Friday, November 17, 2017

Adventures in Nursing #4: The Moment That Changed Me



Next to being a book blogger and a fanatic reader I work fulltime as a Nurse in an Academic Hospital in the Netherlands. Since being a nurse is such a big part of my life I decided it’s time to share some of my adventures in nursing here on my blog.

Sometimes working as nurse can be very hard. And I’ve had several moments where I wondered for who I was doing it all for. When I was yelled at, puked over, pied on. It’s just something that comes with working as a nurse. We all go through it.
A view months ago something happened to me that almost made me want to quit nursing all together. Scary really. That moment changed me. And still, months later I am not the same person I was before.

I was working the nightshift. Something that I didn’t mind at all. In the weekends we used to stand with two nurses on 34 patients max. It’s a busy shift, and sometimes it’s not a big deal because most of your patients sleep. But most times it’s really hard work because people tend to be awake a lot. When I started this particular nightshift one of my patients, a man I also took care of the night before, was standing in the middle of the hallway.  This was not supposed to be possible. He had several IV’s, and he hadn’t been out of bed since his accident. Well, now he had no lines and had this wild look in his eyes. 

My patient was very angry, convinced that we were there to hurt him and he didn’t want to listen. Thankfully my colleagues of the evening shift were still there and they tried to help me get the man in his bed. Unfortunately he was very strong and tall, and he didn’t believe us for one moment. When he kicked me, my colleagues immediately took hold of him and put him down in a chair. We already called some guards and they were helping us keep him calm. And for a while it seemed to work. My colleagues from the evening shift went home, and me, my nightshift colleague and two guards stayed with this patient while we waited on a doctor. 

The man was extremely aggressive and in the end I also got hit, got urine thrown in my face and I was told he would murder me several times. In the meanwhile other patients were awake too of course and I tried to keep them calm and happy while I waited on more doctors and the patient’s wife.
Well.. he didn’t recognize his wife and he didn’t believe he was in the hospital.

After four very long hours we were able to help the patient get back to sleep. And when he woke up he couldn’t remember a thing of what happened. He felt scared, because he found himself in another room with a lot of broken stuff surrounding him and he had a lot of pain because we weren’t able to give him a lot of painkillers since we couldn’t come close to him.
At the end of my shift I tried to console my patient. But the truth was I was scared out of my mind for the man. As a professional I know that he doesn’t remember a thing, and didn’t mean to hurt me. But as a human being I felt terrible, scared, violated and angry. I became a nurse because I wanted to help people. And when I did just that I was hurt. 

Now, months later I’m doing much better. I’m doing my job as a nurse, and I enjoy it most of the time. I’ve worked some nightshifts and I’ve talked with my husband, coworkers and boss about this memorable shift. People don’t always seem to understand what this night did with me. But I understand now that I can’t expect them too. I have witnessed violence in my past before. And that’s why this situation was probably harder to me than for others. Angry people have always scared me. And this situation just made that a little worse. 

I’m still not back to being the nurse I was before this happened, and maybe I will never be. But I can see now that this situation was not because of me. It was not my fault. My patient didn’t mean to hurt me. He was just sick and needed help.

When I was a little girl, I wanted to become a nurse.. It has been my dream.. and I will find my way back. 

Opinions are my own and not the views of my employer.
These views are based on my own experiences and my own interpretations in my life as a nurse. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

My Favorite.. Fairy Tale



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info visit the My Favorite Meme. page.

Growing up I loved fairy tales, and I still do. That’s one of the reasons why I have a tattoo with Once Upon A Time on my back. I love being swept away by fairy tales. I love that in fairytales every story has a happy end. Not really realistic maybe, but it has always made me feel hopeful. Hopeful that things will work out in the end, the road may not be easy.. but it will be okay.

When I was younger I watched, probably like everyone of my age,  a lot the Disney fairytales. And my favorite fairy tale would definitely have to be ‘Beauty and the Beast’. And after that Thumbelina! I just love those fairy tales, even now! But there are many more fairy tales I loved.. Peter Pan, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and many more. I still watch them on tv and read them whenever I can. There’s just something magical about fairy tales. 

Here are two of my favorite songs from my favorite fairy tales. Just to make your day a little better :) :




What is your favorite fairy tale? 

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Review 'Blue Gold' by David Barker


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34856144-blue-gold
The near future. Climate change and geopolitical tension have given rise to a new international threat - a world war for water. This most vital of resources has become a precious commodity and some will stop at nothing to control its flow.

When a satellite disappears over Iceland, Sim Atkins thinks he knows why. He is given the chance to join the hallowed Overseas Division and hunt for the terrorists responsible. But his new partner Freda Brightwell is aggrieved to be stuck with a rookie on such a deadly mission.

