Monthly Archives: November 2014

Let’s try this again.

Every time I get into a rhythm with the blog, I leave on another trip and break it. Life is hard, man! I’ll try and be better.

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Boycott the Vote

I am not voting in the election today. Not because I am uninformed, apathetic, or indecisive. I am not voting because the system in and of itself violates my principles. Every single person running for office today has one thing in common: their platform is always “I will force everyone else do .” It doesn’t matter what is, they are all about using force and violence to get their way. It doesn’t matter how many people vote for an idea or a person – violence and aggression is not justified to get your way.

So today, I urge you to not vote. Don’t buy in to the system that says “might makes right”. Democracy is simply oppression by the majority.

I will admit there is some credence to the idea of the “lesser of two evils”, but both parties are so deeply anti-freedom that I see no justification in supporting either. Give me a candidate who wants to end police militarization and abuse, end the war on drugs, end the USA’s foreign wars, and supports private gun ownership, and I’ll consider voting for them. Unfortunately, even the Libertarian Party candidates tend to be only Republican Lite. I won’t be voting this year, and it looks like that will be a trend for the foreseeable future.

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A Peaceful Death

Just saw the news that Brittany Maynard has ended her life. I am glad she has brought attention to the idea of controlling the timing of your death. Death is hard. It is made even harder by the “life at any cost” mindset in America. Almost every night, I provide care for patients whose quality of life is minimal. patients whose dementia has destroyed their minds, who don’t know who they are, or where they are, and whose life consists of pain, confusion, and fear. Yet, we continue to provide aggressive medical care to prolong their suffering.

I hope Brittany’s death will spark further discussions about the right of people to control their life and death. Sometimes the choice is not between living and dying, but instead a choice of how you die. She chose to die at home, surrounded by her loved ones – instead of in a spiral of seizures, pain, and invasive medical procedures, surrounded by strangers. While I am sad for the loss her family is experiencing, I am glad she was able to make the choice.

I wish more states would provide people with the right to choose how their life ends. We wouldn’t make a beloved pet suffer through the last days of a terminal disease – in fact, it is considered inhumane to do so. But for people, we deny them choice and force suffering upon them.

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Saturday, November 1

Tonight is one of the worst nights of the year to work as a nurse. Why? Well, at 0200, the clock stops. Then, the hands slowly spin backward. Twelve hours is already plenty long. THIRTEEN?! That’s just cruel. And, of course, the people who run hospital computer systems can’t figure out how to make software cope with daylight savings time. So pretty much every computer system is down for that hour and we have to break out our paper charting sheets. Lab can’t take computerized orders, you can’t scan your meds when you administer them. You try and structure your night so you don’t have anything to chart during that “bonus hour”. Now Spring Forward is a whole different matter!

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