I have done it! The apartment is SPOTLESS! It’s such a great feeling. I’ve been wanting to get it done forever. Tomorrow we’re steam cleaning the carpet and shopping for our last few decorations AND Christmas gifts!!!
This evening has been so relaxing. I turned on some jazzy Christmas music, lit some candles, and got a shower before Stephen came home. When I got out it was flurrying little snowflakes. So pretty! After, I made some amazingly delicious turkey chili. It was soooo good. I’m definitely keeping that recipe!
Stephen and Ashley are doing their podcast right now. I’m trying to figure out what I’m going to be doing the few weeks while I’m up here. One thing I know I’m going to do is get my stuff together for my residencies. I know of three I am definitely applying for. I have a good friend doing one of them right now, and she’s going to see if I can go shadow here on the 13th! I hope it works out, because that residency is my first choice!
I don’t have much else to say, so I’m off to go figure out my schedule for the next few weeks….and finish my laundry…..sigh. >_<
So I have successfully organized and cleaned out our entire apartment - except for the bookshelves…which I’m doing today. It’s so nice. Everything is easy to find and so accessible. So today is the dreaded… cleaning day! *insert dramatic music here*. The day that I actually dust, run the sweeper, clean up the layers of soap scum and hair in our bathroom, and do the pile of laundry in the corner of our newly organized closet. Hope you enjoyed the pictures below of it. It was a big undertaking to say the least. 0_o Hopefully I can get everything cleaned today so that tomorrow all Stephen and I have to do is steam clean the carpet. This weekend we’re hoping to finished decorating and hang all our stuff on the walls. Then we can finally put up the Christmas Tree!
I can’t believe a whole week of my break is already gone. I’m thankful I can get all these things done that have been weighing on my mind. I’m really excited for the weekend too. Well off to go get started on cleaning. I had a late start this morning and I have to get cleaned up myself and chili on the stove before Stephen gets home! Off I go!
So I didn’t post pictures like I said I would, but trust me, it wouldn’t have been that interested. I spent all day in the kitchen and laundry room and it doesn’t look like I did anything at all……UNTIL you open the cabinets!!! I wiped everything out and organized it all. It looks GREAT! I can’t believe how much dust I got out of the laundry room either. It’s supposed to be a place where we clean our clothes and I could have made a cat out of all the dust I got out of there. Luckily, I did get it out! I also managed to clean out the coat closet. Now that I wish I had a picture of. It was horrible. So yay! Success for me. Today I’m cleaning out our bedroom closet and bathroom linen closet. That I will have to take a picture of.
While cleaning I started listening to dance/techno music….it’s embarrassing I know, but it made me hyper. I got bored of it and put on my ipod, and lo and behold, an old session from church that I had downloaded came on. I skipped right past it, but after skipping about 40 other songs and not finding anything I wanted to listen to, I said “Hey, what the heck!” and turned it back on. What a blessing! I’m downloading the last few lectures and listening to it today as I clean out the closet. Not only do I get a lot out of the message, but I don’t feel like I’m alone because they’re someone else talking! Hehe.
Well off to charge up with some cereal and fruit then to work!
Hello everyone! It’s been a while. Rotations kept me pretty busy so I didn’t have much time for blogging. Now…I’M ON BREAK! Woohoo. I’m finally back with Stephen and I have a lot of free time - which scares me a little. I thought it was going to be great, but Monday and Tuesday I did a bunch of nothing and was super bored. I promised today would be different though. I’m going to try to organize our apartment so I can finish decorating it and get ready for Christmas! Yay!
I spent Monday making a “To Do” list for things I want to accomplish over break and I think it just made me more overwhelmed instead of more organized. I’m trying to take it easy though. It is break after all!
So, off to clean out the kitchen and get this show on the road. I’ll post pictures so you can see my successes/failures. >_< Hopefully more successes.
Hello everyone! I just finished up a rotation at the West Virginia Poison Center (which was CRAZY) and started my new rotation on Monday at Cabin Creek Health Center with my classmate Leah. Our first day was kind of a bummer. We sat down at computers and look through medical records from 9:30 am to 4:15 pm. Our preceptor wanted us to get a good feel for how everything was set up…….we accomplished that by 12:00, and were SO bored the rest of the day.
Today we didn’t have anything to do until 1:00 pm. From 1:00 to 4:00pm we were taught - along with nursing students and a med student - about motivational interviewing. No, it doesn’t not involve pom poms or kazoos. It was actually kind of interesting. It was the first part in a two part lecture on how to enourage patients to change risky health behaviors. If you’ve seen the movie Inception. It’s kind of the same idea. We try to make them think it’s their idea that they want to change. Pretty cool stuff.
But anyway, I do think this rotation will get better. Hopefully, by the end of this week, we will be working with the physicians and doing med histories on patients before the physician sees them. I’m really excited!
