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Diagnostic radiographer, but that's only what I do.

Saved a ladybird

From A&E X-ray darkroom

Apr 19, 2014

Time in loo

If you work a bank holiday (like today was) you get the time back in lieu. 

Also, I fixed the toilet. I diagnosed the problem, directed the purchasing of new parts and then fitted those parts. I must confess that it didn’t work the first or second time — it leaked all over the bathroom — but by the third time I had it down.

I’ve never plumbed before. Not bad for a button pusher.

Apr 18, 2014

When ‘official’ things happen

I had a disagreement with someone about when something is official.

She is sleeping at her old place until Sunday, but is moving out on Friday (tomorrow) and is having her leaving meal then.

She said that the meal tomorrow marks her ‘unofficial’ last day, because she’s moving out then, but still sleeping at her old place until Sunday. I disagreed, saying that the meal marked her ‘official’ last day (her moving out day), Sunday being her actual last day. If the ‘official’ day and the actual day are the same, there’s no point in its being official — it just is.

It’s like the queen’s real birthday, and her ‘official’ birthday. Or your ‘official’ first day of school and the actual first day if Monday is an inset (training) day. 

Apr 17, 2014

Tags friends

Anticipate the expected

What happened
I had an ICU request
X-ray for CVC
I did it. There was a central line. No other lines.
***
30 minutes later another ICU request comes through
X-ray for NG
What they should have done
Stopped me before I X-rayed and put in the NGT, knowing that they’d want one later.
What I should have done
Seen that there was no NG and asked whether they wanted to put one in while I was still here to image it.
What I did
Left it for the day staff.
If it became urgent they’d ring and it’d get done immediately.
Apr 16, 2014

"The usual?"

– I always have the same coffee before a night shift, and the staff know it.

Apr 15, 2014

Black cloud; white cloud.

When the shift before mine has averaged 16 patients an hour, then I arrive and average 1, it’s best not to say anything.

Apr 14, 2014

I slept all day

I’m transitioning from days to nights and vice versa. 

Apparently it’s like jet lag. I wouldn’t know.

Apr 13, 2014

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