Thanksgiving at work…

It wasn’t until yesterday that I became sad about Thanksgiving.  Why would I be sad about Thanksgiving?  Well, I’m working both Thanksgiving Thursday (and Black Friday) this year.  I was originally okay with this because my family doesn’t really do a big Thanksgiving dinner with lots of people, so all I’m really missing is dinner with my parents and two siblings.  However, yesterday I started hearing all the talk about people going home for Thanksgiving and what their plans are with their families…and it made me a little sad.  Even if we don’t have a big celebration, my family is my family and I’m not seeing them on Thanksgiving.

Here are a few traditions that my family has:

  • The Turkey Trot.  It started with my brother and me running a two mile Turkey Trot.  We ran it a couple years in a row together (during which he would wait until the gun went off to take off his sweatpants…not exactly competitive), and then he was off in Iraq one year, so my friend’s brother (also named Ryan) ran with my as my “Ryan replacement.”  It’s always been a combo of people in some way or form.
  • Bakers Square pies.  Why would you make your own when they make such FABULOUS pies??  I had to work last year as well, so I made a pretty good replication of my favorite pie…it was quite delicious.
  • Perusing the ads for Black Friday.  I love sitting with the newspaper and looking at all the sales, even if I don’t actually go buy anything.  Plus, my parents and I make a joint effort to complete the crossword puzzles in the paper as well.


Not being at home with my family makes me think about the patients and their families.  I’ve only been working on my new unit for a few short weeks, but I’ve noticed that some patients don’t have any family come visit them.  I’m on there three days a week, so maybe I miss the visitors…but it seems like some patients don’t have anyone come visit them.  Sad, isn’t it?  I have one patient in mind who has been around for awhile, but I haven’t seen anyone visit this person.  It kind of breaks my heart.  We did hospice at my last job, and I watched people die surrounded by family while others died alone.  Although I don’t get to see my family this Thanksgiving, I know that if something tragic happened to me (such as ending up on a burn unit…or anything involving the hospital), they would be there in a second…and I guess you can’t ask for much better than that.

Nicole and I will be spending Thanksgiving taking care of your family members…and getting paid time and a half for it!  Nice perk there.  :)  Enjoy your pie and time with your family!


I had a lovely run yesterday with the Sasquatch crew last night…a little jog around the big loop in Central Park.  It was a fun, relaxed run with a fabulous group of people….who had to put up with my talks of bodily functions (I’m a nurse, okay?) and jazz hands.  The moon looked especially pretty (is this random enough for you yet?), and I got to catch up with the lovely Sharon.  Sounds good to me!  We wrapped up our run with some core work (woo!) and then parted ways…which meant I came home and watched Glee not once, but twice.

I’m so cool.

Tuesday, November 23
8.21 miles in 1:07:11, avg pace of 8:11

Not too shabby, and eight miles feels just like a walk in the park.  Love it.

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  1. says

    Sorry you won’t be spending thanksgiving with family. I haven’t been home in the 7 years now that i’ve been here for the holiday but I do have my husband with me.

    When I was in the hospital for 5 days I noticed several people who never had anyone visit them. Even through the haze that I was in, I felt horrible for them. My mom was by my side every minute during visitors hours and my husband would visit before and after work. I definitely felt blesse. I’m sure all of your patients will be very thankful to have you there, watching over them!

  2. says

    I’m sorry you’re spending the holiday in the hospital, but all of your patients appreciate it so much that you’re so dedicated and you care so much

    And I agree- the moon was absolutely gorgeous!

  3. says

    Fortunately, Mirza’s mother is an angel and she worked from 11pm-8am (she’s a nurse, too!) last night/this morning and then went home and cooked us a feast!!! She did not sleep at all. Amazing. I <3 her. So, i did Thanksgiving this afternoon;nice and low-key. The hospital and my unit will be providing us free meals and we are also bringing in our own side dishes.
    I am just happy because now I am off on Xmas and will get to visit my sister in Boston:)

    HAVE A GOOD COUPLE OF SHIFTS. My tip is to pretend it isn't a holiday, just a regular working day, and then you won't feel as sad…maybe.

  4. says

    I’m sorry you don’t get to see your family tomorrow. :( I hope you have a nice day at work though. And I also hope you get to relax and have some delicious food after your shift.

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