Corazon de Swiss

May 7, 2008

What I learned at work today…

Filed under: Workin' for a living — by corazondeswiss @ 8:40 pm

While at work today I found something that made me ask:  What’s the half life of cocaine?  How long after you take it will you test positive for it?  Before anyone thinks anything of it, its not because I want to use this knowledge, although it could be useful as a party trick. 
I came back to my department to ask my co-workers if they knew.  No one did of course.  So we looked it up on the internets.  (How I love thee!) 
The answers: half life: 60-90 minutes  
                     detection: 1-5 days (but chronic users may test positive for longer)
Sometimes my job presents me with good opportunities for learning!


February 19, 2008


Filed under: Workin' for a living — by corazondeswiss @ 8:25 pm

So, I have things to tell you!  Unrelated to the w-e-d-d-i-n-g!  How cool is that?! 
Okay well, one might be the tiniest bit related.  An 89 year old man proposed to me yesterday.  Let me back up a little bit. 
 I was seeing this man in his room- and I wanted him to make sure he sat up in the chair for his dinner. 
Me: I want you to sit up  in the chair for dinner- it’s  better for your digestion, builds energy and everyone is better looking sitting up. 
89: I bet you’re better looking lying down…:) 
Me: (Laughing) I’m sure my fiance thinks so.
89: You’re not married yet?
Me: Not yet- we’re getting married in November.
89: Let’s go get married tonight!
Me: My fiance might be disappointed.  Besides it takes a long time to get a wedding together. 
89: Nah, it takes about 15 minutes! 


Today, I’m talking to a lady who’s been married 50 years.  She got married when she was 15 and her husband was 18.  They started having babies right away and had 6 boys.  She told me they never got divorced because neither of them wanted custody of the kids.  And then she started to laugh.  And so did I! 
She also told me that she wished I lived long enough to spend 50 years married to the same man.  How nice is that? 

Some weeks my job is not just fun, but also funny!!

November 15, 2007

Hablo medical

Filed under: Cheesepuff,NaBloPoMo,Workin' for a living — by corazondeswiss @ 7:53 pm

CP and I speak different languages.  I don’t mean because he’s a man and I’m a woman, although that certainly comes into play times.  I mean professionally.  I’m a healthcare professional- I use proper medical terms and shorthand.  And not-so-proper medical terms and shorthand.  And my mom is a nurse, so she also speaks medical.  And its  nice to have someone outside of work who speaks your language.  Sometimes when I’m talking to CP I forget that he doesn’t speak medical.  (He tries.  When I was taking anatomy he made up his own muscle the “flectoid” and won’t tell me where it is because I should know. I don’t know where it is because it doesn’t exist. Anyway.) I forget that he doesn’t speak medical because of my “extension of myself” syndrome.  (I’ll save that for another entry)
CP speaks engineer.  I can’t even remember terms when he talks about his work. It tends to go in one ear and out the other.  He works for a company that contracts with the government on planes and other stuff.  Some of which can’t be discussed with me.  Although I don’t remember most of what he tells me anyway.  But he’s not allowed to have a camera phone because he might “steal data” which I think is dumb because I don’t even want to steal the stuff and I can come up with multiple ways to do it without using a camera phone and not getting caught.  But, I’m not in charge at his work, so whatever. 
What languages do you speak?

November 12, 2007

What’s an OT?

Filed under: It's All About Me,NaBloPoMo,Random Cheesiness,Workin' for a living — by corazondeswiss @ 8:16 pm

I don’t get to talk about my work a lot because I am in healthcare and I am bound by the law to not talk about my patients, etc.  But I can talk about my profession.  So, I’m an occupational therapist.  And I bet there’s a lot of you out there wondering what it is an occupational therapist does.  Here’s the official word from AOTA (The American Occupational Therapy Association- the national association {I am a card carrying member}) on the definition of occupational therapy:
Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives.  Occupational therapy assists people in developing the “skills for the job of living” necessary for independent and satisfying lives.

And here is the Wikipedia definition:
Occupational therapy refers to the use of meaningful occupation to assist people who have difficulty in achieving healthy and balanced life; and to enable an inclusive society so that all people can participate to their potential in daily occupations of life. 