In other news, today totally kicked butt because I finally had some one-on-one time with my lovely parents - this morning with my mother and this evening with my father. Since I didn’t have to be anywhere until 1:00, my mom stayed home and went to Hospice to work later today. She made me a wonderful juiced drink for breakfast and we had a good hour of just chatting. She had a meeting for Hospice later this evening, so it was just me and Daddy home for dinner. We decided to go out and eat and had a great time together also. Yay for family time. You don’t realize how much you miss and love them until you can’t see them when you want to. I’m home for the next 10 weeks, so hopefully I’ll have lots more time with them and my wonderful sister…..who is currently in Florida right now……jerk. I LOVE YOU TAKI! ^_^
Well, off to bed with me I suppose. Got an early morning tomorrow!
Hello everyone! Long time, no post. A lots has happened since I last posted. I spent some time in the diabetes clinic, and also the pediatric clinic. I love them both. Renee is a wonderful preceptor and a very cool person in general. I got to do A LOT of patient counseling and learned lots about topical steroids, asthma, and some great tips on how to get children to take their medicine.
Diabetes clinic was much more fast paced than peds. We saw 12 patients in a matter of about 4 hours. It was crazy. Next time I’m in the clinic I’m going to be the one doing the medication histories and counseling. Scary…I know. J I’m looking forward to it though.
Today was AWESOME. Michele and I went to the Arctic Thunder Air Show. I thought it would be a fun diversion, but I was blown away at how amazing it was. There were probably at least 500 people there. The day was filled with demonstrations from 10:00 to 4:30. We were able to watch the Blue Angels, the Snowbirds (Canada’s version of the Blue Angels), Harrier Jets, B-52 bombers, F-22s, C-17s, and trick planes. I cannot explain in words how incredible it was. So please refer to the videos and pictures below. ^_^
Hey everyone! So I know it’s been a while since I last posted, and no I don’t have a great excuse for not posting, just been lazy. :) We went dip fishing with the Thompson family. That was an experience. I’ll let the photos and videos speak for themselves. There are no words that can be written here to describe what happened. Check them out down below.
This week has FLOWN by. I can’t believe tomorrow is Thursday! I had my midpoint evaluation today. I’ve had fun up here, but I must admit, I’ll be happy to get home to my family. In other news, we saw a MOOSE and it’s baby on the way to work. It was hanging out in front of North Hall eating the landscape. What a rebel. All those other moose are foraging in the woods and she’s eating the leafy decoration at the school. Gotta love moose.
We had cultural orientation on Tuesday. It was such an eye opener. There are over 200 tribes in Alaska. We had a few speakers talk to us about their heritage and experiences, and it was so amazing to hear about not only the troubles and hardships they have had, but their rich beautiful culture. It’s easy to forget that Alaska is such a huge, vast land. The people that come from the different areas are just as different as the landscape. The tribes from the north have learned to survive in the tundra with little food and no trees. Those in the south have more resources and therefore more time for art, ect. In fact, a tribe that comes from the southeast region (they have a rainforest - yes a rainforest in Alaska- on one side and the sea on the other side) does not even have a word for starvation! I’m hoping to go to a place in town that has more history and art from the natives and will post pictures when I do!
Well, gotta go read about antipsychotics for tomorrow. Love and miss you all! Hope you enjoy the pictures/videos. ^_^
Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I posted a text blog. I was going to do a video blog, but since I’ve already washed my face and I’ve got my glasses on, I decided I would spare the world my disheveled, tired face. Today started out a little poopy, but got a LOT better. I wasn’t really able to sleep last night and woke up really tired with a tummy ache. Awwww, sadness, I know. Anywho. To add to the stress, I didn’t really know where the heck I was supposed to be or who my preceptor for the day was. I got to the pharmacy and thankfully found one of the wonderful pharmacists there to point me in the right direction. After doing some research for our project, I grabbed my stuff and headed in that direction.
I was nervous meeting my new preceptor, but I was very pleasantly surprised. He’s so wonderful. He’s from Massachusetts and has done a ton of traveling. He’s also a great preceptor (and philosopher according to him…hehe). I worked with him doing what I want to spend the rest of my life doing: MTM. It stands for medication therapy management and it is heaven. I get to apply all the clinical knowledge I’ve gained over the last 5 years and I get to have some direct care with the patients. I love it! I hope I can find a job doing this in the future.
After lunch, I started working on another project that’s due tomorrow. It took me forever, but I had to assess and make a therapeutic plan for a patient that has about a million problems going on. I worked on it until 4:00, then worked on it some more tonight. I finally finished around 10:00. Yay! I’m really excited for tomorrow. I’m learning so much from my preceptor John. Plus he’s wearing a kilt to work tomorrow which is always exciting.
