Thursday, August 4, 2011
So I only have about one week of Chicken Hell left and I am working at the bakery till September 4th.
The going away party is set.
Healthcare Directive, Power of Attorney and other "morbid" paperwork is signed and notarized.
People keep asking me if I need anything or want to do anything before I go.... One thing I really need is prayers and LOTS of them;specifically targeted at my fear and for safe travels/safe BMT.
What I want to do is to see all of my family,friends,co-workers before I go y'all are my support and I REALLY need you right now (Even though I have my family behind me 100%). I know we all have our differences and some are not so supportive of me going off to be in the military but, I really need your support in this because I am on the edge and right now this is the HARDEST thing I have done in my short 18 almost 19 years and know that I didn't take this enlistment thing lightly.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
- I got a New Job! I am still working at chicken hell but I decided to get a second job that I would enjoy! I now work at a dog bakery and I LOVE IT!
- I passed my weigh in at MEPS! I was at 185! I have LOST 25 POUNDS SINCE JANUARY!!!!!
- I may or may not get an LPN spot in the reserves and will be shopping around the branches if I can't get that spot...
- Graduation! The party and the stress that goes with it lol!
Monday, April 11, 2011
Pt.1) Meth addict comes in via ambulance.... As soon as they give her the "Reversal" drugs the erupted kind of like this :
Pt 2) comes in dehydrated from running a marathon in the heat wave we had... EMS can't get an IV so the comes via POV and puked on the floor... we got her an IV and a "Emisis Bucket" and she was ok.
Pt3) Comes in with a stomach bug.... the Runs and vomit and all... YUCK! Pukes in triage.... *rolls eyes* yay!
Loonie #1) This crazy person comes in saying she "Has a RARE bacterial punomnia" that you only can get in West Virginia.... Because she has a cough etc... The BS meter was in Red for this one.... The nurses agreed. So she was put on precautions.... turned out she had mucus build up and nuttin else.... We will be sure to collect you copay BEFORE we let you go.
So I had my fair share of puke and loons... Puke no longer effects me... (I HOPE)
Sunday, April 3, 2011
On my adventures through the 19 Room & 2 Trauma Bay ED I got to experience:
- Triage and the stuff that goes with it.
- My First FULL BLOWN compound fracture (Yes the bone WAS sticking out of this poor kid's arm He was VERY BRAVE)
- My second Cardiopulmonary Arrest Almost dropped in the ambulance bay (Yes, I have kept count. Weird I know.)
- A gentleman who drove himself to the ER with a broken right ankle.
- Several bumps,headaches and a busted chin on a kiddo (3 years old and he was a TROOPER!)
- I got to see 3 Traumas roll in. ( a big car wreck and the heart attack victim mentioned above)
- I also got to see a criminal get arrested in the ED after he was treated. I should be use to it since my dad is a police officer but, I'm not lol! I was more curious what kind of trouble he was in by "stocking the room" but, I kept my big nose out of it.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
She then proceeded to come back start up the scanner and make it hum (or scream) because it is such a high resolution scan the scanner is taking "Slices" or Pictures every two or so seconds. Lots of radiation with this type of scan too. So she pumps the patient full of contrast then all of a sudden I notice the patent stops breathing I let the tech who is looking at the slices as they appear on the screen... she yells (because the scanner is really loud with a PE protocol) over the scanners PA system "ARE YOU OK?" No response.... she slammed the big red emergency stop button and runs into the room she yells at me to call a STAT then get the Ambu Bag and help her.
I get a hold of the STAT Operator "STAT IN CT 1!" I yelled into the phone... "Are you sure?" she asked. My exact words where "I SURE AS HELL AM! HE IS CODING ON THE TABLE AND THE TECH IS STARTING COMPRESSIONS!" "Ok, I will Page a STAT" I run in grab the Ambu bag remembered the ABCD's,Head Tilt ,Chin Lift, E/C Hold and started 2 squeezes of the bag after the tech paused compressions,re-assessed & switched places... It seemed like forever for the stat page to go over the PA.... The stat team from the ED across the hall arrived in about 45 seconds and took over and carted him off to the trauma bay. He survived according to the Grumpy ED doc "Because of Our Quick Actions" I about fell out of my chair Half because he NEVER EVER speaks to us or other staff (unless to give orders) and the other half from me coming off of my adrenaline high... After that My shift was up and I had to go to work.
