Friday, August 15, 2008


OMG! A friend sent me this review from The Romance Studio on The Doctor's Deception. I am so excited! Thanks to Brenda Talley for taking the time to read my book. I am so glad you enjoyed it!

The Doctor’s Deception
Kathleen Grieve
Contemporary romance
Available from The Wild Rose Press
ISBN: 1-60154-287-9
June 2008

Ms. Kathleen Grieve has written an interesting, bolding told, story about a one-track cardiologist and a nurse determined to enter medical school. She has taken the two strong personalities and proved that opposites, or not so opposites, could attract the other. The two were constantly supported by other characters, but their relationship took center stage.

The outcome of, and circumstances for, this relationship were believable and interesting. The way this story ended is unusual. The plot was well written; the storyline compelling. I highly recommend this story to all who love a great story with a happily ever after.

Overall rating: 4 1/2 hearts out of 5
Sensuality rating: Very sensual
Reviewer: Brenda Talley
August 12, 2008

THE DOCTOR'S DECEPTION IS AVAILABLE NOW! You can go to or to purchase your copy!

Take Care,

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


HERE are a few more laughs I found on the net...Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


I just finished Karen Marie Monings, BLOODFEVER, the second in the series and I loved it! This book was a lot better than the first. I also have several other books that I've started, but just haven't had the chance to finish. Here are two more of the five books I have in progress and hope to finish, soon!

Carly Philips, SUMMER LOVIN'

LA Banks, 10TH book of her Vampire Huntress Legend, THE DARKNESS.


Monday, August 11, 2008


I came across this snippet of an article the other day and thought you all might be interested:

Fruit Reduces Diabetes Risk
Taken from August - 5 - 2008 News summaries © 2008 Information, Inc

A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that eating more fruits and vegetables may decrease the risk of diabetes. The study indicates that a higher plasma vitamin C level and, to a lesser degree, fruit and vegetable intake, were linked to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. The findings were based on a 12-year population cohort study involving more than 21,000 individuals in Norfolk, England, between 40 and 75 years of age. The average age of the participants was 58.

The data indicated that the risk of developing diabetes was 62 percent lower for those in the top fifth of the population sample compared to those in the bottom fifth. A similar but weaker inverse association was discovered with the consumption of fruits and vegetables and the risk of diabetes. "Because fruit and vegetables are the main sources of vitamin C, the findings suggest that eating even a small quantity of fruit and vegetables may be beneficial and that the protection against diabetes increases progressively with the quantity of fruit and vegetables consumed," according to the study authors.

Friday, August 8, 2008


This is one of my favorite book covers! The Ghost Inside is jj Keller's new release from The Cobblestone Press being released today!! Here is a little bit more about the book and where to buy it! Enjoy!

The Ames Mansion, mysterious and foreboding, is believed to be haunted.
Though it’s been in her family since 1825, Jacey Hewson intends to sell it.
First she has to find antique swords rumored to be hidden somewhere on the estate.

Griff Carpenter runs a profitable construction business, but he needs cash to pay
off a blackmailer. Griff takes the job to renovate the apocalypse estate. What he doesn’t count on, is his growing attraction for the new owner.

Two hearts lost in an intrigue of mystical suspense.


“Hewson, I’m serious. You can’t go to that creepy mansion by yourself.” Ericka Gilmore flipped the belt from her black sweater over and back across her hand. She was model thin, yet insisted on wearing black, claiming it reflected her dark personality.

Jacey shoved a pair of jeans in her luggage. “I can’t wait on Matt. You know how long it takes him to close a real estate deal, and I need to do this. You understand, right?” She glanced at her best friend and tried out a woebegone expression.

Ericka rolled her amber-tinted eyes. Jacey suppressed a laugh.

“Like your ex-boyfriend would be of any benefit to you.” Ericka snorted. “Why, exactly, did he agree to help you anyway?”

“Guilt. He’s afraid of bad karma. You know, sleeping with her while he was in a monogamous relationship with me. He wants to make it right.”

“Make it right?” Ericka pulled her long caramel-hued hair into a twisted knot at the nape of her neck. “Please.” She yawned.

“He thinks if he helps me move my stuff to Aunt Megan’s, then we’d be even.” She tugged the window open to allow fresh air inside. The multiple layers of paint split off and fell onto the ledge. The heavy afternoon traffic along Meridian Street added a pleasant hum to mix with Rob Thomas’ heavenly voice crooning his version of how a heart breaks. “Besides I could use the muscle.”

“So, you really only dated him because of his good looks, not because of his brains.” Ericka snickered.

“That and the fact he’s well hung.” Jacey winked at her.

“They broke up two days ago,” Ericka divulged, her expression sly.

