Saturday, June 9, 2012
Who is Mama Martha?
Mama Martha is my Mom...my work Mom. I was first introduced to her by MarinaT (the current 4000 manager at the time) as a naive-no experience-eager to learn-scared to make a mistake-newbie nurse.
Little did I know that she would have a HUGE impact on me not just a nurse but also as an adult woman.
She has taught me many things in nursing like how to introduce myself to my patients'-to shake their hands (as long as they are not on contact isolation) - to how to handle disgruntled Mds (for what ever reason). She is one of the big reasons I've survived 4000 for the past 13 years and encouraged me through example to get through the shifts.
When she told me that she has decided to retire I was sad because I always looked forward to seeing her at work. She is a simple person with a HUGE heart. As one of her many daughters I knew I had to let her know how much she means to us in our 4000 family. A surprise party it had to be - because she would not let me do it if she knew...that's her style. With my work sister Millie's tons of help and ideas - we planned out Mama Martha's Retirement. With Teamwork from all of our 4000 family - the party planning went on...inspite of some unexpected health issues on my part. The support I received from everyone made it so worth it....and this Photo Book is a perfect example of what teamwork and family truly means...we all work hard and we all party hard...what an awesome 4000 Reunion it turned out to be.
THANK YOU TO THE ANGELS for your support financially, physically,emotionally...it wouldn't have been as successful as it turned out to be.
Friday, June 1, 2012
From Thrive Across America
Mind over Matter
"The power of positive thinking" may sound like a cliché. Yet you don't want to dismiss this simple adage. Pessimism can affect your relationships, career, and even your health — if you let it. Conversely, an optimistic attitude can stimulate your spirit and even lead to quicker recovery during hospitalization or serious illness, studies indicate. KP's own David Sobel, MD has also written extensively on the mind and body connection. So how do you become a positive thinker?
Avoid negative self-talk. Morphing your inner voice from a pessimist to an optimist doesn't happen overnight. Just like learning the guitar or a new language, it takes time and resolve. You can't ignore all of life's maladies, but you can train your mind to lighten up and make lemonade out of lemons.
Consider your clique. A group of downers can mangle your mood. Are your friends more likely to loathe and whine or encourage and inspire? The company you keep can rub off.
Track your success. A cynical mind can skew your view — even on good days. Pause daily to count your accomplishments, both big and small.
Feel gratitude. Appreciation for what you have — relationships and belongings — is a healthy way to be more positive. Extend those feelings to nature, art, music — anything you find beautiful and worthy.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
There's alot to live for...I just want to live it pain free.