Archive for March, 2009
Mental health is incredibly involved. And every person that I have ever encountered in my entire life has been used as an example in class for some condition or another. And I hate the words psychopharmacology.
Psych drugs are scary. And they are impossible to memorize.
First exam in two weeks.
I start clinicals next week in the psych unit. Any advice?
Its the night before the start of my last quarter of the first year of nursing school. As with every quarter I find this as a time to reflect.
This all has gone by so fast. And yet while its happening I feel like it barely moves. Before I know it I will be like Heather getting ready to finish it all. I cant believe it is happening. Part of me still thinks that I am going to wake up and be barely finishing my pre-reqs.
This quarter also starts on the exact day that my application was due last year. 03/30/2008 started a time in my life that was so miserable, so unbelievably hard I wish I could forget it. Instead I feel the need to memorialize that time, to show how far I have come.
From the day that I put in my application for nursing school one year ago, I could feel my marriage start to deteriorate. I really think that I knew deep in my heart that I couldnt be married to HIM and go to nursing school. His addiction and abusive behaviors would never have allowed me to accomplish this goal, this calling. And I am going to accomplish it. I always knew I would. I always knew I could
And now fast forward through the next 12 months…accepted to the RN program, divorced, stalked, met the best man in the world, started RN school, married my best friend, and now I am getting ready to finish my first year. Half way. I am almost half way done.
And I couldnt have done it without all of you. Everyone who has stuck by me through all the bad times and cheered me on through all the good. The ones who stopped and said “hi” and the ones that left me advice. Thank you all.
And most of all Thank you Hubby. Thank you for healing my heart, and making me believe that there is good out there. Thank you for being supportive and knowing how to let me take care of me.
Thank you. We did it!
In celebration of my extremely loooong (insert sarcasm) spring break from school, I have been reading the 5,345,654 pages of assigned readings for my mental health clinical. As it turns out, reading about mental health makes you feel….well….NUTS!
As I am reading about Mania I start to think “well yes, I’ve felt that way”.
While reading about Thought insertions I begin to ponder “am I really thinking what Im thinking or is someone else making me think it?” (And truly I do have thought insertion, however I know it is true because nursing school is making me NUTS)
And so the trend continues with every single diagnosis…if Im not wondering whether I have a condition I am diagnosing my friends, former family, and current family.
I can think of many people in my former life who were manic. Hmmm….Makes sense when I think about it…. and I wonder if that old friend of mine was delusional, and even if she wasnt delusional she most definitely was tangential. And that made it impossible to talk to her!
Dont you want to be my friend so I can find a diagnosis that fits with your personality? What clinical diagnosis have you worried about having after reading the symptoms?
The patient apparently wanted their chemo to go so they turned it into a drive-in! Thankfully no one was injured.
He sent me flowers as a congrats for finishing another quarter!
He is so wonderful! I am blessed!
1) Post a picture of your stethoscope
2) Tell what you love about it
3) Tell what you hate about it
4) Tell me what your dream stethoscope would be
5) Does it have a name?
6) Tag all your nursing friends (Including the one that tagged you) and dont forget to leave a comment on their blog telling them that you tagged them!
1) This is my stethoscope. The one and only. It is a Littmann Lightweight II S.E
2) I love that it is so light weight and that it has been incredibly durable. I have had it since the day I graduated from Medical Assisting school.
3) It doesnt give me the best sound on peds, or if there is any clothing in the way.
4) I really want the Littmann Cardiology III. One of the girls in my program has it and I borrowed it, WOW you can really hear everything! Its like the difference between a tape deck and surround sound!
5) I call her “Lil Red” or “Shit where did I put my ears?!”
Now its your turn!
Schools out for Spring Break! Schools out for just a week….
Many of my fellow nursing student have all these amazing plans for spring break. Hot destination locations, big vacations, lavish relaxing time and so on. So what is Student RN Tiffany doing during spring break?
I am cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, then organizing, organizing, organizing. And in between all that fun I will be reading ahead for my Med/Surg classes. I need to learn everything I can about ECG’s between now and 3/30. Is this doable?
What are some good resources for learning to read and ECG?
Every quarter when tuition checks are due, I swear that I feel like I am being tortured to death. The realization that I really am paying for them to torture me hits me like a ton of bricks.
So my new motto is: “I pay for torture, I call it tuition”
Also, Im starting to understand why there is a nursing shortage. I was talking to one of my classmates, and it turns out that she has decided not to continue in the program. She said that the work is too hard, and she doesnt want the responsibility that goes along with it. I get that. I really do. I see what the Nurses at my work go through. People treat them badly, upper management treats the badly, their bodies get treated badly because of long hours without breaks. All in all I guess I dont understand why most people would go into nursing.
But I know why Im going, I know why I will finish. I love that look you get from someone when you make them FEEL better. And the hug from the kid right after they are done being seen by the doctor. I love the people. I love hearing their problems, and learning about their lives.
Im a people person, and today I am 1/3 a nurse.
Finals are done. Now im just waiting to see how I did!
To celebrate I did not:
1) get tipsy at a mexican restaurant and laugh so hard that myabs ache
2) Break into song with a bunch of my classmates
3) the song we were singing was not the jingle for Big Red gum
4) I did not drink a margarita as big as my head
5) I did not run 3.96miles so that I could pig out on chips and salsa
6) and there definitly are not any pictures of said event
“that big red freshness lasts right through it, your fresh breath goes
on and on. While you chew it!”
Ive been getting up early every morning to hit the gym and to get some
last minute craming done for finals. And this morning i got up early,
so early that i think i may have been awake before God.
Here i go, im heading in to run and get the brain going!
Distance: 3.15 miles
Distance total: 16.66 miles
Another early workout and study session. While running i was cramming
for my role development final!
Distance: 2.72 miles
I went at the butt crack of dawn this morning and I feel fantastic!
Distance: 2.72 miles
I went at the butt crack of dawn this morning and I feel fantastic!
I do, I do!
My baby, Giada is a frisbee chaser! You throw it and she chases it, catches it, and makes an attempt to bring it back. And Kaylee plays along too!
It is so much fun! I always wanted a frisbee chaser! And I have one! Yippee.
I will try to get a picture!
Apparently you can get to my blog by googling about “Strap-on therapy and honey”. I dont know where I mentioned any of the above, but still…Welcome new visitor!
I love looking at how people arrived at my blog. Alot of locals read me, which is strange that no one ever stops to say “HI”. So again, I encourage you to drop me a quick hello and I will do the same.
So to all my new blog readers, I am not planning on blogging about st.rap-on th.erapy and h.oney any time soon.
Distance: 2.56 miles
Distance total: 10.79 miles
I feel pretty good still. I felt alot slower today but that’s ok.
I’m trying to go everyday, so far 4 days in a row! Thanks for all the
Distance: 3.28 miles
Distance total: 8.23 miles
Still pretty sore but it felt so good that I can’t wait to go back! I
went with a girlfriend from school and had a blast.
Now I just need to study for my finals
Distance: 2.50 miles
Distance total: 4.95 miles
I feel pretty good. My thighs are pretty sore, Hubby and I are gonna
keep track of how many mileswe each run while he is gone. It’s a good
way to pass the time! I am so excited! I have such an amazing and
Now I just need to figure out how to run and study!
But we were talking about homeopathic cancer treatments in my