Tuesday, September 25, 2012

say what...

oh my gosh.
is it really ONLY tuesday {evening}?

i don't know what it is - maybe it's this crazy 4th semester of nursing school - but the weeks are SO incredibly LONG!

just this week, i've already had 2 tests, we are now 2 lessons in to the 4th test, {immune system is going to be the death of me... IgM, IgG, IgE... ugh.} clinical paperwork due {and i didn't even do all of it}, dinners to cook, clothes to wash, a 3 year old to entertain, and it is only tuesday.

this is what i've been doing...

Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

this weekend is the SNA state convention {student nurse's association} in Charleston, SC - a good 2 hours from home.
SO... i will be nursing it up with 59 of O-C Tech's greatest student nurses {and others around SC}, as we embark upon a world of delegates, and focus sessions, spirit luncheon's, and who know what else ;)
we are behind Trident Tech in having the biggest class of nurses.
fun will be had.
i hope.
we all sure need it about now.

it's been YEARS since i've been in Charleston.
say... 2002... yep.

let me tell you a little something about my friend Megan, in nursing school with me.

// backstory //
Orangeburg, SC... {um, maybe more correct in saying Bowman, SC} 1970 -ish}
my dad, and megan's dad went to high school together at Bowman Academy.
they were buds.
megan's dad went to medical school - my dad went to school for activity therapy.
{then, later dad went to USC for his masters in counseling}

some time passes.
i was born.
megan's brother was born.
megan was born.
my brother was born.
our parents eventually lived down the street from each other in... IRMO, SC.
we played together a few times as children.
i remember her house - still.
they moved.
her dad was our doctor for a stint.

// current day //

2011, Orangeburg, SC
Megan and I started nursing school together, at Orangeburg-Calhoun Tech.
i saw her last name and just had a feeling i knew who she was.
i was right.
the place our dads moved away from, and there we were - their daughters back in Orangeburg, SC.
and the rest is history.
and we'll be roomies in Charleston for the convention.
and again, FUN will be had.
more on THAT when we come back!!

a few nights ago, i watched a bit of the walking dead, TV show {on netflix}.
then, i had to sleep with 2 night lights in the bathroom, and  i STILL had a dream about it.
i was trying to avoid "walkers"
there were tons of them just laying on the ground - and then, one SAT UP because it could hear us talking.
i was running through the mall, and my old high school.
then i woke up

and i'm still clinging to this little "cold" that just doesn't want to go away.
i just sound like i'm talking out of my nose and sometimes, my nose doesn't know whether it wants to run, or stop up.
thank goodness for sudafed.
but i don't feel bad.

and my 1st day of med-surg clinical last week // started off a bit rocky {i was on the phone with IT for the first half hour, re-establishing my username and password}, but ended MUCH smoother than i could have ever imagined.
i had 2 patients.
one had TONS of meds, the other = just aspirin.
i did IV and PICC care, pushed IV meds over 1 minute, reconstituted and hung IV antibiotics...
a lot of firsts.
and that day is coming when i have to actually GIVE someone an IV.
that will be a little scary.

we had big fat greek omelets tonight for dinner.
oh, they are pretty good if you haven't tried them before.
i'm not even a huge fan of feta cheese, but it MAKES this omelet.


i advise you try it.

so, on my test today is psychiatric nursing, i made an A.
not sure about monday's test on mobility: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, lupus, multiple myeloma, osteosarcoma, gout, fractures, amputations, SO MUCH STUFF.
i think it's safe to say we're all dying to know how that test went.

needless to say, i haven't slept very good in the last 3 or so nights.
ya know, because of all the stuff with school and such.
tomorrow is my short day.
i will sleep tonight.

good night.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

i'm doing homework right now...

livers. gallbladders. and pancreas, OH MY!!

we had our second med-surg test of the semester, and let me say...
i've NEVER been happier to see a 'B' {86} in my LIFE!!
oh, it was brutal.
i was scared.
i'm just going to have to get better at those "select all that apply" questions.

so, this is my hand.
taking notes in class.

class, Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

this week wraps up my clinical rotation through psychiatric mental health.
our last day is thursday, then it's off to medical-surgical land at +RMC in O'burg friday.

let me tell you how much of a difference there is between the 2 clinical experiences...
i have compiled a list!

i'm a little nervous.
i haven't worked in an adult hospital with medical patients since may.
we did pediatrics in the hospital this summer, but it just isn't the same.
i know it will all come back to me, but there will be lots of new things we'll be doing this semester.
with psych, it wasn't so much of the "task oriented" things, rather - "conversations"
i didn't think this clinical rotation was very eventful.
we did have 2 "situations" last week in clinical - i know, here at the end is when the excitement decided to happen.
but that is all.
and it's almost done.

tune in next week to see how the great transition goes.

JJ from my class found this little gem and i've already shown it to some of my nursing friends, but this site is so funny.
and a lot of it is true.

instagram is great.
on it, i found this way cute background for my iPhone.
and this is where she tells you how to do it.
ME?? oh, i just snapped the photo on my iPhone and cropped it up real good.
i skipped all the technical stuff.
the one on the right is my background.
it's a V


have you ever heard of this before?
erin condren {dot} com


i want one of those life planner deals!!
they look simply amazing.
there is no way i can justify spending $50+ on a planner right now.
so - i'll just start making notes of what kind of planner i want, how i want it, what options i want it to come with..
so that when i'm a NURSE, then i can have one :)


guys, they are personalized, to the "T"
in virtually any design you could want
that page of circle pictures ^^up there^^ - those are stickers you can put where ever you want in your planner
it can come with colorful pens if you wish {and y'all know my fascination with pens}
i want the one on the top right
i can totally start writing out all my favorite things/inside jokes now so that when it comes time to order one, i'll be ready!

roger is doing the dishes right now while i'm doing "homework"
no, really - i have about 2 journals left to type up for psych clinical paperwork
and 2 loads of laundry to do
and lecture notes to print out for class tomorrow
so i think i'm going to go finish it all while i'm still ahead.

this is going to be another very long week.

Friday, September 7, 2012


oh, hi there.
yes, i know... it's been a while.
i needed this time to process some things.
it's something i'm still trying to do for the most part.
i guess you could say my time has been dominated.
you could even say i'm preoccupied and my mind is in so many places right now.
it's hard to focus.
it has taken me 6 pages just to write out my thoughts.
yes, it's been a while.

i will be really surprised if you even get to the end of this post.
because it is all over the place.
like me right now.

we'll call this - confessions.
or even, randomness.

sometimes i wish i could turn the world off.
and just sit.
and not think.
and not study, or read, or write.
sometimes, the thing i want more than anything in this world is to hold my child so close.
and smell her sweet skin.
and listen to her constant rambling.
because she talks more now than ever before.
and i can't write down all the funny things she says fast enough:

  • "cows poop out milk"
  • "that's kinda funny"
  • "I want some of that spanish" [sushi]
  • "can you do me a flavor?" [favor]
  • "what you said?" -she says this after EVERYTHING we tell her. i know she hears us.
  • Hailee was about to run out in the church parking lot, and roger squeezed her hand tight, hailee said, “Ouch! You’re gonna squish my bones out and then I’ll fall down like a turtle!”
  • "mommy, you need to wash your breath" 
  •  "we need to get some new magnets, these are crappy" - thanks, roger
  • While eating dinner one night, hailee had a fork and was trying to pick up broccoli on her fork. She said, “I need a spoon for this job!”
i haven't even done much taking of pictures.
my heart just hasn't been in it.
and photobucket is being a jerk right now and making it nearly impossible to do what i want it to do.
this is what i got.


a lot of good, random (and a lot of sky/clouds.. you know me with my Doppler radar app..) stuff.

this has been one of the longest weeks ever.
and we were even off monday.
still - i'm so glad it's friday, friday, friday... 

my baby started her 3 year old preschool this week.
did she love it? yes.
how well did she listen? ehhh... she had to be told to "put on her listening ears" several times.
she's 3.
we're working on it.

