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Apr. 28th, 2012 | 08:05 pm

Eleanor is brushing the hair of a teddy bear, in between doing a children's yoga dvd. It's really precious. My life is simultaneously rewarding and exhausting, I'm getting a lot done; I live with a certain fear of being sucked under should I mismanage anything. I'm sure there is some kind of phobia regarding disorganization of time and energy. 

Benjamin and I spent the morning arguing, around noon he started working on the budget with me and I calmed down. It was perhaps one of the first moments I realized I'm taking my stress out on him. I think it's fair to anticipate equal participation in a shared life. 

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This is happiness.

Jul. 25th, 2010 | 10:41 pm

 

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Jun. 12th, 2010 | 08:15 pm

What I like about integrity, is what I like about you.

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One year ago.

Jun. 2nd, 2010 | 08:03 pm


Last springs flowers, the last time I sketched with any sort of finished product.
 
What an intense year this has been.

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I hope we all grow up to become vegan activists.

May. 30th, 2010 | 09:34 pm

People are so sicksicksick. 

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Wk 37&38

May. 29th, 2010 | 11:56 am

Last week was the week from hell. Monday I had my IUD yanked and were left all kinds of scary messages from our pediatrician and it was generally miserable. This week I came down with whatever Kevin had, missed 6hrs of clinical time can't really due my internship; which is do the 1st. And am still feeling sick. 

The weather is gorgeous, and I just want to be a beach bum with my baby. Is that so much to ask? 

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TMI

May. 19th, 2010 | 08:50 pm

The month
          and some 
hemorrhage 
came to an (abrupt) end
with the (partial)
e x p u l s i o n
of my
i u d. 

On Tuesday, we find the lab has lost our specimen and reports LEAD POISONING; in a number which is not treatable. And please check again in several months. We are SORRY for the trauma, devastation, misrepresentation, anxiety we might have caused with the message we left- the one that said
you're dying. 

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Week 36

May. 14th, 2010 | 07:01 pm

As of Thursday it's official, my baby walks. All over. When ever she wants.
So. Proud. 

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35/42

May. 9th, 2010 | 10:36 am

OB and Med Pass(awfulawful). Final next Tuesday. 
And I need to do 20 intern hours by June 1st. WHAT?


Kevin has almost totally finished the plumbing(awesome, epic really). 

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Wk 34/42

Apr. 30th, 2010 | 08:16 pm

OB.

One of our clinical instructors quit, so we're having less clinical and more class time. (Yay!) I have med pass next week; it will be one on one, in Carthage.
Nora took 4 steps today. It was perfect. My dehydrator came and there are only 8 more weeks of school. Kevin is reconstructing the whole bathroom right now, I can't believe how amazing it is working out. I have gardening thoughts that are driving me wild and we are thinking Austin this fall, though since the weather has changed my heart to move has lessened. I need to live somewhere without winter.

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Wk 33/42

Apr. 23rd, 2010 | 10:26 pm

 Peds in clinical all week. Monday is our peds final. But I'm really far away from school right now. I'm reading all of the time and our bath room is under construction, and then our boiler went. Let me tell you... my skin is not happy. 
Yesterday was my birthday, and today an order from Bulk Foods came in. A place I've been ordering from lately, I ordered a dehydrator. I've decided that ultimately I really want a nutrition degree. It might not be my next, but it's definitely going to happen.

Nora is stepping.  

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Apr. 10th, 2010 | 12:09 pm

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Apr. 8th, 2010 | 08:49 pm

I can barely wait for my life to start again.

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Wk 30/42

Apr. 2nd, 2010 | 11:50 am

Longgg weekend.

We started Peds, the great eliminator. It's a horrifyingly fast pace, and even then we are require to cover all the odd chapter's by self study. Did I mention we'll be done at the end of next week? Oh, and yes M-W is clinical. I'm horrified of going back to clinical, first I'll be in geri and second I'm sure I'll be yelled at again.

I bought this. And love it love it love it.


And I want this and this. And yes, isn't that green just the nicest color? 


I'm practicing being a domestic in case I fail.

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Week 26 of Nursing School

Mar. 5th, 2010 | 05:07 pm

I'm exhausted. Kevin and I are both a little ill and Nora decided not to sleep well last night.

