Monthly Archives: July 2009

Is It That Time Already?

I look forward to seeing this commercial every year . . .

I don’t have to buy school supplies anymore but I sure can relate to the dad in this commercial.  The first time I saw it, I thought it was hilarious.  I love when the dad zips by on the cart with his leg up in the air . . . and then the kids are so sad behind him! 

Even though I love this commerical, I’m sad to see it come on the air.  Because it means that summer is almost over!

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Sunday Night

Long weekend.  Busy with all kinds of stuff.
 
MIL was hospitalized earlier this week.  Nothing serious.  Just a bout of congestive heart failure.  Needed to adjust meds and get some of the water off her lungs.  She’s fine . . . for her . . . and back home safe and sound.  Being watched over by me and Hubby and her little dog.  The situation is getting more and more "hands on" for us as the summer progresses.  
 
My Dad celebrated his 80th birthday this weekend.  We had a big family party for him today.  All the family was there.  My Aunts.  My Cousins.  Neighbors from years ago when Mom and Dad first moved into The Little House Where I Grew Up.  Even one of the guys Dad worked with for years and years and years.  Lil Bro made a very nice speech about Dad.  Hubby played DJ and played all his favorite music. 
 
It’s been an interesting weekend to say the least. 

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Moving at Light Speed

It’s been one of those weeks.  I can’t believe it’s Thursday.  Heck, I can’t believe that it’s the 23rd of July.  It really is true that the older you get the faster life zipps by.
 
The least stressful part of my day was being stuck in traffic.  There was a rather large funeral moving through town this afternoon while I was running errands for work.  It was a sad procession to watch because the funeral was for the owner of one of the large towing companies here in Smalltown.  There were tow trucks from all over the state.  Gave me some time to just "be" . . .
 
Trials and tribulations of dealing with MIL’s illnesses.  No matter how much I think I know about her various conditons, there’s always something new o learn.  I just pray that this is all knowledge that I’ll never have to use again.  See, if I have to use this knowledge again in the future, it means that someone I love is really very sick. It’s nothing serious, she just had some things that needed to be checked out.  She’s fine (for her) now. 
 
Did I tell you that I missed the entire "Today Throws A Wedding" thing this year.  Didn’t even have a clue it was that time of year again. 
 
Missed the premiere of "Hell’s Kitchen".  Didn’t the season just end?  How is it possible that it’s time for that again. 
 
Am hooked on Big Brother.  Totally love the high school clique concept.  
 
I hope things calm down soon.  At this rate, I’m sure I’m going to crash soon.  (Figuratively not Literally)

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Why Can’t I Say This Out Loud?

I’m having one of those weeks. . . actually, it’s a carry over from last week.  On the outside I smile sweetly and remain professional.  But on the inside I want to smack someone up side their head and ask "What are you thinking?" in my best Dr. Phil impression . . . or rather I’d like to actually say out loud the thoughts that are stuck in my head . . .
 
I’m not your baby, your honey, your sweetie.  I’m not a doll or a dear.  My name is Pam.  I’m a secretary.  What you think is me being sweet and thoughtful is just me doing my job.  It’s my responsibility to make sure you get the best care possible.  I do the same thing for all of my patients.  Making your story more heartbreaking doesn’t get faster results.    
 
I’ll admit that I fell for the heartbreaking stories.  I wear my heart on my sleeve and I’m a tenderheart.  I’m also very naive.  But I’m a fast learner.  I realize that sometimes things happen that we have no control over.  But please . . . your car broke down, you got into a fight with your roommate and she burned all your clothes on the front lawn, your grandma had a stroke and is in the hospital, your cat ran away, and your prescription got stolen all in the same day.  Seriously?  Seriously.  If it’s a true story, then man your life sucks.  Yes, that’s a real story that I heard from a real patient. Not one bit of it was true. 
 
I’m the executive secretary to the medical director.  Yes, that is a impressive title and an interesting job.  But no matter how hard I try, I can’t tell the docs what to do.  All I can do is make sure they have the information they need to make a decision.  Trust me, you don’t want me making medical decisions.  I don’t have a magic wand to switch a "no" to a "yes".  If they say "no" then there’s usually a pretty good reason why.  You need to ask the doc about the reason.  Arguing with me for 20 minutes isn’t going to change the answer . . . and isn’t going to win me over to your side. 
  
Why, why, why do my patients insist on calling me when they have taken their last pill and then get mad at me when I can’t get a new script approved within an hour?  Or worse, they’ve been out of meds for two or three days and can’t understand why I can’t just call the pharmacy to get them a refill.  The phrase "But I’m out of my meds.  What am I supposed to do?"  Uh, try calling before the bottle is empty!
 
