Tuesday, August 31, 2010

My Big Girl Job

I have never been so stressed in my life! 

I tend to go to extremes and think of every possible way that I can mess up and jeopardize my brand new (as of June) RN license.  It's pretty dang easy. 

For instance,
Turn your back for a second and have an old senile lady stand up out of her chair and break her hip. 
Forget to sign ONE signature line. 
Lose a patient...NOT as in die...but as in the patient RUNS for it. (Yes....this old lady can BOOOK IT!)

I'm FREAKIN' out! 

And what scares me now is that even though this job is 'temporary' in my opinion, after I'm done with orientation ( September 13th), I will be on my own.

I should be excited to be able to be an RN on my own.  But the bad thing about this is that it isn't a hospital, and that during 2nd and 3rd shift, there is ONE nurse.  That will mean that me (the-fresh-out-of-school-RN) will be medically responsible/liable for 22 patients. Oh dear Lord. 

What the HELL did I get myself into?

Don't get me wrong.....many of the residents are so sweet...but some just wear you out and watching people die slowly is hard.  I haven't had anyone die on my watch yet, but there are 3 sweet residents that are circling the drain.

I keep telling myself that this is temporary and I'm getting paid and that I can do this until I land my dream job. 

Oh...and I think every single patient knows that I have no clue what I'm doing. 

2 patients that are on my unit, but I didn't have as patients have made me get them up out of their wheelchairs to go to the bathroom only to find out they have depends one.  They haven't been able to sit on/use a toilet in 3 years.  Greeeeat.

One has threatened to hit me if food services didn't hurry up with lunch.  This little lady is 5'1 and probably 90 pounds soaking wet.  This is the same lady that the nurse manager said has drawn blood.  Oh crap.

There is this one hilarious ( and alert and oriented) lady who I LOVE .  You never know what she is going to say.  She's kind of like the 'mama' bird to the 'not-with-it" baby birds.

I was charting one day and she looks at me from the TV room in front of the nurses station and says

" Somebody done shit"
* Leans down....sniffs*
"And it ain't me!!"

I almost fell out of my chair.

Story of my life.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Growth Spurt

I went to Clemson this weekend to visit my love and my boyfriend..(haha)  Opie is growing WAY to fast.  I'm kind of sad. I miss the baby puppy days. 
I feel like a parent watching my child grow up before my eyes.

How did this little guy......

Become this big guy?

He's SO freaking cute....even if he is wearing an orange collar.

And just because she's cute.....my my brother's goat Gloria.

Happy Monday!

Monday, August 23, 2010

I have a problem

Hello. I'm Megan and I Love Reality TV.

LOOOOVE IT.  I love the ridiculousness  of it all. 

I'm obsessed with  Real Housewives of NYC, NJ, OC and ATL

Sorry DC...but YOU SUCK.  I really can't pick which is my favorite out of the other 4.  They are equally horribly addictive.  I wish my personality was a mix between Vicki (OC), Gretchen (OC),  Bethenny (NYC), and Caroline (NJ). 

I can't get enough Bethennyisms. ( I LOVE BETHENNY GETTING MARRIED?)

Or enough "Fabulous's" by Theresa's kids.

Or enough WOOO HOOO's from Vicki.

I want to be raise my future family like Caroline has raised hers.

 The Bachelor / Bachelorette is like crack.

I hate that I love this show so freakin' much.  It's just so fun watching girls and guys go completely goo goo gaa gaa for love.  It's great. 

There is NO way I'd let my grandparents, parents and everyone in the country watch me practically do it on TV. 

I get so caught up in the Final Rose ceremony. I admit that I've cried....

And....finally......my new crazy show is a spin off of the Bachelor.  It's pretty awesome.

The Bachelor Pad.

Throw in several horny guys and several fake boobed girls plus $250,000 and you've got serious drama.

I have no idea who I want to win because so many of my favorites are on there!

Tonight's episode there was a kissing competition which got pretty steamy, and there were 2 couples that are starting to be really cute together.

Can't wait for next week's episode!

I need a new show to fall in love with.

Which shows are your favorites?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

New Job

I started my new job on Friday!  I toughed it out in the ugly green.  What is completely stupid is that NURSES cannot wear white at this place!  ALL because nutrition services wears white.  I bet Florence Nightingale is rolling in her grave!!!

Anyways!  It is a full time position! The pay is excellent!  I'm actually working the Long Term Care unit for now.  I'm terrified and equally excited about it.  I just know that everyday one of the sweet residents is bound to put a smile on my face.  I couldn't help but smile while I was touring the unit. 

We peeked in one of the resident rooms and I saw the most precious funny sight!  Two sweet wrinkly old ladies were both in their beds watching America's Funniest Home videos and were laughing hysterically at the TV.  Not just giggling...they were knee-slapping-crying-almost-about-to-fall-out-of-bed-laughing.  It was contagious.  I can't wait to get to know these sweet people!

