It has been crazy hectic and I haven't been able to take a few seconds to type on here... But let me catch you up really quick...
So that Monday (3rd) I had a test in my health assessment class and I did pretty good!
Tuesday - 4th - During lab we did a lot of fun stuff actually. We learned about how to properly make a patients bed if they were in the bed or not. Then we got in a line and gave each other back rubs! It is recommended that we give patients back rubs (if they need it) for even one minute a day. So this was actually a fun relief :) Then Grace and I volunteered to brush teeth! Grace was the patient and I was the nurse and I had to help her brush her teeth. It was hilarious. We got a toothbrush and toothpaste afterwards for volunteering :) Afterwards I stayed for openlab to practice for our skills checkoff in a week.
Wednesday - 5th - After class Alex and I went to our friends house for dinner. When we were done with dinner I was able to do a DDST (one of my assignments from health assessment lab) on their child. He is extremely smart and the DDST shows the developmental status in a short explanation. I haven't written the report up yet, but he was a lot further in the chart doing things that a 4 year old starts doing, and he is less than a month from 3 years old.. Told you he was smart. Afterwards Alex and I went to our rockclimbing workout.
Thursday - 6th - NO CLASS TODAY!!!! So at 8AM I met these two guys from UF at the millenia mall. They were doing a survey about the (STUPID) flashing speed limit signs on I4 that change during rush hour? Well you just drive their car from conroy to maitland and back, and they pay you $50!!! It was the easiest cash I have ever made. Then, I met up with some friends from highscool, and we went to LEGOLAND!!! It isn't even opened yet, but Brittany got four free tickets from her work for a "VIP" day. Basically, in the middle of one o the rides, I realized we were pretty much test dummies and it made me uneasy : / But this place is pretty cool. We rode all of the four rides... we saw a water ski show, and also there is this little area that is made COMPLETELY of legos. It has every main city pretty much in the USA. Las Vegas was there, NASA, New York, San Francisco. Any place you can think of, it was pretty much made out of legos and put there. Some of these building were at LEAST 5 foot. It was a really fun day.
Friday - 7th - NO CLASS TODAY!!! I went over to Kimberly's house and we made study guides for all next week because next week is... DUN DUN DUN.. MIDTERMS!!!! I stayed the night with Alex tonight. In the morning he was laughing at me so hard because I was talking in my sleep. I held out my closed hand towards him, and said... , "Take this needle... take it to the sharps box... be careful! Take it to the sharps box... Take this needle... " And I just kept repeating it... he said I was doing it so much and for so long, that he seriously thought that I had something in my hand! I guess I studied a good amount for my skills checkoff for Tuesday...
Saturday - 8th - So I studied all morning and then went over to Ray's house downtown. A friend, Kirsten, from Ohio was in town for the weekend, so we were over there hanging out with them all day today. It was really crappy outside. It rained all day. Alex and I had tickets to go with Brittany and Alejandro to UCF's football game but we passed. So Kirsten, Ray, Alex, and I went to get some monster margaritas!! We had a really good Mexican lunch, then headed to one of Alex's friend's house. We played some beer pong a little bit, then went back downtown to Ray's place. We all got ready and took a GOLF CART CAB to Frankenstein's. It was pretty funny. In the cab, we were really hoping we got the cash cab. But of course we didn't. So everybody started just asking questions and we were answering them. Even the driver got involved. Funnest cab ride ever. Afterwards, we got invited to the penthouse at solaire. It was GORGEOUS. $10,000 a month for rent.... The view was amazing, and everything was so modern. It was a great time and the people were amazingly nice.
This was just the master closet..
I love you!!!
The sink in the hallway bathroom!
Sunday - 9th - Stayed the night at Rays last night. Woke up and went home all day pretty much. I studied and studied for midterms then went to church. When I was taking Bradley outside, I finally was able to catch the kitten outside of my apartment! I have been trying to get her for a while. I saw her about a month ago with other little kittens and a mom. This past week and a half it has been just her. I've been bringing her food. She is extremely little and skinny and looking for attention. I tried to get her but I never could. She is soooo fast. But today, she just walked right out of the bush and just meowed at me. So I walked up to her and she let me pick her up!!! She is soooo cute!!! I met up with my parents so they could take her because they have a cat as well and have cat food and a litter box on hand. I got really attached to her just like she got really attached to me pretty fast. There is a little bit more of the story behind it, but it is kind of corny... so if you want to know it, then you can email me :)
She is so freaking cute...
Monday - 10th - ESSENTIALS MIDTERM!! AHHHHH, I think I did OK, but I still don't have my scores yet.... I also found a home for the kitty!!! One of the girls from my CNC took her. I'm so happy I found a home for her :) She was adorable with Bradley though. His nose was about as big as her body. And they were sitting on the floor doing this weird stare/tilting head contest. Then the little kitty put her paws up to paw at him, so Bradley barely touched her with his paw.. and she fell over.. It was cute.. but ill shut up now..
Tuesday - 11 - ESSENTIALS SKILLS CHECKOFF!!! Alex came over in the morning to help me study. Bradley was my patient on the couch. (When I had to check his wrist band for name and DOB, he would hand me his paw... so cute) So this is how it goes.. you get thirty minutes with a one on one instructor pretty much interrogating you and asking questions about why and what you are doing. You have to mix insulin, give a subq injection, draw a medication from an ampule, and give a intramuscular injection. It is pretty simple, but extremely nerve racking when an instructor is standing right there asking you all of these different types of questions like where are the IM sites? and what gauge are you using and why? My instructor asked me if a pirate came into the clinic and needed insulin, which would you give him? I had no idea.. and I thought he was being serious... I started thinking.. ok.. well... pirates probably eat a lot of fish and not very much any other meat.. maybe they are malnourished from being at sea... and I just start going off.. well he laughs at me... and he goes RRRRRRRR ( the options were R, or NPH)... DUH KATIE!!! He was great. He made me not so nervous and the best part... I PASSED!!!! I was so excited. Afterwards we went to health assessment lab where we learned about the cardiovascular assessment. It is fun doing these assessments lately because one of us has to volunteer to be the patient, so we actually get to see the real thing (I volunteered last week for respiratory, and Leah volunteered this week). I also got to play with a neonate stethoscope. This is what I want to do, is the NICU, so it was really neat....
Wednesday - 12th - Uhhhh.. class at 7:30 for Role of the Professional Nurse. She told us to come prepared on the steps of solving an ethical dilemma. And then she gave us a pop quiz on something that we have never seen before. After class, we had ANOTHER MIDTERM in community class. I did good on this though! I got a B! I didn't even start studying until about an hour or so before the test, so I definitely did good... I was so excited to be done with midterms. So I went over to Alex's house with two bottles of wine to celebrate.
Thursday - 13th - TODAY!!! Our first day at the VA long term care unit! It is going to be amazing. And everything is so up to date and electronic. Some things are even by fingerprint... It is a really nice facility. We are on night shifts now. We got our computer access codes, badges ( I have two badges now! I'm starting to look professional ), computer class, and a tour. Tomorrow we get assigned our patient and start doing the fun stuff!! We can now adminster shots and medications. So I am excited to see our next steps :) :) :)