Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I want to wish everyone a very blessed Christmas season. Remember, today is the first day of the twelve days of Christmas!

God Bless!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Ideas

Having a hard time shopping for your favorite EMT/STNA/RN student?  Need a gift for your favorite cardiologist or ER doc?  I present the defibrillator toaster!

One more picture is available here.  I found this initally on Dr. Grumpy's blog.  While it is just a concept product, I think someone could make some serious cash making these and selling them at medical personnel seminars.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Queenly Edicts

If I was Queen of the World for a day:

1)  Nothing Christmas related would be displayed at least until Advent started.
2)  If a person is sick and/or disabled enough to live in a nursing home, they are too sick to continue smoking!

That's all for now.  I'm still alive, nursing school is going well (A- average!), and in about 3 weeks I'll have break!

God bless!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Dress

I found it at the second shop we looked at.  It was the only dress with sleeves (a must!) in my size.  When I tried it on it fit perfectly, like it was made just for me.  We looked at a few other stores, but nothing compared to that dress.  I knew it was going to be my wedding dress.

The day of my wedding, I remember standing in shock, looking at my reflection in the mirror.  Until then, I never saw myself as beautiful.  In that dress I saw myself as beautiful.

I walked down the aisle in the dress and promised to love, honor, and cherish a man who I thought I would be with the rest of my life.

After the wedding, I put the dress away and dreamed of the day I would use some of my dress to make a baptismal gown for a future little one, or maybe a future daughter would walk down the aisle in the same dress.

Then, one day I woke up and I found out that my life wasn’t how it seemed.  I realized that the man I married wasn’t who he presented himself to be.  So, I cried a little, took a breath, and started picking up the pieces.  I believed that things could still work and I would still have my happily ever after.

After awhile, I realized that instead of things getting better, they were getting worse.  I found out that the man I thought I married was nowhere near to the child he really was.  I realized that to stay in this marriage would mean spending the rest of my life not as a wife, but as a caregiver to a mentally ill man.  So, I got angry, cried a lot, took a lot of breaths, and, with the help of God and a lot of amazing people, left that marriage and started rebuilding my life.

While rebuilding my life, I found out how amazing, strong, and beautiful I really am, even if I’m wearing an old skirt and t-shirt and repacking an entire house of stuff!  I realized that things with huge sentimental value, like wedding dresses, are just things.  I figured out a new definition of happily ever after and am working towards achieving that dream, with the new understanding that I must keep my mind open to God’s will for me.  My favorite prayer is, “God, this is what I think you want me to do, if not stop me!”

And the dress?  Right now it’s at a used bridal sale.  With any luck it’ll sell and I’ll use the money towards my new happily ever after.

Friday, September 23, 2011

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

School started this week, so and I think I did pretty well on my break list:

1)      I didn’t get to work any extra hours.  The hours available were days I was either already working or had to be home as soon as work was over because I was on call with squad.
2)      I made some decent progress on The Hidden Manna.  I found the first hundred pages or so to be very tough reading, but once I figured out who were heretics and who were not, it became much easier.  I’ve often wondered what exactly the Protestant “reformers” were thinking when they left the Church; after reading parts in this book, I’ve concluded that they weren’t thinking!
3)      The car is clean!  Labor Day morning was spent washing, scrubbing (including hubcaps!), vacuuming, and waxing.  It shines like brand new!
4)      I was able to do 1.5 hours of CEUs on bath salts, as that’s all that was available.  I’ve never completely understood why people would want to ingest substances that caused them to lose control of themselves, so abusing substances is beyond me!
5)      As you can see, I adjusted the blog layout and added as patron saints of this blog Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt and St. Michael.  I’m still not sure if I like it or what I should change; it seems more crowded now, but I’m not sure what to do about it.  Any thoughts would be appreciated!
6)      I have a few blog pieces written ahead of time and a few more bouncing in my head.  It seems when I get a few out, a few more come in!
7)      The books are bought and, when stacked up, measure around 3 feet high!  Amazon and the college bookstore wanted my firstborn, but when I explained I didn’t have a firstborn, they were happy to take my debit and credit cards!

God Bless!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

School's Out!

“School’s out, school’s out, teacher let the monkeys out!”

Yeah, I know, Labor Day is in a few days and the vast majority of students either have gone back or are getting ready to go back.  But, I just completed my last final for summer quarter and have three weeks before nursing school starts!  (Yep, I got in a year early!  Yea me!)

I way I see it, this is perfect.  I spent the majority of the summer season in my air conditioned car, house, job, or classroom.  Now I get three weeks to veg and prepare for fall while the weather is fabulous.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I am a list-maker; I always have a list either on paper or in my head.  This is my list for the next three weeks.