Freda's misgivings are well founded when their first assignment ends in disaster - a bomb destroys a valuable airship and those responsible evade capture. Seeking redemption, the British agents follow the trail to a billionaires' tax haven in the middle of the Atlantic ocean and uncover a web of deceit that threatens global war. Whom can they trust?

As the world edges ever closer to destruction Sim and Freda must put their lives on the line to prevent Armageddon - and protect the future of 'blue gold'.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
May 11th, 2017
Series:
-
Genre:
Thriller
Pages:
360
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


When I read the book description of ‘Blue Gold’ I was immediately fascinated by this read. Although I don’t read a lot of thrillers, this was a read that just interested me. Who doesn’t want to read more when you read about Climate Change? It’s such a ‘hot’ subject at the moment, I definitely wanted to read what could be written about this subject. Especially in a thriller!

I haven’t been reading a lot of thrillers lately. And it took me a while to get into this story, and not because of any lack of action. Not at all! This book is really action filled, but since I don’t read a lot of thrillers I found I couldn’t concentrate on this book as much as I would have liked. But thankfully, David Barker is a writer that makes his readers want to keep on reading and I kept going.

What I didn’t really expect was the science fiction, futuristic part of this book. I don’t read a lot of sci- fi novels and so it took me a little while to really appreciate the whole ‘set in the future’ part. But in the end I started to enjoy this book more. And the author did a great job with the world building.

The two main characters Jim and Freda where fun to read about. I think they made a fun team and I enjoyed reading about their journey together. Jim was really humoristic at times. And I just enjoyed reading about his character. 

Although this book was definitely fun, I just didn’t really love it. And I think it’s mainly because of the genre. I can definitely say I’m not really into the science fiction stories at the moment. And although this book isn’t as sci fi as let’s say ‘Star Wars’, it still just wasn’t something I particularly liked. But the writing in this book was from the beginning very good and interesting and there was some great world building and awesome characterizations.    

My Rating:

About the Author:


David was born in Cheshire but now lives in Berkshire. He is married to an author of children’s picture books, with a daughter who loves stories. His working life has been spent in the City, first for the Bank of England and now as Chief Economist for an international fund. So his job entails trying to predict the future all the time.

David’s writing ambitions received a major boost after he attended the Faber Academy six-month course in 2014 and he still meets up with his inspirational fellow students. He loves reading, especially adventure stories, sci-fi and military history. Outside of family life, his other interests include tennis, golf and surfing.

For more information about David please visit his website. Or follow him on Twitter.

I received this book by Smith Publicity in exchange for my honest review.
http://www.smithpublicity.com/

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Sunday Post # 71: Bugs & Reading



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

This week was pretty good reading wise. After months of feeling like I didn’t have enough time for my books I now feel like I’ve definitely did have time to read. I worked Monday till Wednesday, but in my 45 minute lunch break I did some reading. And this is not something that is done all that much here. But I’m feeling good about it and will try to keep doing it. And since on Wednesday, the #HoHoHoRAT started, I stayed in bed a long time to read on Thursday. It was the best morning, and I tried not to feel too bad about staying in bed so long. LOL!

On Thursday evening I had a goodbye- dinner for one of my colleagues. And on Friday I spent the day at my mom’s place, cooking and watching movies. In the evening my husband joined us, and we had a fun evening. 

This weekend, till Thursday I have to work again. But today, Saturday,  my grandma is having her birthday party in the evening. It should definitely be a fun night saying the family.

Books & Reading:

Like I said, I had a good reading week. I tried to read as much as possible, slept less to read longer and took my book with me to work (something I already did for years, but I never had the time to read it). I finished two books so far this book. Whoohoo!! :D 

This week was Maureen’s Books Promotions first event, the Release Event of ‘After Lucas’ by Tudor Robins. Everything went pretty well, but on Monday our computer crashed because of a bug/virus thingy. Out of nowhere a computerized voice started saying ‘Warning, warning’. It was damn freaky and as a result it took some while to get everything working again. So I managed to do the promotions for all my posts, thank god for my iPhone, but working on my posts for next week and visiting all of you guys didn’t work out as planned. Thankfully we now have a brand new anti-virus program and I don’t seem to have lost to much stuff. So.. I hope to be able to catch up with all of you this week.

This week I also received my two Harry Potter books I won. Two weeks ago I received an email from Every Free Chance Books letting me know I won there $50 Book Depository Giveaway. I picked out these two beauties!! I loooove them!!

Don’t forget to enter the #Giveaway on the Release Event (see the banner on the right side) and see ‘My Favorite.. Gift’. It’s damn pretty  if you ask me! :D

Since it’s still #HoHoHoRAT I’m of to read some more. I hope you all had a great week!!

Last Week on the Blog:

This Week on the Blog:

  • Review ‘Blue Gold’ by David Barker
  • My Favorite.. Fairy Tale
  • Adventures in Nursing #4

New Arrivals:


Requested on Netgalley
Requested on Netgalley
Received from the Little, Brown Book Group

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