“For real?” Jacey curved her mouth into a moue.

Ericka nodded and stared at Jacey, like she’d expected her to break out in a dance or something.

“Poor guy, all alone.” She shook out a tiny pair of shorts. “And he’ll stay alone, because he’s not coming back to me. Anyway, the estate manager arranged for a guy to meet me tomorrow, and we’re going to talk construction. He’ll do his thing. You’ll come and we’ll stage it to sell. Sound like a good plan?”

Ericka stuffed a make-up case with the essentials: base, eye shadow, lipstick, and lotions. “Yes. I ‘m excited. I need a vacation.”

“Just think, in one month it’ll all be a part of the past and I’ll be closer to my future.” Jacey threw an extra pair of wool socks into the luggage, in case the house was as cold as she remembered.

“Can’t you do all of the transactions from here?” Ericka removed a pair of rust stained jeans from the bright red luggage and tossed them in the waste can.
Jacey extracted the pants from the trash and put them back in the bag.

“No, because of the swords. They’re collectibles and I intend to have them. With a teaching salary it will take years before I can own an antique business. If I find the swords I’ll be set.”

jj Keller
Fantasies with spice and humor.
All rights reserved.


Take Care,

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


CONGRATULATIONS to Pearl! She is the winner of the 2 pound box of the Godiva Chocolate!!

My next contest will run from August 10th until October 10th, 2008! You have a chance to win a brand new Kindle reader from Amazon! All you have to do is go to my website, and sign up form my mailing list. It is that easy! And I will draw a random name from the list. If you are already on my mailing list, you are automatically entered! Fun!! There is so much information about the Kindle, if you want product details, follow this link:

Good Luck and thanks for entering!

Take Care,


OMG! This is totally how I feel, LOL! I swear there needs to be more hours in a day!

Stop by this link: where I've been interviewed over at SisterWriters Blog. Hope to see you over there!

Take Care,

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


I'm not sure if it is getting older, or if the trigger is being faced with my parents mortality, but I've been thinking alot about family lately. How important making those connections are; making time for my children; and changing my life for the better.

Have you ever gotten stuck in a rutt? A cycle that you just can't seem to break? Focusing on all that stagnant energy is kind of depressing, but it forces you to make changes. That is where I'm at right now. I'm trying to make positive changes in order to grow as a person and live a happy life.

How about you? Have you made any changes or taken stock of your life lately?

Take care,

Monday, August 4, 2008


Any one can walk in order to help raise money for diabetes research. And we all should get out there and doing something because diabetes affects every single family in America in one way or another.

The following was taken from the ADA Website:

21 million children and adults in the U.S. suffer from diabetes. It's America's fastest growing disease.

By taking part in this event, you'll be stepping out onto the streets to help change this growing epidemic. Here are a few more reasons you should take pride in participating in Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes:

Nearly one in 10 American adults now has diabetes.
Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death by disease in the U.S.
One out of every three Americans born today will develop diabetes in their lifetime if present trends continue.
Each year, more than 80,000 people with diabetes undergo amputation.
Nearly 6.2 million people (nearly one-third) of the 21 million children and adults in the U.S. living with diabetes are unaware that they have the disease.
It's Not a Walk for Heart Disease, Stroke or Kidney Disease. And Yet It Is.

Diabetes can, and does, lead to a wide range of other serious health complications. By participating in Step Out, you're not just walking and raising funds to eliminate one disease. You're also battling cardiovascular problems, kidney failure, blindness, lower limb amputations, and much more.

Register for Step Out online at this link: or by calling 1-888-DIABETES.

If you live in Arizona, like me, here are the upcoming dates and places:

Please choose from the following for event info or to register in Arizona~

East Valley
September 27, 2008

September 27, 2008

October 18, 2008

October 5, 2008

October 18, 2008

I hope you all get out there and participate in your city! I know I'll be out there!

Take Care,

Friday, August 1, 2008


HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE! As the first day of August, and a Friday, it was only appropriate to post this! Meet Ryan Vigilant, August's Most Beautiful Man of 2008!


Thursday, July 31, 2008


My publisher, The Wild Rose Press is hosting a summer contest for a free Sony E-Reader. Here are the details which were taken from their website: And if you go to the link and click on the Sony E-Reader on the top left hand corner, you'll see the same information. Plus, if you click on an author's name, you'll see what great titles are availble, including my debut novel, The Doctor's Deception. The Sony E-Reader will be loaded with snippits of an author's work, too. What a great way to get to sample a lot of books at the same time?


All this summer (June 11 – August 31), every time you purchase a title by any of these sponsoring authors (see list below), you will be eligible to enter our drawing to win a SONY eReader. The drawing will be held on Tuesday evening, September 2, 2008 at our weekly chat (9:00 p.m. eastern). (You do not need to be present in the chat room to win).

