Annual

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Today I had my annual physical exam (it’s actually been about a year and a half–I’m bad like that).

Everything went fine.  But as usual, I got REALLY nervous before hand.  I’m not sure why.  This doctor is SO nice.  She doesn’t rush me.  Makes sure all my questions are answered.  For any females out there…you can’t even tell that she’s done the PAP smear.  She has given me a prescription for Percocet for period cramps.  I mean, what more can you ask for?

All I can say is that this was only the second time I’ve gone to her so maybe it was just not knowing her that well.  But NEXT year I’m not going to be nervous.

I didn’t have to get any blood work.  She told me that studies show that as long as your cholesterol was within normal limits, and there are no major life changes (i.e., weight loss or gain, high blood pressure, chest pain, etc.) then you can go 3-4 years with checking.  My last appointment numbers were good–LDL 114, HDL 50, triglycerides 55.   My fasting glucose was good then too–78.  Last tetanus 2005.  So I’m good to go!  She did give me a referral for a foot doctor (to ask about that darn bunion) and also I’m going to get an x-ray on my left knee to figure out again if there is something causing the somewhat frequent pain there.  And I got a refill on the Percocet.  Life is good.

Of course while I was gone Kimm had a bloody nose that lasted for 45 minutes.  YIKES.  Thankfully it stopped on its own.  I hate bloody noses.

Now I’m going to bed for a quick nap before work tonight.

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Now I Remember Why I Sometimes Did Not Like the Gym.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I have to say, we’ve been doing really good at meeting our “goal” for the gym–four times a week.  I know we have just joined, but last week, we went twice (joined at the mid-point of the week) and this week already three times (I’ll be going again on Saturday).  So that makes me happy.

However, my knee is beginning to bother me again.  It’s a weird pain, this knee thing.  It’s a dull ache/uncomfortable feeling on the top of my knee on the left side only–this is the area where a LONG time ago (probably about ten years) I was attempting running and as I was running I felt “something” and ever since then I’ve had this pain on and off–mostly off since I stopped going to the gym about a year or so ago.  And I was doing fine for the first few times at the gym, but then I think with all the inclines–I like to do inclines in order to really work a sweat–my knee has begun to hurt again.  So I stopped with the steep inclines.  I’m going more for slow and steady.  But today after using the leg press machine at a higher weight, it hurts again.  Argh.  This really makes me mad.  I WANT to do more and I could if only not for this stupid knee!

Well, I do have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow and I guess I could ask about it.  Back when this originally happened I had x-rays and worked with a physical therapist with no real solution.  The pain never went away.  So I just gave up.  But I guess it doesn’t hurt to ask again.

Kimm’s team lost their second game in the semi-finals.  Stupid team.  Don’t you know that you are making for a VERY grumpy Kimm and that I then have to deal with it?? 🙂

Why do three days off go by so fast?  Just asking.

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U-G-L-Y Comforters

Monday, May 17, 2010

Kind of discouraged tonight because we went out today to try to find another comforter–NO LUCK.  I don’t believe there is anywhere you can find a nice looking comforter these days that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.  Even the ones that cost a bundle are U-G-L-Y!!  Seriously.  I’m speaking the truth people. We looked at Target, KMart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Sears, and JC Penny.  I don’t even know where else to look.

In good news, I think we may have found different ear phones that won’t hurt our ears like the ipod/iphone ones do.  We both bought the Skullcandy Ink’d Stereo Ear Buds–me in purple, Kimm in blue.  They are much more comfortable when we tried them out tonight.  The true test will be tomorrow when we hit the gym.

Feeling incredibly sleepy right now.  But soon we are going to watch Final Destination 4.  Popcorn of course 🙂

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Oh Fruit!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Funny inside joke.  We are about to watch some Gilmore Girls and I said to Kimm, “Whenever you are ready…just let me know…oh fruit, I forgot to write my blog!”  (Funny as in I meant to say, “oh shoot”) 🙂

Anyways. Here I am writing it.

I went to the gym after we ate dinner tonight.  By myself as Kimm was watching the first game of the semi-finals.  I was THE ONLY person in the gym.  Can you believe it.  It was kind of strange.  I got a good workout in and headed home to shower.  Of course now I am SORE.  Ibuprofen, do your thing, please!

It was a gorgeous day out today.  Unfortunately I slept a good portion of it away but we did get to take Izzy for an after-dinner walk and she LOVED it.  She was smiling the whole way 🙂

Three days off!!!!

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Fingers Crossed

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I made it through my first night back at work.  Not too busy, which was nice!

My friend Frank is running with a streak of good luck–first he and his husband got an apartment that they wanted, then his son was accepted into an awesome pre-school.  And now he is going to be meeting with someone who is selling their salon…hopefully to him!  Keep your fingers crossed that his luck will persevere 🙂

It’s a windy day.  Perfect day for sleeping.  Today the triceps are really sore.  I have a feeling that my eyes will be closed the minute my head hits the pillow.

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And the abs are sore…

Friday, May 14, 2010

Just after one day at the gym and my abs were sore this morning!

Went back again.  Another good sweat.

