weekend nurse took my shifts so she could have the weekend off. They should have asked me, but I let it slide since it was the first time. Now, however, it turns out his mom is moving him to another town. Still within range of the office, so they can send nurses out there. But too far for me.

My second client, H., is a girl with severe cerebral palsy. Yesterday I called the office to talk about shifts. Well, one staff member is scheduling for R., and another for H. So I was going back & forth between the two. They wanted me to work Fri. all day with H., and possibly Wed. & Thurs. w/ R. (before we found out he was moving). But H.'s weekday nurse had offered to switch shifts & work on Fri., letting me have Mon. or Tues. So I asked them to contact her & see if we could switch Fri. for today. They said they would, and then call me back.

Well, they never called me back, and I was busy enough that every time I thought about it, I was in the middle of something & couldn't call them. So this morning I call, and they say they already filled the Fri. shift with H., and R. is moving. *sigh* Well, there are other clients in town, and I'm going to at least orient with them. Tomorrow I orient with a child who is on a ventilator at home. I've worked with vents before, but it's been about 4 yrs. So orientation is going to be 4 hrs. instead of the usual 1. Also, the grandmother (who has custody) has previously trained a nurse on the ventilator, and would be willing to train me as well. This will do until I can take the vent training at the company's office, whenever they get it set up.

The idea for right now is to orient with several clients, so that when a nurse calls in sick, or wants to trade shifts, or maybe the nurse wants to leave a client, I can step in. I'm ready for a school nurse job...
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Hubby's entry

http://caduswadoh.livejournal.com/15941.html

Some of you might be interested. :)
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May. 30th, 2009

Smile!

Disappointing news

I got a card in the mail from the Primary School. It read, "This is to inform you that the nurse position has been filled. We do appreciate you coming to interview."

I must trust that God has a better position in store for me. The intermediate school will start interviewing this coming week, and I have already let them know I am interested. I'll call them on Tues. if they don't call me Mon. to set up an interview.

In the meantime, I'm doing home health. It is an emotionally challenging job, to care for children who, in many cases, will live short lives and never have much potential. Even sadder the family situations around the children. Some families are torn apart; some have neglected the handicapped children; all are in desperate need of Jesus...

As far as that goes, right now I am focusing on praying. On the few occasions where a family member brings up God in conversation, I will contribute. Otherwise, I'm keeping my mouth shut. Some nurses get so enmeshed with these families to an unhealthy level. I try to maintain a professional distance, while also praying and simply living Christ to them. May my actions speak loudly enough that I don't need words right now.
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May. 22nd, 2009

FlorenceNightengale

Interviewed today!

This morning I interviewed at a Primary School. They have Pre-K (age 4) and Kinder. They have around 500 students, and a waiting list! Just to give you perspective, at the elementary school I worked at a few years ago, they had Pre-K (age 3 & 4) through 5th grade, and around 500 students.

I think the interview went well. They said they would let all the applicants know by the end of next week. So all I can do now is rest in the knowledge that God loves me and has a wonderful plan for me, whatever that may be.

In other work news, my shift for this evening got canceled. There is drama going on with this client's family, and I'm trying very hard to stay out of it. My job is to take care of the client, and pray for the family. I'm not going to get sucked in.

Anyway, also, I already knew that I won't be working with this client next week. So today I again asked the office if they had any work for me for next week. Turns out there's a new client in town. So Tues. I'll call to set up orientation, and then I'll work 10 1/2 hrs. on Fri. They asked me to work Sat. also, but my mom is coming into town that day. At least I get some pay, and I can still most likely collect unemployment because my hours are so low.

I'm ready for a school nurse position...
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May. 15th, 2009

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This Thing Is From Me (cross-posting)

(Taken from Streams In The Desert; the Feb. 1 entry, written by Laura A. Barter Snow.)

My child, I have a message for you today; let me whisper it in your ear, that it may gild with glory any storm clouds which may arise, and smooth the rough places upon which you may have to tread. It is short, only five words, but let them sink into your inmost soul; use them as a pillow upon which to rest your weary head. This thing is from me.

Have you ever thought of it, that all that concerns you concerns Me too? For, "he that touches you, toucheth the apple of mine eye" (Zech. 2:8). You are very precious in My sight. (Isa. 43:4) Therefore, it is My special delight to educate you.

I would have you learn when temptations assail you, and the "enemy comes in like a flood," that this thing is from ME, that your weakness needs My might, and your safety lies in letting Me fight for you.

Are you in difficult circumstances, surrounded by people who do not understand you, who never consult your taste, who put you in the background? This thing is from Me. I am the God of circumstances. Thou camest not to thy place by accident, it is the very place God meant for thee. Have you not asked to be made humble? See then, I have placed you in the very school where this lesson is taught; your surroundings and companions are only working out My will.

Are you in money difficulties? Is it hard to make both ends meet? This thing is from Me, for I am your purse-bearer and would have you draw from and depend upon Me. My supplies are limitless (Phil. 4:19). I would have you prove my promises. Let it not be said of you, "In this thing ye did not believe the Lord your God" (Deut. 1:32).

Are you passing through a night of sorrow? This thing is from Me. I am the Man of Sorrows and acquainted with grief. I have let earthly comforters fail you, that by turning to Me you may obtain everlasting consolation (2 Thess. 2:16, 17). Have you longed to do some great work for Me and instead have been laid aside on a bed of pain and weakness? This thing is from Me. I could no tget your attention in your busy days and I want to teach you some of my deepest lessons. "they also serve who only stand and wait." Some of My greatest workers are those shut out from active service, that they may learn to wield the weapon of all-prayer.

This day I place in your hand this pot of holy oil. Make use of it free, my child. Let every circumstance that arises, every word that pains you, every interruption that would make you impatient, every revelation of your weakness be anointed with it. The sting will go as you learn to see Me in all things.
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May. 14th, 2009

FlorenceNightengale

Interview!

I have an interview scheduled for the 22nd with a Primary School (PK-K)! This school is close to home, and the age group is ideal for me.

Now, here are the specifics of the job I'm praying that I will find.
1. Elementary or primary - I do better with the little kids.
2. The principal is pro-nurse: doesn't try to undermine the nurse. For example, nurses are required to do screenings. The principal can discourage the teachers from cooperating with this. Also, nurses are required to send students home if their immunizations are up to date. The principal can countermand this, directly disobeying the law, so that the school has its numbers for attendance.
3. There is a nursing supervisor for the district, who can give nurses updates on immunization requirements, keep nurses on task with screenings, and generally be a go-to person for the nurse. I had this back when I was a school nurse before we moved, and I consider it invaluable.
4. A large nurse's office with at least one cot, with a privacy curtain; a nice bathroom (just large enough for wheelchair access), two sinks (one clean & one dirty), enough space for 8-10 chairs for children, and a window to the outside!
5. I also want a principal who can calmly tell an employee what was handled badly and how to improve, and who will never call out an employee in front of the children. (Principal: "Ms. Shadow, I need to see you in my office!" Kids: "Oooh, the nurse is in trouble!")
6. Computer charting (at least for immunization tracking).

Please agree with me in prayer that there is a school nurse position in the districts I'm looking at that has all these things!
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