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Off To A Roaring Start

Got my first week on my unit taking care of live patients.

The things I have learned thus far:

  • Watch where you are aiming the saline flush when the plunger gets stuck. 
  • Always remember to attach the IV tubing to the patient instead of laying it on the bed…and then forgetting it. 
  • Security frowns on strange people doing strange things outside their hospital.
  • Plan on changing more bed linen than a hotel housekeeper.
  • Documentation will make you its bitch.

My feet and my brain hurt in equal measure.


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Posted by on March 9, 2013 in Absolutely Fantastically Wonderful, Things That Happen To Me



Portrait of Florence Nightingale.

Portrait of Florence Nightingale. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I have not posted for awhile as I have been immersed in the college life. No, not that college life. The life of a nursing student. They (they being the people on high decreeing who is to join their version of hell nursing program) gave a little you-will-have-no-life speech during our orientation into the program. What I did not totally comprehend at the time was how very serious they were. Each semester I have told my husband  that we could resume our marriage after finals. By this last semester, we both understood I was not joking.


To put it in perspective, after completing all the prerequisites for the program and a bachelor’s degree, the actual program itself required:


  • 61 credit hours
  • 51 test/exams
  • 9 ATI proctored exams
  • 11 final exams
  • 130 assignments
  • 346 chapters read
  • 90 lab hours
  • 510 clinical hours (actual hours at a clinical site)


This is the culmination of a very long educational lifespan. I am forty-something. I have been going to some type of school since I was five years old. Except for a semester here and there for life changes (birth of my son, getting married, buying a house), I have been attending class for over 30 years. But at long last I have come to the end. Tears have threatened to flow several times over the past week. I expect they will cascade down my face tomorrow during the nursing pinning ceremony. It is surreal to think that my 30 year plan has been achieved. I now have to come up with a new plan. Though since taking so long to get my BSN was not an intentionally thought out plan, I will probably just continue with the crash test method of future gazing.


I have been told by those who know me well, that I will not be able to handle not going to school. This is true. I have already been lining up hobbies to occupy my free time…knitting/crocheting, reading, writing, learning spanish, nagging spending time with my husband. I am sure I will find something to do.


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Posted by on December 13, 2012 in Absolutely Fantastically Wonderful, Things That Happen To Me


Decadence, I Tell You. Decadence.

I realize it is very close to Christmas, it being Christmas Eve and all, but the stores are still open today, so…If you want to make something that is absolutely fabulous, try this recipe. I got it out of People magazine. It is from Pauley Perrett’s bakery Donna Bell’s Bake Shop. Trust me people, this stuff will make you deliriously happy you have taste buds.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 lb unsalted butter, cold, cut into cubes
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Reese’s Pieces
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup coconut
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts (I prefer walnuts, but the recipe calls for pecans)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In food processor with a steel blade, mix together flour, confectioners sugar, and salt
  3. Add butter and pulse a few times until mixture resembles coarse crumbs
  4. Place mixture into a 13×9 pan and press down firmly to form a crust
  5. Bake for 25 minutes
  6. Meanwhile, mix together dark chocolate chips and next 5 ingredients
  7. Remove pan from oven. Immediately pour chip mixture over crust.
  8. Drizzle both milks evenly (and separately) over the top
  9. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool completely in pan, then cut into bars.
  10. Take a bite and die from bliss
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Posted by on December 24, 2011 in Absolutely Fantastically Wonderful, Losing Weight Sucks And That Is The Plain Truth