When you purchase any title from these authors simply email your order number to: SONYREADER@thewildrosepress.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . FREE READS DO NOT COUNT AS PURCHASES. Make sure you have a current email address and/or include your contact information so we can find you if you win.

You may enter as many times this summer as you wish. If you purchase more than one title in the same order, feel free to send two emails and include the order twice. We will verify that you did indeed purchase more than one title.

The following are the sponsoring authors for this wonderful contest. Please look for their author information on our web site and enjoy some fabulous reads this summer from these participating authors.

Donna L. Bolk

Allie Boniface

Linda Carroll-Bradd

Laurel Bradley

Rachel Brimble

Charlotte Chalmers

Elaine Cantrell

Pam Champagne

Christine Columbus

Sandra Cormier

Cheryl Cornell

Amy Corwin

Sharon Cullen

Donna Dalton

K.M. Daughters

Debbie Doggett

CarolAnn Erhardt

Valerie Everhart

Samantha Gentry

Cindy Green

Kathleen Grieve

Larry Hammersley

Stacy Dawn

Sharon Horton

Tara Nina

Anna Kathryn Lanier

Marly Mathews

Nicole McCaffrey

Donna Michaels

Stacey Joy Netzel

AnneMarie Novark

Cindy Spencer Pape

PL Parker

Katie Reus

Jane Richardson

Donna Marie Rogers

Pam Roller

Emma Sanders

Kathleen Scott

Carol A. Spradling

Debra St. John

Lily Stone

Browyn Storm

Leanne Tyler

Brenda Weaver

Nita Wick

Teri Wilson

For questions on this contest, please contact LisaDawn MacDonald at lisadawn@thewildrosepress.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Rhonda Penders at rpenders@thewildrosepress.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please put the words SONY eReader contest question in your subject line.

Good luck!

*No purchase necessary to win the SONY eReader. If you do not purchase a title, you may enter the contest by mailing a post card to The Wild Rose Press, Sony eReader Contest, P.O. Box 708, Adams Basin, NY 14410. Please include your name, email and contact information. In addition, you must write down three titles from any of the participating authors. Postcard entrants will be added to the names of email entrants and a winning entry will be drawn on September 2, 2008.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Since this is an issue that affects my family, I'm going to try and help build some awareness about breast cancer. The statistics are out there. Every year 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Of those 200,000 women over 40,000 women die! Pretty depressing, huh?

Early detection of breast cancer is the key to survival. Monthly self breast examinations and a yearly mammogram can save your life. The National Breast Cancer Foundation states that if a lump is found early and treated, the five year survival rate is 96%. Those are pretty good odds, wouldn't you say? And speaking from experience of having a loved one who suffers from breast cancer, if my mother would have sought treatment sooner, she would be in a completely different situation today, instead of fighting metastatic disease.

I found this great link that if you click on it and read the details on how you can be responsible for the sponsors will donate free mammograms to those that can't afford them! What a great deal that is!

Also taken from this link are these facts:

-Every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.
-One woman in eight who lives to age 85 will develop breast cancer during her lifetime.
-Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55.
-Seventy percent of all breast cancers are found through breast self-exams. Not all lumps are detectable by touch. We recommend regular mammograms and monthly breast self-exams.
-Eight out of ten breast lumps are not cancerous. If you find a lump, don't panic-call your doctor for an appointment.
-Mammography is a low-dose X-ray examination that can detect breast cancer up to two years before it is large enough to be felt.

This is a subject I'll definitely be visiting again. I hope you'll stop by and maybe we'll learn more about this horrible disease together!

Take Care,

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


A man suffering from a severe case of flatulence goes to the doctor.

Man: Doctor, I have a terrible (FARRRT!) problem. I just can't (FFFART!!)

stop farting.

Doctor: That is an unusual complaint. Take off your clothes and lay,

stomach down, on the couch.

The man does as he is told. The doctor examines him for a minute - the man

farting all the time this is going on.

Doctor: Aha! This should be easy to cure. Excuse me for a moment.

The doctor goes over to a closet and pulls out a long pole with a sharp

spike at one end.

Man: (FAART!) Oh my God! (fart..) What are you going to do with (FFFARTT!!)


Doctor: I need to open a window.

An elderly woman went into the doctor's office. When the doctor asked why she

was there, she replied, "I'd like to have some birth control pills." Taken

aback, the doctor thought for a minute and then said, "Excuse me, Mrs. Smith,

but you're 75 years old. What possible use could you have for birth control

pills?" The woman responded, "They help me sleep better." The doctor thought

some more and continued, "How in the world do birth control pills help you to

sleep?" The woman said, "I put them in my granddaughter's orange juice and I

sleep better at night."

