30 May 2012

Linked in but unhinged!

Whoa! Beware of jet lag. It can cause you to act in strange ways.

I returned two days ago from R & R in the United States. The time difference is 10 hours, and it always takes me a few days to make the switch. Most of the time, I feel like my brain is still hanging out over the Atlantic Ocean while my body is on terra firma in a strange land. The few days are the worst. Yesterday afternoon, I was absolutely goofy from jet lag and struggling to stay awake. Typically, I surf the Net to kill time.

Another time I was jet lagged, this got me in trouble. My laptop DVD drive had conked and, rather than take it to an “iffy” local repair place and expose my personal data to who knows whom, I decided to order an external DVD drive. I took up the quest to find the best bargain on my first day back from leave. A couple days later, I picked up the search again and ordered a drive. A couple weeks after that, my two DVD drives arrived on the same day. TWO? Yes. Though I don’t remember it at all, I had ordered one the first night back when my brain was still on low-function mode.

This morning, my e-mail junk folder was particularly full. There were all these “congratulations” messages from people I know about joining LinkedIn. I have to honestly admit that I really don’t know what LinkedIn is and have resisted all offers to join in the past. Further, it seems that anyone I know and correspond with via e-mail has been notified that I’m now part of the fun. How do these things miraculously occur? I am totally baffled.

I tried to retrace my steps and, yep, I found a LinkedIn request from my brother-in-law. In my jet-lagged stupor, I must have clicked on the little button that has now opened a new world for me, of what I’m still not sure. But I’m going to embrace this adventure and learn to be linked in and, since Jim Mattson, editor of Reflections on Nursing Leadership (RNL), is also in this pond, I’m sure the sailing will be just fine.

For safety’s sake, the next time I return from R & R, I’m going to disable all electronic devices for at least three days. I just can’t trust myself.

For Reflections on Nursing Leadership (RNL), published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.


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