Friday, March 26, 2010

I Need Friends Friday: Nurse Margaret

It's that time of the week:

(Every Friday I interview a different person and share that interview with you. Perhaps they will be a fellow-author. Perhaps one of my neighbors. Maybe the bagger at the grocery store. A member of my family. A follower of this blog. Maybe it will be you! Hey, it could happen.)

Today's guest is Nurse Margaret. (Her name really is Margaret, and she really is a nurse, but I made up that nickname for her.) Margaret is not only a nurse, but an author. She can be found on the web at her blog and her website!

Heeeeere's Margaret!

SME: Welcome to INFF!I always begin by asking about food, because, quite frankly, that is one of my favorite topics. What is your favorite snack?

Margaret: Just about anything that can fit in my mouth. If I can't pry my mouth open wide enough then I'll smash it down into pieces so I can eat it.

SME: Amen, sistah! Testify!

Margaret: I love bread - any kind of bread - but especially if it is hot and straight out of the oven. I adore fruit. Berries are wonderful - raspberries are heavenly, strawberries are celestial. Fresh peaches or peaches in pie, or cobbler or whatever else are super. I love fruit pizza.

SME: Hallelujah!
As indicated by the schnazzy nickname I gave you in your introduction, you are a nurse. Have you always wanted to be one?

Margaret: My mom said that the first thing I did when my baby brother came home (I was 16 months old) was unwrap him and check to see if he had all his fingers and toes.

SME: How very responsible. I'm pretty sure the first thing I did to my baby brother involved making him cry and probably stealing his toys. I had issues.
Did your interest in being helpful continue after that, or did a screaming infant cure you of it?

Margaret: We grew up on a farm. I tended to the animals, nursed the little runt piglets and so forth. I patched together our pets and the strays. I was also very interested in botany. I collected and cataloged all kinds of specimens, and grew many experiments in my closet--much to my mother’s dismay.

SME: As a mother, I am experiencing sympathy dismay just thinking about it.
You have a novel coming out soon, don't you?

Margaret: It will be out sometime next month --I don't have an exact release date yet.

SME: Exact dates can be hard to pin down in this industry. Tell us a little about the book.

Margaret: The Johnsons are a typical blended American family who reside in Gilbert Arizona. They grapple with one of the Parents VS State issues in recent news. They examine their values as well as their faith as they battle to save their daughter Sharon from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Nancy wants to use naturopathy to treat the child. She strongly opposes chemotherapy. Exploration of conventional medicine and alternative healthcare, parent’s rights verses out current legal system and government bureaucracies dominate the plot. Robert is changing careers mid-life and attending the last year of law school and works part time at law firm. They have run out of Cobra insurance and are very tight financially. Abby, their fifteen year old teen, uses the family car to try to meet a date she makes via internet and she has a tragic accident. She ends up in a coma and is hospitalized midst the medical and legal battle for Sharon. The youngest child, Ben, five years old, attends kindergarten. He feels lost in the shuffle. Phyllis is Nancy’s mother. Ongoing struggles between mother and daughter heighten the drama. Phyllis ends up being the angel of salvation for Abby and Ben and the reasoning factor between Nancy and Robert who edge on divorce due to all the stress and grief. Grandma ends up being the glue for the generation gap and the marriage.

SME: Cool.
What's your favorite continent?

Margaret: I am proud to be American and be from Home of the Free – The United States of America. My mother is Dutch. My father’s lineage is from Denmark. So second is Europe.

SME: I have had a plethora of double picks lately--something I am totally cool with.
I have a fabulous game for you. It is entitled, "Laughter is the Best Medicine." I will ask you three medical related questions and you get to try to select the correct answer from among the choices I give you. Get them right and you will be crowned INFF champion for the day!

Margaret: Well don’t make fun of me if I miss. I officially retired from nursing over a year ago.

SME: Absolutely no making fun, I promise. And, pssst, this is a "typical" game here at INFF. Having knowledge of anything remotely useful or intellectual will be of no use here.
Question #1: A man in Michigan wins the "Worst Setting in Which to Sport a Hospital Gown" prize because...
a.) He showed up for his wedding in tux pants, his dress shoes and a hospital gown. He claimed the cleaners ruined the rest of his ensemble
b.) He, a fugitive, was apprehended by police at a bar in a hospital gown and, you guessed it, nothing else
c.) Afraid of missing his flight when the doctor's office was running behind schedule, he never bothered to change out of the hospital gown after leaving the office and making a bee line for the airport.

