Monday, September 17, 2007

the real deal





















I've been at work this weekend and am slightly deficient in anything witty to say. You could even say I'm fried like an egg. Toasted like a bride. Shot like a photo. Which reminds me...


I thought you all might like to see a picture of RC at work, so here you are. It's not really an accurate depiction though. My hair is a little darker and we don't use real glasses anymore and you'll never see flowers in the ER, but other than that I'd have to say it's the real deal. Don't let the small details throw you off.



Kind of a cross between Florence Nightingale, June Cleaver and (my RC alter image) Cherry Ames all rolled into one. With a little Mother Theresa thrown in for good measure. Because she worked with lepers, too. And drunks and drug seekers and gang bangers and people who seriously are too stupid to live. And way too stupid to procreate. And yet they do both. With gusto. And no small amount of spite.


I'm going to crawl in a hole and go to my happy place now. I'll have to wait to press my uniform and starch my cap until the morning.

24 comments:

ciara said...

you look adorable! :) hey, i think i know some of those ppl who are too stupid to live and/or procreate lol really though...i know i appreciate all your nurseliness (hey, just made up my own word lol)

la bellina mammina said...

cute!! LOL! hope you feel better soon:-)

Flowerpot said...

you look wonderful, Correspondent - I hope you have that picture up in your kitchen to remind your family of what good you do!!

Jen said...

My goodness, but you are truly lovely. I'm envious of that glow, and that serene smile.

As for the lot you had to deal with last night...they could only be so lucky to have you.

laurie said...

RC, what are you drinking??

(see, i can do italics too)

Kaycie said...

Sounds like you had a bad day or two. Hope you're feeling better, sweetie.

The Rotten Correspondent said...

ciara - the too stupid to live and or/procreate crowd is everywhere. Be careful where you walk.

bella - I'm off for eleven days. I'm planning on feeling much better very soon.

flowerpot - well, I had something like it in the kitchen, but some prankster used it for a dart board.

jen- the glow comes from Eau de unwashed masses and the smile is courtesy of Valium.

laurie - drinking, hell. IV, baby, straight into the system. Start with the small stuff like the sedatives and work your way into the really good stuff as the shift progresses. You just can't see it, because the sleeve hides the personal tubing.

kaycie - It wasn't any one bad thing, it was just cumulative. I plan on lolling on the sofa and ringing a bell for the maid to bring me cocktails. Or just the bottle of Tequila and a straw.

Kimberly said...

Oh, you sound so tired!

Akelamalu said...

Oh nursey you look lovely!

Seriously do you wear a uniform like that? I always thought they looked so smart but nowadays all hospital staff seem to wear pants and a tunic.

The Rotten Correspondent said...

kimberly - I'm feeling this morning like I'll live. Last night at 11:30 when I was pounding my head on the keyboard for a blog idea I wasn't so sure!

akelamalu - a dress? As if!That's the very best thing about my job - that I get to go to work in my pajamas every single day. I cracked myself up the other day running around the house looking for my "comfortable" set of scrubs. As compared to what??

On a serious note though, it used to be the only place you could find nursing dresses was in Halloween shops and porn sites. Now I'm noticing quite a few in uniform catalogs and am wondering if they're making some kind of comeback. I guess we'll see. But I'm not giving up on my pajamas.

PixelPi said...

I can only guess from what I experience vicariously about the ER how horrible an entire shift there would be. You certainly deserve someone to bring you anything you want at the ring of the bell!

Ha! I knew you didn't really still wear your cute little cap and a starched dress. In the ER? And I knew you read Cherry Ames too!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Congrats on the award. I think you should get one for most glam!

Crystal xx

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

Aren't you lovely! I particularly like the starched white hat.

Jo Beaufoix said...

RC you are gorgeous.
And you got an award.
Come over when you knock off.
xx

Iota said...

It's a lovely vision of you, and everyone's allowed a little artistic licence.

my two cents said...

Get some rest!

laurie said...

cherry ames! oh wow that dates us.

Woody's Mom said...
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Woody's Mom said...

Cherry Ames was my absolute fave as a kid... had the whole series. I liked her even more than Nancy Drew.

I wanted to grow up to be Cherry Ames (but then I took microbiology as an adult and realized I better not pursue this line of work)...

I also wanted to grow up to be a Lennon Sister. They had the best dresses.

Amy said...

My mom said that when they switched to pants instead of dresses, all the female nursing staff were a lot happier. They got much less unwanted attention.

That said, you look crisper than a fresh apple in that outfit. I think it's the hat that really does it.

ped crossing said...

I loved all my ER nurses (except the cranky one in admitting). They gave me the most wonderful drugs.
I set a record with one of the ER docs for most times he had seen the same patient (3 times). If you wear crocs with your pajamas then you are enjoying maximum comfort.

I hope your days off rejuvenate you.

The Rotten Correspondent said...

pixel pi -12 hours in the ER is a long stinking time. And we had the BEST crew in all weekend, which was an absolute pleasure. But it was still a burner.

crystal jigsaw - you should see it with the pearls.

wakeup - we actually had to wear a hat for graduation. I don't think I've ever seen my kids laugh that hard.

jo - ooh...awards! Popping over!

iota - I may need to be more careful or my artistic license will be revoked.

my two cents - my butt and a sofa. that's the plan.

laurie - well, maybe it dates you...

woody's mom - I also had the whole set. Still do. Good old Cherry Ames. Can you even imagine naming a kid Cherry now??

amy - I cannot even imagine wearing a dress to work in a hospital. Someone would be looking up your knickers 24/7.

ped crossing - if my house were on fire my crocs would be the first non-living thing I would grab. They're almost more comfy than fuzzy slippers.And yeah, we do give some kick butt drugs!

Diana said...

In the way-back days of my training, we had a nursing supervisor named "Sister Mary of the Angels" ("Sister" for short), who dressed exactly like that. She scared the shit out of all of us, including the druggies and all.

She even had a dark blue cape to throw over her shoulders. And her uniform and cap (and knickers, I'm sure) were impeccably starched and blindingly white, even at the end of her shift.

Gledwood said...

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