It never fails that the little kids in the neighborhood want to pet Rocky and Luci when we’re out walking.  They’ll always ask "Does your dog bite?"  and then "Can I pet your dog?"  If I let the little kids pet the dogs, the kids will get freaked out when the dogs walk up to them wiggling and happy to be spending time with little people.  That’s usually when the moms give me evil looks for letting my dogs get near their kids.  But if I don’t let the kids pet the dogs, the kids look at me like I’m a big meany, the dogs don’t understand why they can’t play with the little kids, and the moms give me evil looks for upsetting their kids.  It a battle that I’ll never win. 
 
If you can wander around the big box store for an hour loading up your cart with all kinds of things, why in world can’t you walk 5 feet to take the cart back to the cart corral?  Don’t just leave it wherever you want!  Other people will want to park in that space.  Yes, I know that people get paid to round up the carts, but you don’t have to make the job any harder than it already is.
 
Except for being a patient in a hospital, there is never, ever, ever a good reason why a grown woman should wear a nightgown out in public.  Okay, you’re right, your customers don’t see when you deliver papers but your co-workers do.  Please don’t ever wear your nightgown in public again. 
 
Thank you for your patience.  I feel so much better now!

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You Just Know

. . . It’s going to be one of those days when the first phone call of the day is a patient that has either lost his prescription or it’s been stolen.  And he just got it filled on Friday.  Do you have any idea the paperwork and follow-up detail involved in that kind of phone call.  Let’s just say that the first words out of my mouth this morning weren’t very pleasant.  
 
. . . You’re really old when you recognize a very bad cover of a Fleetwood Mac song (Go Your Own Way) playing on the Muzak in the office.  Again, a good reason for me to keep my door closed and my radio on.
 
. . . Time doesn’t stand still when I looked at Luci and Rocky today and noticed that Rocky is just a smidge taller than Luci.  Rocky celebrated his 8 month birthday over the weekend.  
 
. . . It’s going to be a long night when the dogs are clinging to you because of a thunderstorm that’s a’brewin.  Made me nervous enough to check the local weather report.  Something creepy about a greenish-gray sky  . . .
 
So how’s life in your neck of the woods . . .
 
 

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Monday, Monday

 
It’s been one of those days.
 
The dog mobile had to go back to the garage.  The alternator that we put on TWO WEEKS AGO was defective.  Good news – it was replaced with a brand new part at no cost.  Bad news – we had to pay for the labor to have the part put on.  I don’t have any argument with the guy that did the work two weeks ago.  He did a good job.  It was the part that was poo.  Don’t ever let anyone tell you that a remanufactured auto part is as good as a new one.  Since the alternator didn’t last two weeks, and it was the second alternator we had to replace in 18 months, I think the auto parts store where we bought the part should at least offer to pay for the labor to get the faulty part replaced.  But nope that didn’t happen. 
 
Lots of interaction with patients today.  They call and say they need to talk to the doc ASAP as in Life or Death Emergency.  Then don’t answer the phone because they didn’t recognize the phone number on the Caller ID.  Then get snotty with you when they call back and you’re not able to talk to them because you’re on another line with another patient who needs meds. 
 
After the Dog Mobile was fixed, Hubby stopped by my work to switch vehicles.  He asked the girls at the front desk to page me and then tell me that he was there and it was an emergency.  All sorts of things went through my mind . . . something happened to MIL.  Something happened to my folks.  Something happened to Jr., Princess, or any one of the kids.  No, it wasn’t anything like that.  He couldn’t find his truck in the parking lot.  Oh. Dear. Heavens.  I.  Was.  Not.  Amused.
 
The highlight of my day is watching Y&R during lunch.  After the morning I had, I was really looking forward to it.  Got home in time.  Settled in front of the TV with my lunch.  Puppies and Hubby watch with me.  Ten minutes into the show – just when it’s getting good – the signal goes out.  WWWHHHAAAATTT!!!!  The local CBS station is doing some work on their antenna and lost the signal.  All I can say is thank heavens for SoapNet!
 
Started a diet late last week.  Doing weight watchers.  Hopefully it will work.  Remember the 20 lbs. I lost after my surgery?  Yes, it’s all back.  The weight on my drivers license is a total work of fiction at this point.  Grrr.
 
Good news . . . Luci and Rocky are helping me get exercise. 
 
More good news . . . we’re not having typical July in Ohio weather.  It’s been more like September in Ohio weather. 

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I Apologize

I really should proofread my entries before I hit the publish button.  I’m almost ashamed at the errors in the previous entry. 
 
I apologize to all the English grammar teachers I’ve ever had. 

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