Monday, June 25, 2007

What to write about?

So what does someone write about on a blog? I really can't give specifics when it comes to my job. HIPPA has issues with that. Though I think I can say this: Country Stampede is a crazy event that takes place in Manhattan, KS once a year in the middle of summer! Alcohol
intoxication, sunburns, heat exhaustion, and other incidents were seen at the EMS tents, Red Cross tents, and the ER itself.

I, being someone who never really partied with people who drank to get wasted/plastered, was amazed at how people let themselves get so drunk they can't even keep their eyes opened. This last week I helped treat 2 young men-less than 21yrs I might add- that were so drunk they didn't even react to me placing a foley catheter (this is the tube that is inserted into the bladder to drain urine). This last weekend gave me an even greater respect for alcohol. The way a majority of people tend to abuse alcohol in this country angers me. We are losing innocent lives in car wrecks, choking on their own vomit, and others ways of death related to alcohol abuse.

The fact that Hollywood gets away with DUIs is a real problem. These are people who are idolized (though I don't think they should be). When one over does it on alcohol for even the first time and then tries to drive home there should be severe consequences!

But, we applaud her and give her media coverage like the heiress she thinks she is. Paris Hilton is not the first celeb. to have issues with alcohol, but she is the most recent at this time. I am completely frustrated in how celebs. and others who get away with DUIs get more chances to put themselves and other innocent people in harms way for them to get a "buzz" and then think they can drive home!

Disclaimer: I actually like some country music and I enjoy alcohol in moderation. I think there is an issue with people choosing to lose their self control and put themselves and others at risk.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Wedding Dress

I think I found my dress if and when we have a renewing of our vows later in life. We were walking the streets of London and I saw this wedding dress. It is more beautiful in real life :)

Okay let me try this birth of a blog again.....

Since March 11th alot has happened. I traveled to London for 10 days with my fantastic husband. We celebrated our 6th year as a married couple a little early-6yrs will be this Dec.

I packed up my do or die possessions and moved up to Manhattan the first part of April while Matt stayed in Wichita finishing his contract at Maize South Middle School for the year. I started orientation at Mercy Regional Health Center on April 9th to start working in the ER as a Registered Nurse.

I have never worked ER. I have just over 4yrs experience in Labor/Delivery and 2 yrs experience in an electronic Family practice office.

After working in the ER in Manhattan, KS for just over 2 months I have learned alot about the people in this area and about myself.

People are people no matter where you go. No matter the financial, educational, or race/ethnic background: people are people! I see a lot of people come into the ER that do NOT have an emergency according to the educated medical practitioners-but to this individual it is. Do I think some of our patients should have "taken 2 Tylenol and called their PCP during office hours." Of course, but once they walk into the ER they are here to be told "everything's all right or we are going to surgery."

I also learned alot about myself when I had to move away from my husband for 2 months. I learned that I am stronger than anyone thought I was. I found a relationship with God that I had neglected and fell in love with my husband all over again.

Don't get me wrong- I am soooooo glad to be in the same place with him now. I am going to work on keep this blog up-now that I have a computer again.....