Friday, September 3, 2010

I'm Back!

I do apologize, for I did not mean to be MIA for so long, but such is my life. Remember my post, when I talked about working days and how normal this would make my life, and that I would be with the land of the living and probably have an extremely productive month of August - no such thing happened. I discovered this little thing called overtime, and worked at least 4 days every week in August, a couple times 5 days, and slept away the rest of the month. Oh but it was totally worth it! But I will recap you, because I'm sure you're feeling slightly lost and confused not knowing whats going on in our oh so interesting urban New York life! Get ready for the longest post ever...

End of July I went home to Florida again! Because as you know my big sister had a little baby Wyatt, and to tell you that I was homesick is an understatement. I was ready to quit my job, pack my bags, and head south and not look back. 



Look at this face. How could I not want to be there and squeeze his little cheeks. So I finally got my chance, a WHOLE entire MONTH after he was born. Totally worth the wait though. And yet, great birth control also... Totes not ready for all night feedings and diaper changes. I do that most nights anyway. I was definitely basking in my auntie duties though, of good cuddles, burping, feeding, and changing diapers. He is such a cutie. I'll share a bathtime video with you, it is not PG, I apologize. 


video

Ignore the goods, and just look at that face! Gotta love a baby that loves bathtime. 


This is one of my favorite pictures. Just a little cuddle time with Rod. 

After a week of visiting and cuddling, I had to come back to real life. To my month of days at work. To normalcy and not living out of a suitcase, FINALLY. I was also able to get over my homesickness, it's a lot harder to leave New York and a lot easier to leave good ol' Niceville when the hubs is not with me. I miss him. And besides he needs me, you should've seen our apartment when I got back... he needs me... 

Anywho -  I got back and started working again. I was so nervous my first day on days, it was like starting from scratch, but surprisingly everyone was very ncie, and helpful. I still can never tell if people are nice and helpful because they're just being nice and being helpful or they thing I'm stupid. Hopefully not the latter. But one of my first assignments on days was a gastroschisis baby. Usually in utero the gut grows outside of the abdominal wall and then the muscles of the abdomen develop and enclose the gut, well for whatever reason sometimes this doesn't happen and the baby is born with the gut on the outside of the body. Scary, but really cool. Well my first chance at overtime, I was to come in they day they were going to put the gut back in. I was pretty excited, I've never taken a baby to the OR or done post-op. Well lo and behold they did the surgery the day before. Man I was disappointed. Good news though, baby is doing great! After some more work days and some more overtime, I worked a nightshift as a switch. Well I come in to receive a 440 gram infant. This translates to 15oz. That's right folks, less then a pound. She was itty bitty, fit into my hand, with a head the size of a pool ball. I named her Pips, short for Pipsqueak. When I got her she was in what we like to call the honeymoon phase of her life. This did not last long, we had a long night that first night, but we made it. We bonded that night. So I came back for overtime the next night. Then worked the next two days. All with Pips. I was attached. As much as we did medically, poor Pips had too much against, and she just wasn't ready for this life, and she went to be with Jesus 5 days after she was born. I was not there, and I was sad because it was the first time she had had a different nurse between me and the night nurse. Does that make sense? I know that she is so much better off, and 100% healthy, but the reality of my job sometimes really sucks... So after a ridiculous week of working and overtime I got a facial!

Last friday I went to Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas, and got a facial. More specific, microdermabrasion. Because this is what was better for my face. Because I have had problems with my face for like ever and ever, and after trying EVERYTHING, this was something different. When I tell you it was like heaven, it was like heaven. I could get one every week. I think that you're only supposed to get it done every 4-6 weeks, which I supposed I can wait 4 weeks to get it done again. OMG amazing!!!! I think it worked. I will definitely have to get it done again, the best results are yielded after 2-3 treatments. It was so relaxing, and just what I needed after a rough 7 days. I will be working overtime like a crazy person so that I may get another one before we come back to florida for vacation in October. Because for as much as this facial cost me, the lady ought to have been rubbing gold on my face... but totes worth it!

