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organ wave….

I was driving on the 101 by Capital Records and a motorcycle started pacing me. I looked over–sure I was doing something wrong–but instead of a single finger I got a smile and a wave. The dude flipped up his shield and winked.

Not knowing what to do I frowned and stared ahead so he zoomed off.

BUT DUDE! As much as I like a smile, a wink and a wave; as an ICU nurse I only see your organ donation potential on that motorcycle.

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resolutions 2015….

Its been awhile. Its been a rough 2014 but with bright spots from work and friends and family; especially S and W. Those two man! I want to say that I feel so lucky to be happy. Life happens but through everything I am so lucky to have what I have and am so content. How many people can say that?!!? I hope a lot and add me to the list!

Anyhoo! I accomplished my 2014 resolutions. I went to the dentist and went BACK to the dentist to get cavities filled. I love them–the office is totally feminine (W recommend me; Ha!) and looks like a dentist office on a tv show–all frosted glass and white and super stylish. I go back for a cleaning in January and am actually EXCITED about it. I also had an art show! Yay!

SO! In that vein here are my 2015 resolutions!

1. go to a dermatologist and get the weird patch of dry skin on my shoulder looked at. I think it’s just a cyst and I have had it forever but its time.

2. 2 art shows! I had 1 last year so I figure I should double it. I have one already scheduled for February! Now that Susie is a little older I want to push this.

3. Get my CCRN! Go Nursing! I love my job and my coworkers! Its hard and stressful sometimes and can be physically exhausting but I love it and, for me, way better than being bored. I operate best stressed and exhausted and helping people!

4. Work my way down to one caffeinated beverage a day.

SIDENOTE: I am working on eating healthy, losing weight, working out but not something I am comfortable making a new years resolution. Its more of an ALL THE TIME resolution.

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Things have been busy. I am learning lots and adjusting to working again. Last week was mainly admin stuff but this week we are getting into exciting things. Today was the second day of EKG class–let me tell you I know my EKGs and I LOVE learning more about them from my excellent educators. I am a nurising nerd.

I am also very excited to get my first REAL paycheck in 1.75 years on Friday.

However, I am still adjusting. Still stressed out most of the time (and I fully expect to be for the next long while why I try to be the safest new nurse possible), and still have issues sleeping.

I was okay for awhile but it comes and goes.

So, I am not sure if others struggle with this (I am sure lots do–man being an adult is hard sometimes) but this morning when I was so tired dragging myself to the train I listened to the first act of this episode of This American Life.

It never fails to make me laugh or turn my day bright–no matter how little sleep.



Today I had a really good clinical experience. I got to take care of a patient postoperativly which is intense because you check their vitals a lot and he had gone through a lot already and so was very weak and slow to recover. It was intense. I also got to prime an IV. This is also intense. The patient was really cool and patient with my poking and prodding. Especially cool when I rechecked his blood pressure 3 times (I thought I had something off) and I had to keep putting my hand near his new painful port. I wasn’t wrong about the bp–don’t worry I alerted the nurse.

Anyway- it was good. I did a lot because he needed a lot of care. I did not have to deal with poop. I dread working with poop but welcome the experience because I want it to become a norm. I don’t want poop fear.

Anyway- as I lectured him- deep breath and ask questions. Deep breathing is to separate those little Alveoli and prevent infection–asking questions is so people like me don’t fuck stuff up.

Oh- I was out last week because midterms were more than intense. It was horrible- I passed and, for the most part, am happy with my grades. Pharm was a bit tough but I am okay. For the last half of the quarter I will not be able to post as much- don’t say Phew…! But there are some things that I want to talk about that I feel EVERYONE (not just nursing students) should understand. One of these is Fluid and Electrolytes. No, I do not mean Gatorade. I mean how you body works down to the very core. How everything is controlled and so perfectly balanced and when you upset that balance what happens. We have control over our health… for the most part. I want to discuss what we can do to maintain our fine-tune balance and what happens when that balance is upset.

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