A veterinarian was feeling ill and went to see her doctor. The doctor asked

her all the usual questions, about symptoms, how long had they been occurring,

etc., when she interrupted him: "Hey look, I'm a vet - I don't need to ask my

patients these kind of questions: I can tell what's wrong just by looking.

Why can't you?" The doctor nodded, looked her up and down, wrote out a

prescription, and handed it to her and said, "There you are. Of course, if

*that* doesn't work, we'll have to have you put down."

A well known rich businessman's wife broke her hip. The businessman got the

best bone surgeon in town to do the operation. The operation consisted of

lining up the broken hip and putting in a screw to secure it. The operation

went fine, and the doctor sent the business man a fee for his services of

$5000. The businessman was outraged at the cost, and sent the doctor a letter

demanding an itemized list of the costs. The doctor sent back a list with two


1 screw $ 1

Knowing how to put it in $4999

$5000 total

The businessman never argued.

Hope you all have a great day!

Monday, July 28, 2008


I'm back after a couple of weeks of a much needed break. The kids went back to school today, so I'm hoping that frees up more of my time in the mornings to keep myself more organized without the frequent interruptions.

Before my diabetes post, I thought I'd give a quick update on my mom. She'd finished up her second round of chemo and had started radiation to her pelvis and tailbone when I'd visited in early July. I'd taken her to have a repeat CT Scan of her abdomen and lungs to see if the chemo had had any affect. My sister called recently to tell me that some of the tumors on her lungs have shrunk, but there are new tumors on her liver. The doctor wants to try a different kind of chemotherapy now.

This is a total blow because my mom has been feeling the best she'd felt in a long time. Strong woman that she is, she was disheartened by the news, but decided to go to Reno to go gambling for a weekend of fun. So my dad packed up the car with family and drove her up there.

I want to thank everyone for the support and prayers they have sent. It really means a lot to me.

Okay. Now on to today's post. I recently read an article while sitting in the doctor's office waiting for my son to be seen for a check up. It was written by a doctor who'd bought her son a dog, something he'd always wanted.

After eight years with their dog, Tiger, the mom noticed that he had increased thirst (polydipsia) and increased urination (polyuria) and suspected the dog had developed diabetes. She'd taken him to the vet and sure enough, her suspicions were confirmed. The dog's health rapidly declined shortly after that. Tiger started to waste away in front of their eyes as he refused to eat, and then lacked the strength to even try.

Her son was devastated. One day, he begged his mom to buy Tiger some baby food. The boy was convinced that he could get his dog to eat it. Not wanting to discourage her son's hope, but not sure that the dog would eat the baby food, the mom went out and bought baby food anyway. After all, what harm could it do?

With baby food jar in hand, the boy smeared a small amount of the baby food on Tiger's lips. An amazing thing happened, the dog licked the food off which is all he'd had strength for. The boy repeated the process over and over. After a good length of time had passed, the dog had eaten the entire jar of baby food.

Several days went by with her son feeding the dog in this manner. Soon, he had gained enough strength to lick the food from the boy's palm. Tiger's energy level increased and he was able to walk again. Over the next four weeks, Tiger seemed back to his usual health.

This part is taken from the article itself--JAMA, July 23/30 2008 Vol 300, No.4 "A Piece of My Mind--Baby Food". I couldn't have paraphrased it so that you would get the same impact:

...Brent commented the other day, "Tiger is a really strong dog. I don't think he will die." But the physician part of me has seen a substantial increase in the dog's polyuria and polydipsia over the past week. My prognosis is significant progression of his disease and death within a short period of time. Yet the mother part of me wants with all my heart for my son's prognosis to be the correct one. So I tell him, "You have given us extra time to love your dog."

After reading this article, all I could think was "Wow!" I'd never thought about how diabetes would affect people's lives if a beloved pet had the disease. How about you?

Take Care,

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


I recently received an email from Marianne and Judy from Long and Short Reviews. She said that they have a new weekly poll over at their site and that THE DOCTOR'S DECEPTION is apart of this week's poll. FUN! To check out the LASR poll, here is the link:

When I clicked on the link, I found that DD received a 4 out of 5 books and was reviewed by Jasmine. Here is part of her review:

"The Doctor’s Deception was a wonderful story about second chances. I enjoyed Faith and Stone’s sparring immensely. Their relationship progresses realistically and at a steady rate and both of them contribute to the relationship. Revolving in and around the hospital, the story provided a clear look into the workings of the hospital and the jobs of nurses and doctors. It was a great novel and I am looking forward to more books by Kathleen Grieve!"