As for my running. I have a max of 7 miles. Woo go me! BUT I ran outside yesterday with a friend from work in Stamford, CT. It was a 6 mile loop. Holy cow. The first mile, yeah thats right people the first mile was like straight uphill, no flat running. My legs and stomach were screaming all kinds of obscenities at me, and I just kept thinking, that was only one mile, we still have 5 more to go!! Needless to say, this outside run was just short of a disaster. When we finally made it to mile 3 part of me was like whew halfway there, and the other part was !@#$% we're only halfway there!! How will I ever make it to 13.1 miles without wanting to kill myself!? My legs were dying, I was pretty sure I was going to throw up, and I just wanted to sit down on the curb and curl up and die. We had to take a few walk breaks, but finally made it home, and the good news - I didn't die! It was a very rude awakening, I have got to run outside more, so I got up this morning and just ran a short 2.5 miler through White Plains. Talk about sketchy characters at 730 in the morning. But it went much better then that 6 miles yesterday. After today, none of us will ever talk about the embarrassing 6 miler that almost kind of didn't happen. I must be more diligent. 

This was my August and beginning of September - you'll rest much easier now that you're updated. If I know one thing about myself, I am consistently inconsistent. So maybe we'll meet in October... Kidding! I'm running the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure next weekend in Central Park! I'm pretty excited! I'll be sure to let you know how it goes!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

June vacation... finally

I'll just let the pictures tell you what we did.. since I'm just now posting 2 months later...

We stopped in Mississippi to see the Brown's where we had to visit a casino... of course. 

We took Ashley and Lily to see Toy Story 3 at the Rave. Uncle Luke actually bought popcorn and drinks for everybody.

Home sweet home

Buddha belly at the beach!

20 oz steaks

The Red Bar - yum yum!

Tar balls =( But that didn't ruin the fun!

Katie and Bobby at the beach

Mellow Mushroom

Baby shower for Wyatt

Kristen and me! She's getting married next year, finally!!

Beaux and Belle are so big now!!

Fat Louie, my first cat love.. sorry doogs. 

Christmas card pic

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

When life gets busy...

and I work 11 out of 13 days in a row, and I'm trying to run... I don't blog. Sorry. I'm not creative, or funny when I'm exhausted, and I don't want to waste your time with boring tidbits of my life that don't consist of anything exciting... Tomorrow I am finally going to meet my nephew! I can't wait to get my hands on that little turkey and squeeze him. Maybe I'll blog about this trip to Florida.. but please don't hold your breath because I've never actually had to put my CPR to use and I'm just not sure how good I'd be. I'm working days the month of August so hopefully I won't be so exhausted all the time and I'll have more time to talk to y'all... but for now I'll leave you with a couple of pictures!

He works very hard all day long... he deserves to rest

stretch...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

QT with friends, chick fil a, and Ikea!

Yesterday started out with my eye swollen shut, a 4 mile run (woo go me!), target, a starbucks run, and ruining a friends hair. Good times my friends, good times. Lucky for my eye and Lauren's hair we had a fun filled grown up field trip planned to Jersey! I know everyone comes to New York, to hit up the Big Apple, and everyone thinks that Manhattan is so great, and that it has everything. Well dear, faithful blog readers of mine, I am here to tell you that the great NYC does not offer everything you could ever want and need. Paramus, NJ does! Paramus has just about everything that NY is missing - mainly a chick - fil - a! Which I mean really, what more could you want? After a delicious lunch we went to ---



Ikea!!! Oh my gosh - what potential to spend a TON of money!! I have never been to Ikea, for which I am sure the hubs is glad. There is something for every nook and cranny of your house! Sadly they did not have the curtains that I was really planning on getting, but I think I'll just order them online. I was feeling lost, and slightly overwhelmed. This is a store for the organized soul, and my soul is not organized. At all. It wishes it was, I wanted to buy all kinds of things to help me get organized, which is how my mind works - if that is designed to help organize me then it has to work. 


I believe they were expecting a lot of people, but lucky for us, and weather permitting, people stayed at home! So all these carts were ours for the taking! We only took the one..



People come from all over to visit Ikea - like this guy. Even though I'm pretty sure there might be one closer..


Our loot. I did pretty good. It could've been a lot worse. If I had a creative bone in my body I could have done a whole lot of damage and filled the entire back of Lauren's car. PS see Lauren? See her hair? That's my artwork! That she had to go get fixed.. woops. Sorry!!


