27 January 2020

off days

I cancelled all my appointments 
For today and will just chill. 

The trip. 
There’s some criss-crossing. 
But basically this. 
My little Subaru gets 
About 500 miles per tank. 
400 with the AC (and mountains) 

The river raft trip. 
My mother took one in Denver
When she was 60. 
Her job went to Colorado 
For an aging seminar. 
She fell in during a rapid crossing
And the guide just scooped her out 
Like a puppy- she always said. 
Mine will have no such rapids. 

The Continental Divide
As seen through The Rockies. 

Denver is on one side. 
The river raft tour is on the other. 
That makes sense. 

Why not see a show?
DCI is active in Denver. 
Drums Along The Rockies. 
I’m going there with an old 
High School friend. 
A drummer, in fact. 

We’re going to eat and play 
And gossip about everyone. 

I realized I don’t like my patient. 
He’s a kid and I love him. 
But I don’t like him. 
Well, not all the time.
I don’t always like his behavior. 

That was causing all kinds of guilt. 
These kids get into puberty 
And the hormones are raging
If they’re a quadriplegic-
There’s no place for that energy to go. 

My other case did the same thing. 
But I must say- 
Boys are 10 times tougher. 
This is my first boy case. 

And guess what! 
It’s OK that I don’t like it. 
I just do my job
And let him work 
Through the paces. 

26 January 2020

upper colorado river float

The key word here is “float!”
As in mostly Class 2 (sissy) rapids 

I think a small moon phase 
Would show more stars. 

The travel brochures are super cool! 
The trip will be 3 days and 2 nights. 
30 miles of river. 
Lots of stops and campfires. 
I’m going to bring some tuna
And tell them I’m LC! 

stupid day

Another day
Another Chaffle 

I’m adding an excursion 
To my summer trip. 

An overnight river raft trip
In the Grand Canyon 
Is often in the thousands. 
Big Bucks. 

The Upper Colorado River
Excursions are much less. 
Maybe permits and fees? 

So in addition to a few
Mini-excursions, hiking etc- 
I have added a 2 night raft trip. 

I’m really too old
For Pediatric Search and Rescue-
Trying to find some bright little kid
Who remains trapped in a body
That won’t cooperate with his mind ... 

Some Good Will Hunting
Story of triumph and winning. 
The truth is- most people 
Just don’t come through tragedy
And come out on top. 
It’s hard enough to get though each day. 

This kid was fussing today 
when my shift started at 6 am. 
He was covered with 3 blankets. 
And it’s mild weather outside. 
I’ve got the window cracked! 
Birds are singing. 
No rain. 
Why 3 blankets? 

Also the thermometer was under his arm. 
Life is hard enough without having
Bad Nurses - HORRIBLE Nurses. 

I am ready to give up. Again. 
So I focus on work and getting away. 

The only thought I’ve had 
For a year is trying to figure out
If I should stay or go 
In this anxiety provoking, 
All-consuming case. 

I just want to go to work, 
Do a good job, 
And go the fuck home.