And here is the Swiss definition of Occupational therapy:  When people are sick, hurt, injured or otherwise unable to do the things they want/need to do to be functional people, we help them adapt the way they do things, the environment in which they do things, or provide them with the tools they need to do things.  Or in three words: We help people. 

Enough with the seriousness!  Here’s some funny things about occupational therapists:

You might be an occupational therapist if:
You’ve secretly evaluated your family, friends and even the dog.
You know everyone self-stims every once in a while.
You think the whole world could benefit from a little Occupational therapy.

Top 10 Reasons to Stay Up Late With An Occupational Therapist:
10. OT’s use adaptive equipment and devices!
9. OT’s use the FULL range of motion!
8. OT’s are adaptable!
7. OT’s grade the activity for optimal performance!
6. OT’s do it with a purpose!
5. OT’s use proper positioning!
4. OT’s do it for phyiscal and mental health!
3. OT’s do it actively and passively!
2. OT’s do it in groups!
1. OT’s do it creatively!

Have you hugged an occupational therapist today?

July 9, 2007

Money, money, money…

Filed under: Workin' for a living — by corazondeswiss @ 8:23 pm

Do you ever feel like you’re just hemorrhaging money?  I just went to the eye doctor which cost me over $300 even though I have insurance.  I signed up for a $500 continuing education course and an almost $400 hotel (it’s a Thursday-Friday course and CP is joining me on Friday for the weekend because I’ll be in O-town which is not far from where he lives) for that trip.
Plus I joined Ww today so that’s more money I’ve spent.  And I refilled my gas tank. Bought supplies for my sewing class next week.  (Does it ever end?) I feel like I should just open up my money veins and let the money out.  All I can say is its a good thing I live at home and have no rent to pay right now. At least I will get paid on  Thursday.  It always feels good to know that money is hitting the bank.  Now I just need to start a 401k for my retirement.
In other happy money news, I am the proud owner of no more credit card debt.  And I am increasing my car payments to get it paid off sooner.  Then I will only owe on my student loans (I only have 22 more years on that!).  So I can work on saving for a down payment for a house. Yay me! 

April 15, 2007


Filed under: Random Cheesiness,Workin' for a living — by corazondeswiss @ 10:43 am

Internet, I have been sick.  Sick like I have not been in about 3 years.  Multiple, violent episodes of emesis (new word I learned at work, the medical term for barf).  Plus, watery bowels.  It all began Friday morning and resulted in me calling into work.  Which I don’t do.  Because 1. I’m in the “just hired” probationary period at work which = no pay for missed day and B. I only call in when I am truly too sick to work.  Which I was.  So far I have not eaten a lot of real food…mostly soup and milkshakes (vanilla).  Drinking lots of Gatorade, Sprite and sleep/rest.  Fortunately, I live in a place where I can say, please, go to the store and get me Gatorade and Sprite.  And when you come back bring me the remote, phone and an emesis container so I can just die here on the couch.  So, obviously I haven’t died.  And I plan to go back to work tomorrow (Knock on wood!) 
Fortunately getting better does not depend on what’s on tv, because let me just tell you, there is nothing on.  At all.  So I’m off to watching nothing at all on tv and drink more Gatorade, Sprite and soup…

March 26, 2007

Can’t trust that day…

Filed under: Frick and Frack,Random Cheesiness,Workin' for a living — by corazondeswiss @ 6:39 pm

