Still Stinging

strawberry anemone at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

The Universe always has a way of taking you down a notch when things are going well and you start to get full of yourself.

Case in point:

Last week I had to attend an EHR (electronic health record) training class for our new system. I was sitting in a room full of physicians so I figured I was in the right place. I was zipping along feeling really good about how easy it was. At the end of the class, come to find out, I was in the dumbed down specialist version. Yep. 

How did this happen? 

Instead of calling the classes something helpful like “Level 2 training for specialists” or “Level 2 training for primary care,” they named the classes for planets because a space theme sounds so much cuter and cute, as we know, helps facilitate learning.


I was registered for the correct class. They happened to be next door to each other. I went to the same classroom I went to for my Level One class. No one said, “Hey, this is the specialist class.” There were no signs up. I even introduced myself to the instructor and the entire class as a family practicioner and not one single person raised even one eyebrow. 

Oh, well. Humiliation is good for the soul in small doses. 

I think it will be fine in the end. They were teaching the cardiologists and urologists and the gastroenteriologists how to do stuff like pediatric diabetes visits and Medicare wellness check ups for some reason so I got what I needed even if they didn’t.

But dang. Planets? 

THEN, as I was leaving, I tucked my water bottle into my computer bag. When I got to the truck and pulled it out, it was much lighter. Why? It had spilled the bulk of its contents into the remarkably water proof bag. It not only keeps water out of the bag, it also keeps water inside of the bag. On one level this was good. I didn’t look like a dripping fool walking across the vast parking lot. However, my computer was swimming in several inches of water.

Fortunately, by some miracle, the computer still works and will get to spend the long weekend drying out. Come to think of it, I probably need to spend the long weekend drying out!

Yay for long weekends….


108 thoughts on “Still Stinging

  1. Sounds like something I would do, in both cases. I fail to understand how planet names coincide with medicine, but maybe it’s just me, so probably I would have gone to the wrong room, too. And I’ve also had water bottles leak into my purse on occasion. It’s amazing how smart women can so often do stupid stuff, isn’t it?

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  2. Too funny Victo. I’m glad your computer is OK. No foul/no harm. I once tried to deliver 50,000 pounds of frozen fish to the wrong destination. I had hauled the same load hundreds of times and it had always gone to the same freezer – I knew the guys all by first name. This time they sent it to another freezer about 100 miles away (unfortunately back the way I had come). I had the load for two days in transit and never once looked at the destination on the shipping bills. Talk about embarrassed when the receiver gave me the bills back and suggested I deliver it to the DESTINATION.

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  4. Hey, since you got what you need it’ll be our secret. Just you, me and 4200-odd other followers πŸ˜€ Deal? As for electronic devices and water, time and rice are your best allies. Seriously. Prayers for a complete drying and a restful, happy holiday weekend!

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  5. I think it has to do with the dumbing down for everyone because “life is already hard enough” (said in my most pitying voice dripping with sarcasm) Effing idiocy.

    Yay and boo on the bag. And double boo on the water logged laptop.

    Thank goodness for holiday weekends.

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  6. I was reading this and Elvis was singing in the background of my head –
    “You ever have one of those days, Boys, you ever have one of those days,
    When nothing is right from morning to night
    You ever have one of those days, Boys, you ever have one of those days?”

    Sorry, I just have a very strange sense of humour. Hope the computer dries out.

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  7. I was feeling kind of frisky myself a week ago on a project. My brother called in the ” step building specialist” (me) to help him out. Heck, I’ve taught classes on building steps…(and have been fabricating them from scratch since 1990..) skipping…skipping…skipping… as I was putting the final pieces together, I noticed the whole thing seemed to be leaning quite a bit to the right/ even though everything was fitting nice and tight. Turned out, my saw blade had been set @ a 5 degree angle, so I ended up completely taking the darn thing a part and recutting everything. Glad no one was around that day to see the “expert” in action. πŸ˜‰ Have a good weekend!

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  8. Doesn’t it take about four weeks to completely dry out a computer before it’s safe to use? I don’t really know, but this could give you an excuse to take a break from the EHR system for a while. Shh. Stop telling people your computer is fine.

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  9. Love your attitude about it. Like a quote that I like says, “Never cease to laugh at yourself, for you will then you will never cease to be amused!”
    Trust me that fits me very well!! I been red faced more times than I can count. You can tell that just be reading the comments in my blogs at times! Especially this last week , if you have noticed the 2 “clowns” who have had fun with comments in my 2 posts, “Don’t Terrorize the Mirrors” and “Friday’s 6 word story! You just gotta laugh! Gets you through life.

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  10. Those silly training people…. trying to make it fun…. We give out field nurses special laptops that actually have drains in them so if something spills they will drain off. But no one has figures out how to clean out a mocha locha latte out of one….. Yours should be fine… let air get in there.

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  11. Sorry. I couldn’t help but snort at the silver lining part about not being a dripping fool across the parking lot. It’s a hilarious image πŸ˜€
    … glad your computer is ok and hope you both are enjoying this long weekend πŸ™‚

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  12. What a timely post. I was just having this convo with my mom. I told her, Every single time I started to think I was king of the universe, something bad has happened to me. Im conceited as all hell, but i try my hardest to be humble. Most people would work to be kind, but nope, I have that covered. Its my ego that needs to be reigned

    Im sorry to hear about your laptop. that sucks. and the planets thing was hilarious.

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  13. I you haven’t removed the battery from your computer then do so stat. I forgot to add that. Completely cover battery in rice as well as the computer and put all in a large bag and put on a shelf in the fridge. I did that with my cell phone that fell from my shirt pocket into the dog’s large water bowl. I put phone and battery in large plastic bag covered in rice and placed in fridge for about 12-14 hours. The cell phone is still working and that was 1 1/2 years ago. I have since been veeery careful not to use shirt pockets.

    PS You will need lots of rice to completely cover your computer. I keep three large bags in the freezer at all times. πŸ™‚

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  14. Your post made me laugh….who on earth came up with the planets??? 0r better still what spaced out committee came up with planets:) Love the story about your computer….and am very pleased it survived. That’s the stuff of nightmares.
    Hope you enjoy your long weekend….and don’t dry out too much….janet:)

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  15. I once fell out of a chair during a meeting filled with colleagues. The chair had wheels and my feet didn’t touch the floor! So I sat on the edge of the seat. And out it went. All eyes on me. No one even asked if I was OK. They just kept going on with the meeting…

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  16. Since when did cute and business begin to mix? I don’t get the connection other then cuteness appeal where cuteness is out of place. As for your computer, count your Blessings that it still works. What a scare you must have had when you realized what happened!!

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  17. Planets? Like… Pluto? Oh, that one was demoted recently.
    So sorry about your computer. It is a miracle. Try to open it at the back. Not so difficult as it seems.
    And let dry. Because some liquid is likely to be trapped and will keep on condensating.
    You might want to use a hairdryer. at the lowest heat, and for just a few minutes.
    DO NOT open the case while plugged. πŸ˜‰

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