An active mind is a healthy mind

As I get ready for work today, I’m both dreading it (I didn’t sleep well) and looking forward to it. Why? Because I’m learning something new!

One of the things I love about my day job is that there is the constant opportunity to learn and keep my mind fresh. Healthcare is always changing, and there are always new things on the horizon.

When I worked retail, I felt stifled and drained. I didn’t have anything to look forward to when I clocked in except clocking out. Today, though, I am scheduled to learn a new position that will give me more to know.

Learning doesn’t have to be boring. Some people don’t do well in school because of the teaching methods, but they’re actually really brilliant. Everyone is brilliant in some ways. For some people it’s academics…unfortunately for others, it’s crime or something. But try to learn something (beneficial) as often as you can. Look up subjects that interest you. Heard about a new product and want to know more? Google or Bing it! Curious about the political situation? Search (reputable) news sites. What’s that suspicious mole? Well, best to go to the doctor for that one…but research the diagnosis after you see a physician.


Well, I did it. I jinxed myself.

I’m not a very superstitious person in general, but there’s one thing that I get paranoid about: saying things are quiet/easy at work. Inevitably, if you say “Gee, it’s quiet today” or “Man, it was such a nice day today” something happens. Triages come in, tests are ordered, someone’s sent to the hospital, or, in the case of yesterday, you get a text saying that, instead of coming in at 7:50 for a relatively “easy” day at one office, you’re needed for a long, busy shift starting at 6:00 instead.

It’s my own fault. I know better. I used to jump down the throat of anyone who commented on how quiet it was at the hospital where I used to work. I’d say, “If you just jinxed us, you’re running the code yourself!”

A terrible night’s sleep is not helping things, either. I had a dream that I forgot I was supposed to be in earlier and thus was late, and I kept waking up just about every hour. Can’t even blame it on the cat, because he left me alone most of the night. I finally woke up around 2:15 because I just wasn’t sleepy anymore. Go figure.

I’m trying to psych myself up into a positive attitude that today will be a good day….but I don’t want to jinx myself.