So many new projects…

With all of my prerequisites for nursing school out of the way (hopefully), I find myself with most of my days free instead of studying anatomy, physiology, microbiology, etc. We also found this wall to be very bare. It used to have a few pictures of me with fish.
empty wall
I have always been a fan of hydroponics. I have had different types of food growing setups. This empty wall begged for something cool. A vertical hydroponic garden seems just the ticket. Oh yeah, and we want it to be as cheap as possible. We acquired a couple of pallets. We Amanda painted and stained them. The paint was a couple of samples from Home Depot ($3 each) and a mistint from Benjamin Moore ($5).

Green!I built troughs for the water and clay balls that will hold the roots of the plants. We bought a 3 inch by 10 foot PVC pipe that we cut into about 17 inch segments. We used 3 inch PVC end caps and glued them with Christie’s Red Hot waterproof PVC glue. The pipe was under $10 and the end caps are about a buck a piece. Including the glue, we are up to about $35 so far.With the troughs glued, I drilled a few holes in each one so the nutrient rich water will drain from the top plant to the bottom ones. Then I made sure that they fit. It can’t be too snug, as we need our 1/4 inch microtubing to be able to go from the water pump in the reservoir (more on that later) up to the top plants.

snug!Mounting the pallets by yourself can be tricky. Especially if you aren’t sure where the studs are in your house. I used drywall screws with the plastic receivers, but I am not sure if the metal screws made it inside because I couldn’t see anything as I was screwing the pallets into the wall. So far, it has held up!mountingWe also found that it is easy to paint the pallets when they are mounted on the wall.pallet 1Screen shot 2013-02-28 at 12.21.45 PMScreen shot 2013-02-28 at 12.21.38 PMI have ordered a pump on Amazon and we are waiting for that to arrive and then we will find a reservoir. I will keep posting as the project progresses. Thanks for reading. Leave our comments below!

Anatomy and Physiology 2.

As another quarter comes to a close, I have been thinking about all of the things that we have allegedly learned in Anatomy and Physiology 2. Our teacher is the best teacher I have had at North Seattle Community College. Here, she inflates lungs.

We looked at lungs.

Lungs from class.

Lungs from class.

We also did basic ECGs.

Plugged in.

Plugged in.

A heart.

I didn't give mine away.

I didn’t give mine away.

I even used a spirometer.

Breathe in and out.

Breathe in and out.

Boats, blood, and brains.

Only one week of school left. The most exciting things that have happened are a small amount of fishing, donating blood, and dissecting a sheep’s brain.

This is Black Lake at the Hancock Forest area. I call it my country club. Even on these rare occasion when I don’t have any fish pictures because I didn’t bring any to the boat, it is still a good day. The weather was amazing, we saw an elk mother and baby. The baby must have been born in the last couple of days aas it could barely walk. We watched a bald eagle fishing along with us.

I donated blood the last time that I could. I am still squeamish about watching a needle pierce my skin. I know that I need to get over it if I am going to be a nurse. Maybe it is a self preservation thing. Next time I am forcing myself to watch. No more turning away!

This is Erik, my Anatomy and Physiology partner. We were looking at the fun parts of the brain. Being a community college, we had to use the brain of a sheep. Although with all of the uproar about a naked guy eating a man’s face, there was plenty of ¬†good zombie jokes.