Thursday, May 29, 2008
- 3.5 miles on the treadmill
- baked a batch of cookies
- made breakfast for Phil and I
- actually managed to eat said breakfast
- cleaned up the kitchen
- did laundry
- did homework
- actually dried and straightened my hair
- mapquested where I was going
Not bad I thought! Granted I had to haul ass and drive 130 km/h on Hwy 99, but I made it! :) Our clinical group went to a training session in the morning, had our evaluations, then went out for sushi for lunch - YUMMY! This is our wonderful group - thanks for a great rotation you guys!
Julia already had plans to go to the women's event at CLA so I tagged along. It was kind of weird being back there - it's been over 5 years! I grew up in that church and sometimes I think that I spent more time there than at home! They have changed the decor quite a bit (thankfully - that orange and brown was pretty bad). I had a nice evening there, and a wonderful time seeing Julia again!
I have wanted a herb garden in my kitchen window for a long time. I have quite a black thumb so we'll see how this goes. But so far so good - they have survived 4 days.
I also spent several hours SCRUBBING my kitchen!! I was so proud of how pretty it looked at the end that I just had to take a picture (pathetic, I know, but whatever).
More to come about our super fun evening!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
So, I got up and started teaching! It was a fairly interactive class and I had a lot of fun teaching it. It's funny how some of the kids are so open about sex, and others blush when you say the word penis.
Due to nursing school, I have gotten probably too comfortable with subject matters such as sex and can talk quite freely about it (from a medical perspective of course). Compounding this problem is my complete and utter bluntness, and tendency to speak before thinking! Yikes!!!
And of course I started on my paper. Because there is always a paper to write. I thought that with getting a science degree there wouldn't be as many papers - I was so incredibly wrong. Oh well - less than a year to go!
The staff found out I was a nursing student so when I went in back to get him they explained all the drugs they had given to him. Quite the cocktail! Thankfully he doesn't remember a thing, but now he is on soft foods for 6 weeks!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
My mum gave Jackie and Emmalea a set of Curious George books for mothers day. The books have many topics from the alphabet, to costumes, to colors. One of the books is about doctors. Here is the conversation that Jackie and Emmalea (who is only 2.5 years old!!!) had.
Jackie points to the front of the book. "Who's that?"
Emmalea: "Dr. Shuurman" (their family doctor)
Jackie pointing to a stethescope: "What's that?"
Emmalea: "Steth-scope" (I can barely prounounce the word so I figure she's doing pretty good!)
Jackie: "Who else has a stethescope?"
Emmalea: "Aunty Nickie!"
I just love her so much! So smart and so freaking cute!
We also both recognized the instant camaraderie that comes with being a nurse. There is an immediate connection, respect, and shared experience, even if you were trained in different decades and have worked completely different kinds of nursing. You are still a nurse, and therefore, still a member of the elite international club.
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
I took the counterflow lane through the Massey Tunnel on my way home today. I was barely into the tunnel when traffic just stopped. A moment later, there was no longer any traffic coming north either and I realized that there was an accident. I got out of my car to figure out what was going on.
Some guys were coming up the lane to tell people what had happened - a huge truck had crossed the line and hit a car heading south. All lanes were blocked. I asked the guy if anyone was injured. He gave me a funny look to which I replied that I was a student nurse. He told me that there was a woman in the car and that I should probably go since I probably knew the most.
I ran ahead to the car and introduced myself to the people standing around the car. As I bent down to introduce myself to the woman I realized that she was pregnant.... very pregnant! Thankfully she was calm. Probaly calmer than I would be if I was 8 months pregant and just been hit head on! I was able to take some basic vital signs and assessments and talk to her and keep her calm until the paramedics came.
Unfortunately, I didn't have my stethescope. Since I'm in community health right now, I haven't been brining it. However, had I had my stethescope, I could have at least tried to listen for a fetal heart rate, since that was this woman's biggest concern. She felt fine, she was just worried about her baby. From now on, I think that I will follow my instructors advice and just keep it in my bag - apparently it can't hurt!
Once the ambulance came I gave my contact info to the police and headed home. I was just so grateful that I had at least some training and was able to help this woman. And, I think that today's experience solidified for me that emergency is where I want to practice when I graduate.
We had a wonderful time in LA! It was sunny and hot which meant that I was in heaven!!! The convocation and graduation ceremony were both wonderful and it was great to just spend a bit of time together celebrating Peter's achievement.
Here is Peter with the golf clubs that we gave him as a grad present - he was so excited!
Proof that Kelly tried the new video game.
The beautiful and charming Elles-e-belles! It took us a while to get used to her new nick name since we are used to calling Ellery Ella-baby! But since baby Grady came around, we can't do that anymore!
I really wanted to go to the Kansas state line since it was only 20 minutes away. The only reason that I wanted to go was to say that I had been in Kanasa. So we piled into the van and off we went. When we go there we noticed there was road kill right next to the sign - a nice dead deer. Welcome to Kansas!
Here we are across the street at the Oklahoma state line sign.