Dec 26, 2004

Christmas appreciation

Happy Holidays everyone!
Ari had a great Christmas. Santa brought her a bike and dozens of other toys, she's been having a blast with them. Our Christmas was pretty low key. My sister came over and we spent Christmas eve over at Cathy's. Christmas morning Ari let us sleep til 11 and we then got up and watched Ari with her gifts.
All in all, it's kind of a relief once Christmas is over for me. I always miss Mike around the holidays so the more drawn out they are, the worse it gets.
I'm looking forward to school starting on the 10th so I can get back into a routine again.
I need to learn to appreciate more what I have in life. I am so fortunate that I have Ari, she's the best little girl a mom could ask for. I'm so lucky that I have the means to go to school full time and despite it's difficulties I'm passing. I'm very lucky I have so many close friends who are supportive and without them I couldn't survive.
I'm glad my mom's staying strong despite my stepdad's illness and Bobo's passing. I'm even glad that my sister's relationship with her boyfriend is growing stronger. I don't want to take for granted that we have a roof over our heads, food in the cabinets, and so many luxuries that so many others don't.
Didn't mean to get so serious here, I just need to count my blessings every now and then. :)

Dec 10, 2004

It's over!

Yay! The semester's over! I passed the courses with a B. See my earlier post on the grading system to see me justify why it's not an A. It's been a tough semester and I'm glad to move on to level 2. Things seem less unsure now, I can't believe how much I was able to learn in just one tiny semester. Instead of the usual 4 weeks off for holidays, I have only 3. I actually have to be back up at the school a week before class begins to practice lab skills for a test the very first day!
I just hope I can still find supplies. In the meantime, I'll be working and vegging out at home!

Dec 6, 2004

Nursing school prayer

My instructor sent this out with our notes and I thought it was so true, I think I may frame it and hang it above my desk to keep me going.

Student Nurses' Prayer

Dear Lord:
I know we go through this every day, but please give me the knowledge as to why I actually wanted to go to nursing school.

Lord, give me the strength to make it through those boring four-hour lectures without falling asleep.

Please give me the patience to make it through clinicals with instructors who can't just give you the right answer.

On the same note, give the nurses the ability to remember what it was like to be a student and give us just a little more respect.

Lord, give me the endurance to read all the assigned readings and be able to remember it when I am taking a test with four right answers.

Lord, give my family and friends the ability to realize I really am on the edge of insanity.

Finally, Lord, give me the vision to see that one day I will be a real nurse and I will never have to wear this ugly uniform again.


Personal note: We really do have 3-4 hour lectures and I really do need God's help to stay awake. Our instructors almost always answer our questions with questions. Most of the nurses have been pretty cool but some we came across kinda saw us as free slave labor. I never do the assigned readings but I end up researching one whole subject the whole night through books and the internet. The tests really do tend to have at least 2-3 right answers. Sometimes I feel I've crossed the edge of insanity but I don't question why I went into nursing school. Our uniforms aren't too bad, we could do worse than Teal green scrubs. :)

More fun tidbits that happen to be true, I would hope most nurses follow these:

Every day that I have held a hand but forgotten to chart vital signs, I still may have come out ahead.

If I don’t take care of myself, I can’t take care of anyone else.

It’s usually better to beg forgiveness than to ask permission, especially if I’m taking a Saint Bernard to see a child in the ICU.

Never assume anything to be true until proven so with subjective and / or objective data.

If I don’t get emotionally involved with my patients, it’s time for me to change professions.

Even if I can’t cure, I can still care.

Always ask about the grandchildren’s pictures that are posted on the hospital room wall.

Healing the spirit is as important as healing the body.

A lot of patients get well in spite of us, but even more get well because of us.

A body believes every word you tell it.

I need an open heart and an open mind.

If the patient is lying very very still, check for breathing before you check anything else.

Nurses are extremely respected by the public, so I must always strive to be worthy of that respect.

“Team work” includes offering to help colleagues even if they haven’t asked for help.

A genuine smile and a sense of humor can win over the worst grouch.

Dec 2, 2004


My grandmother passed away this morning. Bobo was the only grandmother I ever knew. My dad's mom died when I was a teen and I had only met her like 3 times in my lifetime. Bobo and I got to spend some time together when I was young. My dad who was in the Navy was always "out to sea". When he was gone my mom would drive us kids up to Ohio to stay with my grandparents. Bobo took me to get my ears pierced when I was 7 or 8. I remember it being my decision and she was so excited for me. She bought me ruby stones (my birthstones)for my first earrings. I believe that was the same summer she saved me from drowning in her pool when I became too brave and did too many laps on a dare from the neighbor kid.If you're wondering why I call her Bobo, I can't tell you. The names Bobo and Poppy were dubbed by me when I was 2 and it stuck. Even my grandfather called her Bobo. I was told this morning that Bobo/Mother was to be engraved on her Urn.
We'll miss her.
Anna Mae Kaiser
Her Obituary