MacGyver goes to camp

Funny how one’s perception of time is distorted in high stress events. That’s what happened to me. It all seemed to happen in slow motion.  Himself held up the busted tiller in his hand with a look of complete disgust as we all looked to him. The sailboat, now essentially rudderless began to tip as…

Sailing from a safe habour

Himself didn’t have to paddle out very far before the wind filled the sails with a snap. It startled us all as we looked up.“Mind the boom!” Himself hollered as the sail began to swing towards my daughters. With wide eyes they watched as the boom quickly came at their faces and then they awkwardly…

Teaching Dad a lesson

Asleep on the beach again! The remainder of general swim consisted of a rash, another sore throat, a sliver, a blister and a very short nap as the sun edged over and finally bathed me in it’s warmth. I was helpless against it.As general swim came to an end I woke up with the noise…

Work never ends…

I wiped down the counters and then sat down to document in my nursing notes.“Hepatitis B vaccine administered.” I summarized. I paused and then I put the pen down. Seemed quite simple but that had been a real struggle for the poor young man. I shook my head.  I glanced at the clock as the bell rang….

A nice recovery

“Do you feel well enough to go?” I asked Mitch as I patted his shoulder.“Close. Maybe in another minute.” Mitch took some deep breaths and wiped the wet paper towels across his face. His color was pretty much back to normal. He pulled at the neck of his wet t-shirt and fanned himself. I poured…

Awakenings

Mitch’s face was deep into Chelsea’s cleavage as she stumbled under the full weight of his body. “Well that’s a little awkward!” I said as I pulled the needle out and threw it down on the exam table. “Um, ya. No kidding!” Chelsea’s face was flushed with embarrassment and likely partially from the adrenaline rush. Mitch’s respirations sounded like loud snores from…

Pure terror

The dude with tats was terrified of needles? It made no sense. It happens! “Can I use your garbage can?” Mitch asked.With stealth speed I grabbed the garbage can and slid it under Mitch’s face as he leaned forward. My timing was perfect and so was Mitch’s aim. I grabbed several paper towels and ran…

Don’t judge the book

I took the proffered vial from Mitch’s hand. As I grabbed it I felt the cold clamminess of his skin. Just looking at Mitch made the hair on the neck of my neck stand up and sent a tingle down my back. It made me shiver in my wet clothes. As an ICU nurse I…

Career talk

“Can I get some antibiotic cream from you then?” Chelsea sighed and rolled her eyes. It made me feel like I was the one causing her the inconvenience. I had to remind myself that Chelsea was frustrated with the situation and not me. “Sure thing. Let’s go up to my office Chelsea and I can…

Would I lie to you?

Drama queens? Indeed! Anytime anyone tells you they have chest pain and shortness of breath, it’s probably a good idea to have it checked out. Even if it is going to interrupt your day or your meeting or your trip. Better safe then sorry.“You kinda look like a drama queen right now.” I laughed as…

So there is good news and bad news…

After the crazy antics of the Belly Flop Contest, things quickly settled down. The counselors lay out on their towels and most of them seemed to fall asleep in the warm afternoon sun. Father Brian, pretty proud of his new title of BFC (belly flop champion), swam laps. I picked up the fishing rod and…

Tomfoolery continues…

The counselors and my kids were completely delighted with the effect of tossing my husband into the lake. The laughter and back slapping lasted for several minutes.  “Congrats honey. You too have been initiated.” I said as he swam over to myself and the kids, all bobbing in the water. “Could have done without that.” Himself…