Monthly Archives: August 2015

Delinquent in my Writings

Golly have we really been in Newport over a month now?  I find that especially at these smaller hospitals even though I have never shared any patient specific information or identifiers, I am more and more paranoid about sharing something on this blog that could be found in any way a HIPAA violation (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) for that reason I find it increasingly difficult to share with you what my work day is really like.  The work days here have run the gamut from extremely busy with crazy stuff walking in the door to slow with very few patients (even no patients on one occasion).  I have been surprised at what has come knocking at our door it has been as complicated or emergent as anywhere else.  I have found myself love love loving this assignment.  The things I have loved most about it are. 

1. The patient is king not subject.

2. Everyone has been nice and welcoming even under stressful situations.

3. The manager and clinical coordinator are quick to jump in and are very hands on, you never feel like you are out there alone with no backup.  

4. I see evidence based practice all around me, you don’t know how refreshing that is.

The things that have been hard about this assignment so far are:

1. Not having a home at the beach so we can actually enjoy it.  Having to hotel it cost a lot so we only stay the nights that we have to for work which means the kids and Chad have seen Newport pretty well and I have seen almost none of it.  

2.  We have ended up with a number of activities which I suppose is both good and bad, it means that we are booked solid between commitments and work so very little of the State of Oregon or Washington is being explored.  Looking at the next two months it does not look like it will get better. 

Do we regret coming home? No. But, we are starting to consign ourselves that it may not be possible to explore our own state with the same thoroughness that we have explored others we are investing in our friendships and banking family time and there is nothing wrong with that.

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Hello sea dogs!

Today while Sarah was sleeping I took the kids out for a day on the town.  We walked along the historic bayfront in Newport enjoying window shopping. We heard the familiar sound of the sea lions out on the docks.

It was fun just to spend some time and sit and listen.

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Drive Up 101

I have never really thought Northern California was all that beautiful.  My memories of it as a child included a lot of dry brown grass and sageburush not much else.  Lak e Almanor was more beautiful than I remembered it, Butt lake was beautiful, but I had prepared myself for the ride from there to the Coast to be drab and boring.  Maybe partly because pictures don’t do it justice but maybe mostly because I was exhausted I took few pictures on the drive.  I just sat back and enjoyed the view.  What an amazing drive, beautiful mountains, evergreens, valleys, rivers, lakes, and cute little towns.   We enjoyed the redwoods from the road but did not stop getting us into Crescent City late.  The office at the RV place that we had spoke with earlier in the day about a site for the night had already closed down shop in the office and was unreachable via the contact number given on the answering machine.  I was all of the sudden quite glad that I had not given them our debit card number.  We decided to try Walmart parking lot for the night and really it was not bad.  It was nice to have food a short walk.  We were surprised how many motorhomes/trailers found rest in the parking lot in a night.

  I tried to get a picture of the redwoods that were on 101.  We met a former coworker at the Chart Room restaurant  by the harbor.  It was fun to hear and see the sea lions and seals.  It was good to catch up with Hiedi and need her adorable baby!  I tried to catch up on baby cuddles which is a lost cause with me.  I never get my baby fix.
    Hiedi took us to the Battery Point Lighthouse which you can only walk to at low tide.  On high tide it has its own little island. To this day it is occupied and still in use.

  In Waldport we found the KOA.  The kids were working well together we all were missing our little fire cracker Eve.  I worked my one shift the. We headed home. 

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Family Camp 2015

Four generations of Lawhead gang all together!  I’m not going to elaborate on the whole week of adventures, but I will share a few pictures!  We had a lot of fun.  My favorite part was watching the kids play together, they were so so so dirty, so adorable, and were a picture of glee everyday as they scurried around enjoying the many adventures the great outdoors affords.   

   If you haven’t gone camping recently you need to!!! Thank you Lawhead family for the fun.

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A Week Without Cell Service

We are so dependant on our mobile devices that it was a welcome change of pace to not be able to get into FaceBook or answer text messages.  We did head out of camp and into town three different times throughout the week long enough for me to upload some pictures and check FaceBook while we enjoyed an Italian soda in Chester.  Now we will see if I can get a few photos up to share over this next week.

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