Thank you, Jasmine!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Good Morning! I'm guest blogging today over at THE ROMANCE STUDIO! Stop by and say hello! Here's the link:


Wednesday, July 16, 2008


For those of you who don't know, my mother has metastatic breast cancer. That is why I haven't been posting this week. I've been spending time with her, taking her to her radiation treatments. Praying for the best!

Friday, July 11, 2008


Another great review for THE DOCTOR'S DECEPTION!!! Romance Junkies Reviewer, Laurie D. gives The Doctor's Deception 4 BLUE RIBBONS!! Here is part of the review:

"...If you enjoy great romance with a medical setting, steamy passion, and a tortured hero that you’ll find yourself rooting for, I highly recommend THE DOCTOR’S DECEPTION."

To read the entire review, go to this link:

Thank you, Laurie!! I am so glad you enjoyed my book! Stop by Lauie's blog at:

The Doctor's Deception Available in
Print/Ebook form on 06/25/08
Print ISBN:1-60154-287-9

Thursday, July 10, 2008


While acquainting myself with a new elderly patient, I asked,"How long have you been bedridden?" After a look of complete confusion she answered "Why, not for about twenty years -- when my husband was alive,"
Doctor in OR

Problems with Medications

During a patient's two week follow-up appointment with his cardiologist, he informed me, his doctor, that he was having trouble with one of his medications. "Which one?" I asked. "The patch. The nurse told me to put on a new one every six hours and now I'm running out of places to put it!" I had him quickly undress and discovered what I hoped I wouldn't see. Yes, the man had over fifty patches on his body! Since incident, the instructions now include removal of the old patch before applying a new one.
Doctor in Virginia


One day I had to be the bearer of bad news when I told a wife that her husband had died of a massive myocardial infarct. Not more than five minutes later, I heard her reporting to the rest of the family that he had died of a "massive internal fart!"
Dr. in Manitoba, Canada

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


I read something recently that said dating in the work place was discouraged because of sexual harrassment concerns. I can see that. Especially if the two people involved have positions where one is in charge of the other. So, companies have a valid point.

This is a subject that interests me, because the sequal to Dating 911 called Dating Impossible, my heroine Dr. JJ Jones experiences a workplace relationship which sours her on romance all together.

The majority of people's time is spent at work. I can totally attest to that! I have been accused more than once of being a work-a-holic. I work 4-5 nights per week when I only have to do 3.

So I ask you this, if not at work, then where are you supposed to meet people?

I work side by side people in serious situations every night. I know them, trust them, laugh with them. If I were single, I just can't see myself trolling some bar looking for Mr. Right.

I'd be interested in comments and thoughts about this. I'm still trying to figure out the trigger for JJ's decision to leave her old job and take on a new one at my generic Phoenix General Hospital. She's a strong, independent woman, so what would make her want to leave when the romance with a fellow ER doctor went south? I have thoughts of him making her life difficult with her co-workers, patients, and administration....boy, I have a lot of work to do!

Take Care,

The Doctor's Deception Available in
Print/Ebook form on 06/25/08
Print ISBN:1-60154-287-9

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


HI! I'm guest blogging over at Romance Junkies today! Stop by for a discussion on That eluscive one thing we're all looking for.

The url:

There will be a random drawing for a free print copy of THE DOCTOR'S DECEPTION~
All print copies will be available from AMAZON.COM on July 11th, 2008!

See you there!


The Doctor's Deception Available in
Print/Ebook form on 06/25/08
Print ISBN:1-60154-287-9

Monday, July 7, 2008


OK! So last week I said that Brian Williams with NBC Nightly News had reported 24 million Americans are affected by diabetes and that 50 million more people are on track to get the disease.

HOLY *&^$!

Those numbers are definitely of epidemic proportion!

Type II diabetes can be caused by life style~excess body weight,lack of exercise, and poor diet choices. Interestingly enough, 95% of diabetics that have type II diabetes are the poor and don't have access to health care.

How do we get the education and the resources to those who need it most?

A national dilemma, indeed!

As an ICU nurse, I see what horrors these people endure after they roll into the ER and land in one of my beds either as a result of a diabetic complication or, a result of the multitude of health problems related to diabetes. I'm talking heart disease, stroke, and kidney failture.

What are we going to do?


Friday, July 4, 2008


Okay, while trying to finish my current book, start its sequal, and writing book proposals, I thought I'd share some real life Emergency Medical Personnel hard at work!

I SO LOVE MY JOB! *grin*

Enjoy the photos and please! HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY!