This week was nice, in class. Lots of tests. On Thursday I went to an internship at a Chiropractor's- it was much much better than anything else I've been exposed too. He was so much more natural and holistic and rightrightrightright than anything else.

Kevin didn't finish his drug cards, and was asked to Mrs. Riddell's office. She told him that the teachers are fighting over whether to put us in the same clinical or not. If they don't we're not really sure what we're going to do to handle it. It's pretty much guaranteed that one of us will fail out because of time. Not to mention it will cost us a small fortune in gas every day.

So tired.

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Week 25 of Nursing School

Feb. 25th, 2010 | 10:08 pm

I really really hope that tomorrow is a snow storm and that school is cancelled. On the other side, I popped into Target at lunch today and I'm really really excited that jumpers are coming out in the spring wardrobe. I have 4 unfinished ones I made last summer but never got back down to a size where I could wear them. I am in fact now small enough to wear them AND my hair is finally being nice again.
School is being unbearable and I'm fantasizing about spring and escaping.
It was my last clinical at Mercy, I hope- I hope! And med pass orientation. In class we are testing Neuro tomorrow and Fluid and Electrolytes maybe into the afternoon?

Also, my teacher's are insanely busy. They are both instructors, students and have jobs otherwise. One is also a mother to small boys.

How do you get that organized?

I would like these http://www.hometownseeds.com/survival-seeds-c-213/survival-seeds-peace-of-mind-for-your-family-p-35 for my garden.

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Wk 24/42

Feb. 20th, 2010 | 11:47 am

Drug cards are heinous.

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Week Twenty Three of Nursing School

Feb. 14th, 2010 | 05:56 pm

Clinicals made it very very hard to pump. I'm having a hard time with the work load, but I think it's more about my unwillingness to actually commit to working when I need to. We have this M-F off, and I'm hoping that I can use it to organize myself and my energy. Refocus on what's important here and now and work with that.

Baby has had a pretty rough day, and I'm having a really hard time relaxing; we have 34 drug cards due next week. And they take forever to do, we can't type them and it is really just a giant pain in the ass. On the plus side, I do get to learn about these neat drugs and I am enjoying that.

I would really like to be outside, gardening. Running around, playing in soft grass. I'm so tired of the snow.

PS Happy Valentines

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Week Twenty Two of Nursing School

Feb. 5th, 2010 | 05:49 pm

Oh. God.
I didn't really prepare myself for the change of pace, and it's definitely left me feeling like I'm always a moment behind. For instance. We picked up our books on Friday, we were there maybe 20 minutes. First thing Monday morning we had an open book on chapter 2&3. On Wednesday we had a chapter 56 test, Thursday a 57 test. And today we had a test on chapters 20, 21, 23 in pharmacology and then to round it out another open book on chapter 1.

To give better perspective, 56 and 57 are Mental Health; 1, 2, 3 are nursing process, scope, and cultural considerations. 20 was Antianxiety, 21 Sedatives and Hypnotics and 22 Antidepressants.

And Monday starts clinicals!

Nora is not only crawling but starting to cruise, and in the last month she's started solid foods. 

That said, here's a review of how I'm doing on my NYR's.
1. I really let meal planning slip; that said, I haven't eaten out at all and have packed my lunch nearly everyday. I bought coffee a few times. And I guess technically I ate pizza that Colin ordered one night.

2. I started the couch to 5k and that was going great till this week. Week 4. And it totally kicked my ass, I ad to go back and I'm doing week 3 again and trying for wk 4 on Monday.
Yoga is as follows
wk1 5/7
wk2 5/7
wk3 4/7
wk4 4/7
wk5 5/7

3. I finished a pair of sweater pants. But that's it.

4. January I ordered prints. Only posted photos one week though.

5. I was very good at sketch for the 10minutes a day toward the beginning of the month, but it's fell off the wagon and I'm not excited to pick it back up yet.

6. I have been journalling. Not as much as I would like, but it is happening.Work harder with my lj updates, and much more specific with my Nursing related ones.

7. Eh, more than I would like. Less than I'm used to. I've started doing what I refer to as an "unplugged" day and am not on my phone or computer at all.

