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Hair Emergency!!!!!

Picture curtesy of face book 




I felt so sorry for this lady on the train tonight. Her hair was minimal to say the least. She was mostly bald. But yet her hair dresser found a way to glue in red weave for a bang and attach a burgundy ponytail tail to her head. Stressing the few strands that was left on her head. It brought tears to my eyes, wondering if she would ever stop. She seems to have a stressful life, may be that played a part in her hair loss.

Maybe she had lupus, it does not resemble hair loss related to cancer.  

Anyway regardless of the cause of her hair loss, it was apparent to me that given her choice of hair style, healthy hair is no where in her near future 

It brought tears to my eyes when I looked at her head


I mentally chastised myself, to ensure I didn’t take a picture. While honestly wishing I had th ability to take instant photos of what I was looking at if I choose to. 


I silently wished her well as she left the train 

While I reaffirmed that I will never put a perm in my hair again.

My journey on the Rapid K program 


I guess I should write about this diet /detox journey I have embarked upon 
I’ve been seeing people with bandaids at various locations behind their ears 

Upon inquiry, I was informed that it was for weight loss …. I was curious I must admit, so I set up an appointment for an orientation for more information 
On Tuesday night I attended the orientation, I was fascinated to find out that this program was not just for weight loss but a detox 
Yes !!! I wanted to be rid of the endless amount of toxins and hormones which I acquired and stored over my many years of life….

I was relishing the possibility that I may finally rid myself of them.

The program was explained to me.

 I knew it wouldn’t be easy , but I don’t eat meat so I knew I was ahead of the game.

The cost wa $150 for the initial visit which entailed getting two steel balls placed behind my ears, weigh in and measurements, and a packet with recipes and instructions on how to go about the process .

I did think the price was a little high, but if all I’d be eating was cabbage and milk it would balance out and the results were definitely worth it!!!!!
Day 1 and 2

Uncooked Cabbage, apples.watermelon, and carrots , were the only foods allowed 

64oz of water a must 

No food before 11 am or after 6 pm

By the second day this started to taste good 

Day 3 and 4 

24-28 ounces Organic whole milk only 

64 oz of water a must 

No food before 11 am or after 6 pm

I had the option of almond or coconut milk but I just stuck with the regular organic milk 
Oh! and the balls behind my ears must be rotated every two hours.

Today is Saturday and day 4 of the program 

I must admit I’m not hungry 

Find myself now really energized 

And I’m really looking forward to the veggie day tomorrow…lol

I thought I’d be staving and experiencing hypoglycemic symptoms 

Thankfully that is not the case , and I’m looking forward to what the rest of this program has to offer.

Anyway even though I find myself very busy, I’ll try to keep you posted on this amazing journey 

Feeling conflicted … what would you have done?

Walking into the library today 

I found a bottle of citaprolam on the 

ground…
I handed it to the security guard,

and he just put it an the counter beside 

him 

where anyone passing by can see or pick 

it up……

The nurse in me cringed ,as the person’s 

name and personal information is clearly 

visible for the world to see…

I tried to indicate that this was not the 

right place for him to place it but  he just 

laughed at my shocked expression… 

On the end I just walked away, as I knew 

within myself that I hahdone the right 

thing.

Short Staffing NYC

I am a Registered Nurse and I  am writing this letter, because there is indeed a crisis in New York healthcare. The staffing levels in nyc is at a critical level. patients are not receiving the care that they deserve, need, and require for survival. The fact is that when a nurses are forced to work with high nurse to patient ratios, patients are at risk to die, they get infections, they get injured. They don’t get the education and teaching that they need.  Nurse understaffing in hospitals increases the risk and rates of hospital acquired pneumonia, shock, cardiac arrest, as well as failure to rescue, which climbed due to unsafe staffing. Unsafe staffing not only leads to death but also costs the hospital a significant amount of money. Understaffing of registered nurses contributes to increased Length of stay, urinary tract infections, cases of upper gastrointestinal bleeding, all increased due to unsafe staffing ratios.

I have practiced as a registered nurse in nyc for 9 years ,8 years in the AED of a Busy level one trauma center in the Bronx, and the last year has been spent in the medical icu of the same hospital. It has been my experience that the number of patients assigned tome has a direct impact on my ability to appropriately assess, monitor, and care for my patients. Safe nurse staffing reduces turnover in hospitals compared to understaffing, increased turnover and decreased patient satisfaction.

Turnover is expensive, the average cost to replace a registered nurse ranges from 82000 to 88000. Nurses are being burnt out and leaving the profession. I am no exception to this, you see I consider myself a good nurse but, I cannot continue to work under these conditions, and this is the reason that we are seeking your help.it is said that If nothing is done, nothing happens, this is not true, if nothing is done patients die. In my hospital even though they are aware of the appropriate and safe patient ratios, they still have unsafe staffing ratios on a daily basis. For years, my RN colleagues have expressed frustration and concern when working chronically understaffed shifts. Safe staffing levels are key to patient safety and nurse retention

There is numerous evidence research to support the benefits of safe staffing ratios. For example, the journal of American medical association stated that hospitals that staff one to eight nurse to patient ratios vs one to four patient ratios experience an additional 5 deaths per year per 1000 patients. 1 avoidable death is too much, 5 per 1000 is astronomical. Patients go to hospitals to get better, not to be placed at risk and die.
We need your help in assuring the safety of our patients. Don’t force me to choose which patient is going to die if I am not present. I am only one person and can only be in one place at a time. Don’t force me to choose between a patient that has had a massive stroke and needs critical management vs my patient who is actively seizing and needs medication now vs my patient who is having an asthma exacerbation and also needs medication now to breathe. But this is exactly the decision that I am forced to make on a daily basis. Even in my current unit there is supposed to be a nurse to patient ratio of one nurse to two patients, with the exception of those patient who needs one to one nursing care, but the ratio and safety of the patients is blatantly disregarded by the healthcare facility and the ratio on some days is as much as one nurse to four patients.

For this reason, I am asking you to support the safe staffing for quality care act (S782 and A1548/8580). This legislation will ensure the safety of our patients by setting the maximum number of patients a nurse a nurse can care for at a time. Hospitals must be required to meet the minimum nurse to patient staffing standards. Help our patients receive the care they need and deserve, pass the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act.