Well, one week of the night shift is in the books with one more to go. It seems like Vietnam veterans have a difficult time at night. Unfortunately, I had to use haldol for one patient who became excessively aggressive and started swinging at the nursing staff. I’m sure Vietnam PTSD plus delirium is not a good combination. However, it is rewarding when these military veterans share some of their stories. One former pilot related he flew over one hundred missions over North Vietnam in an F-4 during the war. He described his plane being shot over North Vietnam and then gliding to safety over water before he was rescued by friendly forces. It’s not every day that I hear stories like that, and I felt privileged to learn of this piece of history.
I went to a local driving range the other evening. It felt a little bit like stepping back in time as I had visited this driving range fifteen years ago when playing high school golf. Of course, like most golfing establishments that need to survive these days, the driving range has transformed into a combination of bar and driving range with alcohol and refreshments readily available for purchase. I think my swing impressed a couple of the locals as they introduced themselves and took a crack with my driver. While I’ve never been a superstar golfer, I did have that double eagle back in the day while using a $200 set of beginner golf clubs. I’ll never forget the expression on the golf coach’s face after discovering I had holed my second shot from 200 yards on a par five. What’s the old saying, it’s the one shot that keeps you coming back… or something like that.
The Lord’s Supper was served this evening during Church. There was a time of sharing salvation testimonies before the Lord’s Supper, and it was encouraging to hear others talking of their excitement when first becoming a Christian. Unfortunately, time and responsibilities can sometimes dull that enthusiasm, but I guess that’s the point of always remembering your first love.
Overall, this week has been good. I received a book recently entitled 101 Things to do Besides Watching Televsion. I have tried to incorporate some of the advice from this book into my life, and I think it has been helpful. However, it is nice to mindlessly gaze at the TV every once in a while.