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Monday, August 29, 2005

Venting a Bit

There have been several events recently that have taken a toll on me emotionally. I'm sure I'll blog about them soon.

I'm not sure whether to worry about how I'm feeling, or if I'm just drained and need to suck it up and get on with life. My stomach is in knots all the time, and I constantly feel like something bad is about to happen. I'm always, and I mean always, on the verge of crying, which is so annoying since I'm not a cryer. I'm having trouble sleeping and eating as well (although not eating would probably do me some good).

All I want to do is feel better. It's been hard for me to smile lately, and I'm normally a fairly happy gal. I'm sure things are going to get better, I just need to be patient.

Sorry to be a downer, but I just needed to vent a little. I can't talk out loud about this, because when I do, I bawl and I make absolutely no sense.

Monday, August 22, 2005

By God They're His!

Part of assessing a patient is inspecting the mouth and throat. We often ask if all teeth are the patient's own, or if he/she wears dentures or a partial. The following conversation took place this evening.

Me: (shining penlight into patient's mouth): Are all of these your own teeth or....

Patient (before I could finish my question): Yes, they're all mine.

Wife of Patient: No they aren't!

Patient: Oh yes they are! I paid for them fair and square, these babies are mine!

Thursday, August 18, 2005

She's Been Lured To The Dark Side

Anna informed me this evening that, for her birthday, she wants a Darth Vader mask complete with the funky breathing sound, and a lightsaber that really lights up.

Of course Ed's evil ass is loving this, but he hasn't completely hardened her little heart. She still wants to be a bunny for Halloween.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

A Very Boring Update

Life has returned to chaos, and I am again sleep deprived. All in all, school is pretty good. Yesterday, we visited a psychiatric hospital which was actually very depressing. I really expected conditions to be better for these people, but I was wrong. The staff was really nice but the actual facilities were crap. The carpet was dingy and old, the walls really need a fresh coat of paint, and all of the equipment was about 100 years old. As we toured the facility, we could hear wailing from some poor soul down the hall. If I was admitted for depression, I think I would become even more depressed staying in that place. On Tuesday, I will be going out with a mental health nurse to do home visits. That should be interesting.

I do enjoy the classroom material though. Next week, we are covering schizophrenia which is something I am very interesting in learing about. I mentioned before that I used to work in a group home where several of the residents were schizophrenic. At the time, I really didn't know anything about this illness, but now I'll have the chance.

Other than school, I haven't been up to anything except work and trying to get time in with my family. The girls are attending a new daycare/preschool and they love it. It's more expensive, but well worth the money. They are only about 30 seconds driving distance from school and work which is wonderful, especially when they have dr. appointments. This place also has an infirmiry, so if either of the girls have a minor illness that would prevent them from attending the regular daycare, they can go there and play,watch movies, or rest. This is especially good for me since I am only allowed one day to miss before the instructor has to deduct points from my final grade. Of course, if they are ever sick enough that they want to be home with me or Ed, we will keep them home.

See, told you this was a boring update!

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Remember Me?

I haven't dropped off of the face of the earth, but holy shit am I busy. I took myself off of my work schedule this weekend so that I can take a breather. Nothing exciting going on, but I'll post this weekend...I promise!

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Here We Go Again.

Well, I'm back at school full time and work full time. The next 10 months are going to be hell as far as time is concerned, but at least the subject matter is interesting.

My first rotation (8 weeks long) is Psychiatric nursing. I used to work in a group home with people who had Schitzophrenia, hallucinations, delusions, you name it. It was also one of my favorite jobs...and believe me, I've done a lot. So, I really think I'll enjoy this rotation. My next one is Leadership and Management, which I think will suck major ass, but I'll get over it.

I am going to try to catch up with everyone very soon, hopefully by the weekend. In the meantime, I better head out....I've got patients with booties that need wipin'. I leave you with pics from last Saturday at the ceramic shop.