I am sooooo sorry that I have not been keeping up with my blog! I have been sooo busy and have so much to tell. School has been a whirlwind. I refer to this time as the assignment to exam snowball. I had midterm exams followed by assignment hell and now I am heading into exams again. I didn't do too well on my psych and research exams (a B- and a C :o( ), maybe if I had studied! BUT!!! I aced my patho exam with a solid A! Things have just spiraled out of control it seems but I am on top of things now and have a very brief moment to breath before exams start up again on Dec.6.
My clinical placement has been amazing! Very challenging but I am absolutely loving it! After having a revolving door of different patients each week (unlike my classmates who were having the same patients each week so they could really get into a routine) I finally have the same two ladies. One is a sad lady, 75 years old, failure to cope. I spend a lot of my time with her coaxing her to eat and coaxing her to drink and some days just coaxing her to open her eyes and sit up. The other lady is only 2 years older than myself at 39, Miss B has cervical cancer which has spread but they haven't determined just where yet. She is also schizophrenic. Apparently she had been diagnosed 2 years ago but didn't do anything about it until 6 months ago when she collapsed in a mall. Both are very sad and very emotional stories. Neither of them have any seriously difficult medical things that I have to perform but the emotional dealings with them are intense. I have requested to stay with them until I am finished on that floor - next week is my last week there, wow, where did the time go?
Hey, funny thing today! So the resident comes in today to give Miss B her Ativan push, she checks the IV site and calls me over, she asks me "does that look like blood to you?" okay, dude, I'm a second year nursing student! you're asking me? I look, and say "yes I do believe that is blood, and it looks as though whoever last did the push did not lock the line" she says, "wow, you're right! what do you think I should do?", uh, dude did I mention that I am a second year nursing student? I say "well, I think you should maybe flush it?" she says, "yeah, that's a good idea, I'll flush it" okay, now, I'm not sure if she was messing with me or what but c'mon! I was just pleased that I was able to identify the right arm from the left one! That was good times!!!
So the last time I wrote I told the sad tale of my old dog. We cried and hugged one another for a while but then we dried the tears and realized that if we didn't get a dog soon we were going to all start taking turns pretending to be dogs. So the husband and I went to the pound and we brought home a 2 year old Husky who ironically was given the same name as the old girl - Maggie. I ask you, who names a Husky Maggie? She had been picked up as a stray and had no intention of going by the name Maggie so we changed it to Souka. Our new girl is the absolute love of our days!!! She was just what this tear stained mixed up house needed. She has us all doing a jig!
How cute is she I ask you? I will leave things here. I promise to try and be a better blogger.
Take care and uh, did I mention I'm a second year nursing student?