Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC

Let’s face it: In just the last three weeks, we have experienced major changes. Yet as humans, we adjust quickly. Pickup lines have evolved to things like “Hey Baby, do you need toilet paper? Because if so, I can be your Prince Charmin!” 

I used to use my toilet paper like I was spinning on Wheel of Fortune, but now it’s as if I’m cracking a safe. And I have absorbed so much soap and disinfectant that when I pee, I clean the toilet at the same time!

Since I have a corporate position, I usually fly every week to someplace or another and am home only on the weekends. So being home all week is very different for me. I am just glad my kids are grown and it’s just my husband and me now. I was looking out my window Wednesday and saw my neighbor ripping the “My child is a terrific kid” bumper sticker off her car! 

Yesterday, my husband heard me saying, “I am so happy that I get to be with you all day long.” He started to respond — until he realized I was talking to our dog.  But, if I want to be romantic, I tell my husband, “Without you in my life, I’d feel as empty as the paper aisle at the supermarket.” (How’s that for romance, people? You’re welcome!)

Now, we’ve always held weekly Zoom video conference meetings in my company. It’s a great way to meet with staff and leadership across the states. But it has changed lately. Like a week ago, a lot of people were wearing hats and bandanas and such covering their hair. Some of the guys’ beards have been growing out, disguising them a bit. But this week, over half of the cameras were turned off and all you could see was a black box. Have most of our employees suddenly entered the federal witness protection program? Hmmmm. 

Friday evening, I watched a documentary on vodka martinis. I haven’t gotten to the point yet where I’ll watch all documentaries that way, but it’s tempting. Stay tuned!

Just trying to (keep a sense of humor, and) stay real!

Nurse Jackie

The Real Nurse Jackie is written by Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC, Senior Director of Clinical Innovation and Education for Mission Health Communities, LLC and an APEX Award of Excellence winner for Blog Writing. Vance is a real-life long-term care nurse. A nationally respected nurse educator and past national LTC Nurse Administrator of the Year, she also is an accomplished stand-up comedienne. The opinions supplied here are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of her employer or her professional affiliates.