Margaret: I guess B. (I actually had a woman I took care of in the hospital that ran away so she could gamble at the casino.)

SME: Wow. Way to use life experience to answer an INFF quiz question! The answer is, in fact, B!!!
Let's see if you have experience with Question 2, as well: In a remarkably related item, a fashion designer in the UK is being heralded for a new and improved hospital gown design featuring, among other things, which of the following improvements:
a.) It is floor length for added warmth and coverage
b.) It glows in the dark for added safety in a power outage or other unforeseen disaster
c.) It snaps down the side instead of tying in the back to keep everything *ahem* covered.

Margaret: I choose B again. Floor length – yeah but it would get in the way. C has been done. Glow in the dark would be nice – except it may cause nightmares in the elderly.

SME: The new hospital gown was made of pajama material for added comfort and style, a pocket for carrying portable electronics (just in case you need your iPhone on the way to surgery or something, I guess) AND.... *drum roll* snaps down the side. So the answer was actually C, but your nursing experience tells me that is not so innovative as it seemed. Hmm...
Alrighty, last question: 3.) The patient who limped into a New Mexico emergency room recently was unique because...
a.) the injured patient was a dog who somehow knew just where to go for emergency medical care
b.) it was the patient's third trip the ER that day for three unrelated injuries
c.) the patient was a doctor who had just finished his shift when he was struck by an ambulance in the hospital parking lot

Margaret: My final answer is C. Sad but oh so probably true.

SME: If I were a doctor, that would SOOOO happen to me.
In this instance, the patient was A-an injured dog who somehow knew just where to go.
But you know what? You're a nurse and an author and that makes you cool, so... you win anyway!!!

*streamers and shouts of celebration*

SME: I'm feeling celebratory and,
therefore, wish to make an immediate trip to the portrait gallery to see your portrait!!

*Portrait is unveiled!!!*

NOTE TO READERS--due to an unfortunate technical glitch, I was not able to actually show Margaret her picture during the interview. I am posting it here, along with a "fill in the blanks" type of discussion of it. You can decide what witty things we said.





SME:That brings us to the final question of the interview. Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

Margaret:1.) Because you are fun lady.
2.) Because you ask fun questions.
3.) Because I almost got to do a new kind of interview. (again, the glitch)
4.) You tailored the questions just for me.
5.) TGIF it’s time for INFF!!!

SME: So glad you enjoyed it, Margaret! Thanks for coming by. *cue exit music* Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!

If you'd like to be interviewed for "I Need Friends" Friday, shoot me off an email: friends at sarahmeden dot com!
I am looking for anyone and everyone, whether or not you think you are interesting. You'll get a fantastic stick figure portrait of yourself, a little promotion (if you're looking for that sort of thing) and the opportunity to tell your friends and family that you've been interviewed by SME, er... by ME!

(Margaret gets 2 extra entries in February's giveaway if her interview receives 5 or more comments!!)

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Karlene said...

Ooooo! I want glow in the dark pajamas! Fun interview, even with the glitch. I imagined both of you as incredibly clever and witty.

M. Gray said...

I'll bet Margaret's book is heart wrenching. I think watching my child suffer through cancer and its treatments would be the most difficult thing to endure. Thank you for exposing us to the story, Sarah.

Anna said...

You are so funny Sarah. I love INFF. Love the fill in the blank dialogue.

Also, love the idea of snap down side gown. Except they aren't convienent for epidurals before a c-section. So I'm guessing I'll have a down the back gown if I have another child someday.

mormonhermitmom said...

I think the sidesnap gown might have saved me the times I gave birth. Somehow those other gowns always managed to get away from me. ;)

Margaret Turley said...

Wow Sarah! You cleaned up my act very nicely. Thanks again for inviting me to join you for"I Need Friends Friday" today.

L.T. Elliot said...

I like the glasses! ;)

I'll have to check out Margaret's book. It looks like a wonderful read.

Jewel said...

I would love to have a glow-in-the-dark hospital gown. And it's great that they have an "electronics" pocket. So ridiculous. :)


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