8. I wrote it, but failed to mail it? With the amount of school work I'm doing now though, I think I'm going to mail every two months with 2 letters. I might put it off all together.

9. January: Sperm Wars,and DMT: The Spirit Molecule.

10. I think if I get good at this one all of the others will fall into place. Must work toward more functional habits.

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Week 21 of Nursing

Feb. 4th, 2010 | 04:21 pm

I know it was last week, but for the record it was just finals and picking up books. More over- we had a snow day.
I did really well on my finals.

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Week Twenty of Nursing

Jan. 24th, 2010 | 02:42 pm

This last week we finished off wound care and bandaging; next week is finals and the last day of lvl 1!
I won't be in clinical again for a few more weeks but I'm really excited about level two. I want to get serious about my school work and try to figure out a few study habits. Mostly, make a point to study at least 45 minutes every night. I want to find a system that really works for me before I'm in a difficult academic situation.
I've pretty much narrowed down the potential places I will move to. Portland, Pittsburgh, Austin and Rockport. I'm thinking Pittsburgh would be the easiest move for now, but Oregon is really appealing and my sister is in Austin. Rockport has a double hit for being in a cold climate and very very expensive. I figure I'm going to be broke for a year or so where ever I go, so I just want to be able to enjoy it. Ideally, I will know whether or not I want to stay where ever I end up pretty quickly. In the end it doesn't really matter as much as I just want out of New York.
I have lots and lots of thoughts.
I need to quit living in my head.

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Week Nineteen of Nursing School

Jan. 16th, 2010 | 09:32 pm

Testing. Testing. Testing. 
Finals in the next 2 wks. First session ends in only 8 more days; better yet, it's a long weekend.

I've been warned on several occasions my study habits are really going to need to change for next semester. My hope is to set up a long term study area and really get involved with school this next semester. An exact goal is to spend at least 45 minutes studying every night. Small goal, but I think I'll be able to manage it.

I'm planning on becoming LEED certified.

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Week Eighteen of Nursing School

Jan. 10th, 2010 | 01:40 pm

LAST WEEK OF CLINICAL IN THE NURSING HOMES!!! That and last week of clinicals for my group in Unit 1. Kevin has then next week and then we will both be finished. I'm dreading Mrs Jones's final; starting next week I'm spending my lunch hour reviewing her tests. I'm worried about time management going into level two.

Things I did this week
*Did an amazing hip packing this week.
*Culture and Sensitivity
*Feedings
*Adult Daycare

Friday was Brittany's birthday, I gave her a sketch. She was the Queen of Hearts and wearing a dress and petty coat and generally hot as hell. I made out with Michelle and Josh and Kevin. And saw Amanda, WTF? Years? And had a really great night and am veryvery glad I made it out to her house. Hopefully, I will be seeing her often in these following weeks. <3 Happy Birthday!

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LittleTiny Photos

Jan. 4th, 2010 | 07:42 pm







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Week Seventeen of Nursing School

Jan. 2nd, 2010 | 03:45 pm

HOLIDAYS!!!!!

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New Years Resolution Breakdown

Dec. 29th, 2009 | 12:23 am

Upcoming New Years Resolutions are as follows:

1. Meal planning
2. Yoga and Running
3. Sewing
4. Photography
5. Art
6. Journaling
7. Lack of Internet
8. Newletters
9. Reading List
10. Time Organization
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I hope everyone else is having a brilliant New Years!
<3

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Week Sixteen of Nursing School

Dec. 28th, 2009 | 10:08 pm

It was Christmas Week.
We had a party, and a Secret Santa and a Final plus tests. I finished Geriatrics with a 95, not too shabby. And I'm shooting for a 100 with my A&P final. That's not till the end of January; but something I'm looking forward too.
There were no clinicals, and I can't believe we're almost done with the first half. I'm getting really excited about school and my life and school and my baby and babybabybaby.

Nora had a beautiful little Christmas, even though I haven't finished restoring her spring horse. I did give her a Toy Piano which she loves, and plays and it's really sweet. She's also almost crawling, and sitting up on her own. Kevin gave her a Monster book, and she received two really awesome stuffed creatures, one is filled with lavender and the other is like a giant hamster.
My Mom gave me a Magic Bullet Express for Christmas, I'm really excited about it. Dad gave me a $150 which is going towards a treadmill; something Colin, Kevin and I are all hyper excited about. Kevin and I gave everyone framed photos, and he baked some cookies for Lynn.

