Greetings and Salutations!

If you managed to find this post, then I likely got this blog off the ground. Probably. If I didn’t, well. Welcome anyway.

Who am I? And what is this all about? If you’re already here then you might as well know. Here goes – and in the process you’ll probably learn a few things that most people probably don’t know about me. BANZAI!

 

  1. I am an introvert. MBTI tests me out as an INTJ. In other words, I have all kinds of ideas and plans and schemes that don’t make it any farther than the inside of my head for the simple fact that my mouth won’t cooperate to communicate them. And I collect information like a packrat. Welcome to my infodump. I’ll probably talk more here than I do on any given week.
  2. I am a RN. Most people that are even slightly acquainted with me know this already, as it is such an integral part of my life. I work the night shift on a Stepdown Unit, and I don’t bother to flip between nights and days on my days off. It’s too hard on my system to do that for long. As of now, I’ve been licensed for 1 year and 4 months, so I’m still just a baby!  Before you even ask, NO I will not give advice, diagnose or even attempt to prescribe. GO SEE YOUR DOCTOR! Anything you see around here related to medical will be my personal experience only, and is not meant to diagnose or treat anything!
  3. I am an avid cross stitcher, crocheter, knitter, and all around fiber hobbyist.I absolutely LOVE creating things and watching a picture unfold in the process is one of the best perks. You’ll likely be seeing the progress and end results of my latest bouts of inventive insanity.
  4. I own a hedgie. I find it hilarious that when I tell people that I have a hedgehog, they mistake me to mean that I own a pet of some sort that I call Hedgehog. Nope. He’s a squishy double handful of spikes and sass with a wet, wiggly nose and enough curiosity for 10 cats.
  5. I love to cook. And I love to experiment as I cook. There are two problems with that. The first is there is only myself and my housemate to feed. She eats like a bird, and when I’m working (or caught up in one of my hobbies) I forget to eat. This problem is compounded by the fact that I tend to make enough for an army at a time – residual habit from growing up with three brothers with bottomless stomachs. Second, I rarely write my concoctions down as I’m in the process of making them, and it is annoyingly hard to remember just what was added when you’re in the process of, say, using up all the veggies in the fridge before they start taking on life of their own. One of these days I’ll learn.
  6. I write, occasionally. This was something I did more in High School, when I still had free time I didn’t know what to do with. I still do once in a while, but at this point in time I lack enough motivation to do more than a bit of a short story at a time. Too many other things vying for my attention, what hey?
  7. I draw, slightly more than I write. The damper was put on that while I was in Nursing School, and I never recovered from that. Now and then I’ll pick up a pencil and doodle something, but it hasn’t been quite the same.
  8. I read like my life depends on it. Books were the first and best friends I ever had – see introvert – and they feed my craving for knowledge. I have a deep and abiding fondness for fantasy, sci-fi and the classics but given the time I will read just about anything I can get my hands on. All time favorite author? Karen Hancock.
  9. I have seborrheic dermatitis from the nape of my neck to the end of my sternum. I’ve had it since shortly after I hit puberty.  With over a decade of experience of what does and does NOT work, I finally got it under control. I will happily share these secrets with you, once I have all of my information compiled.
  10. I am a Christian. Christian as in Follower of Christ. My life is His – everything I do reflects that in one way or another. I believe the Bible as written, full stop. Likely, I will end up posting a few things about why I do what I do, especially the ones I get a lot of questions about from my coworkers, patients, and random strangers on the street. I expect I’ll also step on some toes in the process.

 

SO! That’s me in about 3,000 words. And….a very large block of text. Congrats on making it through!

Ciao!

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I prefer to speak without talking; writing is perfect.
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3 Responses to Greetings and Salutations!

  1. I’m also an INTJ and an RN! I can definitely relate to not wanting to rotate shifts. I did it for 18 months in the SICU and I nearly went insane from insomnia. I now work in a private practice doing telephone triage….the 8 hour day shifts are definitely easier on the system. Do you ever find yourself tired from the socializing nursing involves? I’ve been contemplating a change of careers to one more introvert friendly and was just curious what your feelings on nursing are.

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    • I do sometimes wish for a shorter shift, or a day shift, but right now nights suit me down to the ground. There’s less socializing, but still enough that in three days I can fill my quota for the week and spend my nights off happily holed up in my apartment. It does get wearing, especially when I have a particularly needy or talkative patient. Or if its one of Those Nights where every time I turn around I’m calling the hospitalist AGAIN. By the end of a shift, I’m ready for the long, quiet drive home.

      I did work in a more introvert friendly occupation for about 6 years before I got into the medical field. As much as I loved it, the ‘Fixing Things’ part of me was not satisfied. Nursing helps scratch that itch to improve life and outcomes for someone else. Give me another year or five and that may all change. 🙂

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      • Glad you are enjoying it! I’m in the middle of year 4. I guess I’m also a restless soul and like to change things up every few years. I have to agree with you that night shifts are the best.

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