I’m writing this in my serene clean house. Ben is visiting his family in Maine for a few days. I indulged myself by taking Jem to Beds n Biscuits for an overnight stay. She will have tons of fun and exercise and I don’t have to worry about getting home to take care of her tonight or getting up early on Saturday to walk her. It’s just me and Molly chillin’ this morning.
My classes for five week two are finished. We had our first set of real clinicals in real scrubs last thursday, yesterday, and tonight. I’m at an extended care nursing home, 3-8 pm. It’s been tough – I’m not interested in working in extended care plus we were assigned the dementia/Alzheimer’s unit where more than half the residents only speak Russian. So the class objectives to work on our bedside manner and focus on communication isn’t really happening. But I’m getting to practice our basic skills and get my ankles wet in working with patients. I’ve done a lot of patient transfers, even using mechanical lifts, toilet care, making beds, feeding, taking vitals (using the nurse on a stick, not manual equipment), and passing PO meds. I hope tonight I get to do a glucose stick and insulin shot.
Last weekend was super fun and busy – hence me not posting about any of it! The greatest news is that my sister moved to town! You can read all about it on her blog (linked on the right). I can’t believe I didn’t get any pictures of her move. I’m going to hang out with her tonight after clinical, so I’ll take my camera and try to get some shots of her new home. My family came to help her settle in. We ran lots of errands and ate lots of good food (as usual). We also went to the dog park with the Walkers and swam in Brian’s pool wiht Azalea (again, more pictures on their blog, linked to the right). I have a few new pictures in my camera to share.
Believe it or not I still cook most days! Here’s a smashing cake for summer, and in the back you can see another grilled pizza. I kind of OD’d on the grilled pizza in June. I also make the corned beef using my pressure cooker and baked the rye bread from that weird mix in a carton from Ikea.
The dog park in Arvada where it was horribly hot. We got cold drinks at Sonic on the way home. I baked a pineapple upside down cake on Sunday and it was delicious! Pretty easy too, I will making this again. We found this darling patio set and succulant plants while shopping Saturday. I eat breakfast outside with Molly every day now, she just loves it. I can’t wait to get some flowers to put above on the windowsill to pretty up the corner even more.
My parents very kindly got me that Ikea desk I was pining over! Sunday it came together in a snap. Moving the furniture around took longer. We also cut our old desk in two and kept the side drawers, you can see them to the right of the desk. I just love this new arrangement – it makes the living room feel wider and more airy.
This weekend will be great! Pharmacology, touchy-feely class, and Foundations are done, I just need to show up to clinical tonight. I start Adult 1 on Monday – so this weekend is a little mini break from schoolwork. What a relief!