Jul 27, 2005

Moody Gardens

Sorry it's been awhile since I've last blogged. I've been busy. I've been working a lot. I read the latest Harry Potter, which was really good by the way. If your a fan and plan to read it, I'll give you a little spoiler....Don't get too attached to one of the primary characters. Although in the magical world of Harry Potter, nothing is final and I think JK Rowling will bring the character back somehow.
Ari and I are going to Galveston tomorrow to meet my in laws at Moody Gardens. I'm actually looking forward to this mini vacation. They have an aquarium, beach, rainforest, and a discovery museum. We're staying at the big fancy hotel, so it should be a blast.
I need a vacation, although I wish we could spend it with someone other then my elderly former in-laws. I've been working a lot, getting in what I can before school starts. The hospital's been incredibly busy, full beds every day. The patients I've had (A full 16 each day) have been high acuity. Acuity means they have a lot of care needs. A lot of them needed assistance, a lot of labs and bedpans. I drew 5 blood draws today and 2 of them were blood cultures. (Blood cultures are more time consuming and a more sterile procedure). It's weird because usually the summers are less busy for us.
I mentioned school starting...I also meant Ari. She's going to Pre-Kindergarten! She starts on Aug 16th. I'm so excited for her. She's excited too. I can't believe she's going to school already. It'll be really good for her, learning more and in a structured environment. She'll really be ready for Kindergarten when it starts next year. I did have to rack my brain and make a dozens calls to find a place who can take Ari at 06:30 in the AM and then take her to school at 8:30. It'll only be a couple days a week when I'm at clinicals.
Busy year ahead!

Jul 9, 2005

EKGs and London

Now that school's over until Aug 30. (Longer summer then usual..It's weird) I get to work whenever possible to fill in the time. Last week I had a 2 day 16 hour EKG class for work. They are turning the unit next to us into a sort of ICU so they want the option of floating us on our unit over there. I was surprised to find out some of the older nurses had no idea how to read EKGs. Apparently some nursing schools haven't worked that into their curriculum until recently. I must say it's kinda fun reading those wavy lines and figuring out what's going on. I know, I'm an odd one.
I'm upset about the London bombings. Please think about those people, it sounds like they were lucky to have such low casualties, so many more could've died. When I got to class Thurs, My annoying instructor had to gall to say she didn't believe it was terrorists. She said she thought it was a few bad protestors. I think SOME people are in some sort of denial about terrorism....like the politicians made them up.
My house is trashed, so my plan today is to clean and maybe get to the garage eventually. My garage is a mess of unspeakable measure. Wish me luck and hope I don't get lost in there.