Archive | April 2020

#FrontLines New York City @MaryLSchmidt #ASMSG #COVID19 Part Two


My dear friends 11th day on the front lines in New York City. She Kansas for NYC to help them out at the their battle zone. 

My RN friend’s 11th day on the #FrontLines #COVID19 #NYC

“Day 11 was a rough day. We are bused to the hospital and leave our hotel at 0640. We get back to our hotel between 8 and 8:30 at night and have to decontaminate and shower before we are allowed to leave our rooms. Yesterday no breaks. We walked in the ICU a little after 0700 yesterday morning and started coding our first patient. 4 of our 12 patients just on my unit coded and died yesterday. The youngest was in her 40’s and the oldest was 83. I think about who they were a few months ago before falling ill- someone’s mother, father, spouse, sibling, co-worker- all of who can not be by their sides as they fight this. Again overhead paging all day for RT and anesthesia and code blues. I knew this would be difficult. Please heed the warnings. This virus does not discriminate. I am doing well, staying focused, trying to stay positive and find the good- yesterday 16 Covid+ patients recovered and were discharged home from the hospital I’m working at 💞. I have made some great friends here in NY and from all over the country and we are a great support system for each other but hearing from you all through texts, FB messages and calls means so much. Thank you and keep sending prayers and good vibes from home 💞 “

#FrontLines New York City @MaryLSchmidt #ASMSG #COVID19


Please read… #StaySafe

I know this nurse who wrote what I will add in quotes below. She is truly awesome and quite smart,a beautiful woman inside and out. She epitomizes professionalism. We had some nursing classes together, and we both worked at SHRC in different areas. Hers was cardiac and ICU (plus she has other experience with a surgical hospital and a lot more), mine was PICC lines, hard IV’s, chemotherapy, cardiac, trauma, blood transfusions and more – many outpatient infusion therapy plus more, peds, etc. Ultimately, she became a nurse practitioner. I know her siblings. She is from Ellsworth County. I know her children and her grands. This woman speaks volumes without saying one single word. If I needed a nurse, she is the one I would choose. She chose, along with other nurses, to go to the front lines, and help New York City. Below is her update. I’m not using her name as I don’t know if she wants this out to others and I respect her choice, whatever it is, as she is so busy I’m not going to ask her if I can use her name as that will take away precious time, and she needs her time – for her patients and for herself. Many know her. I just want you to know what ONE SINGLE NURSE is doing, what’s happening, and to please pray for her and the others fighting this pandemic. Please pray. Thank you.

“Just a quick update- transferred to working in a 12 bed ICU for Covid + patients. All on vents. Ranging in age from 20-70s. Younger patients without any underlying health issues. 3 codes in 1 hour. Constant paging for RT and anesthesia for more intubations. The hospital has converted 4 units to ICUs for Covid + patients aside from their regular ICU. Many nurses who came here to help leave after one shift- no judgement – it is a lot to take in. You see enough tragedies in one shift that normally you may see in months or a year. Aside from all the bad- there is a lot of good. A sense of community. Strangers from all over coming here to help NY, helping each other cope with this war zone. The people of New York are so appreciative we are here. We have plenty of PPE. Don’t stop believing plays overhead every time a Covid patient is successfully extubated. Every night at 7 pm shift change the firefighters and NYPD sound off their sirens and horns and people cheer and clap- all to show support for those on the frontlines. We are provided meals free of charge and given care packages. I’m certain this will be the hardest yet most rewarding experience of my career.”

#Bravo times one million and then again to my friend.

This entry was posted on April 24, 2020. 6 Comments

Meet Clara Andrews by Lacey London


I just finished reading this book by Lacey London – the first book in her Clara series.

From the author found on Amazon:

“The fantastic first book in the bestselling Clara series by Lacey London.

The Clara series takes us on a journey through the minefields of dating, wedding-day nerves, motherhood, Barbados, America, Mykonos and beyond.

It all starts with an unfortunate first meeting…

Being young, free and single, Clara Andrews thought she had it all.

A fabulous job in the fashion industry, a buzzing social life and the world’s greatest best friends are all that her heart desires. But when a chance meeting introduces her to Oliver, a devastatingly handsome American designer, Clara has her head turned.

Trying to keep the focus on her work, Clara finds her heart stolen by lavish restaurants and luxury hotels.

As things get flirty, Clara reminds herself that office relationships are against the rules. So, when a sudden memory of an evening out leads her to a gorgeous barman, she decides to see where it goes.

Clara soon finds out that dating two men isn’t as easy as it seems.

Will she be able to play the field without getting played herself?

Join Clara as she finds herself landing in and out of trouble, reaffirming friendships, discovering truths and uncovering secrets.

It’s time to Meet Clara Andrews… your new best friend.”

My review:

I loved this almost perfectly written book and such a rom-com it is, indeed. The book is more a novelette in length, and a pure delight to read. Romance, shenanigans, misunderstandings, and some wine or champagne tossed together in a charming locale with some of the finer things life has to offer thrown in for good measure and you will love this FIVE star read yourself! Thank you Lacey! 

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1. This virus has shown how it affects the human body.

2. It has NOT shown everyone how it acts on an INDIVIDUAL in different ways.

3. I know how it affects even healthy people. It HITS HARD, wipes you out, you get better, then it HITS HARD AGAIN in SOME people. It comes in WAVES in SOME people and one in particular who I LOVE dearly. I know of three people who have/had it hit them in waves. One in their 30’s and two a little older.

#BeSafe #ThisIsReal #LoveYouAll #WeCanFightThisVirus

This entry was posted on April 15, 2020. 4 Comments

10 Commandments of Writing — ARHtistic License

For most writers, the path to publication is full of obstacles, detours, and potholes. Tenacity and resilience are required to reach your destination. Observe these commandments: Write every day. The quickest way to become a published writer is to exercise your writing muscles. The more you write, the better you get. Write for the joy […]

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