Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bonus points for not passing out!!!

Friday was my turn in the OR. We were to sit in and observe as many surgeries as we could between 0630 and 1200. I was super excited, but also nervous. I was the first in our group to go, and had NO IDEA what I was doing!

I check in, change into scrubs, make my way through the surgical staff's lounge, up the stairs, don my booties, cap and jacket and step through the doors. Crap. Which way do I turn? I decide left.

I find the nurse's station.

"Good morning," says Overly Chipper nurse.
"Morning, um, I'm your student nurse for this morning."
"We're getting a student today? Hey, Cathy! Did you know we were getting a student today?"
"Nope."

Great.

Overly Chipper Nurse calls someone to verify that they are allowing a student in today. Phone Nurse says "Sure, give her something fun to watch."

After checking with the other RNs around, they find out something "cool" is going on behind curtain number 3.

They shove me behind said curtain, where I find an elderly man lying on a gurney, PreOp Nurse and the anesthesiologist. PreOp nurse starts explaining to me what's going on with Mr. Smith, and before she gets 2 sentences out, the curtain is flung open, and I'm pushed aside for the Almighty Surgeon. I cower in the corner, as quiet as a mouse (which is difficult for me to do).

Almighty Surgeon leaves and Gas Doc and PreOp Nurse resume procedure. They were doing a total block of the right arm. If I could remember the name of the procedure, I'd tell you, but in a nutshell, they were poking in his neck with a long needle trying to find the right nerve to deaden. The cool thing is that the needle was attached to not only a syringe, but also an electrode device. When they hit a nerve, the muscles twitched and jumped! Neat! Once they found the right nerve and administered the anesthetic, they tell me that Mr. Smith is having a total shoulder replacement. I'm super excited!

Guy Nurse and Mother Hen Nurse hurry inside the curtained area, say hello to Mr. Smith, acknowledge my existence and tell me that they are the OR nurses for Mr. Smith.

"When are we going in to the OR?" I ask.
"Now."

And out they flew with the patient babbling about whiskey, and with me scrambling to keep up.

I imagined that before the surgeon comes in the team is pretty quick and gets everything set up. I way underestimated their speed. In under 5 min (yes, I was timing it), they had the patient under, strapped to the beach chair, covered under piles of blankets and were back to chatting amongst themselves.

20 minutes later, Amazing Surgeon bounces through the door. First thing he does? Plugs in the iPod and turns it up. In 7 minutes, the team finished positioning Mr. Smith, scrubbed in, created the sterile field, covered the arm in surgi-skin and were making the first slice. I was in total awe!

It was absolutely amazing to watch the surgery! I did not get grossed out at all, and was actually a little giddy about the whole thing!

They let me play with the head of the humerus, taught me how to quickly sterilize instruments, and the medical reps gave me a quick run down of where and how everything was being attached!

After 4 hours, Mr. Smith was sewn back up. Amazing Surgeon came over to me.

"So, let me guess, you're gonna switch majors now?"
"No! I loved this! Thank you for letting me tag along and watch!"

Then he invited me to come watch his next surgery! But alas, my time was limited and I needed to see Mr. Smith through to the PACU.

Lessons Learned:
1. I belong in the OR.
2. If its head is covered, I forget its human.
3. Amazing Surgeon and I have the same taste in music.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Obstacles in Studying


She really makes it hard to keep studying...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Getting back into the swing of it all...

I've had 3 of my 5 classes so far, and this is going to be an interesting semester. I start my med-surg clinicals on Friday at OverInflated Ego Hospital. The part I am looking forward to the most is we found out today we will be able to observe a surgery this semester! I am super excited about that! Seeing as I am considering nurse anesthetists as a career option, it'll be nice to know up front if I can't handle surgery!

I've got quite the course load this time around (17 credit hours! ugh!), but oddly, I seem to have more free time.... that doesn't seem right!

I only know one girl in my classes, but I'm sure to become tight with the rest of them! I'm really proud to know that out of the 200 or so of us that started this process 2 years ago, I am one of the 50 left! Not everyone failed out, some chose to leave the major voluntarily, but still, I'm really proud of myself and I hope to keep doing well!