1)      If possible, work extra hours to pad my savings account.
2)      Finish one of two books I have been working on.  I’ve been reading St. Augustine’s Confessions and The Hidden Manna by Fr. James T. O’Connor.  Confessions is really interesting, but The Hidden Manna is on my Nook and that makes it more fun and more discreet to read.
3)      Thoroughly wash my car, inside and out.  I do a pretty good job of keeping my car clean, but I intend to scrub off every bug that met an untimely fate on my front bumper and wax it.
4)      Catch up and get ahead on EMT CEU’s.  In my state we have the option to renew our EMT certification by completing a certain number of continuing education credits in a three year period.  My current certification won’t expire until April of 2014, but considering most of that time will be in nursing school, I’m planning on doing as many as I can whenever I can.  Thankfully my county has access to a website with free (!!!) CEU’s.
5)      Adjust the blog.  Not a complete overhaul, but I want to change the layout and add a few pictures.
6)      If possible, try to write articles for the blog ahead of time, so it isn’t neglected for 11 weeks at a time.  I have a few ideas bouncing around; I just need to get them on the computer!
7)      Buy books and read ahead for fall quarter.  I’m not liking that idea right now, but I know in a week and a half or so I’ll be ready to dive in.

Have a fabulous Labor Day weekend!  God Bless!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Seizures and Popsicles

At the nursing home I work at, we have a few residents who are, to put it mildly, a few fruit loops short of a full box.  They don’t have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, but their perception of reality is not always correct.

Recently, one of my coworkers was caring for a resident when another resident came up to him in a panic, telling him that Ms. Hypo was having a seizure and on the phone with 911.  The aide ran down to the resident’s room and saw Ms. Hypo lying in her bed and talking to the 911 operator.  My coworker grabbed the phone, and after letting the operator know that Ms. Hypo was fine and not having a seizure, hung up the phone.  He then had this conversation with the resident:

Aide: “What’s wrong?”

Ms. Hypo (in a panic): “I’m having a seizure!  I don’t want the nurse because no one out there (pointing out into the hall) will take care of it because all of you are crazy!”

Aide: “Well, just relax for a minute and I’ll go get the nurse.”

Ms. Hypo: “OK.  By the way, can you get me a popsicle?”

There you have it, someone in a seizure who not only can make some sense when talking, but can eat!  It’s a miracle!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thankful Thursday

What I’m thankful for this week:

1)      Statistics professors who let students borrow calculators when their calculator disappears somewhere between the science building and across campus.
2)      People who return very expensive graphing calculators to their owners.
3)      Toenail polish that lasts forever.  I painted my toenails over two weeks ago and the polish is just beginning to chip, as opposed to completely off.
4)      Strawberry candies with the syrup filling inside and moms who share them.
5)      Parents who go gallivanting all over a two state area, but bring home chocolates for their favorite oldest daughter to eat.  (I’m their only oldest daughter, which automatically makes me their favorite.  They also have a favorite son and a favorite youngest daughter.)

What are you thankful for this week?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Who is this person and why is she here?

Have you ever been in a situation where you walk in someplace that you’ve never been and know absolutely no one?  You feel like everyone is staring at you and asking themselves the question above.  You have two choices; you can either run away, or you can smile and introduce yourself to the first person you see.

Consider this first post me introducing myself.

I am a Catholic.  I believe everything the Church teaches and I do the best I can to follow God’s will for my life.  I love praying the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.  I have been know to ask for the intercession of the saints either under by breath or out loud as needed and not care who is around.  If I had the gas money and time I would go to the Traditional Latin Mass every week.

I am an emergency medical technician (EMT).  I currently run with a volunteer rescue squad in my hometown and am certified as an EMT-Intermediate, which means I can start IV’s and give some really great drugs!  I consider being an EMT the single most fulfilling thing I have done in my adult life.

I am a nurse aide.  I currently work full-time in a nursing home and take care of 16 residents.  My goal every shift is to care for them as if they were my own family members. 

I am a student.  Currently I am completing the prerequisites to enter the nursing program to earn an associate’s degree in nursing.  Right now I am scheduled to enter Fall 2012, but I hope to enter sometime during the 2011-2012 school year.  I have a background in teaching, with a B.S.Ed. in early childhood education and almost a M.Ed. in special education; the path that led me from teaching to nursing is another post.

I am creating this blog mainly to have a vehicle to express my thoughts about anything, but primarily Catholicism, prehospital medicine, and becoming an RN.  I do a lot of driving going to work and school and that is when I do my best thinking about anything besides what assignment is next or what is going on at work.

I will not promise that this blog will be updated with any regularity or frequency.  My life right now (for the next two years, depending on when I start clinicals) is sleep, study, work, repeat, hence the name of my blog.  I think of this as a fun thing, so it’s something that will be reserved for after my work is done.

I hope you read this blog for the reasons I read blogs, to learn, laugh, and experience a world different from your own.

God Bless.