Upcoming New Years Resolutions are as follows:

1. Meal planning
2. Yoga and Running
3. Sewing
4. Photography
5. Art
6. Journaling
7. Lack of Internet
8. Newletters
9. Reading List
10. Time Organization

These are my general goals, and this is really much more for myself than anyone else. I know these are vague but on New Years Eve I'm going to break them down into specific and easy goals and do my best with as much of them as I can.
 


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Nursing School: Week 15

Dec. 20th, 2009 | 08:20 pm

This week was rather uneventful. On Monday I stayed home with Button because her nose was running and we wanted to preempt any sick days as best we could. She's been a little congested but that's about it.
We did the majority of our Geri Unit and will be doing a final in it next week. Mrs. Jones also extended the due date on the levels so my grade is not going to be plummeting. We did the respiratory system in A&P. 

I am thinking Portland and Seattle really hard.

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Week Fourteen of Nursing School

Dec. 12th, 2009 | 12:22 pm

We had our first snow day this week! Kevin also caught a flu, and I ordered Button's Christmas presents.
I was also in Clinical all week. I did a bandage change for a wound that was eroding way down into the tendon. The resident was really kind, it was very sad to see them in so much pain. In skills I'm going to end up taking a zero on our levels test. I'm rather depressed about it, since it was pretty much a 100 as long as you did them. But for that reason I'm sure she's weighting it less; I hope.
I have a few things to do to get ready for Christmas, mostly I'm just looking forward to the time off. I can't believe I'm more than a 1/4 of the way through this program. I'm still unsure about what is going to happen in June; I can not imagine spending another year in this place. That said, Kevin and I are putting down a carpet tonight.

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Dec. 5th, 2009 | 09:49 am

HOLY CRAP!
Button is sitting herself up, all perfect and everything!!

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Week Thirteen of Nursing School

Dec. 4th, 2009 | 08:35 pm

I could've used another 5 days of vacation.
I've been mostly asleep since the beginning of the week. Today was was my day to bring breakfast got up lateish, made honey corn muffins that fell into little pieces and just decided I would bring breakfast on Monday.
We were given our midterm grades in Skills; 97.

I could really use a long back massage, and I'm dreading clinicals next week.
On the plus side, we are learning about the heart, and post opt care which is interesting stuff.

A man I took care of at Mercy is apparently getting really creepy about wanting me to come back. It's sad, I do miss him. But they are worried that it's not good for him to get attached to students.
Mrs. Riddell also said the likelihood of me being able to postpone a semester and come back was not good and that if I can stay in I should. On the otherside, I'm really dying to move out.

This weekend I start my poster boards of potential cities; each city will be listed with it's pros and cons what I can expect to make there, what I the housing is like, school available, pictures of the city/parks/transportation, activies, music scenes, coffeeshops, friend I have there. Living expense factors. All of it. And we will begin figuring out where we want to go come June/July.
Cites currently being considered: Portland, Seattle, Austin/Houston, Pittsburgh, NYC, Boston, Knoxville, and Chicago if you advocate on of the following, do feel free to share. :)

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Nov. 28th, 2009 | 08:50 pm

I am so embarrassed by my life sometimes.

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Week Twelve of Nursing School

Nov. 24th, 2009 | 11:14 pm

I forgot to mention last week that the day after Mrs. Riddell spoke to our classes a girl in mine was terminally late and dismissed from the program. On Monday two more late, and one was so pissed with the politics of it she just quit. And today after coming back from lunch 4 girls weren't allowed to return for the afternoon session for being 2 minutes late. The whole thing is bat shit insane, and I'm really quite disturbed by it. The director is pretty clearly culling the program and instead of doing it up front with students she doesn't think can make it she's punishing everyone, so no one is allowed any lienancy what so ever.

That said, these last two days were very very easy, and I am so looking forward to this break.
Thanksgiving with the Lasher's on Thursday and two books to look over this long weekend.

I finished Nutrition with a 97; 100 on the final!

