Friday, January 29, 2010

See? I Am Not Chicken Little

It really is that bad out here. If I needed another sign that I ought to be paying attention to the voices I'm hearing, that sign came today.

Carrie Lynn Johnson, a 39-year-old home health care nurse from Royal Oak, was doing the job she cared deeply about when someone entered the Detroit home of her patient, shot and killed both of them and then set the house on fire.

If you want, you can read the entire story here.

I have an interview on Thursday for the desk job. I may have to reside in Dilbert land Monday through Friday, but at least I won't be looking over my shoulder all the damn time.

This lack of respect for life just sickens me.

ETA--I eventually followed all of the links and found this woman's obituary. Carrie was a fellow knitter and spinner. For some reason, this breaks my heart all the more.

20 comments:

Brenda said...

I sure do hope you get the job on Thursday Rudee. I feel so bad for this young woman's family. What a horrible way to die. Even though the article didn't say so...it most likely is drug related. So sad. Now I fear for my daughter, who also does home visits.

Rudee said...

Brenda, I think she was at the wrong place and definitely at the wrong time. I don't know what the purpose of such a shooting was. The sad thing? This happened on the 21st, but didn't make the news until the 29th. I wonder if they thought it just wasn't important enough to report.

Miss 376 said...

Wishing you all the best for Thursday. It will be so much better for you and your family

Kathleen said...

I'm so glad you know to trust your instincts, Rudee. God, that's so awful about that young woman. BTW: It's not so bad in cubeville. Very easy to redecorate on a whim and if you put your earbuds in you can drown out all the other noise. But, you it's hard when you need to make a personal like a doctor's appt. Good luck!

Catherine said...

This is too awful - can't imagine how we haven't heard here about this sort of crime. It seems a bad time to say I had tagged you for a High Five meme - five highlights from your 2009 year - see my post for the idea. I hope you don't mind - it's just for fun. Talk again, good luck with the desk job. What a choice!
Catherine

Rose said...

I'm just stunned. What a shame. I'm thinking your plan to change jobs is a very good one; your instincts must be kicking in big time.

Queenmothermamaw said...

I pray the job will come through for you. So sad about the nurse shot in the home. My youngest daughter is a MSW and worked in the shoddiest part of downtown Louisville for a time. I was afraid all the time for her. She loved it. However, she did move into a stable job with VOA and director of the Family Homeless Shelter. She hates being locked inside, but she does feel safer. Worth a whole lot.Good luck
QMM

sapphireblue said...

I'm so glad you are safe, but yes, big neon sign is telling you to get out of there. Yes, office work can be boring, but I would rather have you alive.

Devon said...

This is just so very sad. I live in such a small community, I don't think I have ever felt unsafe in a patients home.

I can't imagine doing what you do. Dilbert sounds pretty damn good!

clairedulalune said...

Rudee, this is awful and so sad, the best of luck on Thursday for you, I am crossing my fingers and toes!

Stephanie V said...

You may not be supremely happy at a desk but you'll be safe. This is an horrific crime.
To quote you: "some stories are just so sad".

Quiltluver said...

That is sooo sad for that poor woman's family. It is sad for you too that you can't feel safe doing the job you've loved. Hope things turn out well for you on Thursday.

Jane said...

Rudee, this is so sad. I really pray you get this job on Thursday. You have served your community so well. Now it's time to serve in a different capacity.

Rudee said...

Thank you, everyone. I'm hopeful for this position. I really want to make a change and though I'll probably have a bit of a pay cut with the loss of shift differential and mileage reimbursement, well, I'll just have to make up for that in other ways. But first...I have to get the job. I may not if someone else is more qualified.

Gail said...

Good luck in getting that new position soon!

laurie said...

none of us thinks you chicken. you're doing the right thing.

Lisa L said...

nauseated by this. so very, very sorry for that nurse (oh yeah..and her family who are now reeling)..and,of course,her patient.(and her patient's family.) I've had people come at me with knives, and with horrible threatening words...but, jesus. she was killed.

bettyjf1 said...

That's such a sad story; I hope you get that job Rudee. What a sad event for her family.
I know how that can hit home for you- even though you didn't know her personally.
Take Care of yourself.

Miss T said...

Horrendous. I truly hope you can get a safer job, and soon!

Ruth said...

Good luck with the new job interview - hope you get it.The lack of coverage of this event is appalling.A nurs was kille doing her job and it takes 8 days to get media coverage. Couple of years back a nurse here was badly injured by a patient.Was outside a psyciatrc clinic. Our union leader Mark Olsen ( Australian Nurses Federation - WA Branch ) made sure it was on the news and was kept there with regular updates and even all through the trail.The nurse still can't work and need care. We have a zero tolerance to any violent actions toward nurses - all state hospitals will have you removed and CHARGED - we have signs everyhwere. Home visits are carefully checked before and if a history of danger - you will not get visited, probably helps that all public hospitals talk to each other and there are not that many care providers and and history will be noted.