Thursday, July 3, 2008


OKay, only someone in the medial profession may find the humor in this! But I about choked on my coffee when I saw this! What can I say? I've got a warped sense of humor. *grin*

Before Death - Cancel your Credit Cards

My Aunt died this past January. Her credit card company billed her for February and March for their monthly service charge on her credit card, and then added late fees and interest on the monthly charge. The balance had been $0.00, now it was somewhere around $60.00 so I placed the following phone call:

Me: "I am calling to tell you that she died in January."

CC company: "The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply."

Me: "Maybe, you should turn it over to collections..."

CC company: "Since it is 2 months past due, it already has been."

Me: "So, what will they do when they find out she is dead?"

CC company: "Either report her account to the frauds division, or report her to the credit bureau...maybe both!"

Me: "Do you think God will be mad at her?"

CC company: "excuse me?"

Me: "Did you just get what I was telling you, the part about her being dead?"

CC company: "Sir, you'll have to speak to my supervisor!"
(Supervisor gets on the phone)

Me: ''I'm calling to tell you, she died in January."

CC company: "The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply."

Me: "You mean you want to collect from her estate?"

CC company: "... (stammer)" .... "Are you her lawyer?"

Me: "No, I'm her great nephew." (Lawyer info given... )

CC company: "Could you fax us a certificate of death?"

Me: "Sure." ( Fax number is given ) (After they get the fax)

CC company: "Our system just isn't setup for death..."

Me: "Oh..."

CC company: "I don't know what more I can do to help..."

Me: "Well... if you figure it out, great! If not, you could just keep billing her...I suppose...don't really think she will care...."

CC company: "Well...the late fees and charges do still apply."

Me: "'Would you like her new billing address?"

CC company: "That might help."

Me: "Odessa Memorial Cemetery (address and plot number given. )

CC company: "Sir, that's a cemetery!"

Me: "What do you do with dead people on your planet?!"

Diet Humor

I was in Walmart buying a large bag of Purina for my dog and was in line to check out. A woman behind me asked me if I had a dog... (DUHHHH)

I was feeling a bit crabby so on impulse, I told her NO and that I was starting The Purina Diet again, although I probably shouldn't because I ended up in the hospital the last time.

BUT, I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care unit with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IV's in both arms.

Her eyes about bugged out of her head.

I went on and on with the bogus diet story and she was totally buying it. I told her that it was an easy, inexpensive diet and that the way it works is to load your pockets or purse with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The package said the food is nutritionally complete so I was going to try it again.

(I have to mention here that practically everyone in the line was by now enthralled with my story, particularly a tall guy behind her.)

Horrified, she asked if something in the dog food had poisoned me and was that why I ended up in the hospital. I said, Oh NO!, I'd been sitting in the street licking my ass when a car hit me.

I thought the tall guy in back of the line was going to have to be carried out.

Take Care,
The Doctor's Deception Available in
Print/Ebook form on 06/25/08
Print ISBN:1-60154-287-9

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


Happy July, everyone! Wow! Just 5 more months in the year. Where does all the time go? Can't start the month off right without showcasing July's Most Beautiful Man!



The Doctor's Deception Available in
Print/Ebook form on 06/25/08
Print ISBN:1-60154-287-9

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


After such a serious post yesterday, I decided to lighten up. I came across this picture on the internet. I guess these male nurse dolls are available. Move over Ken! LOL.

My husband, who is a nurse, too, had a good laugh over this.

Someday, male nurses will be taken seriously. There are a fair number of them that I work with and they do an excellent job. I'm often struck by the prejudice in the work force that men are doctors and women are nurses.

You'd be surprised by the number of patients who think that a male nurse I'm working with who comes into my patient's room to help me with something, often think this guy is a doctor. They are often shocked. And, sometimes, patient assignments need to be rearranged because some people refuse to have a male nurse. When sometimes, he may be even more qualified and experienced to handle that patient's case then the actual nurse who is assigned.

What are your thoughts on male nurses?

The Doctor's Deception Available in
Print/Ebook form on 06/25/08
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Monday, June 30, 2008


Ok, I watch the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams every evening before going to work. In a recent health report, he stated, "24 million Americans have diabetes. That is up 3 million in just two years..."

WOW! That is a staggering number!

The rest of the report stated that an unexpected side effect to gastric bypass surgery has been found to eliminate type II diabetes in about 76% of patients who have had the procedure. The thing that scared me the most, were the two doctors who they interviewed who are performing a study where they perform gastric bypass on a group of patients and see if their type II diabetes is "cured". One spoke up and said, "We don't know how general anesthesia works, but we use it."

WHAT???? I wouldn't let that guy operate on me!

That can't be a true statement. I'm going to ask one of the doctors I work with. Because I disagree. In simple terms, anesthesia induces a sleep-like state with the use of drugs to make the patient as comfortable as possible in order to perform medical procedures.

