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Crzegrl’s Going Road Blogger Tripping!

I should know better. When bored, I should NOT sit behind my computer and let the hair brained ideas take over. The good part is that you, my blogging buddies and lurking readers may get sucked into this one!

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Say you connected those little blue markers with a string and followed it clockwise in a very snazzy convertible packed full of adrenaline based safety gear (ie: skydiving rig, motorcycle helmet) and an iPod crammed full of road music. Who would you hope to run into?

Currently this is just a crazy idea from a nerdy girl who has been cooped up for way too long but it sounds like a hella fun road trip! (yes, I used the word ‘hella’)

I know a few of you have mentioned lunch via twitter. I promise to be on my best behavior and not bite (Dr. A). But I may talk some of you into stretching those adventure legs and jump out of a perfectly good airplane or at least meet me for a beer!

Soooooo…..if you are anywhere in that general path of crzegrl meham, let me know! I would love to see how many of you I can meet in the living and breathing world in one trip.

Am thinking this is going to need a motto, logo, t-shirts and a pirate flag.

oh yeah….a pirate flag.


Dear 2008:

My nephew Gauge says it all!

And just remember, there is always more than one way to skin a cat . . . or squirrel as it were.

Gauge, the mighty hunter

We grow ’em tough out here.

Christmas Change of Shift at Nurse Ratched’s Place!


Once again, another incredible edition of Change of Shift over at Nurse Ratched’s Place.

The New Year’s edition will be hosted here! So, start working on that New Year’s resolution of no longer procrastinating . . .

Get me your posts—- emily at crzegrl dot net —- sooner rather than later!

Deadline for those who would rather make eating right and losing weight their resolution?

January 6th 12 noon EST.

You’ll have to pry it from my cold dead hand!

I had a minor anxiety attack this morning when I realized my cell phone was sitting on my desk and I was cruising at 75 mph half way to the hangar. 

13 hours with no iPhone. 

No email. No FaceBook. No Twitter. No text messages.  Pathetic, I know.  Prior to leaving this morning at 0610, I had received 10+ messages from Twitter/Utterli/email.  Seriously.  Can you say Xanax?

After whining at work and hearing at least two people express their surprise at my “missing appendage” I decided it was necessary to make some phone calls and let people know I was not dead.  Ummmm….but all the phone numbers were in my phone.  *sigh*

As I was coming down from the panic, I came across this article on MSNBC and thought it appropriate for today.  However, I would take it one step further as their would be no choice in the matter.  They will have to pry my iPhone out of my cold dead hand!

Change of Shift: Volume 3, Number 10

Welcome to Change of Shift Vol. 3, No. 10. I have the honor and privilege to be co-hosting this edition with his excellence Zippy the Lobster!

For those of you unaware of Zippy’s adventures in his quest to raise money for Children’s Brain Cancer research, check him out at FunWithZippy.com.

Zippy enjoying the fall colors
from the nurse’s window

Although Zippy and I have been super busy with all of our craziness over the past few weeks, we were looking forward to doing this video edition of CoC. As always, the entries were fantastic and although we tried, the video never does them justice.

———–As with my previous video editions, here is a summary of the entries old style———–

Jen (leading the way as promised!) over at The Nurse Practitioner’s Place gives us a frustrating but realistic look at the issues we face when continuity of care is broken down between a hospital admission and the out patient office in “A Brutal Comedy of Errors.” Think of the increased quality of care we could give nationally if we could solve this one problem.

Wanderer, from his blog Lost on the Floor submitted my favorite post for this edition: “It Was Only a Dream.” I wasn’t kidding about that Haldol Lozenge Blow Gun. Seriously. 😉

Memoir of a Schizo submitted two must read entries titled “Signs of Postoperative Complications” and “The Necessity of Triage.”

In “Is Hunting for Spiders Part of Your Duties,” Karin at Nurse’s Life Blog, gets props for this week’s quote—-

Sometimes we have to go and hunt for spiders.

I wish I would have read Patrick’s entry a bit sooner as the 9 hour TransAtlantic flight was looooooong. I could have easily applied his ideas from “Caristhenics: Exercises to Do While Traveling by Car” posted at his blog TravelNursingBlogs.com.

The bloggers over at NurseConnect have been busy. Nurse Laura wrote a great entry titled “So Many Goodbyes” and every time I am at the hospital I will think of Kathy’s entry “Elevator Etiquette.”

