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News about news

I’m kinda excited about tomorrow.

Sure, I have the day off of work. And Hubby’s going out of town, so we get to order out dinner. And yes, I have a pedicure date with my girlfriends. And of course there’s the State of the Union speech, which I get to watch (or not, if I choose) without my husband’s efforts at making me uncomfortable and pissing me off.

But the real reason I’m so excited is Apple’s big announcement. They will most likely be announcing their new tablet, which sounds so incredibly awesome, like an itouch on steroids. And they may also declare that the iphone will be available on more than At&T, which would be way cool because then I may be able to eventually get one on my phone plan.

It just sounds like an all-around fun day, full of surprises and new discoveries.

PS My chosen word for the State of the Union drinking game is ‘jobs.’ Take a drink whenever you hear it uttered during the speech or the rebuttal. What’s your word?

PPS Also, funny how my neck pain abated after a day of refusing to pick up O’Baby. Huh.

Schadenfreude

I am so amused by the fact that the brand-new senator from Massachusetts was voted World’s Sexiest Man by Cosmopolitan magazine in 1982, and was featured in a nude centerfold.

And his daughter, who is a contestant on American Idol, is singing with the Doug Flutie band.

And now I’m listening to commentary on the race by Sarah Palin.

It’s all a dog-and-pony show, and I am so perplexed by the turns of events that I can only laugh.

I just can’t stop shaking my head. Talk about implosion.

Compassion and safety

I have read that medical staff in Haiti were told by their superiors (or the UN, depending on which article you read) to evacuate their field hospital because of risk of violence from nearby rioters and looters, and that they complied. This left 25 or so patients unattended for the night.

Sanjay Gupta from CNN, a doctor, jumped in and confirmed that all 25 were stable, then stabilized three more critical patients that came in. He passed judgement on the medical staff, saying that it was unbelievable that the staff would abandon their patients.

A general in the military said that the staff should just suck it up and go back to work, and that their leaving the patients was ‘unforgivable.’

The general public has been taught (mostly by Johnson & Johnson) that we only become nurses and doctors because we’re compassionate and loving and warm and fuzzy and we just want to take care of people. They don’t see that we are highly-trained and educated professionals with an exclusive set of skills that we work proudly to hone. And that we jump at the chance to use these skills, and yes, these skills help people.

As a nurse, I have a different view. The first thing that all first-responders are taught is to make sure that we look out for our own safety. We are not allowed to enter a scene where we would be in danger, no matter what the condition of the victims inside.

The rationale for this is that we are no good to anyone if we are dead.

So, although I’m sure it must have been extremely difficult for the medical and nursing staff to do (will we ever hear their story?), they left their patients. On orders from their superiors. To preserve their own lives and prevent physical harm to themselves.

Nobody says whether the medical and nursing staff had families waiting for them at home far away, or if they were completely burnt out and frustrated and scared and exhausted.

Is what they did wrong? Not according to what I’ve been taught. But I understand desperation, and I know Haiti is living on desperation right now.

Nobody wins.

Rocked

Watching those images from Haiti makes me so sad for the Haitians. Such devastation is unfathomable to me.

How lucky are we to live in the USA, in the Midwest, in our safe and strong homes. How grateful I am to be where I am.