Today's lecture in Med-Surg was on fluids, and how important it is to understand everything you can about them. My head hurt so much after class! I get easily confused between which fluid (hyper-, hypo-, or isotonic) to use with which situation (hypo-, hyper-, isoomalality). It's kinda backwards, and I felt like I didn't know anything in class. Fortunately, most people didn't know it either, so at least I'm not the only moron here! Any helpful webpages or resources you've got would be insanely appreciated!

The beauty of being at the start of the Junior level in the fall is that we get to give flu shots! I'm apprehensive about IM injections, but I'm sure I'll get over it.

For now, I'm going to kick back, ignore some readings and just watch the good ol' boob tube. :)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

I'm baaaaack!!

Hello! Living up to my name, I've been M.I.A. from the blogging world this summer. After 3 straight years of school, and an insanely intense last semester, I took a break from all this nursing and school related. I worked in an office over the summer and did not take summer school. But now I'm back!

While the semester officially starts tomorrow, us Nursing Gals had a drug calculations test this past Friday. I'm happy to say, I easily passed it!

We haven't been given much in the way of homework over the summer, which was nice. I actually had a fantastic summer because of it! I've been to baseball games, some amazing concerts (Billy Joel & Elton John, Nickleback, Hinder, Papa Roach as the highlights), got to spend a week with my whole family in town (and had my nephews help me blow out the candles on my birthday cake!) and spend some much needed quality time with The Boy. He's been so supportive of my education and dreams, and he never complains that my schoolwork forces him to be put on the back burner often. I'm really glad that I could spend this time with him before heading back in for another year of crazy!

It's starting to feel like autum here in the midwest. This week was the first week with 50s at night and that crisp feel is in the air. I'm in absolute heaven!

I'm really excited to start this semester and get back in the swing of it. I start clinicals immediately, and have been told that the unit I'm on is the orthopedic unit. I'm not really sure what to expect, but I'll find out Friday.

Now, if you'll excuse me.... I have to stop my cat from eating the donuts... He really likes them.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

I'm seriously about to cry!

So, I've been passing all of my classes with no problems, save one: Pathophysiology. I have been doing absolutely miserable in that class; in fact, failing it. Our last test was yesterday, and the final is on Monday. My prof told me that I needed and 84% on both the last test and the final to pass the class. That seemed pretty daunting, considering my highest grade so far was a 79%.

I was pretty nervous, but knew that I would do well on the last test, it covers two of my favorite areas: GI and reproductive. I know these systems so well, even before we started covering these sections. I studied my butt off, and I went in to take the test. I got there at 0630 and sat in my car for an hour studying the material again, and met with some classmates from 0730 to 0800, again studying. After I took the test, I was not sure. I knew I didn't fail it, and I really felt like I aced it. But I didn't want to say anything for fear of jinxing myself! All last night I was second guessing myself, I even dreamed that I got a 16% on the test!

The results are in! (drumroll please...) 95%!!!!!! Which means I am going into my final actually passing the class!!

I soooo happy!

Everyone light a candle and pray for me on Monday morning!! That's when the patho final is!

Ok, back to studying now!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

ugh...

With 7 days of the semester left, I'm seriously dying.

I am no longer able to spell normal, non-medical words; I no longer have a spine that will stay in an upright, erect position; I'm starting to fall asleep sitting up; my shoulders "crunch" when I move them; I managed to wake up at 0600 today and not have a single bite to eat until 1700; and I've had a perma-headache for 1 month straight.

Am I a nurse yet?? Please??

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Update!

I know it's been a while so here's a brief synopsis of what's happened lately:
We moved into our new apartment, and we love it here! It's a great little apartment community in the middle of nowhere and it's so quiet and our neighbors are all around our age too!

My classes are slowing down, but clinicals are picking up! I've only got 2 weeks left until finals, and I cannot wait! I seriously need a break!

My patient this week was a very sweet old man who was in an amazing amount of pain (gangrene on R foot and osteomyelitis) and I felt awful for him! I've never had a patient that was in that much pain before (and he kept refusing pain meds), so I was pretty nervous. I actually felt like I didn't know what I was doing! My nurse said that I was doing everything well, but I don't know...

I kept forgetting to do part of my assessment, and I lost track of the order I was going in, and I kept having to go back in to him. At least this week my patient actually needed me. I was forgetting the simple things and that's what was bothering me. The main thing that I kept forgetting was to put on gloves! He was in contact isolation because he has MRSA and I kept forgetting that! I'm not terribly worried, he was on vancomycin IVPB for 3 days already. But still... My instructor didn't say anything to me, which is a good thing because she WILL let you know if there is something you need to work on. She actually pretty much leaves me alone on clinicals, and will just pop her head in maybe twice and say "are you doing ok?" I assume that's a good sign that she trusts me, now if only I could trust myself...

But for now, I'm going to enjoy the first day of 70+ degree weather since October. I'm actually sitting outside on my balcony typing this, feeling like quite the yuppie!

And careplans were created by the devil. My first one took me about 15 hours to do! Ugh... I should probably start on the one for this week soon...

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

My Patient Survived! Huzzah!!

I finally got a patient this week!

At the start of our day, the instructor, Nurse D., took us to the nurses station to start gathering info on our patients. She noticed my patient had the physician in with him and she told me to go stand by the door and listen. The nurse that was in with my patient noticed me and asked if I was assigned to this room. The Doc peeked his head from around the curtain and said "Ah! A student! Come in! Come in!" The Doc was my patient's surgeon and was changing the whole trach set up on my pt. The first thing I noticed was a HUGE surgical incision extending from the trach up to the left ear. Then I focused back to what the Doc was doing... As he was teaching all of us what the extra strings were for I was mentally preparing myself to see an open trach. I've never seen what it looks like without a trach in it! Ya know what? It looks like a wad of Bazooka Joe bubblegum! Very pink and fleshy, but no blood or drainage. I spent the next 20 minutes or so with my pt teaching him how to take care of his trach, and how to plug it off if so desired.

The only problem was, the doc gave him the okay to go home. When I told Nurse D, she said "no, they haven't ordered to d/c the foley yet." I knew that the urologist was on his way in to see the patient but I didn't tell her that.

I tried to get as much of my assessment done as possible, but since they were working on discharging, every time I turned around, another Doc was in checking him out... I was doing the best I could, and I finally got an opening to do the abdominal assessment! I ran in and when I exposed his abdomen, I found a very large dressing covering 70% of the abdomen. I went back to the chart... As far as I knew, the pt had CA of the tongue with metatstasis to the neck, had the mass and lymph nodes removed and a trach put in. I was TOTALLY confused by the dressing on the abd!

I soon was able to decipher the heiroglyphics of the docs handwriting and learned they also put in a PEG tube for later use during chemo. I thought "cool! I can change the dressing!" Wrong! It was still the original surgical dressing, the Doc hadn't changed it yet... So, that screwed up my whole abdominal assessment too...

Nurse D came up to me and told me that my pt was in fact going home, and his nurse was going to let me pull the foley! I was oddly excited! Yes! I get to do something!!!

Nope, wrong again. The urologist decided to send him home with the foley and have the home nurse take it out the next day.

I did however get to do some teaching, and help him get ready to go home, which was nice! But I hope that next time I get a patient who is going to stay put. Nurse D said she'll give me "a challenge" next time.

On the upside, I am getting pretty good at reading charts and the lab results... only because that's what I spent most of my day doing...

Now it's off to write the care plan... yipee.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

One Crazy Week!

Let's back track...

My first clinical was interesting. We didn't get a patient yet, but we did take a tour of the unit (I'm in a basic Med-Surg unit) and learn how to use the computers, yadda yadda yadda... And let me just say, white pants at 530 am is NOT a good look for me.

This week though, we get patients! Woohoo!!

We finished moving today (thank Jebus!) and I absolutely crashed! I almost never take naps, but I passed out for 2 hours on the couch as soon as we got home. The cats are almost totally adjusted to the new place, the little one is still a bit freaked out, but only because this was his very first move... the fat one has moved several times, and she's used to it. They have so much more room to run and hide and the little one is encountering stairs for the first time!

Tomorrow is my last exam in foundations of clinicals until my final in May, and no more lecture for that class either!

I'm really dreading doing our first assessment/care plan this week! We are starting to do them now and the last one is the one that will be graded, so I understand why we are practicing, but still... a 15 page report after our very first patient?! We haven't even learned anything about lab reports and you want us to post the pts results, what that lab tests for and what the pts levels could signify?! Not to mention that that we need to list all the meds and what each is for even though we don't take pharm until next semester... ugh.

I never realized how much of nursing school is self study... silly me!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Warp speed Mr. Sulu...

As the semester is starting to come to an end (finals in 6 weeks!), things are really picking up the pace! I have a test every week, at least once a week, from here on out. I am passing all my classes (although one is just barely...oops!), and I'm not terribly worried about finals. I'm sad to say that a couple girls have already failed at least one and possible two classes and are going to be behind by a semester, and that really stinks. They are wonderful girls, with a lot a smarts, but test taking just does not seem to be their forte...

I start my clinicals on Thursday at Ugly O'clock a.m. and I am super excited!

We went to our new apartment today to sign the lease, and we start moving tomorrow! I'm glad we've got a week to move, I do not have the time or the energy to move all in one day!

But I did get some bad news today, a good friend of ours' 4 y/o son has been diagnosed with cancer. I'm not sure what type yet. He had a lump on his nose and they biopsied it and it came back cancerous. It has metastasized to several locations and they are still figuring out the best course of treatment. It just breaks my heart... So please keep them in your thoughts.

Ok, I'm gonna get back to packing, watching The Prez speak, and going over patho notes... I love multitasking...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Worried...

So while I am doing fine in my actual nursing courses, I'm not doing well in Patho... In fact, I'm getting a D. I took another test today in patho and now I am very very worried. I need to pass this class! I don't understand why this is so hard for me! I had little to no problems in A&P, and only minor issues in Micro, but in patho, I'm lost. This test was a confusing one; diseases of the endocrine system and blood disorders, but still... I felt that I knew absolutely nothing when I looked at the test.

Now I'm heading in to take another test, one I feel a bit more confident on... sort of...

I cannot seem to keep information straight lately. There is so much and I'm doing the best that I know how, but in some cases it just is not working for me.

If you have any studying tips or ideas for me, please help!

The worst case scenario: I retake patho over the summer or in the fall. Which isn't a big deal, really.

I'm just ready to go home, crawl under the blankets and hide out until tomorrow.

Monday, March 9, 2009

NEAT!!!

We're finally getting to parts of the physical exam/assessment that I have never done before: bowel sounds! I thought it was going to be just "okay... another sound..." but I am absolutely fascinated with it! We listened to each other's bowel sounds, and then we used the SimMan to hear other sounds that most likely we don't have. And FYI, the bowel sound of diarrhea sounds exactly as diarrhea feels.

I've never palpated an abdomen before and it was slightly odd... As a woman, I try not to poke around at my female friends' stomachs, squishing around any wobbly bits. It just seems rude...

We percussed to measure liver sizes (mine is about 6.5 cm). I am really amazed at how much sound is actually produced by rapping one fingertip onto another finger! I'm getting pretty good at discerning the different tonal qualities and deciphering what organ I'm over.

But I learned a good lesson today; keep your nails short!!! I started percussing and my nail was slicing into my other finger! I wound up using the hammer because my nail was too long! oops!

The scratch test on the stomach to find the liver was just brutal because my partner and I are both insanely ticklish! We gave up after a while.

One more lesson I learned today: cats do not like having their ribs percussed. In fact, they bite when you try to do it.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Time to gat back to reality...

Well, it's my last day of spring break. I'm actually happy to get back to school! I've felt so out of sorts this whole week. I have been so on edge for 2 months straight that I've forgotten how to relax! I know I needed this break though...

I start clinicals is 18 days! Yipee!!

I've got a rather busy two weeks ahead of me; a final exam, 3 more tests, homework, math workshops (on Saturdays, boo!) and my brother coming into town! I just hope I can find time to do everything I want without stretching myself too thin!

Well, I'm going to get back to enjoying my morning cup of coffee and listening to the first thunderstorm of the year!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Much Needed Rest...

I am officially on spring break, and I need it! These last 8 weeks have been kicking my ass but I'm still alive!

In regards to the paper that I complained about; I got a 98.5% on it! I was a little miffed that she took a point off for "using the minimum amount of citations," but I'm sure that no teacher likes to give out 100%, especially on a paper. Nevertheless, that puts me at a 98% for the class, 97.7% actually, heading into the final!

This week, I will be starting to pack, catching up and maybe getting ahead in some of my readings, getting a massage and a hair cut, and in general, laying around. Unless the weather gets better, then I'll be outside playing!

We learned about ostomy and wound care this week, and how to do head exams (I'm still not sure how to see a problem inside someone's nose with all that nose hair), and we're getting ready to start clinicals in 3 weeks! I'm pretty bummed that our first clinical is just an orientation, but our instructor told us she also has a scavenger hunt for her students on the floor to make it a little more fun! I just hope we don't piss off any nurses!

Any advice on clinicals would be greatly appreciated!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

You can take the child out of the arts, but... yadda yadda yadda...

I had to write my first research paper for nursing this week, and you know what? I HATE APA!!! Seriously, I am much more of an artistic style writer, who likes to embellish and use big words that I learned playing Scrabble. I like an evolving thesis, I like taking risks and using rhetoric. I do not like writing a 4 page paper that is nothing but paraphrasing and direct quoting. It's even worse when they give us the sources to use and tell us we cannot use other sources.

I get that they are trying to teach us how to use APA, but are they trying to OD on badly written, student research papers? (which by the way, I'm not sure you can call it research if you gave us the topic, articles and did the research for us!)

But I digress... I did the paper, quite well actually, and in APA format, while gently weeping about how much I miss MLA...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Not much to do with nursing....

I take voice lessons during the week to help me relieve the stress and today was an excellent one! We picked out a new song for me to work on and it's one of my favorites!! "Blackbird" by the Beatles!!

I am so excited, and so happy I give myself this little break during the week to relax!

Ok, I'm off to enjoy hanging out with some friends for once!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Results Are In!

The first round of nursing exams are over with, and I passed them all! Yay!! I am really happy!

But now I have to go and finish writing a paper... joy.

Toodles!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Bad week, but it's almost over...

This week has been one of the most stressful that I have had in a LOOOONG time. I had a massive exam yesterday and had a midterm today.

Yesterday's exam went better than I anticipated, and I got a 90% on it. I am bummed that I didn't get higher considering I spent 4 days studying for it, but I know I made a couple stupid mistakes (marking C on the scantron instead of B). For the most part, I am really happy with that grade.

Today's midterm, however is another story all together. I spent so much time studying for yesterday's test that when I tried to study last night and this morning, my brain began leaking out of every open orifice in my body. My brain actively shut down. During my lab today, my teacher was asking me questions and before I could even process the simple questions she asked me, she looked at me and said "you're brain dead today, aren't you?" Keep in mind, she was not being mean. She could see the look on all of us and actually let us out early so we could have more than a 10 minute break to run across campus to the midterm.

I tried to go over the material before the exam, but it was pointless. I am not confident about this test and that worries me. If I do worse than a 54%, then there is no way that I can pass this class. Which means, that I won't pass the semester and I'll have to redo the whole semester in the fall. Our program states that if you do not get an average of 77% on just your tests, no other work matters, you do not pass the class, and you can't advance to the next set of classes without passing all of this set. And this class only has the midterm and final.

While I know that that's not the end of the world, it still is very disappointing. I'm not exactly in a good place today. But I'm trudging on and finished the paper that is due tomorrow, and now I can try to relax.

Please pray for me. I really need it.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Ha!

So true... {shakes head}

Sunday, February 8, 2009

This Made Me Smile

funny pictures of cats with captions
more animals

This looks like my cat, Pepper. Evil stare and all!!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Let the crazy begin!!

This week was rather uneventful except for labs.

We used the Sim Man and Sim Baby to hear various heartbeats, learning how to block out breath sounds, counting infant heart rates (damn! those are fast!!), and really getting a good understanding on how the human heart actually works.

I really have the utmost respect for anyone who works intimately with the heart or anything to do with the heart. It is one of the most confusing parts of the body! My instructor is awesome and stayed after lab and went over the heart sounds one on one with me. I am still slightly fuzzy about the S1/S2 thing... but I'm working on it.

I also got to put in an NG tube! Ok, it wasn't in a person, it was in the mannequin, but it was interesting! It was really hard to get the NG tube through the nares and into the back of the throat, but I'm assuming that it's not that difficult in a real person!

Next up? Urinary catheters. Eek!!

