Wednesday, August 5, 2015

August 5: Bonehead Blog Hop


Welcome to the Bonehead Blog Hop!
Our motto:
"Confession is good for the soul...it may not

be your soul, but trust me - it's good for someone's soul."

Hosted by  Author Diana Wilder of  Diana Wilder, ...About myself, by myself and your old pal, Cherdo, of Cherdo on the Flipside, an equal opportunity offender and virtual bonehead mistake factory.


Thanks to all the participants who are joining us today. They're the bravest of the brave!  While others strut and build up their egos, we look in the mirror and ask "what was I thinking?"  Pulling off a truly bonehead move requires skill and so, fellow boneheads (novice or pro), I salute you.

Let's get the ball rolling...

When I worked as a nurse, I loved patient care; it's a good place for my extra dose of empathy. That comes in handy when you work with people who sick. As the profession became more and more about paperwork and avoiding litigation, I liked it less. 

A promotion redirected me to administrative nursing jobs and I found I was pretty good at compliance, quality assurance, and tedious research. As time went on, I kept going up the ladder (it was a step ladder, truthfully) till I managed a department at a state level government program. I loved, loved, loved it and poured myself into it. 

My husband seriously thought my career would lead to my death - I'm one of "those" who obsess and get lost in work. With the duties of mom, wife, teenager wrangler, housekeeper, dog slave, cook and laundress to also attend to, there was a bit of truth to it. I kept pushing myself.

One day, I came home and told Hubzam that my job was starting to get to me. That afternoon, I had totally zoned out and I just couldn't get myself going. That is very unlike me; I can always get a second wind. Maybe I was getting the flu, I thought. But no...no flu. I felt better after a few weeks and I was back to my old self. 

Then that sluggish feeling returned. You have to understand that I have gone to work with a broken leg and waited till my lunch hour for an x-ray. I'm the employee the boss wants on payroll. If I say I'll be there - I'll be there, no matter what. Anyhow, the last thing I wanted to do was go to the doctor and say "Uh...I feel vaguely funky." Besides, every nurse on the planet knows that there's a hypochondriac on every corner that is on their way to the doctor to do just that. 

Finally, my Hubzam insisted I go to the doc, so off I went (after work, of course). My favorite doc was a woman at that time and since we worked in the same field, we chatted and joked. While examining me, she had the weirdest look on her face. 

Maybe it was because I was a week shy of being 6 months pregnant. 

I'm a nurse, people...and apparently, a bonehead. All the "symptoms" fit but I chalked them up to working too much. My doctor started laughing and didn't really stop till I left. I almost told her to put her prenatal vitamins where the sun don't shine, but they don't come in a suppository.

Gonzo kicked for the first time on the way home. He could have clued me in sooner! I thought I heard him whisper in a baby voice, "You have 13 weeks to get used to this idea."

In my defense, I'd been told I couldn't have another child due to some problems when I had Magoo...and I believed it. 

When I informed my teenagers, Juggernaut replied, "That's just gross, Mom."

SIX. MONTHS. PEOPLE.
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ANSWER TO YESTERDAY'S TRIVIA: Mike of Billions of Versions of Normal got it right! It's Bobcat Goldthwait.

It's not too late to join us! Sign up and tell you tale. Confession is good for the soul.

The NEXT Bonehead Blog Hop will be October 5th (we're doing it bi-monthly...six times a year, peeps). That's plenty of time to do something new or remember something old. Stake your claim on the Bone Throne; but first, you'll have to top these folks:

36 comments:

  1. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    You might call it bonehead, but I call your dedication to your career admirable. Mrs. Shady is the same way. She is determined to be the best she can be. Doctors and nurses respect her and patients and families trust her to their care. She brings medical texts to bed every night in an effort to learn more and she falls asleep reading them. I salute you for being the kind of employee a boss wants on the payroll because, for every worker like you, there are a hundred shirkers. It doesn't surprise me that you were so focused on your work that you didn't realize you were pregnant. Some women and girls go into labor before realizing what's going on with their bodies. You and your hubzam were blessed with Gonzo and he is blessed to have you as a mother.

    Happy Wednesday, dear friend Cherdo!

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    1. You stay up too late, too. We're supposed to be Flipsters.

      Thank you for your very kind words, dear Shady. As a NurseHubby, you see it firsthand.

      For nurses, you have to love it or you can't do it. Many, many days are thankless and sometimes you feel like no one ever has a positive thing to say about your contributions...and then other days are so fulfilling and satisfying that you wonder why everyone in the world doesn't beat a path to the nursing schools.

      I don't do it anymore; I left to give myself time to homeschool and I don't regret that decision, but I do miss nursing some times. Who knows what the future holds? Maybe I'll be back in it some day before I'm pushed around in a wheelchair instead of pushing a wheelchair.

      Have a good day, s.d.knight!

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  2. I've probably done many bonehead things that I've forgotten about. The trick is the forehead slap. When you do the bonehead thing you WHAP! It knocks that memory right out of there.

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    1. I would be glad to be able to forget some. The rapidly repeated forehead slap is my genre. Over and over and over....

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  3. Solid Bone, Mme. Leader! JUST got my computer replacement and my post will be up tomorrow. Gives me time to make some choices...

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    1. I will be there to check it out, dear co-host.