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Week 11 of Nursing School

Nov. 22nd, 2009 | 05:11 pm

This week was incredibly wearing.
I went from batting a 100 in Nutrition to thinking I won't finish above a 95, all because I had to do a silly project my way. Really it was just a time management issue, which I should've been more careful with it, but I never budget enough out of class time to accomplish things, and I really need to accept that as a flaw and make sure I'm using my time in class.
On Tuesday morning, Mrs. Riddell the program director came in and yelled at both the classes about abusing our hours, speeding in the parking lot and generally not taking class seriously enough. Apparently, there have been some cheating issues as well as a few people who won't put their cell phones away. She cut back our breaks to 5 minutes because people (Kevin included) have been leaving the property to go smoke. I'm really pissed about it in general because it cut back my time to pump milk so I spent a good portion of the week engorged during the morning and then engorged some more during clinical.
Clinical; I'm now rotating with Mrs. Gebo who really intimidates me. She's friendly enough, and actually asked me about pumping because she's expecting a grandbaby in April. I'm giving her my extra pump and ideally I won't screw up too much in front of her. We don't do as much in her clinical though, almost no personal care. I did do a G Tube feeding. But all the same I feel like I don't have the benefit of being recognised as academic when I seem out of place in the clinical enviroment.
Friday night Kevin and I got in an arguement about what we're doing after we finish in June. Ideally, I want to convert a van and roadtrip till I find somewhere so paralyzingly beautiful I can't bring myself to leave and just set up there and be done with it for a while. He's not okay with this though, and proceded to tell me how impossible it would be and generally really negative. He got into a fight with Colin when we came home which has never happened before and Colin basically ripped him to shreds. I felt awful about it, I really had no place to stand up for him because the reason he and Colin got into involved him going behind my back; being all shady and whatnot. So even though I thought Colin was really harsh I couldn't stand up for him. That and he had been kinda rude to Colin. Kevin's been sort of down the rest of the weekend, but seems to be on the upswing now.
Tomorrow, in class I am having Thanksgiving Lunch with the rest of the womenfolk, I'm bringing Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins. Which I'm going to be baking in this next hour or so.

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Day at the Beach.

Nov. 15th, 2009 | 03:53 pm


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Brittany and puppy.

Nov. 15th, 2009 | 03:20 pm

Last night Brittany stopped in with her puppy. Who was adorable and small and had the cutest little stuffed toy. She licked the baby and everything. We went on the shortest walk ever, but there wasn't too much sunlight so that had a lot to do with it. I miss the sun setting at 9pm.



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Tenth Week of Nursing School

Nov. 13th, 2009 | 06:42 pm

Holy crap! I can't believe I'm almost a 4th of the way through this program already.
This week was pretty easy. I've seemed to have kicked up my grades a notch, I haven't gotten anything below a 100 in the last 4, 5? tests. Which is very exciting, I'm really very pleased with myself. I'm aiming to get a 100 in the Nutrition section. Today a girl in the class called some other girls out about a number of things that have apparently been going on for a while now. I was kind of baffled by it. I mean... I know I'm out of the social loop, I just didn't realize I was that far out. I also managed to stick my foot quite far down my own mouth today, eh, winsomelosesome; I am over it.
In skills this week we did all of the cathing information, so likely we'll get to mess with that next clinical week if the opportunity arises.
I'm also going to look into student loans this weekend, and I'm really considering moving to Watertown to avoid the snow this winter. I can think of at least 4 good reasons to do it. If I do take out a student loan, Kevin and I will definitely be moving.

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Ninth Week of Nursing School

Nov. 6th, 2009 | 07:36 pm

This week was my last week of Clinicals at Mercy. I'm almost sad to go, but excited about moving on. I can't believe it's week 9 already.

Skills I performed at Mercy Clinicals-
Bandaging and wound care
Feeding patients
G-tube feedings
G-tube flushes
Colostomy care- observation
C-Tub Baths
Bed Baths
Occupied Bed Changes
Range of Motion Exercises
Oral Care
Peri Care
Cath Care
Hoyer Transfers
Vital Signs and Assessments
Weights

I also spent an afternoon this week at Geri-Psych, which is for the old crazies. It was extremely interesting, I got to spend most of my time there in the charts and it's so bizarre seeing how psych diseases age. Also, charting behaviors is a whole can of worms.
We began Nutrition this week in Mrs. Dupee's class and it really does tempt me to fore go moving to an RN level and just getting a BS in Nutritional Science.
One of the teacher's sons died in a car accident this week. She subbed for our A&P class just last week. There has been so much death this last week. A man I cared for just the other day in the hospital passed. The man who I did my chart for is still at CCU.