No, no Ikea, thank YOU for letting me visit. As the governator Schwarzenegger would say "I will be back"

Monday, July 12, 2010

Honey, coconut water, and smelly feet

In our attempt to be healthier and eat all things good for you, you know, like McDonalds and Starbucks... No but really, we bought raw honey, because it has all kinds of healing powers and I decided to try coconut water. I don't know about south of the mason dixon, but here in the northeast it is all the rage. It is supposed to be better for you then any kind of sports drink or just plain water itself because of the electrolyte replacement it can provide without all the sugar of a sports drink, like that gatorade stuff. The point of this is, the honey smells like dirty feet, so I have yet to taste it. I'm waiting on the hubs to try it first. And as for the coconut water, it tastes like I would imagine a dirty, smelly foot would taste. I've never actually tried a smelly foot, but seeing as how I could wake the dead and they'd crawl right back in the grave with the smell of my feet, I think that I'm a pretty good judge of how smelly feet might taste if one were going to taste it. So that's my review of the vitacoco coconut water. Don't worry they didn't pay me for that. I'll be back with a review of the honey. 


In other news, I have a celebration of a milestone! I started running April 13 and could barely make it a mile without huffing and puffing into a paper bag and wanting a donut or icecream to make myself feel better for not being able to run a mile. Today I can run 5 miles, and it's only going to get higher from here. But also, if you look on the side, you can follow my mileage, and in 3 months I have tallied up 103 miles! Woo, now for myself thats no small potatoes. I'm pretty proud of myself. I think in celebration I am going to get the Garmin forerunner 305 GPS watch so that I can make the transition into the great outdoors and track my mileage and such. Also, to justify this purchase, it will be a late anniversary gift from the hubs, since he didn't get me anything, not even a card! But that's a different story for a different day. Don't worry about me too much, I didn't get him anything either, but I did at least get him a card...


And for a complete 180 - Doogie is transitioning nicely into our home, he does let us hold him for very, very short periods of forced time, and he will sit next to us on the couch. He doesn't ever jump on the bed though, which I guess could be a good thing. He is also the pickiest eater, he doesn't like anything, and believe me we've tried everything! He'll eat his dry food and that's it. I also think that he likes me best... 




Just sayin'. 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Confessions

Remember my July 1 post? About eating non-processed foods for the entire month of July!? Well I made it four days! That's a start right? Well then I had McDonalds, and then I went to the Diner after work and ate french toast. It was sooo good! I couldn't help it, I gave in to peer pressure. Besides, I can't tell you the hankering for junk food that you get in the middle of the night, it's a wonder I don't eat more junk food then I do! You're just tired and I just can't explain the feeling of eating McDonalds fries at 1am and how it gets you through the rest of night. Just one of the unexplainable ways of the world. It's a little bit like trying to explain Bigfoot and the lochness monster, you just can't. 

While I'm on the topic of confessions, I have an expensive habit. I love a skinny cafe vanilla frappuccino with an extra shot of espresso. They are so good. I love them, and they get me through the night. It is also a million gazillion degrees outside here in New York (I thought I moved away from Florida) and the thought of drinking hot coffee makes me sick to my stomach. So what's a girl to do? Drink a nice, cold frappuccino right? That's what I thought.  

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Doogie

We have a cat. On friday as my sister lay in a hospital bed getting ready to push a baby out of her, and I'm a thousand miles away crying my eyes out ALL day long, Luke and I decided to go to the pound to look for a kitten. I didn't really want to leave the house, after all, I was having a pity party for myself, by myself. But if looking for a kitten couldn't help me, then it was going to be a long night. Now I had a very clear picture in my mind of the kitten that I wanted, and they didn't have it. Then they took us upstairs, to the infirmary where no one is allowed, but I guess Luke and I looked promising for a good home for one of their many cats. So up we went, to see Doogie. A long haired black and white cat who had been left outside the shelter in his crate with all his food. They knew we'd like him. Well he was so cute, but we had to wait for him to be checked out by the vet before we could take him. Now I won't lie to you, I did get distracted by some really cute kittens, that I was in love with and really wanted! BUT a kitten would have been an arm and a leg, and we only have a few fingers and toes to spare around here. The shelter was also offering cats over 3 years for free. That kind of helped our decision. He's also real fat, and real cute.


He's a little wary of us right now. Still checking things out. We also don't have a lot of hiding spaces for him, so he has to be around us all the time. So we're forcing him to get used to us. I think he's coming along nicely... 