there was a big brown cricket on my shoe laces yesterday morning.
i carried the shoes - in the dark - from the kitchen to the living room to put them on.
even then, when i put them down i couldn't quite tell what was on the laces - just brown and looked like sticks.
not sticks. 
not at all.
it moved.
HAD that cricket gotten on me, i would have:
screamed and woke up the whole house, and thrown my shoe across the room.
it could have been bad. 
real bad.

i'm beginning to think that all these psychiatric clinicals are starting to have an effect on me.
i've just felt - OFF this week.
or maybe it's just been an entire week of PMS and i just haven't had the energy or patience for anything or anyone.

TODAY... we had our rotation thru community mental health - out patient care.
i rode along with a "social worker" [not a nurse] to some home visits.
well... we had to pick up a pt who needed to run a few errands.
ELEPHANT IN THE CAR: someone farted.
it was awful and i wanted to roll down my window so bad.
but i sat there instead, with my hand over my nose/mouth in a cloud of putrid stank.
this fart was not one of normal consistencies. 
not natural.
it was NOT me. 
i do not fart [story for another day].

ok, time for more of my favorite etsy shop, ever.
tiny galaxies.
LOVE this shop, and sara is the absolute best to deal with, ever.
go buy some earrings. or a necklace, or a bracelet.


my 31st birthday is in less than a month.
it doesn't seem right.
i don't feel old enough to be in my 30's.
but i'm reminded that i'm NOT in my 20s any more every day.
most of my classmates are in their 20s.

speaking of class...
what a difference a year makes!!!
a year ago today, i was just trying to keep my head above water in school.
this was probably about the time i figured out how to study for my nursing exams and was learning all my basic nursing skills: bed baths, vital signs, injections, catheters...
one year later, and this 1st month of my 4th semester has blown by.
i literally turned around and it was september.
i am STILL writing august for the month.
-what am i saying??!! every time i write the full date, i'm tempted to put 2010 instead of 2012??!!
i don't even know why.

i made a 97 on both my 1st tests for NUR 214 [psych] and NUR 210 [medical-surgical]
gotta keep it up now.

i introduced roger to frozen grapes last week.
can you believe he's never experienced those cold bursts of happiness in his mouth?
if you have not tried it, you're missing out.
big time.

hailee's been watching some dora the explorer, and her cousin, diego.
here is a treasure map roger fashioned for her after a few episodes.
he sure knows his way around some markers and crayons.


she'll come up to me, string some nonsense together, and ask, "did i just speak spanish??"
maybe, darling, maybe.
Mommy wouldn't even know.

the under wire started coming out of my favorite bra.
have i gotten a new one yet? no.
i duct taped that sucka up and kept going!
AND, my flip flops might have came apart, but i have gorilla glued them back together.
that's strong glue.
i'm even a little surprised it worked.
and those are my tricks for the week!

i totally made my family chicken nuggets for dinner tonight.
i balanced them out with green beans and mac n cheese.
and i have not cleaned up dinner yet.

sometimes, my husband talks for longer than my current attention span can listen.
but, usually, it's something he's already told me, just in more detail.
Circumstantiality is a new word in my psych vocabulary.
sometimes he does this.
kinda. but not to this extreme.
Circumstantial speech (also referred to as circumstantiality) is a communication disorder in which the focus of a conversation drifts, but often comes back to the point. In circumstantiality, unnecessary details and irrelevant remarks cause a delay in getting to the point.

we've been living in this old house for 2 years now.
here, lately: our bedroom door is now closing on it's own.
it won't stay open.
this has never happened in the last 2 years we've been here.
it's the strangest thing.

i have not finished any books, watched any movies, listened to anything in the news/presidential debate...
i'm at a loss when it comes to current events.
there is just no time.

well, now.
that wasn't as bad as i thought it was going to be.
and i'm sure that i'm leaving stuff out.
but that's how it's been lately.
all over the place.
oh, this weekend will be one i am looking forward to.
happy friday.

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