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Eighth Week of Nursing School

Nov. 2nd, 2009 | 05:45 pm

Weekends seems to be getting busier and busier.
Firstly, today is Kevin's birthday!

And now onto what happened last week.
I didn't have clinicals all week, which was very refreshing. On Thursday Brittany and I had lunch at Panera's. And I had an incredible week for pumping. Halloween was fun, we gave out candy at my father's. Button's sleep schedule is not quite back to what it was and with the time shift she and I are waking up at 4am. I'm wide awake and I can't wrap my mind around actually getting out of bed at that time, but I really should just start. Button also has discovered stuffed animals! One in particular.... Totoro!
November I'm doing good things for myself, I've officially gone back to a veggie diet! And I'm working out pretty regularly, with a goal to work out everyday this month. It looks like Kevin and Colin are planning on getting a treadmill which will be nice, I'm really interested in starting the Couch to 5k. I've also started NaNoWriMo, I'm not sure how far I'll get but I'm thinking of pushing my bed time back about an hour after Button goes to sleep.
In school we finished hygiene and personal care, and in AP we finished all of the nervous system. I wish I had more to say about class, but right now it feels like everything is something I already know;  or common sense. Everything from clinical is basically protected by HIPPA so I'm really not sure what to say about it.

I'm thinking about starting a nurtrition newsletter, would anyone here be interested in it?

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Seventh Week of Nursing School

Oct. 26th, 2009 | 05:45 pm

I couldn't seem to find it in me to post over the weekend, but overall last week was exhausting. I had clinical from M-F; and at some point Button has gotten really strange with her sleep, she doesn't actually wake up in the night but has begun thrashing. So, overall it was very tiring.

In A&P we spent the whole week learning the Muscle System, the test was today and actually I think it went very well. I got a test back from Mrs. Jones from last Wednesday and that went phenomenally, I only missed one question which was a very stupid mistake and I can't think about it anymore.
In Skills we did a brief Nutrition chapter, but she didn't cover too much because Mrs. Dupee will be doing a whole Unit on it. November is Good Nutrition Month as well as National Novel Writer's Month. I plan to accomplish a lot this coming November, including continuing yoga everyday which I started earlier this month. I've missed two days, but other than that I've managed to keep pretty good momentum.

On Wednesday last wk Kevin and I had a court date for medical reimbursement, but it was thrown out basically as soon as the Judge saw it. And Thursday evening Brittany stopped by for a visit, and hopefully she and I will be getting together sometime this week during lunch.

For those of you who get prints made from a digital camera, where are you going?

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Sixth Week of Nursing School

Oct. 18th, 2009 | 02:55 pm

This week was a little crazy because of the holiday. Columbus Day was spent mostly laying around the house and enjoying extra time with Button. Tuesday we were late from sleeping in, and Thursday we had to leave early for an appt. On Friday we went for a playdate at Thompson Park and all of my milk spoiled in the car when I traded my bags for Button. (Andrea, I'm sorry I didn't call you- I forgot to put your number in my phone I just kind of hoped that we'd find you up there. We were there from 3:15ish till about 4:30.)
The whole wk is kind of a blur, everything we did in skills had to do with making an immovable patient movable and immobalizing a broken patient. And all of A&P was the skeleton and next week we start the muscle system. Most of this is review for me because I did this course at JCC. I'm starting to look into RN programs and considering picking up extra NCLEX studyguides. If you know a good LPN- to RN bridge I wouldn't mind recomendations of places to look at.
I have clinicals all next week, and while I'm not exactly looking forward to I do want to get it under my belt.

Most exciting news:
Button is 4 MONTHS!!

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Fun with Advertising.

Oct. 13th, 2009 | 07:45 pm

Did you guys ever play spot the differences? A game like this...