It feels GOOD to go again 🙂  I wish I hadn’t waited so long.

Now I’m working for two days and then three off.

Baked mac and cheese for dinner tonight.

Life is good.

Let’s just hope work at the hospital is good too.

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Return to the Gym!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

We both got a good sweat on today 🙂

We FINALLY got to the gym and I’m so psyched.  It’s been WAY too long.

Can I tell you how much I love the treadmills at this gym–each one with its own T.V. attached (nothing like watching The Food Network while you are working out) and its own fan (so nice to have cool air blowing on you full force when you are dripping).

Our goal is to go four times a week minimum.  If we go more, that’s great.  But four times a week is a must unless we are sick.

Tonight we hit our monthly excursion to Barnes and Noble.  I bought two books–the next of my quilt series and The China Study (the most comprehensive nutrition study done).  I love books.

Off to bed to read.

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And the games go on…

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

That means what you think it does…the Canadiens managed to win tonight so they have a coveted spot for the conference finals.  If they win best of seven of this set of games, then they will be playing for the Stanley Cup.  Kimm told me that her team hasn’t made it this far since 1993!  Not bad for a team who was ranked last.

Go Canadiens!

Today flew by as usual.  Went to the library (love!) and to the grocery store.  This month we’re doing great with money for groceries…we’ve only spent about $100.  Yay!

We’re heading to bed early tonight so that we can get a bright and early (for us) start tomorrow.  We’re definitely hitting the gym 🙂

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Ugh.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Just not feeling 100% today.  I think I may be catching a cold (which I blame COMPLETELY on working extra yesterday and still trying to catch up on sleep).

And of course, I’m right on schedule to go back in tonight.  Thankfully for only one night.  Then I’ll have two off to try to better recuperate.

I think the one thing that hurts my body with the night schedule is just switching back and forth from sleeping nights and days.   I do feel lucky that I can do it, but I don’t think my body likes it too much 🙂

Yay (for Kimm)–the Canadiens have managed to hold out for one more game–game 7 of the second round is on Wednesday.  If they lose, then they are done…if they win, on to round three.  I hope they win (for Kimm’s sake and therefore mine…she’ll be a bear if they lose).

Another yay–Kimm mowed and weed-wacked the lawn yesterday and it looks GREAT.

I’m going to drink lots of (free) orange juice tonight at work to further ward off any cold that may be brewing.  Later all.

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Not much of a day off…

Monday, May 10, 2010

I don’t know how I agreed to it, but somehow I said I would stay and work an extra four hours (which turned into five hours) at the hospital this morning.  They were pretty desperate because they were a nurse short.  Normally I NEVER would say yes.  I’m the queen of saying no.  But it was the one night supervisor who I really like and she was asking me face-to-face and I really wasn’t feeling too bad at that point (having already worked 12 hours).

But believe me, it went downhill fast.  Because it was so last minute, I had to get a whole new group of patients.  Bye-bye patients that I knew all about…hello all new patients that I had to get to know in a hurry.  Hello breakfast on the floor by 7:30 am, giving insulin, listening to lungs and bellies while people are trying to feed their bellies.  Hello going to morning rounds and not really knowing a damn thing about what the “plan” is for these patients…pretty much “when can they leave” and “why are they on this floor?”  Hello patient’s families!  Did you know that I actually have a ton of stuff to do in between trying to answer your questions…my assessments in the computer, morning meds at 8 am and 10 am, notes in the charts.  Helping when your pod-mate’s patient is crashing and has to be transferred to ICU.  Talking to family members on the phone who don’t live in this state but want to help their father make a decision about his mother who is 94 and had a major stroke and is pretty much non-responsive…should they put in a PEG tube?  Talking to the father who is torn–he is the health care proxy…he knows what his mother wanted–no more surgeries…to die peacefully if something like this happened–but being torn by the thought of his daughters hating him and never talking to him again if he let’s their grandmother die.  Oh the stress.

I was SO READY to go home.  My eyes were burning.  I couldn’t think straight.  And I didn’t want to see another patient or family member in a long time.

Please…if you are someone’s health proxy…that person chose you for a reason.  They choose you to speak for them when they couldn’t.  You have to be strong, even if people will hate you.  You will have to live with yourself.  And remember, it is about quality of life, not quantity.  I can’t begin to say how many patients I have cared for where there is no more quality.  You can’t hold on for yourself.

Somehow I think this is the part of medicine that I hate the most.  Always doing everything for everyone, just because we can.

Gosh, what a depressing day.

At least when I got home we joined the gym.  It was absolute TORTURE sitting there while she changed our membership from trial to actual…just because I was so tired.  Then we headed to Subway, picked up a sub to share and I ate and hit the sack.

Just got up at 8 pm.  What a day off.  This is the only one.  Back again tomorrow.

Can I just say I SO PREFER working nights to days.  I think I would have a nervous breakdown if I had to work days.  I really think that the night nurses have more time to pick up all that doesn’t get done on days and they definitely have more time to spend talking and caring for a patient.  I’m stressful just thinking about days now.  I can’t wait to go back to my beloved nights 🙂

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