I can't actually work on the floor until my Tb 2-step process tests is finished.  I think I'll be on the floor by August 30th. 

the most wasted of all days is one without laughter
- e.e. cummings


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bye Bye Beautiful Scrubs.

Right after I got my RN license I went on a scrub shopping spree. 
I got some ADORABLE scrubs tops and bottoms.
I am in LOVE with these to scrub tops...and they are hanging in my closet!  

My new job has a specific ugly dress code.  Hunter green top AND bottom. No mix and match with white bottoms and green top or vice versa.  And there is a fun 'print' top that we can wear to 'mix and match'.  It's horrendous.  It  like a Motel 6 bedspread print. 

I will be wearing scrubs like this.  I just wish I could look as good as she does in them.  A size SMALL swallows me up ( thats a first!). 

Maybe having my beautiful scrubs hang in my closet will be incentive to not gain weight.
I will wear them someday.

BUT I'm not going to let my sexy nursing wardrobe get me down in the dumps.  I have a job....and if wearing ugly scrubs means having a job...I will wear them.

And for Christmas I can wear ornaments in my ears. Haha.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Attention Everyone!


I got the phone call today.  I accepted on the spot!  I'm so excited! 

It's not my dream job....but it is perfect for me right now! 

 It's at a Long Term Care / Post-Acute Care facility.  I will be working on the Post-Acute Care part of it. 
 A post acute care unit is one that provides for the medical and emotional needs of people who are well enough to be out of a traditional hospital setting, but not well enough to return home.

Can't wait to start!!! AGH!


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Back to School

Not me...but Dave and sweet Opie. I'm sad! We are in route to Clemson right now and I'm having Momma/doggie time with Ope. I don't know what I'm going to do without those to boys! So far the ride has been fun. Opie tried to get my caramel frap. I won...but he did get his tongue around the straw at one point.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

I think I can?

So I'm going to be a copy cat....and I'm giving credit to Life of Meg for this challenge.

I am going to try to lose 23 pounds by my 23rd birthday.  I have 30 weeks and a few days.  Totally feasible right? 

I just suck at losing weight quickly...which I think is how most people would like it. 

AND I have reason for motivation (other than just getting healthier)......

 My Daddy mentioned that we are going to Colorado next summer and he wants me to hike Longs Peak with him.  He hiked Longs Peak several years ago.....I think when I was like 8 years old.  I've been to Colorado once, when I was 6.  So it has been a long time ago!!!!

Longs Peak

Boulder Field view of Longs Peak

The Keyhole at Longs Peak

I could get some SWEET photos! Or I could die....

Thursday, August 12, 2010

This week...

I came home from the mountains on Sunday.  We had a wonderful time.  The weather was a little too hot for the mountains. 

Dave's Mom, sister and I went to this beautiful winery in Banner Elk, NC called the Banner Elk Winery & Inn.  We didn't go to the one I spoke of in my last post...it was too far away. 

We tasted six wines and walked around the vineyard.  Soooo pretty! I ended up getting a Sevyal Blanc.  It was the first wine we tasted and it was amazing! 

Dave's sister Katherine and me

When we got home from the winery....this happened.  A storm came through and the wind throught the valley brought this down on the porch.  It's a crabapple tree.

I have never seen so many apples in my life.

These are just the apples from the porch.

We picked up apples for hours!!

Lazy Dog!  I'm going to miss his SO much when he and Dave go back to Clemson on Sunday.

Man's Best Friend.  These two guys have my heart!

Me and Dave :)

We got home on Sunday.  
There was serious drama from my parents when I got home.

 I need to get a job ASAP so I can be independent again. 

I spent all day long looking for job yesterday in the area and I am going to Spartanburg and Greenville tomorrow to deliver my resumes face-to-face with a human being.  I think this online application stuff is a joke.  I applied to one position at 3:40 on Tuesday and got a rejection email at 3:48.

Oh....and my dog Max had another bad seizure the other night.  I didn't see it but my parents saw it and they said it was horrifying.  Poor doggy!


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I lived :)

My adventures in the woods were actually non adventurous.
I got maaaybe 10 chiggers.  I had to paint my legs with clear fingernail polish. It looks like I have  peely skin. Kinda gross...but I'm glad I only have 10!

It was SO hot that day.  Disgusting hot.  I have never had swamp ass like I did on Friday.

It was actually a lot of fun. I was proud of myself because I don't think I complained at all.

On Wednesday I am going back to the cabin in Blowing Rock, NC!

Dave's Mom and sister and I are going to this beautiful little Italian winery while we are up there! I'm so excited !

I've never been to a vineyard.....which is weird...because I LOVE wine.  Haha....but I've only been legal for a litle over a year...so I guess that explains why I haven't been!

North Carolina is actually home to over 90 wineries! 
Actually,  by the dawn of the 20th century, North Carolina was the leading wine-producing region in the nation.  Crazy...because I've always thought of California as the wine capital of America.

 I can't wait to get some awesome photos...and wine and dine!

What type of vino is your favorite?

**I love white wines!**
Riesling and Moscato are my favorites.