So as my sister took her son home, and gets used to life as a new mom. Luke and I have welcomed our new adopted "son" and the first animal that we're both responsible for on our own, to our little home. We're also getting used life as new parents. next on our list - a puppy!! I think Doogie and Lola will be best friends!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Wyatt Morgan

Last night I became an aunt to a little boy, Wyatt Morgan Brunson. He came in at 6lbs 11oz, screaming his head off. You might ask how I know this, being a thousand miles and all, but I got a phone call and was able to listen to him cry along with everyone else that was outside the door. I've never felt the want to leave New York and move home in hot minute like I did last night. I do hate missing things, and the birth of my sister's son is kind of a big one to miss. He is a cutie though, and I'm so glad that there were family and friends giving me a minute to minute update on what was happening while I was taking care of other little babies. I will say I cuddled a little with a little 3lb peanut to make myself feel better about not being able to cuddle with my little turkey of a nephew. So welcome to the world Wyatt, your auntie Eliza can't wait to meet you!!


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Healthy eating

The hubs and I are embarking on a new journey for us this month of July - drum roll... we are going to try and eat NO processed foods! This means no more hot dogs, doritoes, cheetos, maccaroni and cheese, and all the other good stuff that we love to eat! That is our goal for the month. If we can make it happen for a month, who's to say we can't make this a permanent change. I don't know if I'm going to be able to give up Mario's buffalo chicken pizza, but if I get wheat crust then it's good for me right!? Yeah, I thought so. Baby steps people. 
I will be sure to keep y'all updated on how we're doing. The hubs will be eating salads galore in the weeks to come! I am doing some research on what we should eat, and the easiest piece of advice I found is when you read the ingredients, if you can't pronounce what's in it, don't eat it! That's pretty easy, so we went through the fridge and cabinet and threw away all the foods that are processed or we can't pronounce what's in it. It was kind of liberating. I've also never enjoyed grocery shopping so much. It's like a new project. I kind of like projects... I don't usually finish them though. But I must remember that my body is not my own, it houses the holy spirit and was bought with a price. I have to take care of what God gave me, right!? I hope He likes buffalo chicken...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Home sweet home

Two whole weeks! I just caught up on two weeks worth of DVR-ed shows... OMG I don't even know where to start! maybe I'll just start with bullets, I won't even attempt to hit on our trip home, that will take a whole other post! Maybe in the same week! I know you won't even know what to do with yourself!
Real Housewives of New York City - I don't even get Kelly. At all. Sometimes she talks and I just can't even listen! Why do I even watch this trash? She just talks and talks and talks and nothing coming out of her mouth makes any sense what so ever! I just don't get it, it has to be staged, no one can really be that stupid. Well lucky for Luke that show is over!
The Bachelorette - I know I'm so behind BUT I'm pretty sure that ABC read my blog, because a certain girl's hair is starting to look a little better. It actually looks like Ali is brushing her hair. Can we talk about Kasey - how weird is he? Their date in NYC was so awkward, that whole "here's my heart, jump in and stay a while" - how creepy. And the tattoo, that was a bit drastic. If I have to hear one more time how he wants to "protect and guard her heart" I think I'll throw something at the TV and that might just make the hubs a little angry. So was I glad when Kasey was left all alone on a big block of ice in Iceland, yes I was. I do happen to be team Roberto and team Kirk, oh yeah and team Chris L. I would be team Frank, but I've heard the spoilers about an ex-girlfriend and wanting to leave the show but the producers wouldn't let him leave so I know there's no hope down that alley (no pun intended). This weeks Turkey episode - how dramatic. Does no one remember Wes?? Of course the ABC producers are going to keep reproducing this scenario. And then to quote Frank, and he's going to turn out looking like a bad guy too. No wonder Jake and Vienna didn't last, this show is for suckers like me. It worked for Trista and Ryan. I just noticed how they make the guys put tape over their hats  to cover what brand it is. Just a little tidbit.
Real Housewives of New Jersey - Dina left... and my DVR didn't record it, so I have no idea why. I'll just have to keep a watch. I've had some issues with the DVR not recording all my shows. Not the end of the world I'm sure, but I feel so behind.Who is Danielle? I guess all these shows have to have a crazy, and she's the crazy here. In my semester of psychology, I saw a lot of crazies, and I think that I have enough knowledge to diagnose this lady with paranoia. She's paranoid, thinking everyone is out to get her. I had a patient like her at Chattahoochee. AND she said herself that no one says hello to a psychopath... so she knows she's crazy! I think they have mental institutions in New Jersey, I think someone needs to check herself in.
Pretty Little Liars - a new show on ABC family that I've added to my summer shows. It comes on at the same time Glee used to, so it's my replacement. They talked about To Kill A Mockingbird last night, I don't remember anything about that book. I know that I read it in high school, but I can't remember anything about it. I think I liked it. I probably won't be rereading again anytime soon. I think its for highschoolers, so I guess it's kind of right up my alley. It's about four teenage girls whose best friend died, but she's still sending them text messages from the grave. It's all a mystery drama. Now I'm hooked. Sometimes I wonder how shows like this make it past a season, so we'll have to see.
Oh yeah and I know that I'm one of those Twilight people that you think I went and saw the midnight showing, well I didn't because I was working! And I also know that every other middle schooler, and high schooler is going to be there too, and I don't have time for little squealers. So I'll be waiting a couple of weeks before going to see that!
Two days of TV watching, and I'm all caught up!
All my posts are about TV.. I promise to try to add more substance to this blog... I do promise that there's more to me then/than (I need a grammar lesson) the TV that I watch. I sleep a lot too!!!!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The End

Tonight was the season finale of Glee... I may or may not have cried, and it may or may not have been more or less upsetting then when I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and I felt like a part of my life was over. Yes, it was that serious. I may or may not have cried every other time I've read it, in hopes that it just keeps going and doesn't end... I may continue to watch season 1 of Glee until season 2 starts so that I don't feel abandoned by Mr. Shu and Sue Sylvester all summer long. 

Before I start with my recap - I have a funny story to share with you all. I am usually pretty good with my money, much to the dismay of my family members. Can I stretch a dollar? No, not really. But, I am good about just wanting one thing, that thing might cost a little bit of money, but when I only want one thing that costs a little bit of money I don't see the problem. My sister and mom on the other hand can buy a whole lot of things for the amount of money I would spend on one. To-may-to, to-ma-to right? Well, I went shopping before Kiley's wedding with a dear friend that I have made here in White Plains, and to say the least, we are toxic shopping partners for each other, because we both have Grover Cleveland taste on an Andrew Jackson budget. So, I just wanted something nice for my best friends wedding, I don't really get dressed up anymore, nor do I really fit into any of my clothes (thanks to being married...) so I just needed a few things. Well friday comes and goes, the weekend passes, and then Tuesday the hubs decides to check the credit card statement... I get a text at 2am while at work asking if I've been to The Limited, Ann Taylor Loft, Barnes and Noble, Sephora, the nail place and what is Tropical Lights and have I been there, because if not then our credit card has been stolen!! Hmm.. this could've gone awry in a hurry - but luckily I eased his anxiety and let him know that it was just me. So needless to say I am unfortunately on a shopping hiatus - but only until Florida! I worked a Memorial Day right!? 

While I'm off the topic of Glee for a moment, and we're talking about our upcoming vacation to Florida - can I just talk about how much I am looking forward to Chick-fil-a!! Like I can barely contain myself... When I was in Dallas last week, that is all I wanted and of course on a wedding weekend, every meal is planned and I felt as if I was going to miss out on my one chance to eat a delicious chicken sandwich with chick-fil-a sauce and waffle fries and I could feel the world crumbling around me..  Everyone thought I was nuts, but for reals people, you don't realize what you have until you just don't have it anymore. Well I thought that my ship had sailed but lo and behold in the south where there's a Target, there's a chick-fil-a, and being the good friend that I am and totally not thinking of myself and my needs, I got chicken biscuits for everyone! Wasn't that sweet of me!? We won't talk about how many I may or may not have eaten... But stop number one when we get home - chicken sandwiches for all!!

Back to Glee... the reason for this post -
As if I couldn't love this show even more, they do a Journey tribute for regionals and I love nothing more than a good fist pumping Journey song - oh that just put me over the edge. Let's just take a moment... So good. I can't say anything else about it. For a while there I thought we might see that Sue Sylvester really does have a heart - I don't know if I'm happy or disappointed about this!? Her heartlessness really makes the show. It just does. And just when you thought she went all sappy she returns to her old self with the "I'll throw up in your mouth" comment. And all was right in the Glee world again. I don't want to talk about it too much because I don't want to give anything away, because you can watch the whole season from the beginning starting on thursday night at 8pm all summer long. I know that you all are going to jump on this bandwagon. The singing makes this show - I can beat this topic like a dead horse because they really are just that good. Sooo watch it!

In the aftermath of Glee and my depressed state that it's over for the summer - I watched the Bachelorette. Can we talk about Ali's hair?? It's so bad, it kind of looks like she never washes it - I mean I get that, I've gone a few days without washing my hair, but I'm not trying to find a husband... on national television... I mean she just needs a good wash, blow dry, and a brush perhaps? A good comb? A little tease? I don't know, I'm not a professional hair stylist but I'm pretty sure ABC could sell her look a little better - the blonde california beach girl look just isn't for everyone. Also, I am totally team Roberto and team Kirk. How cute are they!? I am really trying to stay away from websites with spoilers because the whole point of the show is the element of surprise at the end right? Right! Even though I watched the bachelor all season and then walked into the breakroom the night of the season finale and saw him on the after the rose show with Vienna. That ruined that... I don't know why I watch these shows, they're so staged and fake. And boys are not supposed to be dramatic and they are worse then a bunch of high school girls! And high school girls are brutal - I know this because I was a high school girl once upon a time. I was totally one of the nicer ones though, friends with everybody, because that's just how I roll. 

I could go on and on about the TV that I watch, but I must go run, I know you're wondering how my training is going... I ran 3.6 miles last night - which is the most to date. I'm really proud of myself. You can be too. 

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Getting a little lazy

I have been and am probably going to be a bad blogger.. until July.  Because y'all June doesn't even exist in my mind - I work 7 out of 9 days, then we'll be in Florida until the end of the June, then I work fourth of July - so middle of July seems to be the time to look forward to!! Don't get me wrong I am looking forward to family time in Florida but I might just need a vacation from our vacation when this is all over! I get exhausted just thinking about all the go go going we will be doing! But considering I'm going to be visiting and seeing the only people that read this, it's really not such a huge deal.


Real life summer, isn't really summer at all! I miss counting down the days left of school until I could do absolutely nothing but read a good book at the beach! Now I miss whole entire days! The hubs and I talked over our schedules until we leave, and decided that we'll just meet each other at the White Plains airport June 16 ready to go to Florida. I really hope that the oil waits to hit the beaches until I can get there!! It's been a whole year and I just want a chance to see it the way I remember it!


I am also looking forward to seeing the sister, and her little buddha belly, which I've heard isn't so little anymore. But I can't wait to introduce myself to the little guy. I know he's not here yet, but he can still hear me! And I can't wait to be silly, and slightly inappropriate with my favorite sister! Because if you can't be a little inappropriate with your sister, then who can you act like that with!? Good times are waiting to be had people!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

One year down...

And hopefully many more to come! Today the hubs and I have been married for one whole entire year!! It has absolutely FLOWN by!! And yet our wedding also feels like it was ages ago! So much has changed for us this year, and all for the better!
We started out our lives together in a studio apartment, with no air conditioning, a block away from government housing... fun! Right!? For a little while anyway. We have now moved to a one bedroom, with air conditioning (Praise the baby Jesus cause it gets h-o-t here!!), and a one minute walk to my two favorite places! Target and Barnes & Noble! My, how the times are a changing for us!

I spent the end of the week at Kiley's wedding -


Nothing like celebrating someone else's new love to make you feel all giddy and in love yourself! I know we've only been married a year, but we've been together for over 8 - longer than most marriages last these days... that's saying something right!? I think so!

So, Happy Anniversary to my dear!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hazards of the NICU

So, I've been on my own for a while now at work. No one to report to, no one coming behind me and making sure I'm doing everything. Which in a sense has been a welcoming breath of fresh air. After six months you reach the point where you either know it or you don't and they just have to let you take off your swimmies and you're either going to sink or swim in this job. So far, so good - I must say in the metaphorical sense, that I am a fairly good swimmer - sure every now and again I start to sink a little bit and forget to come up for air, but then I quickly remember and doggy paddle my little heart out to make up for it, and all is right in the infant world again. Well last night was my first real 'oh shenanigans' moment - I use shenanigans merely as a censored word because there's really no other way to describe the sinking feeling that comes over you when something unplanned happens to your patient who happens to be a 32 week old preemie. Everything in you drops, and all you think is 'oh shenanigans' and you stop thinking, you just start doing. Now the way I've described this so far you must be thinking what did she do - drop a baby!? No, I didn't. As a disclaimer, the baby is fine, I've been calling to check on her all day. If you have a weak stomach, just scroll over and avoid the picture....