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  4. I cannot believe it! It's not so much that you didn't recognize the symptoms - it's that there were NO symptoms other than "vague funkiness." No morning sickness? Swelling legs? Exhaustion? Dizziness? Increasing appetite? Weight gain? Your little one must have been very little indeed, and obviously the silent type. ;)

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    1. I had gained weight with my other two and struggled to keep it off...I didn't always win that struggle, ha ha. When Gonzo was born, I weighed 11 pounds less that I did ten months earlier. Exhaustion - yes! Slight leg swelling - yes! I blamed it on being on my feet so much. In fact, any actual symptom I had - I blamed on my job. Oh, and I was on the pill, Lexa...

      My doctor didn't suspect it, either. She told me "you're the reason we changed our policy on pregnancy tests."

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  5. Ha! It's funny, I clued into the punchline just before the reveal. Of course, she was pregnant!

    That's a great story. Certainly explains why you were feeling funky.

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    1. Looking back, I could see the signs, ha ha. It's very powerful to have a doc say "this will never happen." It becomes a subliminal message that you totally believe.

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  6. My auntie was the same way, only she didn't realise until she was delivering!

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    1. Thank you for that...I figured most people would say "she's making this one up." Not so! Totally true.

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  7. Very great post. I simply stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your weblog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing on your feed and I am hoping you write again very soon!

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  8. Hey--what about those women on those TV shows who don't know they're pregnant until they went to the bathroom and...looky there, it's a baby coming out! So many pregnancy symptoms can be blamed on other things. I'm 44 so whenever I have a symptom that I would have associated with pregnancy 20 years ago, I now assume it's old age or peri-menopause! Or low blood sugar...I blame a LOT on blood sugar and dehydration! 20 years ago, I would have been rushing to get a pregnancy test but now I know it's just not biologically gonna happen, so I don't even think about it.

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    1. Lord, if I were one of those folks I would die of shock. Hubzam and I had "deer in the headlight" faces for a few days as it was.

      Then again, I did my first "empty nest" experience, taught driving and potty training all in the same year. RRRRRRrrooooaarrrrr!

      Never say never. NEVER EVER.

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  9. Oh my goodness!! That is true dedication for sure. I 'm like that too. I always had perfect attendance in school and would cry if I had to miss a day. I come into work no matter what. Which is not always a good thing because I annoy everyone with my cough, blowing my nose, etc.

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    1. Truthfully, I loved my job, so I didn't give it much thought. I'm like that battery bunny in that way.

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  10. I had to laugh. As my mom would say, "Bless her heart."

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    1. Yeah...we say that all the time to the boneheads, er, people around here...

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  11. Quite admirable, and what lovely thoughts in that heart warming post. Thanks for sharing and best wishes!

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  12. Funny story. Babies can be tricky!

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  13. DOC CHERDO, I got nuttin' today. SORRY!!!

    Oh, I could think of plenty of bonehead things I've done (and am doing), but right now I can't think of any that were amusing or in any way entertaining.

    Then again, maybe there are no un-amusing bonehead acts, just non-entertaining writers. But I don't wanna post something when I fear every reader will go away thinking: Whatever.

    So, maybe next time. I'm bound to do a (amusing) bonehead thing soon, if not sooner. I didn't make it to the blogfest this time but... I'll be Bach... maybe even Beethoven.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Non-Amusing Bonehead'

    POSTSCRIPT: r-E-ply received; r-E-sponse coming before too long.

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    1. Ruminating on your comment, I suppose there are no really funny bonehead acts, in truth. But life has no guarantees and no promises that thing will go smoothly, effortlessly, and you'll look like you've got your stuff together 24 hours a day.

      So, you have to laugh at yourself. And hey, if you can BEAT others to the laugh aimed at you, then ... SCORE! I defy anyone to make fun of me faster than me. Wait a minute...that might not be wise...

      ;-)

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  14. You didn't notice weight gain or anything? Wow, you were a dedicated little worker.

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    1. Lost eleven lbs from start to finish. As a matter of fact, another amusing part of this story is that I went in and told my Director that "someone in our department was pregnant." She immediately got excited and started naming people. Everyone. Even the un-attached lesbian co-workers. I wasn't even on her list. I had to say there's one more you've missed... She said no, she'd named everyone but me. I raised an eyebrow. She started going through the list again; still would say my name. Finally, I said, "Oh, for crying out loud, it's me!"

      She didn't believe me until I brought in a doctor's bill with a diagnosis. True story.

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  15. You are not a bonehead. You are dedicated--as dedicated as I was till I broke my back. That slowed me down. Babies slowed me down, too. I know quite a few women who were told they couldn't get pregnant and then learned the happy news. It's not just gross, Mom.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. You have to love it, right Janie?

      Juggernaut also said "it's okay as long as it is a boy." Wow. I am an accommodating Mama. If it was a girl, he'd say I was just being difficult.

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  16. It amazes me that any woman can be fooled by a living being in their abdomen- but it happens a lot, so whadda I know?

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  17. You are TOOOOOOO funny... I'm not surprised at all... But LOOSING WEIGHT... That's a first. What a great story to tell the kid... LOL

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    1. Well, it helps if you start with extra weight...my BMI says I'm short for my weight. :-)

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  18. What a surprise. I don't blame you since you were told it wasn't going to happen again. How wonderful that it did.

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    1. It was a sweet, unexpected surprise that changed the course of my life.

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  19. That is a nice surprise and you did not expect it. I'm sorry I missed the Bonehead move this month...which is a bit boneheaded of me. I will rectify that next month:)

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo