Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Lovely Leeloo

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Sappy but mercifully short ode to my pet parrot, Leeloo. Ok, I admit it, I am pathetically in love with a bird. A creature with a brain smaller than a walnut. Yep, I am owned by her.


Wednesday, February 22, 2006

It's Not About the "Procedures"

It's easy to fall into procedure seeking mode in clinical. We all want to hone our technical skills. "Oohh, wow, you got to put in a Foley?" I definitely felt a thrill when I did an SQ, IM and intradermal injection, all in the same day. A dressing change? PEG tube, IV? Cool!

But then there is the little stuff. Today I had to leave early so I just got to assist another student with a bed bath and medication administration on her patient. Nothing fancy but he was a big guy who could not really move on his own and so it was good - I was glad I could help. I have worked with this student a couple of times and I really admire her. She has worked as a Tech, I think, so she has the basic care skills and is very organized and competent. I learn so much working with her. Anyway, this guy was kind of a mess when we started. All kinds of guck in his mouth and REALLY needing a bed change. But when all was said and done and he was cleaned up, mouth cleaned and suctioned and we somehow managed to get his medications into him, I really felt a sense of satisfaction. Part of it was definitely about seeing the patient well cared for. The other was from working as a team with another caring person towards that goal. I did not realize how cool that would be, but it is. Bonus!

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Subway Sounds, Volume 1, Issue 2

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I came across this Huqin musician in the NYC subway the other day. I am not sure which of the Huqin instruments it is - maybe Erhu? I am fascinated by subway musicians. There are so many excellent musicians working the NYC subways. The diversity is amazing. Previously, I did a post showing a drummer using buckets.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

New Kid in Town Alert.

There's a new career changer nurse in bloggertown! Check out Student Nurse Jack! She's just getting started but her posts are great. I particularly love the one about why she is going to Nursing School at 38. Nice!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Brooklyn Blizzard '06

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A walk around Park Slope in the snow February 12, 2006.


"Winter - Largo"

The Four Seasons, Vivaldi 

Performed by Michaela Petri


Saturday, February 11, 2006

Leeloo's Breakfast

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Sometimes when the world is going to shit, it's the little things that save you.


Leo Kottke
Instrumentals: the Best of the Chrystalis Years
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Friday, February 10, 2006

The Wrong Side of the Bed

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When life is going to shit all around - sometimes it's the really small stuff that just gets your goat.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Thoughts on NICU Clinical

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A quick post about my NICU Experience last week.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Save Christine

I recently received an appeal from a Lienhard Nursing School/Pace University graduate. Marc Pechera graduated last year. Unfortunately, his sister has been diagnosed with cancer and she needs a bone marrow transplant. She is filipino, and apparently that makes finding a matching donor even more difficult. I am trying to spread the word by posting a link to their website, SAVE CHRISTINE http://christine.site.ph.

Please visit the site and spread the word as far as you can. If you are interested in registering as a bone marrow donor visit their site or www.marrow.org.

I know a number of folks from the Phillipines visit my site: please spread the word. There is more of a chance to find a match there, I would think.


Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Back in the boat...

Maybe that last post was a wee bit melodramatic. Things have been overwhelming. I like the river analogy, being a kayaker and a general water lover. I feel less messed up today. More like I'm in my kayak, paddling like mad, trying not to flip than ready to drown any second. There's rocks and branches and stuff to avoid but there are also eddies (my incredible NICU clinical experience the other day). The water seems to be a little calmer, or maybe I am just reading it better. Now that I have beaten that analogy to death... School is busy, personal life is totally out of control, clinicals are amazing but stressfull.... I hope to get back to doing some video soon. Right now writing is all I can handle.