Saturday, December 20, 2008

I Am Queen Ruler of All

Ok, that's just in my head, but I deserve it. I checked on my final semseter of nursing school grades and I got 3 A's. One class has not reported yet, but I only expected one A, so I rule all. Also, All of our Christmas presents are purchased and wrapped. (I'm still working on making yours Suzzanne, so it doesn't count because I'm making it.) I also got our Christmas cards mailed today and I got Suzzanne's birthday gift and Mom's Christmas gifts mailed.

(I NEVER get any of this done until way later.) It must be mentioned that Matt did most of the Christmas shopping. However, I wrapped everything and decorated our house for Christmas. Ok, so if i'm the Queen Ruler of All then Matt is the King Ruler of All. I have to have a King. Will is the Destroyer of Worlds.

Monday, December 15, 2008

There is a Light

Yes, everyone. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. I finished one of my finals for nursing school. I have one on Wednesday then I am finished for the semester. I have three weeks of internship in January and then all I have to do is take the NCLEX (state boards). OH MY GOODNESS! I guess soon I'll be an RN. That is scary.

And last evening it started snowing like crazy. I was hoping that our final would be moved to another day and school would be cancelled. No such luck. Once I got here this morning I was glad that school was today and that I could just get it over with. I was not going to spend any more time studying. Actually, the final was easy. Maybe I even pulled an A in the class. Probably not, but maybe. Sometimes wishes come true.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Movie Obsessed


My son is OBSESSED with Disney movies. I admit it is my fault. Since I am in nursing school, it's easy to put a movie in for Will while I am on my way to school and Matt is still asleep. His favorite was The Lion King. He watched it at least twice a day. His nana has purchased lots of little Lion King toys including Simba, Nala, Mufasa, Scar, a hyena, and Will's favorite, Zazu (whom he calls E-yo).

In attempt to get Will to become less obsessed with the Lion King I accidentally got him hooked on Hercules. He calls it Her-key and it is so CUTE when he says Her-key. It took me a while to figure out what he was saying. You know school is coming to a close when your 2 year old watches Hercules three times in one day and watches Beauty and the Beast once. In my defense, I was tired and took a nap once and then needed to study (which I am not doing right now).

My next plan is to get him obsessed with Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Mulan that way we have several movies to choose from.

We read to Will also, and play with him, so it's not like he only watches movies, but it sure seems like it sometimes. Oh, he also loves to take a bath, usually for at least 30 minutes. Crazy kid!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Today's ICU Experience

This morning I went to my last day of clinicals today. I got to the hospital at about 7:15am and loitered for a while. I got report from my nurse and his trainee (an RN but new to the hospital). We went in a little before 8am to assess the patient. He was intubated but responded to the nurse talking to him. Just then, he another nurse came and said he was in Ventricular Fibrillation (V Fib), which is a heart rhythm that is not life sustainable for long. He had a pacemaker, and before she could finish telling us that, he got a shock from his pacemaker and was fine. He then went into V Fib again, and we started chest compressions and got the crash cart, only for his pacemaker to shock him again. He came back the second time but was not able to respond to the nurse. By this point, the code had been called and about a million doctors and doctors in training arrived. The third time he went into Asystole, which is no electrical activity in the heart and is not shockable, so his pacemaker didn't shock him. The doctors in training all took turns doing chest compressions while the nurses pushed meds like crazy. He got mag, epinephrine, and a couple of other drugs. This went on for 30 minutes and the doctor finally stopped the code and called the time of death. Before all this crazyness happened, one of the million doctors called the daughter and told her she should come to the hospital. By the time she got there he was dead, but she didn't know he was dead. It was bad. She got really upset (and rightfully so). I felt so bad for her. It was an interesting experience and not quite as horriffically scary as I expected. Not the best way to start a morning, but whatever.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Will

Every time I turn around, Will has gotten bigger or learned a new word or something. My baby is growing up so quickly. This is a video I took of him a month ago or so. It was after Halloween and I got him to go through some of his favorite words.
video

Monday, December 1, 2008

Illness + Test don't mix

Nursing school is winding down. I had a 20 page paper to write this weekend and a test to study for, plus a few miscillaneous projects to finish up. I have two finals in a couple of weeks and one more paper to write and then the semester is over and I get to be an RN. However, I found this weekend, as I got sick on Friday night/Saturday morning, that trying to cram for an exam and illness don't mix. I took my test at 8am this morning, and I entered the classroom with my own special box of Puffs to use. In the silence of the test taking, the only noise was an occasional sniff from other classmates and the honking of me blowing my nose EVERY TWO MINUTES. As soon as I walked into the room to take the test my nose started running worse than ever. I also started coughing during the test. It was insane. My friend Nicole said that she really had to try hard to not laugh during the test because my nose blowing was HILARIOUS. It was just annoying to me. Next time I am sick and having to take a test, I think i'll call in dead.