I had a great weekend in my old haunt- didn’t see any of my work peeps- the schedules just didn’t mesh.  But A. and I made it safely there and back.  The baby shower was beautiful- it was held in a restuarant/cooking store.  We dined on some of their best tapas, sandwiches and ceasar salads.  And a REALLY delicious cake.  They had the best decorations and favors- candy bar wrappers with the guest of honor’s info and then the “nutrition label” was about the ingredients for a sweet baby.  How cute!!  They also had out “advice cards” that they put into an album for her.  She got lots of nice presents.  And then she had us over for dinner and feet soaking in the hot tub that night.  After we showered her we made a quick stop at one of my favorite gift stores so I could get a taggie for my nephew (went ahead and bought one for the new baby to send when he arrives.) Then we went to Bealls so I could look for red shoes to go with my red and white dress.  I found some that I liked well enough to pay $14.99 for them.    They aren’t exactly what I had in mind, but they’ll do for that price.  We made it to drinks with some of A’s old work peeps. 
Slept in on Sunday morning and cleaned up a bit around RocketScientist’s family beach house (he gave us the hook up and let us stay there!).  Then we headed out on the road to get home.  A. drove the whole way, (I offered to drive) and we made it home at about 4:30.  I was so tired and sore from the car.  My parents went out of town overnight.  So it was just me and the cats.  And the dogs.  I was outnumbered 6 to 1.  When I went to bed, I was so tired I couldn’t get comfortable…it was not easy with Flabulous (our lab mix) in the bed, and both my cats.  So I went to the couch for a bit.  Then made my way back to the bed.  But I was very restless. 
Made it into work no problem (the local schools are on Spring Break, hooray for less traffic!)  I wanted to work on the new computer system that we begin on April 10th but was busy with lots of evals.  Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have some downtime.  I need to practice…April 10th isn’t so far away!  Well, I’m off to take the dogs out and then watch Dancing with the Stars, CP and I have been watching for the last 2 seasons.  So far I haven’t been that impressed with Heather Mills or Billy Ray Cyrus- we’ll see what comes of tonight’s performances. 

March 7, 2007

Hump Day

Filed under: Cheesepuff,The Fam,Workin' for a living — by corazondeswiss @ 9:46 pm

Hello good people of the internet.  I would apologize for not posting, but seriously y’all, I am just never going to a daily post-er.  Work has been busy, esp. on Friday- I did 8 evaluations.  That’s 40 units billed out.  To be considered productive I have to bill 24 units.  So I’ve been slacking a little bit.  Not much to report about the weekend, had a pedicure with my mom.  And my toes are so happy with me.  Sunday was the funeral for our family friend who was killed in the plane crash last week.  The service was very nice and the pastor did better than I expected (Having been to my both my dad’s parents funerals in the last couple years I did not particularly enjoy the pastor’s message, so I was pleasantly surprised at this one).  My friend had called to ask me to read something she had written about her husband, but when I got there, just asked me to go with her as she read.  At the beginning of the service I didn’t think she was going to be able to make it at all.  She surprised me though and made it through her whole speech. 
Work has been okay this week, a little slow today- some days aren’t your day in the therapy world.  You can go weeks with no refusals…and then you’ll have a day when every other patient refuses, or the nurse says not today, or you look at patient and say no way s/he can do this today.  It was that kind of day for me today.  This week has been a weird week.  Monday I received an order from a physician about some compression garments, and I called my boss who told me we don’t do those.  Don’t measure for them, don’t give them out.  So I left a note for the MD.  One of the PTs asked me about it, and I explained I was told that we didn’t do that and I had spoken to our boss and left the MD a note.   The next day, he said he talked to the MD again and just went on and on about how they didn’t understand why we didn’t do this.  The MD even sent a nurse down to get the stuff.  Okay, I get it, you want it done.  I’d do it, except that my boss said NO.  End of story.  Move on people.  Did I have the supplies to do it? Yes.  But I was directly instructed NOT to do this by my boss.  What’s so hard to understand?  
Engaged in retail therapy last night- bought a couple of dresses one to wear to dinner this weekend with CP who is coming to visit.  YAY!!  I haven’t seen him in almost 2 months and I am really missing him.  And its his birthday.  With which he has been no help on gift ideas.  As usual.  He says he’s easy to shop for.  Total fabrication.  I did buy him a couple of things, but nothing I’m terribly excited about.  He has a few things he needs, but nothing he seems really excited about getting either. 
Just so you know, there’s not just a double standard in my parent’s house- there’s a triple standard.  CP and I will be sleeping in separate rooms even though BOTH my younger brother AND sister have had significant others spend the night in their rooms.  WTF?! 