Alright, now try it with this one:

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Fifth Week of Nursing School

Oct. 9th, 2009 | 06:50 pm

This week was much better, especially coming up on a 3 day wkend. I received two separately wonderful comments from both my instructors this week, Mrs. Dupee called me clever. "Abigail -you have this cleverness about you, it will get you far in life." And Mrs. Jones told me she loved my sense of humor, which was actually way more relieving than complimentary since I thought I grated her wrong earlier in the day. I did really well over all this wk in both classes, 2 100's in A&P and my first 100 ever in Skills. So satisfying. A few class members suggested I go the route of biology instead of Nursing, and while it's something I'm considering I can do this now, and that's what really matters to me.
This week Kevin had clinical every afternoon, so we couldn't eat together. He was over at Samaritan, he actually _did_ a bandage change. And he didn't seem to enjoy clinical much more than I did. It really put him on edge, and he's wondering if being in school is worth it. We finally settled on that we probably won't be looking for jobs in Nursing homes. He's actually commenting in the background; what joy of being blissfully ignorant about what aging was like and lack of affinity for the elderly. Conversely, I love seeing how people age; I'm taking note of how important my health is to me.

Button also had a much better week than last, and I'm hoping to get into a morning routine of baby yoga with her. I've also book marked a bunch of 10 minute exercises on Netflix and this wkend I'm going to find the one that really works for me and start my mornings at 5 with that, then a baby yoga and Button can nurse, we can shower, I can make oatmeal. On Wednesday, I took a long lunch and watched Button during Mom's dentist appt. it was so nice seeing her midday, and she came in to meet my teacher.
I'm realizing despite my best intentions I'm only accomplishing really small goals. I haven't missed doing a weekly update since begining school which I'm quite proud of, though vague they at least note I had a week. Among other things, the weather was lovely, spooky and dark all week. Much rain makes me feel open to something more spiritual than the average day. I finally talked to Tara this week, she sounds beautiful in that far.far.away way. I'm considering buying one of these- mmcoffee. I bought the DONA doula package, I'm looking into IBLCE. And trying to figure out where I would like to do an RN program. We bought a cord of wood, and have had these yummy fires all week.
On a muchmuchmore interesting note, here were some pictures from Button's week.


 


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Fouth Week of Nursing School

Oct. 2nd, 2009 | 07:32 pm

I started clinicals this wk. And they are incredibly exhausting; in part because the teachers usually have 6wks in class with us before beginning and this semester the only had 3wks with us. Today, I did a sponge bath and occupied bed change. And was pretty much molested by the resident in the bed. Only a little horrifying. Also, it has motivated me in great ways: advanced directive- please, just let me die.

First wk of Clinical Accomplishments
*Observing the vaccum bandage care. We need to do an inservice before preforming ourselves, but it was neat.
*Observed a G-Tube feeding
*First Charting Assignment, Nursing Assessment and Note.
*Sponge Bath
*Occupied bed change

Kevin and I also received our CPR cards today, ... technically I get mine Monday, but we've finished the CPR/Red Cross AED blahblah. And I had my first AP test, which went well. [100!] And we started doing Nursing Assessments and Nursing Notes during clinicals.
This week was very hard on me concerning Button, I was miserable the WHOLE week. Everyday I was ready to bolt home and was super anxious all day. More over, Button was having a hard time at the house and she went on a mini bottle strike. Clinical also notably changed my pump output, or that's what I'm blaming first. Button's reduction of eating at the house could mean she is just readjusting how hungry she is.
On a happier note, Kevin and I have a new favorite show, Dexter. A few mornings this week we put it on as we woke up and it was really nice. Waking up all slowly, nursing Button and watching a serial killer do his thing. Kevin's class hasn't been at Clinical's so they are serveral ch. ahead in AP, he's been deemed the 'smart kid' in his class. I'm still relieved that there are not homework assignments.
Next wkend is our long wkend so it looks as if we might go spend at least part of it in Rochester.
I'm just ready to relax.