Oh, Just so you all know I wasn't suppose to assist the tech with CPR because it's a liability even though yours truly has a BLS and is currently working on my ACLS and PAL certs. The tech and the hospital still deny it to this day.
This sums up another adventure! Off to Hospital A today on the floor!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
- My dad has had to deal with loosing three colleagues and friends to different deaths.
- My Cousin's Husband lost his life on Saturday after emergency Open Heart Surgery.
- I had to take the ACT 2 times and only raised my score by one FREAKING POINT!
- I have been successful in loosing weight
- My Family has been safe in this CRAZY weather.
- I still have a Job in this economy.
I am working on shadowing my brother's Hospice nurses and seeing what they do. I will keep yall posted.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
I usually think about my brother more this time of year than usual; I think about him all the time just more in the spring because he drastically got worse in mid Feb.-May when he finally got to go see Jesus. So I was thinking about that,crying and wiping down the Ice Cream machine. Then I thought about all of the awesome people in Hospice, our friends and every other organization that was there and helped us through it all and how I now get to do the same for someone else and their families. It was humbling when I thought about what i get to see: Life come into this world, I see the trauma that effects it, I see life saving surgeries and Rehab. I also see patients when God calls them home.
I get to be in those patients and their family's lives for that time and learn about the whole care process of life and for that I am and will be forever grateful because they allowed ME this little nothing volunteer in to their lives to spend a little time with them and try to make a difference in their lives. I was humbled by this and I am still trying to wrap my head around it (as you can tell).
Before this moment I kind of had an attitude when people where stupid at work (the customers being rude,didn't know what they want in the DT holding up my line making it more difficult to move fast and serve more people and make our Hour $$$ good) and kind of having an attitude period. I think this was God giving me a "Hey Stupid! Get you head out of your ass and get rid of the tude." Since then, I have tried to a good attitude toward everyone even though it has been really hard.
Here is a Music Video From Addison Road One of my Favorite Artists:
Monday, February 14, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
St.Patrick's Day 2010 : An older woman comes into the ED for a Head CT the Reason for scan says "Trauma" anyone knows in this is not a good enough reason. So I call the Ed and tell them to send her over so we can microwave "Fry" her brain to see what is wrong. :) So the tech drops her off and runs in the other direction away from us and the ED... So, we get her set up and the CT Tech asks her "What Happened" She Replies " Well, I fell off of a golf cart when we hit a pot hole in the St.Patrick's Day parade Downtown..." *Tech and I attempt to stifle laughter* "It's Ok to laugh, I think it's kind of funny too!" So we all had a good laugh and that story made my day xD She was fine and got sent home with a huge goose egg on her head.
The Morning After Prom 2010: So, I was working the day after prom with the two techs that where there that day... We see a STAT CT Abdomen/Pelvis w/wo contrast for 17 y/o male pop up on our screen from the ED. The reason for exam "Fell Down Stairs". I said that "He probable pissed his girlfriend off after prom and she pushed him down the stairs." I was RIGHT! He pissed her off so badly that she THREW him down the stairs (he only weighed about 150-65. I could have picked him up and done the same thing.) Toni (one of the techs) is kind of OCD and she told him his socks didn't watch and it bothered her. (LOL!)
I also have determined that most of the radiologists and doctors are very nice and some are complete A-Holes and especially Miss. I'M FRESH OUT OF MED SCHOOL POMPAS ASS ATTITUDE (AKA Queen B Radiologist).... Everyone HATES HER .
Anyway, I hope this made you laugh today! More Posts Brewing....
Monday, February 7, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
and I am crouching down getting past the evils at the desk in black instead of my blue scrubs... and I get past and *DASH* (ok,ok "walk with a purpose" ) towards the elevators.... successfully taking out any nurse managers/ortho staff that come off of the elevators. I take the elevator down to the second floor where I am safe and wait for the tech since the OR is secure and my dumb volunteer badge dosen't swipe. If I try so many times security gets called and I get ripped a new one. Been there done that and don't wanna go back. I have one too many now lol!
Since we had the "Blizzard of the Century" (*rolls eyes*) on Tuesday I couldn't make it since the truck hates the snow. So no hospital adventures, maybe I will get to go tomorrow so I can keep up on my schedule....
So in closing I leave you with Maxine!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
But, it was a kind of boring day in the PACU I had so much time I did my anatomy lesson.... I had alot of fun and I have been dubbed the "Stud" of the PACU because I have lost about 10 of the 20 or so pounds I have to loose. I feel great! My clothes fit better and I have more energy. I never wanna go back to being fat.
