Adventures

Thanks for the Sweater

Dear Romeo, Our story was like a fairytale something that only happens in the movies or novels. I could see you orbiting like a moth circles a flame. Gently enough that it showed your interest, but not enough that it was creepy. You were lingering in my peripheral vision. It wasn’t until you wandered back… Continue reading Thanks for the Sweater

Nursing Notes

4 Secrets to Being a Better Nurse

“It works! It works!” cried my patient. Earlier, I had reset her tablet. It wasn’t working. She was very worried because she was already bored to death lying in her bed. “This doesn’t have to do with my sickness, but you looked smart,” she explained as she handed me the non-cooperative device. Her enthusiasm at… Continue reading 4 Secrets to Being a Better Nurse

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Still no word from my parents…

This week has been extremely difficult. "Let me call you back later," my dad said last Tuesday evening and I haven't heard from him since. He was preparing for Hurricane Maria to hit Puerto Rico where he currently resides, while I worried from California. I am the type of person who walks glumly around a… Continue reading Still no word from my parents…

Adventures

Of Roots, Heritage and Identity Crisis

I sat at my dinner table on the verge of an identity crisis. My mom was empathically informing me that she didn’t identify as Jamaican. All my life, I had known both my parents to be Jamaican. My dad was born and raised in Jamaica, while my mom was born in Massachusetts and raised in… Continue reading Of Roots, Heritage and Identity Crisis

Musings

You won’t find God in a Hurricane

This hurricane season has been pretty brutal. Hurricane Harvey tumbled onto the shores of Houston with flooding, damage and homelessness in its wake. Monster Hurricane Irma barreled across the Caribbean and on into the southeastern American States–behind her a trail of devastation and destruction. There was an 8.3 earthquake off the coast of Mexico. Some… Continue reading You won’t find God in a Hurricane

Adventures

Five Free Hangouts in San Juan

San Juan, Puerto Rico is probably one of the most expensive places on the island. Tourism is a booming business and vendors expect visitors to be rolling in cash. Free public restrooms are rare, and the food downtown is a least $14 a plate. Places like El Morro (castle-like wall that surrounds San Juan Viejo)… Continue reading Five Free Hangouts in San Juan

Musings

Never, never ask why

I was preparing for my nursing boards the other day by doing practice questions. I don’t remember what the question asked, but the rationale indicated that asking why was nontherapeutic because it could come across to the patient as accusatory. More on that latter. However, there is a lot to be learned about therapeutic communication… Continue reading Never, never ask why