These next upcoming weeks are going to be a handful, especially this week. I've got 1 exam, 1 midterm, a paper due, skills tests, and a portfolio due on top of the usual weekly homework.

Ugh.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

(insert angry face here)

Why oh why do you hate me? I need you. You keep changing everything when I don't want it to change! Then you don't change it when I need you to! I'm not sure how much longer I can deal with this. I am beginning to resent you and I don't need that in my life right now.

I am through with you, Power Point. You are an infuriating application and make my work 10 times more annoying than it already is.

A pox on thee!

No wait! If you have a pox, then my PC will in turn have the herpes virus... That would not be good...

Oh yeah, nevermind... I have a Mac.

Screw you PowerPoint!!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Just when I thought I was over one OCD...

Last semester, because of microbiology, I became so paranoid about cleanliness that I cleaned everything in my house with bleach on a weekly (and some items daily) basis! I finally calmed down about that to have a new OCD flare up today in the middle of class!

We were discussing the cardiovascular and peripheral vascular systems. We talked about various problems and what causes them and the risk factors, etc... I started getting concerned when we talked about circulation in general. My feet are always cold, and I asked my teacher to explain the difference between someone with naturally cold feet, and the cold feel of someone who has a blockage in their, say, femoral artery. This was the exchange that ensued:
me - "my feet are always cold, how is that different?"
her - "well, if someone's feet are cold from a blockage, they will be cold year round unlike yours which, I'm sure, warm up in the summer."
me - "um, nope."
her - "really? I mean in July, your feet are cold to the touch?" (insert touch of sarcasm)
me - "actually, yeah they are... I wear socks year round and am always buried under a blanket."
her - "well, I'm talking about when you are outside in the summer, not inside in central air."
me - "me too."
her - "well, you may have a blockage in one of your arteries or have Renaud's Phenomenon."
me - "um, ok...." (shrinks into chair and has minor panic attack)

Later, I was convinced that I had a DVT and it was going to break off and become a pulmonary embolism. (insert 2nd panic attack here)

At one point I almost had myself convinced that I had CHF.

After lecture we had lab, to practice feeling pulses, hearing heart sounds, lung sounds, checking for edema, etc... I was petrified!!! I was sure they were not going to be able to get a pedal pulse on me and that would confirm my fear that I was dying!

Suffice it to say... I have a full and bounding pedal pulse, I have normal calf cramps not a DVT and since there was no sign stating otherwise, I do not have CHF. I am healthy as a horse! At least in my body... the mind is another story all together...

Thursday, January 29, 2009

One Month Down...

So here we are. One month into the first semester of full nursing courses. I assume this is when most nursing students ask themselves "why do I want to be a nurse again??"

When you ask one of my fellow students how they are doing, all of our standard responses are "I feel like my head is going to explode!" I spoke with a few today about feeling like we are racing to catch up on course work, even though we actually haven't fallen behind, and feeling like we've learned absolutely NOTHING in the last year and a half of pre-nursing requisites. I actually had to look up today what the hell a granulocyte was because I didn't remember it!

The course work itself consists of a crap ton of reading (which is to be expected), and that's not the hard part. The fact that we are learning all this material in a new language (at least it's new to us!) is the real problem. Learning how to apply the material we've read or discussed in lecture is another tricky task all together!

We are so busy and sleep deprived. I've got bags under my eyes and almost zero appetite. A non-nursing friend saw me on campus yesterday (whom I haven't seen since about Thanksgiving) and with a very concerned look on his face asked me "what's wrong? Is everything ok?" My response was "I'm fine, I'm just a nursing student."

We've all given up on make up and cute hairdos and opted for throwing the hair up in a rubberband, or as my family affectionately refers to as the "rat's nest", dark circles under the eyes and sweat pants. We definitely do not fit the stereotype of the sexy nurses!

Our labs are a lot of fun though! Learning how to take vitals, listen to belly noises, practicing using restraints, learning how to use slide boards, etc... It's nice to finally put somethings we've read about in books to use!

If I'd have had time, I would have mourned the loss of my social life. The Boy complains sometimes that I'm not paying attention to him. I tell him I will give him attention when I have a free minute, around 3 am. He's good for the most part, though.

Well, I'm off to study some more (shocker!).