Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Ever since I took over the credit reporting for the company I work for, my days have been consumed with other peoples problems. I'm not sure if I like it much. I was getting headaches the first couple of days I was working on my own. At least those have subsided.

I ate breakfast and lunch today so by the time dinner rolled around, I was hungry again - too hungry to go home and make dinner for myself, so I went to El Pollo Loco after getting some cash at the ATM.

My son was home by the time I got there and that was unexpected. He skipped class today. I hate when he does that. I've paid for all of his college this semester, so it's my feeling he should GO!

I threw an almond at one of my cats to see what it would do. It stared at kernel for awhile. The cat pushed it around a bit, sniffed, then stared at again. My son and I were eating the same almonds from across the room. I know the cat was getting hungry because she licked her lips, but she didn't eat the nut.

And what is up with this crappy ass gray dingy bull shit weather again? I am so ready for Spring and Summer to be here. It drizzled on my car this morning. A clear sign for me not to take the train.

So Wednesday I'm supposed to go out for drinks with people from work and then Thursday I think I'm having dinner with a friend in Long Beach - I think. The last time we planned it, the plans fell through at the last minute which leads me to believe that it's probably going to happen again. *Sigh*

Monday, April 26, 2010

An Unintended Benefit

This is what happens when you place a bird feeder over a flower bed - sunflowers. This specimen was the biggest one yet.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Driving in hell

The President of the United States is in town after attending two fund raising events. And this morning splashed all over the news is the fact that his motorcade will be driving to LAX during rush hour traffic. Basically, what happens is that the 105 freeway is shut down for only local law enforcement, secret service and a few bulletproof limos. It's a pain in the ass for anyone that's used to taking the 105 in the AM. But you can take Imperial or Rosecrans as an alternate because they both run in the same direction. It's days like these that make me glad I can take the train to work.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

And so it goes

Obviously, I took last Thursday the 8th off to take my mom to the hospital for her heart bypass surgery. While in pre-op, the anesthesiologist said to give her a sedative to squelch her anxiety. It worked. She was sleeping by the time she went into surgery at around 8AM.

And now I'm inserting a link for the review I wrote about the Hospital mom went to because I don't want to type all of that out again.

Sharp Grossmont Hospital Review on Yelp.com

I stayed off work for two days and lost out on a good chunk of change and mom didn't even acknowledge the fact. My paycheck last Friday was shorted by one-third because of her and I'll never get it back.

Getting a phone call at 3AM on 4/14 better be goddamn important, but instead it was my mom bitching about the room because the bed was too big for her and she was hurting. Earlier in the day the hospital moved her out of the 5th floor and into the 3rd floor where the transition rehabilitation ward is. I told her to ask for pain medication if she hurt. I stayed on the phone with her until I heard a nurse was giving her two Percocet.

After that episode, hours later a social worker called me leaving a message on my cellphone and I returned the call at lunch. The social worker told me one story and I heard entirely another while I was on the phone with my mom. I explained she sounded as though she was delirious from the pain and this is her first surgery so she doesn't understand that she needs to be a better advocate for herself when it comes to controlling her pain. Mom needs to ask for her pain meds, no one reads minds and they are not going to regularly medicate her as if she were fresh out of surgery like a few days before. I also told the social worker about my mom's propensity to not work as hard as she could during physical activity which would be another reason why she would complain about where is was. The social worker said she would make sure the nurses ask more if she's in pain to see if she can be medicated more frequently.

I've been checking in on mom by phone for the past week. Her anxiety piqued on Friday when she thought she was going to get the O.K. to be released. She asked me to come, but she only had the clearance from one doctor. I told her I would call later after she heard from her other doctor. After I had ordered lunch, I called to check up on her and she was freaking out about something she said she found on her skin between her neck and body and a charge nurse was coming to look at it. She was too medicated to described it to me over the phone. Clearly, she wasn't ready to go home and her second doctor confirmed this to me and said she had to wait another week before going home. I reminded her that her bff's daughter can take her home and that's what we discussed while visited on Friday. She started to complain again.

Jesus, if you ever hear me complain to the level that my mom does about stupid shit, just put me out of my misery. Big bed, big car, no this, no that, you're 4'8" and the world's not going to conform to YOU, miss passive aggressive. You did this to yourself.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

She's in there

4am comes quickly when you're not sleeping in your own bed. We were out the door by 430am and sitting at the intake desk by 445am. After all this mornings prep, I talked to the anethesiologist who talked me through the time schedule. If everything goes well, she'll be out of surgery by noon and in icu.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


I'm in El Cajon tonight, the night before my mom has heart bypass surgery. It took me three hours, including a dinner break, to drive from El Segundo to here. I stopped at Panda Express in Oceanside for dinner.

So tomorrow I'm not going to be a happy camper getting up at 4am and getting out the door to go to a hospital. Generally, hospitals are not very happy places unless you are there to have a baby. And I'm not. That's the furthest thing on my mind these days.

Today at work, I went through MERS training and now the CU is officially MERS Ready. I think I registered 8 loans and my manager did one in training. My dept manager came in to talk after the training. She broght up a employee satisfaction survey and the statistical analysis from it and I'm not that surprised people are not happy with their jobs. When you have to be accountable for your actions and a quality product and not just making the members happy, things change. My dept manager knows I meant business when I asked, "How about making me happy and hiring me?" Right now I'm fulltime w/ no benis. And I need benis. With the changes to the board of directors, my hiring has been put on hold. Grrr.

6 hours before showtime and a short roadtrip up the 8.