I also took a position up on Rehab with my second mother who transferred up there. I will be helping her out with some things and hopefully gaining knowledge of direct patent care who aren't so knocked up on narcotics up that they see pink elephants and think I am their son or hit on me O_o.
I am also snooping around on Ortho scoping out where the pillows are so I can Homeshop for the PACU and dump them in a dirty linen bag so nobody asks any questions. See I have become addicted and can't help myself anymore*Evil Grin* They won't know what hit them. *Evil Laugh*
So all of those traitor comments can be taken back. Come and see me on Tuesday and I will hopefully have a stash for you. Also,I have heard whispers that my blog is spreading through the pacu! Hopefully the whole hospital!
That's all for now I will try to post a funny later :)
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Hopital Volunteer Shoppe
Anyway... I will post a blog about the adventures of today tomorrow :)
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
1. Put aside inviolable time to study every damn day. Even weekends, even holidays. Don't get into the habit of thinking that you'll do it later, or that you can catch up. Study every day. You'll be glad you did.
2. Put aside inviolable time to think about something other than nursing every damn day. That includes not thinking about nursing blogs, or blogging your own experience. If you don't keep some other interests alive, you'll turn into StudentNurseBot, and you'll go crazy.
3. Yes, you will have no social life. This will not bother you. There's plenty of time for a social life after you've passed the NCLEX; nurses are notoriously hard partiers.
4. Make the effort to look as nicely pressed and crisp and clean and starched as you can during clinicals. Really and truly, it makes a difference. You'll not only feel more confident, but your patients will feel better about having you in the room. And if you have a crappy day, at least you looked good.
5. A word about your patients: on the whole, patients don't mind having student nurses. Some of them love it. Think about it: they get individualized attention from someone who's detail-oriented. They want you to succeed.
6. A word about nurses: on the whole, nurses want you to succeed as well. In four years, I've only seen one group of students that I felt couldn't hack it as even marginal nurses. The other students I've seen I have wanted to help, encourage, and see do well. Yes, there is the occasional wackjob or sadist who hates students. You'll be able to pick that person out of a group in no time and avoid them.
7. Another word about nurses: on the whole, nurses do not eat their young. The ones that do (and I work with one) bite everybody, not just the new nurses. And nobody likes them. Their colleagues avoid them, the doctors try to do end-runs around 'em, and management knows their tricks. Do not let the Nurse From Hell ruin your day.
8. Look around at the class you're in. Two thirds of the people in the introductory courses will probably wash out. Support them, study with them, and lean on them anyway. The relationships you form in nursing school last for about five minutes after pinning, but they're the most important relationships you'll have during school.
9. Some of your professors hate nursing. Some of them will try to discourage you, or will show favoritism to particular students for unfathomable reasons, or will be nasty without cause. Ignore those professors. Cultivate respectful relationships with the instructors who love what they do.
10. Pay attention in A&P. Learn enough skills to pass your skills lab, but don't fret about starting a zillion IVs. Know your drug book backwards, but remember that you'll have a set formulary in your hospital--you won't have to remember everything forever. Care plans suck, but they're useful in figuring out disease processes and really do come in handy sometimes. Never use "Potential For" as a nursing diagnosis more than once in a care plan. Make sure you have good pens. Always carry an extra scrub jacket.
And get out there and kick some ass. Being a nurse is infinitely more pleasant and much, much easier than being a student. Soon you'll be done with school. While you're doing it, remember that those of us who've been there are pulling for you.
This post has "refilled" my tank to pursue nursing after the "incident" at the recruiter. I love Jo and her blog and have laughed and enjoyed reading about her life. She will be the FIRST featured blog on the new blog roll.
Friday, January 14, 2011
A new nurse throws up when the patient does.
An experienced nurse calls housekeeping when a patient throws up.
A new nurse wears so many pins on her name badge that you can’t read it.
An experienced nurse doesn’t wear a name badge for liability reasons.
A new nurse charts too much.
An experienced nurse doesn’t chart enough.
A new nurse loves to run to codes.
An experienced nurse makes new nurses run to codes.
A new nurse wants everyone to know s/he’s a nurse.
An experienced nurse doesn’t want anyone to know s/he’s a nurse.
A new nurse keeps detailed notes on a pad.
