Monday, February 25, 2008

three weeks...DONE

not that i'm counting or anything, but um... okay i guess i am.
I know this painting seems a little disturbing, but I think it was great in how the artist, a schizophrenic seemed to be able to capsulize her feelings of the balance of looking normal on the outside but sick on the inside. She was finally able to find a medication that helped her, but the side effects were not great. She felt the side effects worth it to feel sane again. I have found these people so courageous, and scared too. It's been really interesting and touching.

Feb. 19: We had our third day there, and our first full 12 hours so I got to really get to know one of the pt's. The only thing i didn't like is that time goes pretty dang slow, with so much little physical movemnt. We also, don't do any of the charting. Thankfully our CI seems to know this and breaks up our day quite a bit with meeting or breaks. My prob w/psych is that i can relate a little too much. I know you're thinking haha. but my history of post partum depressn, really helps me to understand their pain. I guess I feel fairly certain that this is NOT the area for me, but i keep praying..."God, where do you want me?" so i won't shut ANY door completely.

Mar. 2..........another wk down, whoo hoo. too busy to write, must study for first exam on thur. And my boy's bday party. i'll check back soon, honest.

Friday, February 15, 2008

I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack

YUP, the semester has fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinaly begun.. or is it began. The wk was hellish in the way that I had to get up at 5 am or before THREE times this wk! Absolutely hellish. I know, I know, stop the whining, but heck, we've been on vacation for two months sleeping in, my body is in total revolt. We had 2 12 hr. shifts in psych, that luckily got shortened due to our CI's daughter going into labor. and then 2 days of lecture. So i am breathing a little today. Need to hit the gym first, then put my mom hat on to do shopping etc, no dern food in this house.

I am loving my CI, and the lecture teacher. I think the heat will really crank up once we hit adv. med/surg in 5 wks.

Visited my mom yesterday (in rehab. facility). She is doing pretty good, but it sure is hard to see her in a bed with diapers on. But her mood was good, and had a nice visit. She's usually sitting up in her wheel chair, but they had just put her down for her nap, so i visited her there. You can pray for all of us (her, and our families) if you think of us. It is difficult to see her memory going.

Well have a good week all. Leave me a comment so I know i'm not talking to thin air!

P.S. Don't you just LOVE my new background? I do, it's so dang orange, which is my fave color. Although, i never did get all my old pics back that were mysteriously deleted! Grrrr.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

so sorry, been outta commision

Here's a big kiss for all of you new RN's! You deserve, a big wet smoodgey one! (you'll notice the kissee is a nurse)

over the last month, my mom had a fall, and she ended up in the hospital, and later a SNF (Skilled Nursing Facility). It's been so danged stressful, trying to make a decision regarding her future. For those who don't read ALL my blogs, she has pretty severe dimentia, and her mobility has gotten worse and worse, so that now she can't walk more than about 3 ft without needing to sit, and even that is with much assistance. Soooooo...... when it comes to my mom, I tend to implode emotionally, and that's what I did. Just kinda took an emotional vacation, but now i'm slowly trying to deal with things. All prayers are much appreciated.

On the school front, I have been on a way too long vacay, and won't start until Feb. 11. I have been so antsy, I am READY to go back! I will study for the math test, and purchase new books, and review. And today, I hear I need to bone up on cardio. Not my strongest suit, so i will get on that as well.

Thanks! all for the birthday wishes, you are all so lovely :)
And a big humongous, gigantic, colossal congrats to those of you, who not only graduated from nursing school, but also passed the dreaded NCLEX!!!! WHOOO HOOOO! YAAAAAAAY FOR YOU RN's!!!