5th Quarter of Nursing School.

Usually, I like being busy. Right now, I have every minute accounted for. There is very little time to think about fly fishing, running, soccer, hiking, or all of the other fun stuff. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I am less than 5 months away from finishing this part of nursing school and becoming a registered nurse. Then there are many more big plans after that.

So what have I been doing? Studying. Working. Clinicals. Studying things like the entire respiratory and cardiac systems. Working at the restaurant where I have met some very fun people. And doing my clinical rotation at various hospital that I am not allowed to talk about. But what does a nursing student do? I get asked this question a lot. I do whatever I can in anything that I have been trained in. Sometimes it is an injection. Sometimes it is inserting a foley catheter (don’t Google if you don’t want to know). Sometimes it is talking to patients about their life. In my spare time, I try to read my books about nursing.

Clinicals have been great this quarter. It slowly feels like things are coming together. I am understanding more about why the body does things. How do we recover from something and why are so many tests necessary?

So to my friends I never see, and to everyone who wants to know what I am up to, stay tuned, it will all be over soon.

ECG

Sometimes the experiment is run on the students.

Sim lab.

My awesome clinical group.

 

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2014 Review.

January last year started a lot like this year. Cold and clear. We had moved to the Maple Leaf neighborhood.Maple Leaf Park.In February, we had some cool adventures (puns are ridiculous) including a trip to the Big Four Ice Caves. we weren’t sure if we really believed the signs, but it turns out that we were lucky to witness only a small avalanche.

Big Four Ice CavesThe shoulder seasons seem to be the best for travel, so in March we headed to Ireland.Cliffs of Moher.

When we returned, it didn’t take long for the first minor disaster to occur. I was lucky and I am thankful everyday that I am still loving life. It was one hell of an April.Broken neck.May was full of recovery and photoshoots.SCC nursing program.In June, the weather got better and we were able to spend some time outside with good friends. SUP Rainier.Girls.July was full of surprises, things like Amanda’s appendicitis threw us for a loop, but we pulled through.Amanda flowers.Luckily, I have friends willing to go fishing with me while Amanda recovered.Guys fishing.I explored more places in Washington that I thought were hidden gems.Waterfalls.There was more fishing with friends. There is never enough fishing or friends.Yakima.As my beard got more and more awesome, I also got a chance to check out the Olympic Peninsula. Luckily, I was with one of my most loveable friends.Lando and Rory.

He brought good luck and good fish.

Troot.Amanda and I did crazy things like hike to Lake Serene and drink wine at the zoo.Lake Serene hiking. Woodland Park Zoo wine night.August is the best time to be in the Pacific Northwest. We even went to a Mariners game.

Mariners Game.September is the hidden secret up here. You can read about our amazing vacation, here.

Canada.For Amanda’s birthday in October, we went skydiving, but she was happier buying pumpkins and gourds.Pumpkin girl.November is the time for Chum Salmon and pretty pictures.Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 7.29.56 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 7.30.15 PMadventureDecember brought the cold and the holiday season. I am glad that is over. Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 7.36.47 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 7.36.57 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 7.37.36 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 7.37.04 PMHere is to an even better 2015!

One year done.

Boom. Just like that I am one year away from being an RN. It has been one hell of a quarter. From me breaking my neck to Amanda needing an emergency appendectomy. Somehow, we got through it and occasionally had some fun.

We had a sunset kayak with Mount Rainier majestically looming in the background. This was just a couple of days before Amanda was doubled over in pain and we took her to the ER.Screen Shot 2014-06-21 at 12.51.20 PM Screen Shot 2014-06-21 at 12.56.33 PM I found my new favorite creek that is close to Seattle. This was the fish of the day. 
Screen Shot 2014-06-21 at 12.50.37 PMSummer has begun and I plan on doing lots of fun things that do not involve nursing school. Thanks for following along.

Neck Update.

It has been two weeks since my surgery. My surgeon says that things look good. I still have a few months before I can play soccer (of course I will go back). It will take a full year to fuse completely.

Here are a couple of pictures of my X-rays.neck xray image 2In this picture, you have to look really close to see the scar.ne9UwFK2ueLFcseQ1iz2XI9Q9b4mz28WI0UAUM_K448Here is the zoom in for you weirdos that are into that.

Neck scar

I am back to “normal” living. I have a cervical collar that I wear while I am driving. That is all. I am still lucky and thankful.

Ireland.

We booked tickets to Ireland. I need a break. I think that we both need a vacation. We are too busy to really see each other or enjoy what little free time we have. The tickets were a bit expensive, but you can’t put a price on sanity. Pharmacology is no joke in nursing school. I am learning a ton during volunteering shifts at the hospital. I am loving nursing more than I actually thought I would. I don’t want to get diabetes. Diet and exercise are the best things you can do for yourself. These are my random thoughts for today.Love it!

New nursing things.

I have given my first injection on a real human being. I think that is all that I am allowed to say about that.

I also was hired as a volunteer at Swedish Hospital in the Emergency Department. I was given a free TB test.
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The hallways were empty as there was a parade going on.Screen shot 2014-02-06 at 6.31.08 PMThe view from the 12th floor. Fitting, huh?
Screen shot 2014-02-06 at 6.31.36 PMI hope to never see any of you as a patient at this place!

So my days consist of school, work , clinicals at the VA, a little soccer to stay sane, and watching fly fishing videos online to remind myself why I am doing this. Thanks, Moldy Chum!

Vote for war.

I have been doing my clinicals at the VA this quarter. For those of you not in nursing school, clinicals are:

supervised sessions in real world health care environments which allow nursing students to put their knowledge and skills to work. Clinicals are the nursing equivalent of internships and residencies for doctors, and they are a critical part of medical training, as they give nurses a chance to work with real patients in a supervised setting before being thrust into real nursing work without instructors and guides ready to step in and assist.

That being said, I have been thrown into the world of the military. I stumbled upon this article from the Huffington Post.

In 1916, with World War I looming for the United States, a group of Nebraska residents gathered petition signatures and sent a constitutional amendment to Congress that would have enacted a national referendum before lawmakers could declare war. On top of the national vote, anyone who cast a ballot in favor of war would have been required to register as a volunteer for service in the United States Army.

I like the idea.