Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I worked again over the weekend and got to help out in triage in the ER. It was so interesting to hear the stories that people came in with.
"The shower door just fell on me."
"They are spraying raid on me and it's now in my blood." (still not sure who 'they' are)
"My daughter twisted her ankle, so we called the ambulance to bring her to the ER"
"I'm feeling depressed..... so I took my prescribed pills... and now I'm feeling better." Umm... so why are you here?
One thing that I've seen way too much of already is the waste of resources! People taking ambulances, who really don't need to. People coming to the ER, when they could just go see their doctor on Monday. I think people just don't realize HOW MUCH it costs the system when somebody goes to the ER!
That's about it.
Monday, September 15, 2008
This past weekend, I FINALLY got to start my job.... nearly 2 months after I was hired! I worked 12 hour shifts on both Saturday and Sunday, and after a full week of school, and back at school again today, I am beat! Thankfully, no school tomorrow!
So how did it go? Umm.... chaotic, interesting, crazy, fun and scarry. It was very much a trial by fire/sink or swim, so I just worked as hard as I could and managed to survive. The staff seem really great and supportive and the patients were diverse and interesting. I will definitely be learning a lot here!
My clinical placement this term is good in many ways, and bad in one. Bad first - it's at Lions Gate.... as in North Vancouver. As in 2 hours away! Yeah, I wasn't too pleased with that one. However, there is always a silver lining and in this case, it's more like a golden one. The other students in my group are FANTASTIC, my instructor seems to be pretty cool, the unit is interesting (it's a neuro unit) and the nurses there seem pretty night. And it's only for 10 weeks... I can survive that commute at 5am for 10 weeks... right? I sure hope so!
It was one of Mathias's last days with us and both Phil and I had the day off. So after a relaxing morning around the house, we decided to go to Winthrop for lunch. Winthrop is a super cute little western (interpretation: touristy) town a few hours from our house in central Washington. The town itself is cute and all, but really, it's the drive there that makes it so great! Hwy 20 goes east out of Mt. Vernon and weaves through the mountains into the interior. It's a spectacular drive with amazing scenery and fun roads. Seriously, the trip is worth it just for the drive. Phil and I have already decided that if/when we get a motorcycle, Hwy 20 will be one of the first trips we take!
When we finally made it to Winthrop, the restaurant that we had planned on eating at was closed. So we went to another one down the street, wandered the town for a bit. An hour and half after we arrived, we got back in the car and drove home.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
On Sunday we decided to take our two German guests up to Whistler. Mathias has been staying with us for a few weeks and Jen had her friend Sophia with her who was also from Germany. Neither of them had seen Whistler and they were quite excited. So, we headed out at 2pm - late, I know. We got to Whistler at 4:30 and within a few minutes ran into our good friend Kevin. We all went out for dinner and hung out for the evening. We wandered around the village before heading back home. Definitely a great end to summer!
After they left, Phil and I quickly got ready and headed out to a wedding. The reception was outside and it turned out to be a beautiful evening!
We left the reception early and headed to Birch Bay to meet up with Kevin and Mathias. We got there just as they were pushing the boat out and hopped in. We were both still in our wedding clothes, so we had to borrow fleeces and thankfully I threw in a pair of flip flops since I don't think that I could make it into the boat in my stilletos!
We cruised through the islands, stopped on Patos Island for a bit. It was GORGEOUS!!! What a perfect way to end the summer - on a boat watching the sunset. When we got back my feet were so cold that I stood in the hot tub for 10 minutes to regain feeling!