But what wasn't on the report was how dangerous gastric bypass surgery is. Before moving to Arizona, the hospital I worked at performed a lot of gastric bypass surgeries. All patients who'd undergone gastric bypass was an automatic ICU admit. Some patients did relatively well, but many more had complications such as renal failure and a condition called Rhabdomyolysis. I took care of several who died. Young men and women in their thirties and forties. Needless deaths, leaving behind spouses and young children.

The bottom line is, do we really know how this procedure is going to affect people 10, 15, 20 years down the road? What are the chances of malnutrition? What abnormalities in food absorption are these patients at risk for? I oftened wondered.

I have to agree with a doctor speaking out against this study in the report and stated that diet, life style changes, and medicine are the safest way to treat diabetes.

Really, folks. You're taking your life into your hands with a risky procedure. Losing weight is a daily struggle, but it can be done. I admire those folks who have been on THE BIGGEST LOSER. They really take control and learn how to eat right and change their lives. Which you need to do if you have gastric bypass surgery. There are several types of gastric bypass surgeries, but a lot of them require that you have to completely change your eating habits according to the type of surgery you have.

So, why not be safe?

The patient who is a participatient in the trial said, "It would be so great to go into a pizza shop and order 2 slices of pizza..."

HUH? Okay. No comment.

Thursday, June 26, 2008



Anyone who can email me at and tell me when Stone and Faith share their first kiss, will get a bag of Hershey's kisses! Be sure to include your home address so that I can mail them to you. I will run this contest until the Fourth of July!

Faith moved her stethoscope over Mrs. Humphrey's heart, listening to her the steady beat. She prayed the tone wouldn't be muffled, an indication of fluid build-up around the heart. She heard a "squeaky" sound with every beat and released a sigh of relief. Mrs. Humphrey had the same "rub" she'd had an hour ago when she'd returned from her open heart surgery. A clue that the extra blood around Mrs. Humphrey's heart was still minor. Faith would have to make sure the rub didn't worsen.

Faith assessed the blood draining from the tubes placed in her patient's chest during surgery. Everything appeared to be in order. Mrs. Humphrey aroused to her name and followed commands when questioned, but drifted back off to sleep from the anesthesia still in her system. When she woke up a little more and stayed awake, Faith would work with the respiratory therapist to pull her breathing tube and withdraw the respirator.

Charting her findings on the bedside clipboard, Faith's mind drifted back to Dr. Lassiter. She wished she'd had a camera to capture the look on his face when she'd pulled the short straw out of her pocket. Talk about priceless! A chuckle escaped and turned into an all-out belly laugh.

"What's so funny?" Dr. Lassiter asked.

Faith stiffened and her amusement died. Damn. She'd hoped to be at lunch when he arrived to check on Mrs. Humphrey. Fate was definitely against her today.

Turning, she came face to face with him. She stepped back and bumped the rail of the bed. "Nothing. Just thinking about something that happened earlier. It kind of tickled my funny bone, that's all."

"Why don't you tell me what's so amusing?"

"I'm not in a particularly sharing kind of mood." His scent crossed the inches of space he'd left between them, teasing her senses. He smelled of lemons and spice.

Hmmmm. His own brand of lemonade.

What was she thinking? Holy cow! Stay away from those thoughts in connection with Robo Doc.

Sidestepping, she moved around him and her arm brushed his, tingling from the brief contact. The urge to rub the spot was strong, and feeling his gaze on her, Faith fought the tug-of-war roiling inside her.

Her brain told her he was off limits. But her body's reaction to him said something altogether different. Disturbed, she placed the bedside clipboard on the counter by the sink and started to wash her hands.

"Why not? I like a good joke now and again."

Drying her hands with the paper towels from the dispenser, Faith turned and rested a hip against the sink. "Are you serious? You haven't cracked a smile in the year I've known you—not even to your patients." She pinned him with a suspicious stare. "What's this all about?"

He shrugged his broad shoulders and the material of his green surgical scrub top tightened against his chest, leaving little to her imagination. Dr. Lassiter certainly seemed to have muscles in all the right places. The sight of golden chest hair teased her from the vee in his top.

Her throat went dry. What was wrong with her? Her admiration of his particular brand of eye candy had died after his first day on the unit. Why was she reacting to him now?

"What do you mean? I smile." Dr. Lassiter said with an almost cheery quality to his voice.

His lighthearted tone surprised her. Her gaze flew to his face, and she realized by the smug look in his deep brown eyes that he'd caught her staring at his chest. Faith frowned. What was with him anyway? He definitely wasn't acting his usual sour self.

