Yesterday, my charge nurse had to send me home early. I was removing a Fentanyl patch from my patient’s left upper back. I was leaning across from her right side and the duration of reach caused a strain on my back.
I hope nobody will start talking to me about proper body mechanics because it might sound exaggerating but it literally took my forever to remove the patch. Her skin was so sensitive that removing the slightest bit caused her so much pain. I ended up with this consequence.
Seriously, I looked so pathetic yesterday crying in front of everyone (doctors, social worker, case manager etc.) because straining your back is not actually a good feeling. On the brighter side, they sent me home with a couple of medications and salon pas (because it was muscle involved, thank goodness no nerves were involved) and on top of that, I might go on modified duty. And that means, probably staying in the pain clinic or go to the nursing office, answering phone calls (for who’s calling in sick and shizz), basically, no bedside work for now.
I remember telling another co-worker the day before that I’ll keep the same patient assignments (knowing that they were heavy loads of work) because I already knew them and they have caregivers at the bedside anyway. Wrong move! So as soon as I was giving report to the nurse who’s about to relieve me, I just kept saying sorry because we both knew how shitty her day’s going to be.
I think I deserve a pat on the back (and at the same time, a high five in the face with a chair) for trying to be heroic.
3:41 pm • 12 September 2014
Santa Monica Pier. (March 2013)
Happy Birthday G! ♥
10:29 pm • 10 September 2014
As much as I love the original version, I have to give two thumbs up for this one as well.
I wanna cry just by hearing this song.
10:19 pm • 10 September 2014 • 33,975 notes
Definitely not my best. But for my first mock test, I got 99/150! Technically, I only need 89 to pass. Of the 150 items, 125 are scored and 25 are used to gather statistical data on item performance for future exams.
I’m more determined now. I used to vent and divert my anger to my boyfriend because the questions were always hard and I seriously had no idea where my critical thinking skills went to.
But I still need to review more on Cardio and Pulmo. Back in the days I worked in ICU, most of my patients were only on drips (Levophed, Dopamine, Amiodarone etc.), ventilators, and A-lines. I never dealt with Intra-aortic balloon pumps or PA Catheters. And speaking of ventilators, I don’t know any shit about weaning patients when they have a Tidal Volume of blah blah blah (medical jargons, I know) - it’s mostly the RT’s who take care of that stuff.
But in Cedars-Sinai, Tele floors have Swan-Ganz, drips and all that shizz. I remember telling Caroline how a little frustrated I am that I left my ICU job to work in a really great hospital but not in ICU. I’m loving the change of environment but I really miss Critical Care.
But that’s why I’m doing this.
I can’t wait.
8:50 pm • 9 September 2014
Santa Monica Beach.
'Cause it feels like a ride of a lifetime
And nothing’s gonna save us now
Let the waves come crashing down
'Cause it feels like I'm right for the first time
And every time I take you in
I feel my heart skip a beat again
I’m drowning in your love
5:50 pm • 9 September 2014
September is such a busy month for me. I have a week and a half left before I take my test, and at the same time, I work a full time job. I’ve been telling my boyfriend how I’m so not ready and even have thoughts of moving it to late October. But I figured, I’ll never be ready. It’s like when I took my NCLEX, I was crying so hard the night before (believe it or not, I didn’t study, all I did was praise & worship God).
But when it’s over, I’ll be watching again Ellen DeGeneres live (again) and will be busy planning my itineraries for each trip.
Okay, back to studying.
4:40 pm • 6 September 2014
Disneyland. (October 2012)
Fall, it’s almost here! I can’t wait to experience everything orange, pumpkins and caramel flavored in 4 states!
8:51 am • 3 September 2014 • 1 note
Missing my Canon AE-1. George got this for me as a surprise last year.
6:43 pm • 2 September 2014 • 1 note
I’m currently looking through some of my old photos and I found this, my first ever Louis Vuitton (Tivoli GM) that I hardly use. If I’m not mistaken, the last time I used it was last year.
Two years ago, I remember passing by the Louis Vuitton store in Beverly Center with my family and after a couple of minutes, I told my mom I want to go inside the store and just check out their purses. Next thing I know, I was already paying in cash for the purse and my dad was going ballistic upon finding out how much I paid it for.
My mom, she totally understands why I spend. I work hard, every thing I have right now is from my own pocket. After getting my first pay check, I never had to ask my parents for money that’s why she doesn’t care at all what I buy or where I spend my money on as long as I have enough money to survive on my own.
My Chanel purses, they’re a different story. My love for them started way back in college and I don’t care that they cost $5,000 each. They’re really great investments. Their prices never go down (they actually increase every couple of months) and I could pass them on to my future daughters. Just imagine that compared to technologies (every few months or years, we keep upgrading).
Why am I sharing this? Because it’s one of my many stories as an impulsive buyer. And yes, I also ended up purchasing tickets to fly to Seattle next month.
9:36 pm • 1 September 2014