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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Mom and I packed the car and hit the road last Thursday for Salt Lake City, Utah. We made it to St. George on our first night out of town. The following morning we got up and made our way toward SLC. The drive was very pretty and snow flurries followed us the whole way here. We arrived at my apartment late Friday afternoon. I checked in and got the keys to the apartment. Mom and I unlocked the door and were dismayed to smell a mixture of pet odor and cigarette smoke. It got worse and worse the closer I looked at this apartment. The bathtub that at one time was white had turned grey with ground in dirt. The door of the bathroom looked as if a small animal had tried to claw its way out. The kitchen was not any better. The cabinets were chipped in several places. Between the wall and the refridgerator my Mom found a cat town from the previous resident. I was excited have a stacked washer and dryer in the unit, but. the first time I used it was a disaster. The vent that attatched to the wall had been disconnected and was pumping moist steam heat into the closet. Looking closer, this must have been a problem for quite some time as the paint was peeling from the walls. The carpets were so full of pet hair that I had to empty my vaccuum bag twice before I finished a sweep of the unit. These are only a few of the things on the list of complaints I had for the manager of my complex and my nurse recruiter. But, it was so late on Friday that neither one of them could do very much for me. To make matters worse, the first night in my apartment, I got the stomach flu and threw up all night long. Luckily, it was only a 24 hour bug that was out of my system by Sunday at dinner time. The whole weekend I spent on the couch trying to keep down clear liquids while Mom unpacked my boxes and cleaned. She spent 3 hours bleaching the tub before it was suitable for us to use. After a lot of work on her part, and a little work on mine the apartment is shaping up much better. I am still talking with my company about the possibility of moving to another complex. My neighboors are very into their electric guitars. Apparently, the management here has had to quiet them on many occasions and we were advised today to just call the police when they make noise late into the night. I am worried about day time noise too as half of the time I will be trying to sleep in the daytime.
My first week here was not all doom and gloom as it may appear from this blog so far. The apartment has been a big problem for me but part of my really likes it here. In the daytime there is a family of 4 deer that lay in the field behind my complex. I watch them from my balcony when I can. I have a breathtaking view of the snowy mountains. I started my job at the hospital on Monday. I have been very impressed. I know that I am really going to enjoy working in this PICU. For my nursing friends, it is a level I trauma center that sees and does just about every service and does every procedure imaginable. Primary Childrens is a 300+ bed facility with a 32 bed PICU. I have a Patient Care Tech that sets up all my lines, draws all my labs, and assissts me with patient care as I need them. It is a very busy unit that is staffed with a free charge, 2:1 or 1:1 nursing, and at least one resource nurse whose job is to just help the other nurses. At the begining of my shift I am given a small little phone on a necklace that is voice activated and will page anyone in the hospital that day signed on to that system. It is apparent that this facility, which is non profit, has more money than they know what to do with. They have all the latest and greatest eqipment. I am in heaven! Wednesday, Mom and I headed to the local resorts. We saw snowbird, Alta, and Park City. I have never seen snow like this before. It is gorgeous... but very cold. I can not wait to hit the slopes next week. I still feel like I am in transition since the apartment thing is not really settled yet, but in spite of all of that I am still really happy I have taken this assignment. I can already tell that I am going to love this job. It is so great to work at a place that values the work of a nurse so much.
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kbock on

Sam - it looks awesome! You are going to have so much fun in the snow. :-) And, your job sounds amazing. I can only hope they clear up the apartment fiasco - it reminds me of my second year in New York, when I came back out to an apartment filled with mold crawling up the walls!! It's a good thing your mom is there - I'm sure she'll fight for the best solution! Looking forward to more updates. Love, Kelly

webdeb on

Green with envy
You know I am soooooo jealous of you right now. I love the snow and the cold and the hot chocolate and the fireplaces and the snuggled up feeling under a blanket. The deer outside your house are just too precious. I am glad you like the hospital and that you feel appreciated there. It's always exciting to see new things. One of my favorite things is to go to places I've never been.
Keep us informed of all your adventures.

cmckernan on

Oh, gosh
That's terrible about your apartment. I think they should put you up in a new one right away.
I'm glad that you're happy at your new hospital. Keep us posted on all the latest & greatest that's out there.
Thank goodness for moms, eh?!
Miss ya tons.

jewel4dug on

i wantto send yu a valentine!!!!!!
Love you and miss you Grandma....
p.s. Love your 4 deer. Also, send Crystal your address too.

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