February 9, 2007


Filed under: Frick and Frack,Workin' for a living — by corazondeswiss @ 9:56 pm

So, I’m undergoing hospital orientation for my new job.  It’s going VERY slowly.  They need stuff I’ve done, but the certificates for them are filed in my filing cabinet.  In my storage unit.  Which I am pretty certain is turned around backwards.  As in, I can’t get to it without some serious doing and a big favor from my dad.  So, I’ve emailed the community college where I took the courses and  see if they can email the certificates again.  Or if I can get my transcript from the state board.  Anything but ask my poor dad to get the filing cabinet.  And today I got to buy scrubs to wear.  Its like wearing pj’s to work.  And so much color!  Brown and blue, lime green and pink, purple, black.  Yay!  I’ll keep adding to my collection so I can have a selection and not wear the same old, same old.  Fun stuff. 

On to Frick and Frack… I think they are guilt tripping me over the declawing.  Seriously.  I mean, they won’t walk from the bedroom to the back door to go out for the litter box.  But they’ll walk back in.  They stay in the bedroom A LOT.  (And the dogs are eating their food.  Although its not as though it would hurt Frack to miss a few meals.) So I have to carry them to the porch when they need to go out. They go back to the doctor on Monday to have their stitches out.  I feel guilty because it seems like they are staying the bedroom whenever I am not home, even if I leave the door open.  But as soon as they know I’m home they will start exploring the house.  I hope they get settled in soon, because I feel bad. 
Anyway, TGIF, because I’m WAY over all this orientation stuff- Monday I think is my last day of all that and then Tuesday they’ll turn me loose with patients and I’ll be doing all the OT for a 400+ bed hospital.  Holy smokes, what are they thinking?!
Happy weekend everyone. I’m going to attempt to not kill my grandmother’s louse of a husband.  I’ll explain another time- don’t want to get worked up before I even spend a minute in the jerk’s presence.

January 24, 2007

I have not fallen off the face of the earth. But I am going crazy and I’m afraid when I get there they’ll send me back.

Filed under: I'm Movin' On,Workin' for a living — by corazondeswiss @ 11:22 pm

SER. I. OUS. LY.  I feel like I am totally out of my mind.  I have been packing boxes for weeks.  Literally.  And I STILL have more to pack.  I ordered a packing fairy but she has not shown up.  Good thing I did not pay in advance.  I did order movers  (who will be here on Friday afternoon! And that is totally the DAY AFTER TOMORROW!), and I did pay for them in advance, but I already have emails and phone calls from them, so I’m feeling good about that. 
Its bittersweet because I am excited to be going home, but sad to be leaving my friends here.  And I think everyone I know, including my patients are travel agents for guilt trips.  They keep telling me that its not too late to change my mind.  Unfortuantely it is too late.  Slowly my apartment has been looking less like the place I live and more like a storage unit.  That makes me sad.  I’ve lived here for 3 years.  The first place I’ve ever lived all by myself… 
It’s also drving me crazy because there are boxes everywhere, I still have stuff to pack, but really no place to put it.  And I’m trying to work full time (which has been hard the last couple of weeks because we are SO busy and I have worked overtime the last 3 days and I don’t need that- I need to get out of there early!  So I can come home.  And pack!) 
I am also insane because for some reason I decided that it was a great idea to make 6 (yes 6!) recipe books for my co-workers as gifts.  This would not be a big deal except that there are about 160 recipes to print out, cut out, file and put in the book.  And unfortunately, they are not formatted in the file on the computer nor or they in the proper order.  So, I have to do all of that after I print and copy the recipes.  So not only am I trying to move, I’m doing this at the same time.  The next time I decide to do something like that, I want someone to slap me. 
And my mom is so excited and asks me every day if I am.  Honestly, I’m just too tired to be excited.  Exhaustion is the reason I haven’t posted in over a week.  By the time I get home, get packing/recipe book done I am too tired to write.  But tonight I went to dinner with some of my friends and I didn’t pack a thing.  I did finish my recipe books last night, wrapped them and took them to work today.  (Didn’t give them to anyone, will do that tomorrow- last day, boo hoo!)
And tomorrow is my last day at work.  I cleaned out my desk today, and almost cried when I carried my box out.  I’m sure I will boo hoo tomorrow when I have to say goodbye.  This is going to be so hard!!  I’m sure I’ll be back soon to tell you all about it.  If I don’t get packed in a box.  Or a suitcase. 

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