Well, I just finished my cup of chai tea and it’s FINALLY getting a little dark outside. Maybe because the sun is finally going down, maybe because a storm is moving in. I’ll never know. I’m off to bed though! Looking forward to tomorrow. Miss everyone so much. Love you all! Hopefully I’ll have a video blog tomorrow. ^_^
Beautiful morning here! Wish you guys could experience it. Eating some yummy apple cinnamon oatmeal for breakfast. We’re getting ready to go get our PPD test read and then off to the Primary Care Clinic for some anticoag fun!
I had a fantastic day at the coag clinic today! I’ve got two patient visits tomorrow, and a ton of reading, so this is going to be short. Brian is my preceptor right now. He’s a great teacher and is helping me gain some confidence in warfarin therapy. He sent me home with a ton of reading. Yay!
We went for a run when we came home. Then ate dinner. Yeah, I’m boring, but I’m SO TIRED! Gotta read some more about warfarin and go to bed. Longer post tomorrow. I promise!
Love and miss you all so much. Wish you were here. ^_^
Holy crap. That’s all I can say. This day has been great. Woke up around 6:00 am and hit the snooze button a few times. Even though it’s bright outside, 6:00 am is still 6:00 am! We got ready and walked over to the Alaska Native Consortium where we had our intake. We realized last night that we should have previously gotten a drug screen and were freaking out about what they were going to say. Luckily they were fine with it and just told us to go get it done afterward. We filled out some paperwork then told us to go to the health center part of the building to make sure we had all our vaccines.
We walked in and this slightly crazy looking lady (she was a nurse) in a white coat stared at us as we failed miserably at trying to tell her why we were there. She finally realized what we needed and had us fill out paperwork as she skimmed through all of our records. I thought I was fine, no shots for me! WRONG! Obviously they have a high incidence of tuberculosis in Alaska so they are required to do two PPD tests within 6 months. We had had one, so we had to get another. For those of you who don’t know what a PPD test is….it is the devil of all injections. The nurse takes a really stinking long needle, shoves it up UNDER your skin (not straight down like most injections), then procedes to make a wonderful little fluid bubble under skin that you pray does not swell up and turn red. So not only does this test suck in general, but our sweet little nurse managed to not swab my arm right, then jam the needle into my arm before the alcohol dried. Grrrrr.
She also noticed that my tetanus shot was “almost out of date”……I didn’t need one for another 3 years. So I declined her offer for an booster shot and said I would get one later. That was until we realized Kristina had to get one too. I told her if she did it, I would have mine done too. It was free….what the heck. I offered to go first. The nurse stuck my arm with the needle and proceeded to squirt half the contents of it all over me. It’s kinda funny now thinking about it, but I was a little mortified at the time. She said she was worried that I didn’t get the full shot, so she asked if she could do it again. I said sure, what’s another stick. She finally succeeded the second time. So I should hopefully be protected against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. Hooray!
After our wonderful little experience at the health center, we walked over to our preceptor’s office. She is sooooo sweet and wonderful. She gave both Kristina and I a packet full of information about what we will be doing, and even a booklet and things to do in Anchorage. She gave a grand tour of the facility, which is absolutely breathtaking, and even let us borrow her car to go get a drug screen. She told us about all the awesome opportunities we’re going to have on our rotation: diabetes clinic, anticoagulation clinic, outpatient pharmacy, telepharmacy (it’s associated with the villages throughout Alaska), primary care pharmacy, pediatrics, and what I’m most excited for - traditional healing. We met the man who does traditional healing today. He was wonderful and I can’t wait to experience it. They even have a garden on the side of the hospital where they grow their own herbs and plants for use in the traditional healing unit. YAY YAY YAY! Happiness!
After our orientation to the medical facility, Kris and I borrowed Dr. Robinson’s car to get our drug screen done. All I have to say about that is….peeing in a cup then handing the warm cup of pee to a male intake person who then pours it into smaller vials and puts a label on it which you have to sign is well…..humiliating. We then decided we were hungry and found out that the Moose’s Tooth was nearby. It was sooooo good. It’s a great little pizza/pub with some of the best salmon spread on earth….then again it was the only salmon spread I’ve ever had. After stuffing our faces with delicious food, we made our way out to the car. I clicked on the transmitter to open the doors and nothing happened. I clicked again…..nothing. I then did what all frantic people do with electronics when they don’t work. I hit the stupid button like 800 times hoping that at least one click would work. Nothing. Sigh. Guess what, we left the lights on. Yay for dead batteries on cars that you borrowed from someone you just met who’s going to be grading your work for the next 5 weeks! Luckily, we found some wonderful guys to jump the car. We didn’t tell the preceptor what happened, but hopefully can tell her later and it will actually be funny.
After our car battery incident, we went to walmart and picked up a few things then came back home. I was pretty lazy the rest of the evening. I read through our material again and attempted to read anticoagulation guidelines, but the internet was flaky. So now, I’m going to bed! I’ve got a full day of anticoagulation clinic tomorrow of which I know nothing about. Guess that’s the purpose of the rotation, huh?!
Miss and love you all! Watch for more pictures and posts tomorrow! Love you!