I am still sick, though not as sick as I was. It began on Saturday the 20th, and by Tuesday the 24th I was seeing a fever that was as high as 102F and a resting heart rate in the 120s. I missed a week of work. The fever finally broke on Friday, but I have this lingering cough that I just can’t shake. Even now, I am sleeping in a chair at night because it’s just too taxing to breathe while lying down. I don’t know what this is, but it is kicking my ass. I’ve lost 15 pounds in the past ten days.

On top of that, there is a nurse where I work that for years has been such a pain in the hindquarters that everyone avoids her. Whenever anyone mentions her name, whoever is in earshot rolls their eyes. She routinely makes other nurses cry. I don’t know why admin puts up with her.

Well, guess who has to work with her for the next two months? Yesterday was our second day working together, and I snapped. I asked to be assigned with someone else, but the scheduler claims that’s all I have to work with. I am asking for a meeting with the department manager. That’s all of the details I can give on here, but let’s just say that the last week or so hasn’t been great.

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Noway2 · October 31, 2023 at 8:29 am

Sorry you’re (still) feeling under the weather. Hope you get better soon.

Grumpy51 · October 31, 2023 at 8:32 am

Does Nurse Ratchet have any patient care issues or is it mainly attitude/behavioral?

The answer to above will direct your plan of action (IME). Patient care issues – easier to address (IMO) since sets hospital and those involved in whomever she is taking care of of being sued. Attitude becomes a “toxic work environment “ which I address through chain of command, and sometimes HR, with specific documentation (times, dates, behavior). Both are harder IF she’s a “protected class”

Best wishes…..

W Wilson · October 31, 2023 at 10:55 am

Has anyone ever thought about making her life miserable. I’m sure there are ways.

Craig · October 31, 2023 at 11:30 am

When it rains it pours! 2023 is getting zero stars, would not recommend. My wife got covid and pneumonia, 7 days in hospital. Thanks for the recent medical posts, they were very informative and timely for me. Hope you continue to feel better.

Will · October 31, 2023 at 1:24 pm

Feel better. Hope she doesn’t make you cry.

Bad Dancer · October 31, 2023 at 3:51 pm

Hope you kick off the rest of whatever plague you’re suffering from, any ideas what it is or who stuck what in your voodoo doll?

Your nemesis sounds awful there’s one in every workplace sadly we no longer have roaming saber tooth tigers to eat such folks

    Divemedic · October 31, 2023 at 5:19 pm

    I’m signing her up for a free in home solar demo right now

      Jen · October 31, 2023 at 8:45 pm


      Ralph · November 1, 2023 at 7:54 am

      PETA is also good.

SP RN · October 31, 2023 at 5:45 pm

I hope your recovery gets easier every day.
P.S. Thank you for your site, it’s a mandatory daily read.

ModernDayJeremiah · October 31, 2023 at 6:15 pm

Just guessing that “she” is a vegan transgender two-spirit lesbian person of color. And a Karen.

Don Shift · October 31, 2023 at 7:12 pm

You are the last person she would probably want to mess with, but I suppose she doesn’t read your blog.

Tree Mike · October 31, 2023 at 8:50 pm

I am not a medical professional, nor have I played one on television or in the bedroom. Also, I am not a medical wannabe. With that out of the way, you have, either a science engineered bio weapon (possibly genetically targeting) OR a third world shithole disease transported by one or a few million of the 28 million illegal aliens brought to you by the known sponsors of our foreign invasion.
So sorry you have McBitch face to add to your load. Prayers and wishes of good health to you.

Boneman · November 1, 2023 at 4:45 am

Injury AND insult makes for an horrid combination. May you recover physically and may the reprobate you’re working with get what’s deserved. Perhaps she might need some outreach from various Car Extended Warranty Concerns also. 😉

Rick · November 1, 2023 at 10:52 am

Clinically speaking, what would make person behave like that?

I recently learned that my sister got a coworker fired. Sis is head of a volunter org for military families. Apparently sis took as a threat when coworker made suggestions.
Sis was spoiled rotten by dad. She’s a control freak to the Nth. She does become hostile but generally a witch to be around.

I’m always curious why people act as they do. Occassional hurts or betrayals do not seem a sufficent reason. Something long standing, not merely a grudge, but a systemic pattern. How does it get started and why does it continue unabated/unresolved (subject not seeking resolution)?

D · November 4, 2023 at 2:27 pm

Pretty similar here in Washington State.
Everyone in the family got sick around September 30th.
Whatever it was would wax and wain for the first two weeks of October. Spend a day with a 101 fever, then a few days at a normal temp with just a cough and low energy, then back to 101 again.

For the last two weeks of October and here into November everyone has an annoying minor cough.

Fun times with bioweapons. 😉

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