Sunday, July 29, 2012

What I've Learned So Far

I’m stealing borrowing this from The Mom at Shoved to Them because it’s an awesome idea and isn’t imitation the sincerest form of flattery?
So, this is what I’ve learned in 31 years of life, in no particular order:

1)      When in doubt, start anything in the microwave at 2 minutes.
2)      Chronic ditziness never, ever goes away.
3)      There are usually three versions to a story of how someone got injured or sick.  One version told to the EMTs, one version told to the ER nurse, and the real version told to the ER doctor.
4)      The mess in the back of an ambulance after a squad run is directly proportional to the seriousness of an injury or illness.  The bigger the mess, the more serious the injury or illness.
5)      Drama kings and queens usually stink as workers.
6)      The more kids someone has, the more patient they are as nursing home residents.
7)      Good neighbors are worth their weight in gold!
8)      Using someone’s full first name or first and middle names together is bound to get their attention, even if they are old enough to be your parent or grandparent.
9)      A good nurse always has alcohol wipes in their pockets.
10)  If you start an IV or remove an IV on someone on any type of blood thinner, even 81 mg of aspirin a day, you better be prepared with plenty of 4x4 gauze and ready to put your entire body weight on your thumb to either stop the bleeding until you get the tubing attached or a clot forms.
11)  The best sound ever is a baby crying as you walk in the door of someone’s house when you’ve been called out for a baby not breathing.
12)  Cream cheese icing + Town House crackers = awesome snack!
13)  Just because you forgive and forget someone doesn’t mean you allow them to make the same mistake again.
14)  Lists and schedules keep me sane.
15)  #14 saves my sanity for those times when every list and schedule has to go out the window.
16)  Inside jokes are the best jokes.
17)  If you fax any type of paper to anyone, you better call them and confirm they got it as soon as you send it, or else it’ll be lost.
18)  The amount of psychotropic medication someone is one is not proportional to their level of sanity.
19)  No soap can make you feel as squeaky clean as after you’ve gone to Confession.
20)  The only church is the Catholic Church.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


You remember when I started this blog I promised that my postings wouldn't be regular?  Well, I lived up to that this quarter.

This past quarter (I took and passed the final today!) was dealing with med-surg, as in caring for people before, during, and after surgery, caring for people with medical illnesses, and learning to care for the specific needs of the elderly.  This quarter my clinical site was about 50 minutes away, which gave me lots of time for prayer and letting my mind wonder.  (By the way, the iBrevary app is awesome!)

During the quarter, we each had an opportunity to observe in a surgery unit.  I was fortunate to be able to observe two gallbladder removals during my day in surgery.  As someone who had their gallbladder removed at the tender age of 11, I was eager to see how this happened.

While the patient was being prepped for surgery, my fellow student nurse and I observed the surgery team cleaning the patient's abdomen and paying particular attention to cleaning the patient's bellybutton, including pulling lint out that I'm pretty sure was older than me!

My classmate and I were watching and silently trying to figure out why they were paying so much attention to the bellybutton, when, just as my classmate asked me if I knew what they were doing, it dawned on me.

They were prepping it for an incision! 

Typically, this surgery involves four small incisions; one just below the breastbone, one on either side of the abdomen, and one at the very bottom of the bellybutton.

The rest of the surgery was uneventful and the whole day, and quarter, went smoothly.

God bless!