An experienced nurse writes on the back of her hand, paper scraps, napkins, etc.
A new nurse will spend all day trying to reorient a patient.
An experienced nurse will chart the patient who is disoriented and restrain him.
A new nurse can hear a beeping I-med at 50 yards.
An experienced nurse can’t hear any alarms at any distance.
A new nurse loves to hear abnormal heart and breath sounds.
An experienced nurse doesn’t want to know about them unless the patient is symptomatic.
A new nurse spends two hours giving a patient a bath.
An experienced nurse lets the CNA give the patient a bath.
A new nurse thinks people respect nurses.
An experienced nurse knows everybody blames everything on the nurse.
A new nurse looks for blood on a bandage hoping they will get to change it.
An experienced nurse knows a little blood never hurt anybody.
A new nurse looks for a chance “to work with the family.”
An experienced nurse avoids the family.
A new nurse expects meds and supplies to be delivered on time.
An experienced nurse expects them to never be delivered at all.
A new nurse will spend days bladder training an incontinent patient.
An experienced nurse will insert a Foley catheter.
A new nurse always answers her phone.
An experienced nurse checks the caller ID before answering the phone.
A new nurse thinks psych patients are interesting.
An experienced nurse thinks psych patients are crazy.
A new nurse carries reference books in her/his bag.
An experienced nurse carries magazines, lunch and some “cough syrup” in her/his bag.
A new nurse doesn’t find this list funny.
An experienced nurse does.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
YES!!! I hit 200 Pillows last Tuesday at the PACU! I robbed ortho and rehab BLIND.... I haven't got caught *yet* But I am celebrating not getting caught for homeshopping and for the fun that goes with it! One of my evil new years goal was to hit that magic number. *Evil Grin*
And In Other News.....
Ripped from the headlines on ortho/rehab....
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Hi all :)
So, I don't really know how to put this out there but... I would love for us (you and my self) to Grant a wish for a Make A Wish Child and his/her family. So I am asking for donations through that "Donate" button over there===> It will take you to a PayPal Secure screen where you pick the amount and Its all confidential and I will never know how much you give. For those of you who don't know what The Make-A-Wish Foundation is please see the quotation below.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, with 64 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 200,000 wishes in the United States since its inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit mo.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.My family got to go on a trip to Disney World with the help of them and their generous sponsors and contributors. It would be a dream come true if we could grant a wish or even help just a little bit!
Here's how the money will be kept:
- The money will be stored in a High Yield Savings account through Pay Pal
- All Donations will be matched by me up to $50
- I will pay for all PayPal Processing fees that will be charged
If you have unused/unwanted frequent flyer miles,hotel points or new electronics drop me a line and I will get you to the right place to donate those points!
This will not turn into the all I want to do is bug you for money blog. I will only mention it on occasion or when we hit a milestone in donations. I will STILL blog about my adventures :)
Ok,now that I am done asking you for your money... I will go update the pillow count... It was slim pickings at the hospital! I am in a pillow desert. LOL!
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
As I attempt to reflect on 2010 it was an ok year... I started to make some major decisions to start the "rest" of my life and ...
Some Bad/Hard Things:
- The ACT and learning how to conquer the EVIL EVIL People at The College Board! (still awaiting the results from my last test)
- My First Car Accident... (Not My Fault, Thank GOD!)
- Learning of Money management (good thing) and the fees that go with not keeping track of my money *Rolls Eyes*
- Learning how to drive the truck (stick shift)
Some Good Things:
- Getting To Volunteer at the many places I do :)
- Learning to shut my big trap... *Snort* *Hears a bunch of YA RIGHTS from readers*
- Trying and sometimes being successful at having a positive attitude.
- Meeting all of the awesome people I met this year. (Including the teachers at the Learning center I went to!)
- Getting Ready to go to College and Finding the perfect job for me in the Air Force Reserves!
- Finding how to pay for College!
- Receiving the "Fallen Officer" Scholarship Through The County Police (Also Where my dad is an LT!) Its also was an honor.
- Grow Closer to God and work to heal the wounds that are still open
- Loose some of that excess weight and attend "Basic Training" workouts that I paid for :)
- Survive till Graduation
- Go in to the AF Reserves
- Do well at Basic (AFBMT) and Do well in my career.
- Go To Nursing School (or take the pre reqs. for it)
- Have fun! Enjoy life!
Drop me a line>>>>> gliderpilot92@ att DOT net Or Post!