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The yearly comeback

I’ve done it before, and I’ll probably do it again, but here I am returning after a hiatus. My intention was to blog about my work, but while it’s true that while every day is wondrous, not all are unique and post-worthy. Not only that, I’ve never really been much of a writer, honestly. That being said, it’s been a while, and I’ve been re-motivated again, and there’s even put a little reminder on my phone now so I’ll post something at least once a week. At the very least, some of the Bedside Harp ladies find interesting links that I could share. Perhaps I will be motivated to read more and share quotes and thoughts and such. I hear writing out plans and making yourself accountable are effective methods of getting things done, and I certainly need all the help I can get in that respect for the time being. I rather fell off the bandwagon in many aspects of life, but I’ve been keeping up the good work. Days are filled with smiles and tears and music – most of the same songs I’ve been playing the whole time, which I also need to remedy. I’ll put the reminder with the blog one so I’ll learn at least one new song a week to start. It sounds like a lot, but I’ll start small and build my way up. Habits are hard to build.

Cheers <3

Feeling appreciated

Two great quotes from yesterday:

Nurse – “Aww you’re coming to soothe our souls? That’s wassup!”
Patient – “I wish you could stay here all day. You’re better than radio or tv!”

Feeling blessed doing my work :)

I’m back!

Meanwhile, here’s this awesome video


A lot on my plate

I keep realizing there’s more and more I need to do. First and foremost, I need to make a research page. There is a great citation list here at Bedside Harp (most of which is thanks to one of my colleagues, Cheryl Kripke-Cohen), but I’d like to expand on it. For one, I’d like to see all or most of them myself and be able to write some kind of summary for those that aren’t publicly available or not online, but of course I’d need to be careful of copyright issues. I’d also like to have a page of recent articles that I find interesting and relevant. For example: West Virginia University is doing a study on the effects of live harp music on chemotherapy-induced nausea. That is so exciting! Especially since I’ve started working in an oncology suite that’s partnered up with CCH. I’ve already contacted them for more information.

Of course, above all, is learning new music. Luckily I have enough suggestions and requests to keep me busy for a while.

Because it’s been too long

To anyone who may have been reading, I apologize. I suppose I have not been making a great enough effort to keep up this blog. While every “thank you” and “that’s so soothing” and “please follow me for the rest of my shift” is precious, I’m afraid it will get repetitive to write about. I never get tired of hearing it, and it seems people don’t tire of saying it, but I still fear people getting tired of reading it.

This is not to say I don’t have many unique special moments, but once I get home I get caught up in daily things and just seem to forget about posting. Honestly, I don’t have a very strong writing background. Or rather, a consistent one. So, again, I will pledge to make a greater effort to share my experiences. For sure I will have plenty of things to write about next month. The work keeps piling up – and I’m so grateful for it!

On a business note – the other day I calculated and found out I’ve driven 6000 miles since November. That’s about 1000 miles per month! I just thought that was interesting.

Once I figure out how to record myself without sounding like I’m recording a cassette tape on a boom box and learn about copyrights, I’ll try and make some tracks to put up on the site.