Over at The Back Pain Blog, Dean gives us the low down on why “Back Pain is Not About Strength.”


There, I said it three times fast. But what is Neuroplasticity? Laurie Bartels over at SharpBrains wrote a book review titled “Neuroplasticity and the Brain That Changes Itself.” Bet you didn’t think I could work that in 2 more times, did ya?

The wooHoo award goes out to Miss-Elaine-Ious at Miss-Elaine-Ious, RN for her catch of a STEMI on a patient that was, quite literally, dying in front of her. Like the big one folks. She was way too modest in her post “Wow.” This is, without a doubt, one of those moments we all got into healthcare for.

A new blogger, to me at least, Voke Emore at his self named blog Emorevoke’s Weblog gave us the larger political picture of our recent presidential election from the continent of Africa in “History in the Making.” He too gets a quote for this edition:

It is up to you to decide how you will handle the defeats of life.

I would also like to point out his entry “Prayer.” I hope to see more of his stuff in the future.

VideoJug.com hosts, what I believe is a video entry (duh). Unfortunately the Internet here is a bit wonky so someone please give their .02 cents in the comments! The entry is “VideoJug: Life Explained. On Film.”

If you were looking for a new job search resource, check out “The Nurse’s Ultimate Online Job Hunting Toolbox” at X-RayTechnicianSchools.org.

And last, but certainly not least my main squeeze 2beStrong. A man after my own procrastinating heart who squeaked in at the last minute with two entries: “Hi, I’m the Nurse, We’ve Never Met” and “I’m a Passionate Nurse and Passionate About Nursing.”

WHEW! What an edition!

As always, Kim of Emergiblog fame, thanks for letting me host. Next edition is November 27, 2008 – Volume Three – Number Eleven – Guest Host: Rehab RN.

Note: please check out the embedded link for a few entries I initially missed in the video! Video inside a video?  Yeah, Viddler is awesome!

Good night!

Change of Shift Last Call -or- Where in the World are Zippy & crzegrl??

Wanted to send a last call shout out for the next edition of Change of Shift! I am extending the deadline to 0800 Barcelona time on 13 November. That is 0200 EST (give or take an hour).

Please send your entries to: emily at crzegrl dot net.

Oh and Jen—-yours is gonna be FIRST!!!!!

So, while you all are writing those last minute entries, Zippy and I are off on another adventure, excited to be co-hosting the next Change of Shift video edition from Barcelona!

Five Short Years of crzegrl.net

Many people use their birthdays, or the new year to ponder their accomplishments, their goals, and their failures.

Today is my day for self-reflection.


My first post here at crzegrl.net was five years ago today. It seems a lifetime ago, yet just yesterday that I decided to write about Danny.

As some of you know, this blog has undergone an evaluation, so to speak, by my main employer. The employer who shall-not-be-named from here until eternity.

With the attention I received, and the days I spent sweating the outcome, my blogging passion has been stifled. When writing here my approach, in the past, was simple. “What you see is what you get.” Blogging anonymously killed my creativity when I first started writing. The new guidelines from my employer include no mention of where I work, or photos/multimedia naming the corporation at all. Ack.

My first knee jerk reaction was to delete the entire blog. Why write if I can’t present what I do the way I do it? Then the professional part of me took the creative, passionate me by the shoulders and began shaking real hard.

It takes one small incident to smear years of work and millions of dollars worth of marketing in creating an appropriate corporate image. That small incident can be a viral, just like a bad strain of VRE or MRSA in an ICU where the staff doesn’t wash their hands. Trust me when I tell you that I understand the concern behind the “man” that is the corporation. If I were the one sitting in the hot seat, I would want control of my employees as well.

After the initial panic and the last few weeks of readjusting my thinking, I have come to the conclusion that not writing would be like cutting off my arm. Not hanging out with the medical/nursing blog community would be like losing part of my family. Not giving my friends a way to keep up with me without calling a damn SHAME!

*pointed looks*

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So as I continue to contemplate my past, my present, and my future, the blog will evolve. My creativity will need to be, well….more creative. Capturing the essence of what I do will need to have more substance, and less bright shiny objects. If nothing else, I still have the view from my office window.

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Happy five years dearest blog. I’m glad I still have you.