Tuesday, February 19, 2008

9 days and counting...

Until i leave for hawaii...can't wait.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Nursing Tales....

Warning...this is probably a boring post for most, but i find it fascinating, so i thought i would share. i figured at least abby would like it in preparation for her future nursing classes :)

So I guess i better be true to this blog and include some nursing stories. Remember a couple of months ago when i had the patient who had the ventricular assist device, well we have another patient on the unit who has a biventricular assist device. pretty much an artificial heart, the machine does the pumping for the heart, which the heart cannot do because it is so weak. this patient has this machine until a new heart becomes available. i'll tell you what, even though i was trained, i was still pretty nervous about this machine. it is scary to think that someone is being kept alive by this machine. any little mistake could cause "the heart" to stop beating. just a little scary. here is a fancy picture to show what happens. the machine vacuums blood out of the left ventricle and right atrium pulls in into the circle container, which then compresses the blood through another cannula to the aorta and pulmonary aotra. it is pretty crazy. the circle containers are attached to the huge machine, that looks like it is from the 80's. oh the wonders of technology and medicine....this can keep people alive for a long time.

instead of just one my patient has two. crazy huh.

here is a lesson in nursing...

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Can i be your hero?

Guitar hero that is.....My brother got this game for his 17th birthday, which was on friday, and the game is absolutely addicting. i love it. we had a reinke rock fest this morning, which included myself, scott, my mom and dad. now there is a sight to see, my dad playing guitar hero. he really rocked out, so much he even had a few leg kicks thrown in their. i wish i had my camera, it was youtube worthy. my mom was cute too cause she would rock to the beat. hopefully they will practice more so when i come home the next time we can have a real jam fest.
Happy Birthday Scott... rocking out with his new guitar

Saturday, February 9, 2008

I did it....

I bought a car...I am now the proud owner of a honda cr-v. I know i was going to go with the accord, but i have wanted this for awhile, and i figured i can pay off all of my hard work or if you ever need me to move something for you, i have a lot of room. Its black, its hot, like me :) i guess i'm finally an adult now.
front side
back side....

this is how excited i am....(this picture was actually from the first time i test drove a cr-v, back in july)

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Go Giants....

and Kevin Boss.....yeah, i know this guy.....its my claim to fame.....Good Luck Kevin/Giants!