This is a peripheral intravenous (PIV) infiltrate - we use PIV's to give TPN (nutrition), blood, antibiotics, and a number of other things. My little patient was getting TPN and lipids through her PIV - both of which are caustic to surrounding tissue when the IV for whatever reason is no longer in the vein. And the following can happen - 


My baby's IV infiltrated. At 6am. It happens, as often as you check the site it just happens. Lucky for me, I caught it (later then I would have liked) and stopped the fluids, got the nurse practitioner, gave a few injections of hydase (it helps the body absorb medications), got another IV, restarted fluids, all with the help of a really good roommate (couldn't have done it without her, she actually did more than me while I just tried to keep it together praying please don't let them fire me, please don't let them fire me), and all the while with the charge nurse, both nurse managers, the nurse educator, nurse practitioner, the fellow, and respiratory therapist at the bedside. Nothing like an audience when all hell breaks loose at the end of your shift. Good times my friends, good times. I then finished my shift, gave report, and went and had a nice little chat with my nurse manager and nurse educator. Even better times my friends, even better. It was a good chat, they reassured me that I am a doing a fabulous job and that I am a great nurse, and lo and behold this does happen to everyone (nurses that is) and it could've been and has been so much worse in other instances. It didn't do much to make me feel any better, and I just cried and cried, and they knew there wasn't a whole lot they could do to make me feel any better, and I knew they couldn't do a whole lot to make me feel any better. So with a supportive we're here for you and you can only grow and get better from this experience - I left work to come home and crash. I called tonight, and luckily it is looking much better and the baby is fine and the parents are fine. Sadly I personally can't always be perfect and I'm pretty sure that I will never forget this experience and as much as I shudder at the "you can only grow and get better from this experience", it's true, and I can only move forward and hope to be that much better of a nurse in the future and hope and pray that it doesn't happen again - anytime soon anyway. And it's nothing that a nice couple of days off and some retail therapy can't cure!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Friend!!

I am headed to Chicago this weekend - the windy city. I've never been to Chicago. I'm pretty excited. I am going for my friends wedding. I say my friend, because that is what I call her. She is my friend! We have known each other for a very long time - way way back to the good ol' days at valastics gymnastics. 

Try to find us.

She was a much much better gymnast than I, but that's okay I still liked her, and we're still friends despite this. 

We cheered together in high school

 

Did many a photo shoot, because I mean look at us - obviously America's next top model..



Road tripped to Island's of Adventure our freshman year of college - I'm pretty sure that my dad has no idea I went. I mean it could've been worse... we're so rebellious two wild and crazy kids sneaking down to Orlando to ride roller coasters and find our inner Thing 1 and Thing 2 - watch out America!


Baked many a Christmas cookie... Ate many a Christmas cookie....
And obviously watched Dr. Phil and Oprah



Gone to some sweet shindigs together



And I was lucky enough to have her by my side when I married my other "friend" because I mean that's really all the hubs and I are. "Just friends"...



I now get to stand next to her as she gets married to her boy!

We've been through new relationships, break ups, middle school, high school, college, cheerleading, all nighters, failed tests, passed tests, chem 2 lab reports, caffeine overloads (I blame my addiction on her!!), nursing school, first jobs, and now marriages!! 
Friend - we're waiting to add babies to this list... k? great. Love you!

PS - can we talk about Glee AGAIN this week?? Ahh I love it!! and it is appropriate in this post because Brittany is the one that introduced to this show. I watched the season pilot at her house and I was hooked. Okay so this week I missed Sue Sylvester, she wasn't around very much. BUT the duet between Mr. Shu and Neil Patrick Harris was AMAZING!! Dream on! And Idina Menzel (from Wicked!!) and Rachel Berry's I Dreamed a Dream...Susan Boyle who? And Artie's Dream a little dream of me... broke my heart! The cast of this show is ridiculous! I don't know how many times I can say it! Have I convinced you to start watching yet?