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Third Week of Nursing School

Sep. 25th, 2009 | 09:22 pm

Finished ethics with a 97. I'm pretty happy about it. I'm also very happy that there is nearly no homework, it makes life a whole lot easier. We've moved onto A&P which is just a review subject for me, so this whole first semester is going to end up very light. On Monday I start clinicals! I'll be working with Elderly through these next 2 months and then moving to different areas of the hospital (maternity!) and different clinics around Watertown and Carthage.
Pumping at school has become fairly routine and I'm getting around 12 ounces a day. Which is working out, I'd like to be pumping closer to 15 but the timing doesn't seem to allow me quite enough to empty my breasts and clean up on my shorter breaks; I've been pumping on the way to and from school to make up the 3 ounce difference.  Button seems to be more okay with us being gone at the end of the week than at the beginning where she is confused why we've left.... again. She has cycled herself to sleep the last 2 or so hours before we come home so that she wakes up to us, it's quite sweet.
In other news, Button has met all of her 3mth mile stones. She met most of them last month, except for using her arms to prop herself up. Which she has started this last wk! Also, she's way ahead in regards to standing, and will stand herself up and even support herself walking/stepping if you hold her hands. Veryvery exciting stuff. Conclusion: my kid is a ninja genius of epic proportion and finally in vain Mummy news I was 131lbs this morning!

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Second Week of Nursing School

Sep. 18th, 2009 | 08:08 pm

Things picked up this week, we had a test everyday except Monday. Both Kevin and I did very well, he slightly better than myself on Mrs. Jones's tests and I did better than him on one of Mrs. Dupee's. I have satisfied that if his grades are better than mine at least I will get to brag about him to the other students. It's fun being in class together, though we're not really together; did I mention that? They split us into two groups and he was not in mine. And on a side note there is a cute girl in his class that I think has a crush on him. (She has on 2 occasions now given me that- 'So you're the girlfriend' look where she does a mental comparison. And she also is kind of mean. Alright, she's downright rude, in that I'm half way joking at your expense kind of way. But she's very nice to Kevin with big smiles and laughs.) She snowboards so Kevin is thinking of asking her out at somepoint this winter, I'm kind of looking forward to seeing how it all plays out.
Our Ethics Final is next week, and I'm hoping to finish that whole portion with a 100%, of the three Ethics tests I've had a 100 on all. So I think I can manage it. After this though, we'll be picking up the A&P which I'm really looking forward to. And then later in the semester we will be switching to Nutrition. That said, being that I'm finishing the Ethics portion I'm really realizing that I don't believe in the practice of Nursing nearly as much as I do Naturopathy. I do believe I will finish out to the RN level, but ultimately I will move to dietetics or naturopathy.
With Mrs. Jones we've finished the most basic skills you need before entering the clinicals, asepsis/comfort care etc. I will be starting clinicals the 28th. I picked up a bunch of white shirts at Target today, and Mom said she would like to buy me a watch. I do need more pants, but I'm fairly certain I don't want to buy them through the people I bought the first ones from. If I can find the time I would like to make them myself, but I really don't see that happening. I do want to find the time to make Kevin some out of a really nice material like bamboo or linen for his birthday.

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First Week of Nursing School

Sep. 11th, 2009 | 06:01 pm

First week of nursing school is finished!
The first day of leaving Button was kind of relieving/exciting, in that I had time to think and just a general break which was kind of nice, but I ended up super freaking miserable the next few days. This morning though I started a new system which I think is going to help a lot; instead of getting up at 7 and getting ready to leave and being gone by 7:30 and missing her all day, I am getting up at 5 and spending 2 hours with her in the morning before I get ready and leave for school. By the time I leave I'm ready for a little break and it makes the day a lot easier. So I think that's going to be the schedule from now on.
Pumping is only sort of an issue at class, I get two 10 minute breaks and one 55 minute one. They are spaced really well, but there is no private room! So I've kind of been pumping in the lab behind a curtain. I'm not particularly modest so walkins don't bother me too much, but once the school year gets going and people will be in the lab full time I think the teachers are going to have me relocate for policy purposes. Annoying but doable.
I keep ended up engorged in my left breast, and for the last day and a half the whole breast feels bruised. I'm hoping it will clear up over the weekend and I can work out a better pumping regime so it stops happening all together. Even if it means leaving class for a moment to hand express a bit in the bathroom.
We start clinicals the 28th, and have to wear these awful polyester scrubs. I'm going to try to find the time to make some cotton ones. It shouldn't be too hard, but I have absolutely no time. Today our first assignment and quiz/test thingy happened, both went really well.

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