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I'm Tired of Responsible-I'm Letting My Crazy Out

Updated on July 11, 2009

Although my main job at work is circulating nurse, when you work in an ambulatory surgery center you also have many other jobs.  One of the jobs I get stuck with is calling the patients prior to them coming to our center to assess them and make sure they are not going to die while they visit.  This is a challenging job, because people often will not admit they are sick.  It is also challenging because, being a high-end surgery center in the Washington DC area we deal with many "high maintenance" individuals. 

What do I mean by "high maintenance"?  Well, yes, some of these people are famous, many are important, but most are downright crazy!  Dragging information out of these people is like pulling teeth.  I will ask if they have high blood pressure.  They answer no.  Having already asked them about their medication, I know they take medicine for high blood pressure.  When questioned they tell me they haven't had high blood pressure since they started taking their pill.  OoooKkkaaay...I guess they don't understand that the pill keeps their blood pressure under control.

Those are the easy ones...the hard ones want to know why I am asking all of these questions.  Yesterday, after using all of my standard replies...the anesthesiologist wants to review your history...we need to know you are healthy enough to come to an outpatient facility...etc, I told one lady, "we need to make sure we are not going to kill you."  She became a little more willing to share after that.

Some days are not so difficult, but yesterday must have been a full moon. After arguing with 5 people about why we needed their health history. I was speaking to a co-worker about all the crazy people we get. I told her I was tired of being responsible. She replied that we are all a little crazy some of us just control it better. I told her I was tired of controlling it, I wanted to be crazy!

She and another woman found this very funny. However, I was serious. I have been too serious for too long. I never used to be. I used to be fun-loving and funny. Somewhere along the way I became serious and responsible. I decided yesterday, life is too short to be serious and responsible. I am regressing and becoming fun-loving again.

I must say, I shocked a few people with my comments yesterday. Comments I usually hold in because they are rude or uncaring. Oh well, I am tired of holding it in and being responsible, sensible and respectable. I am reverting. I am tired of responsible, I am letting my crazy back out!

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      kwade tweeling 7 years ago from USA

      Good for you. Less head explodey that way.

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      kwade, LOL, yes, much less head "explodey"! :D

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      I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s 7 years ago

      LOL - k@ri! I love! Let it out, life is too short! :) - btw- Love the song!!! xD

      Supertramp is the BEST!!

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      I'm with you Invictus! I love this song!

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      Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

      Good for you. Now if I just had the energy to do the same. Great video. I saw supertramp in concert once. I think I was only 14. Pure Prarie League opened for them. My second concert ever. Ahh, now those were the days. I was crazy then. :D

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      mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow, sorry you had it tough with the out patient. A lot of people won't admit that there's something wrong with them. I got tired of hiding my health problems and just you know, share it and listen to other peoples advice. Hey, nobody's perfect?

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      Linda Myshrall 7 years ago

      ... You can tell from my profile that I'm completely onboard =) It's no dress rehearsal, right? It's more like Mr. Toad's wild ride - stick your hands in the air and scream lady!

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      Queen of the Lint 7 years ago from The Laundry Room

      Are you going to make a hub on the comments you usually hold in? I'm curious as to what you said! And how else could you let your crazy out? !

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      Paper Moon, Sounds like a great concert...did they sing Amy? I love that song! I was crazy then also...just learned to control it a little too well. Now, I will look for a nice medium! :D

      May, Yes, they do drive me crazy some days! LOL, one did not have any problems, but takes thyroid hormones. "They are natural hormones" she told me. You are right, though, nobody's perfect and I am working on being less so! :D

      Linda, I do so love your profile, those verbs will get you every time. And you are right, I going to stick my hands in the air and scream as if there is no tomorrow! :D

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      Queen, LOLOLOL! Yes, you just gave me a good laugh. I never thought about that...but maybe I could get something together, I will have to think about it! Thanks! :D

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      Lilian Schaler 7 years ago

      Great, getting crazy reading it!!!

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Yes let that crazy out!! I should do the same just for the shock value!!

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      Oo I love this new k@ri even more. Let's get crazy together and tiolet paper Congressional Hall.

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      VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      This was fun to read. Let the crazy Kari in you come out to play! :)

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      Lilian, Let's all get crazy together!

      Triplet Mom, Shock value definitely has fun written all over it!

      ralwus, LOL, I'm trying to have fun, not get arrested! :D

      Thanks Violet, It's Saturday night, time to play!