"You. Are you trying to be nice or are you coming down with a terminal disease and feel the need to earn your way into heaven?"

He rubbed his jaw and stared at her like she was a jigsaw puzzle he couldn't put together. "No. I'm not sick." Dropping his hand, he turned toward Mrs. Humphrey. "How's she doing?"

Faith grabbed the clipboard and handed it to him, glad for the change in subject. It was none of her business what was wrong with him. "She's doing great. She's waking up nicely, and I think we'll be able to extubate her soon."

"You know I don't like my patients on the vent too long after surgery," he said, studying the patient's bedside nursing chart.

"Yes, Dr. Lassiter, I know," she said with exaggerated sweetness. Jekyll and Hyde apparently showed up to the hospital today. Not that Faith cared about Dr. Lassiter's dual personality. She preferred his surly attitude—easier for her to keep her distance.

He gave her an odd glance and the silence stretched between them. Only the sound of Mrs. Humphrey's mechanical respirations filled the room with the occasional beep of the heart monitor from the wall above the bed.

"Well, if you don't need anything else, I'm going to have Jolene cover for me so I can grab a quick bite to eat," Faith said, turning to leave.

"Wait." Dr. Lassiter placed a halting hand on her arm, preventing her from leaving.

Faith arched her brow and tugged her arm from his loose grip. Her skin quivered where he'd touched her. "You had another question about Mrs. Humphrey?"

"Ah, yes—I mean no." He shook his head. "No," he said firmly. "I wanted to talk to you about something. I'll tag along for lunch."

The nice quiet study time Faith had envisioned dissolved like quicksand. How could she study for the MCAT with Dr. Lassiter along?

"Well, actually, I do mind. So whatever you have to talk to me about, you can spill here."

Dr. Lassiter gazed at her hesitantly. Faith decided he wasn't going to yell at her after all because he stared, saying nothing. Just as she was about to give up waiting for him to speak, he nodded his head.

"Okay. Have it your way." He shut the door to Mrs. Humphrey's room, effectively closing out the rest of the staff.

He leaned against the door and casually crossed his arms. Faith tried not to notice how sexy he looked. His honey-blonde hair was slightly tousled from the removal of his surgical cap. He could've jumped from the pages of the current medical pin-up calendar that graced the bathroom in the nurses' lounge.

She wished she hadn't been aware of him at all. "Well? What have I done now? Or, is it one of the other nurses? You should know, I'm not the one to complain to today. Cheryl is the charge nurse."

"This isn't about work." He ran his hand through his hair, messing it further. "Come with me to the charity dinner on Saturday."

Whatever she'd been expecting, that hadn't been it. Her mouth dropped open before she could recover herself.

"What?" she said a little too loudly. She glanced over her shoulder at Mrs. Humphrey in the bed to be sure she hadn't disturbed her.

He pushed away from the door and drew closer. "I'd like you to go with me to Deerborne's—"

She held up her hand to maintain the space between them. "I heard you the first time." Faith lowered her voice. "Frankly, I'm surprised by your invitation. I can't go this year. I've already turned down one invite. I've put myself in a self-imposed dating exile, even though it killed me to do it."

He scowled and straightened. "What's that supposed to mean?"

Oh, yeah. Definitely Jekyll/Hyde.

"It means," she said patiently. "That I'm not available. Sorry."

She grabbed the handle and opened the door, leaving him behind. Walking past the nurses' station, she spied Jolene. "I'm going to grab lunch. I'll be in the lounge if you need me. Respiratory is supposed to come and put Mrs. Humphrey on CPAP mode on the ventilator. If you hear the alarm, have them change her back. She's probably ready for the spontaneous breathing trial, but just keep an ear out for me."

"Sure thing, Faith."

Heart pounding, she fled to the lounge. Dr. Lassiter had asked her out. If she were dating, would she have said yes?

Nah. Doctor Uptight wouldn't know how to have a good time. But wouldn't it be fun to loosen him up?

Kathleen Grieve

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008


today because in between snatches of sleep (This is one day I wish I hadn't worked last night)I'll be checking in to see what everyone has been tempted by! LOL.

Anyone who comments on temptation will be entered into a drawing to win a free download of THE DOCTOR'S DECEPTION, plus a gift basket with some of Nurse Faith Daniels favorite things~her guilty pleasures that have nothing to do with the MCAT or studying! LOL. Over at my website, , if you sign up for my mailing list, you'll be entered for a drawing to win Faith's favorite--A two pound box of Godvia Chocolate. Watch my myspace and blog-- Keeping A Pulse on Life & Romance Blog at for information on A FIRST KISS CONTEST, too! Lots of fun things going on this week for the launch of my book! I hope you enjoy!