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      Crazy Kari, has a good ring. LET'S ALL GO CRAZY!

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      Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

      Hey k@ri, so maybe the next time you need to find out about someone's blood pressure you can put some fake vampire teeth on, paint your eyes bloodshot and look at their neck, all the while saying, let me get a taste of your blood, see how quickly it flows into my mouth.......

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      shamelabboush 7 years ago

      Very funny and tiring day at work :) Thumps up and nice pic by the way.

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      cindy, Yes it's time to let our hair down!

      Elena, That sounds like fun, but I am on the phone doing this...however, that would be sure to get their pressure up, meds or not! :D

      Thanks shamel! Yes, we do have fun...even when we are frustrated!

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I can relate to that as I work in a hospital lol

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      ethel, Then you know what I mean, people are funny at times! :D

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Great picture Kari. Looks like you have already let your hair down and are letting the party begin. Be nice to those funny patients. Some day it will be our turn to be in their place and suddenly we will be the funny ones. LOL

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      Dale Mazurek 7 years ago from Canada

      I love it and applaud you for it. You can only bite your tougne for so long sometimes. If you allow yourself to be a bit crazy then things won't build up inside.

      Dale

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      Peggy, I will be nice, I promise! :D It's just that I sometimes need to be pretty firm with them. LOL

      Dale, You hit the nail on the head, I'm going public! :D

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      TheSandman 7 years ago

      Go Crazy !, Waylon Jennings wrote a line that says" I've always been crazy but it kept me from going insane" and remember no ones dying words have ever been, Gee I wish I had worked more.

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      Sandman, I fully plan on having more fun in my life!

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Great article. And I love those 2 photos. Incredibly beautiful. Thanks for sharing your story. Now let your hair down. Oh, you already have!

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      James, Yes it is down, and I pray it never goes up again! Thank you!

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      droj 7 years ago from CNY

      "we need to make sure we are not going to kill you." => I think that is entirely appropriate; it's the plain truth, and it's what people understand. Use it more often. :)

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      droj, Yes it's appropriate, I just hate making people more nervous! It is not considered therapeutic in most cases...although there are always a few who need it! :D

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      ReuVera 7 years ago from USA

      great, everything is great- your attitude, your hair, your picture. Smile is GREAT! Oh, yeah, hub is great too :)

      Let's go for some fun! Dancing under the rain? Overdosing on ice-cream and chocolate?

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      ReuVera, Let's dance in the rain! I love that, it is very liberating!!! :D

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      marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia

      LOL! Craaaazy is the way to go! But you might have to change your (gorgeous) photo to a similar one with the eyes pointing inwards and a bit more tongue sticking out! haha

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      marco, LOL, I'll have to think about that! :D

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      Cam Anju 7 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Yay K@ri, life is just made to have fun... and be crazy, there are times you need to have a clear and calm head but the rest of it.. who cares run wild! ^_^

      BTW, thanks so much for the forum thread, -^^- and yay when I linked to you on my twitter it allowed me to see your page! I have trouble seeing anyone's hubpage that has an @in their name.. :P Nice read K@ri! :)

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      Thanks Cam, Yes, it's good to have fun! Glad you liked this one, and I'm glad you could link to my page. You well deserved the forum thread!

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      Jane@CM 7 years ago

      You go GIRL! I've been saying that to myself for a few years, need to kick myself & move on & have fun again.

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      Jane, It doesn't mean you have to be irresponsible...just enjoy life a little more! I was taking everything way toooo seriously. We all know we could get hit by a car crossing the road, and we should find a way to enjoy a little more. Good Luck! I understand how hard it can be!!! You will be in my thoughts and prayers!!! :D

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      lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      Hmmm..just let them know that all you're trying to do is help them, and if need be you can sedate them.

      But it would only add $12000 to their bill. ;)

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      lxxy, I tell them that it is for their safety...but I wish I could find a way to sedate some over the phone! :D

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      lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      Only once can I recall a customer saying to me to the affect of "I like to feel needed and treated as if I actually matter..blah blah..I'm a princess.." okay, so the whole verbiage escapes.

      I just said to her "M'am, we here are on earth in a place called reality..let me know if you'd like to visit sometime."

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      lxxy, lolol, may I use that line sometime? I know quite a few who could use a visit! :D

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      starbug5052 7 years ago

      lol, good funny Hub

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      starbug5052, I'm glad you enjoyed it! :D

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