Friday, February 27, 2009

A short "break"

I finished my hell of a week today and am relieved that I have no tests or papers due for 2 more weeks. Granted, I will still be studying like always but it's nice to know the extra pressure is not there. I wasn't as happy with how this week's exams went as I wanted to be but it could have been much worse. Now I know what I need to study more for so hopefully the next round isn't as painful!

I am looking forward to next weekend though since it's the start of spring break. I'm most likely just going to go to Raleigh for a few days to visit friends and family, but I haven't been home since early January so it will be a nice change of scenery. After spring break I have 2 weeks and then Alister comes. Needless to say I'm REALLY looking forward to that (I haven't seen him since the beginning of January). Long distance sucks.

I don't have much other news b/c I've been drowning in ginormous textbooks so hopefully I come up with something more interesting to read soon.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Slowly closing in on the end of a decade...or two or three...

Tomorrow I turn 29. As of tomorrow I have exactly 365 days to enjoy something I will never, ever see again. My 20's. For some strange reason, that makes me feel kind of sad, like I'm saying good-bye to an old friend. Or maybe it's because I'm moving closer to having an increased risk for hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, incontinence, arthritis, hearing loss, cataracts, wrinkles, cancer, stroke, ulcers, Alzheimer's...and God forbid varicose veins (seriously people, go work in a hospital with the elderly for ONE DAY). I guess I'm just going to have to cross my fingers harder and hope that my genes will be what saves me b/c right now it sure won't be my strict exercise regimen.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Vent on: Greenville, NC

I'm having a bad day (oh, for so many reasons that are unnecessary to go into on here) so I'm going to share with everyone the top things I LOVE about Greenville (dripping sarcasm). And for the record, I am dealing with it the best I can b/c I am stuck here for several years, but it doesn't mean I have to like the place!

The Trains:
Greenville was built around a train track- it runs directly through the middle of town. It wouldn't be so bad except that the train STOPS in the middle of town, in rush hour traffic, and the driver gets out of the train and walks off down the track to get a donut or something. How is that even legal? How can you BLOCK OFF multiple streets during the morning and evening commute??? I wish someone would just train-jack it and get it out of the way.

Nighttime:
You do not go out at night even remotely alone. It used to be if you were in a group it was safer. Here they just shoot everyone in the group…so find a group that has more people that most pistols have bullets.

Food Lion:
The baggers at Food Lion. I could do a better job if I was blind, deaf, and a paraplegic. For one thing, I'd work harder. And stink a little less.

Wal-Mart:
Don't go after sunset. Don't go before sunrise. Don't go anytime in between those two times. Don't go alone. You're probably better off just not going at all. It's dangerous. Note: I do go though b/c it's cheap and convenient. I have learned by going that you should always count the number of socks in a package b/c most likely some homeless person has stolen a pair or two.

Bojangles:
95% of Greenville dines at Bojangles every single day. The line for the drive through actually wraps around the restaurant and then out into the street. I just don't think their biscuits are THAT good plus I found a hair in one of my biscuits at the one by the med school. Now I just go to the one near my townhouse.

Stoplights:
There are no such things as red lights; only yellow and green. Yellow means green and green means sit there like a dumbass, not moving, and continue your unimportant, ghetto-ass conversation.

Greenville Boulevard:
It’s like I-40. Just with stoplights every 500 feet.

The Dress Code:
If you’re slim, wear a shirt that covers your waistband. If you’re average, wear a shirt that goes to your waistband. If you’re chunky, wear a shirt that stops 2” above your waistband. If you’re actually fat, just wear a sports bra…b/c it covers about the same amount of rolls as the shirts down here do.

Nickname:
People actually call it “G-Vegas”. Seriously. And they think it’s cute.

The wind:
No kidding, the wind down here blows 99% of the time…but only if the temperature is below 70 degrees. Once it heats up, it’s hot, humid, dead air. But as long as it’s cold you can be guaranteed that the wind is going to GUST in the opposite direction you are trying to go. And if you change directions, the wind will gust in a different direction just to screw with you.

Turn lanes:
In addition to the idiots that are confused about red light/green light, there are the ones that are unclear about what a center turn lane is for. It’s for turning. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s there so you can move OUT of traffic and wait to turn without holding up traffic. Not here. Here, if someone wants to turn left on a 5 lane road (2 lanes each side + a turn lane), they slam on the brakes in one of the main lanes and then turn left ACROSS the turn lane and the 2 lanes going the opposite direction. Who would do that? I’d say at least 50% of the residents in Greenville.

Flooding:
Greenville has issues with flooding when it rains b/c whoever dug the storm drains and sewers forgot to make them able to actually drain. If it rains for more than 5 minutes, all major streets in Greenville turn into small ponds, and being that it is filled with WONDERFUL drivers, well, there’s a lot of accidents during an afternoon shower. Walking through Greenville in the rain and walking in a creek is about the same thing.

Fast food:
Greenville has more fast food restaurants per capita than any other place in NC. Fact. Obesity is also the number one problem that the hospitals down here deal with. Fact. PCMH has been named a bariatric surgery center of excellence…b/c they do a lot of gastric surgeries on the obese. Fact. If you eat McDonald’s every day, you have a good chance of ending up in the hospital with an obesity-related disease. Fact. Keep eating burgers and fries people b/c it guarantees I’ll have a job when I’m done with school.

Thug teenagers:
My neighborhood has an over-abundance of thug teenagers. The ones that get off the bus in their saggy ass drawers and wife beaters and proceed to stand in the parking lot for 4 hours and attempt to rap while smoking joints and yelling lewd comments at white girls (ie me) about their various body parts. What they need to do is take their ghetto-butts home and do some homework so they don’t end up in jail with the other 30% of Greenville’s population (and yes, the teenagers are white and black).

I'm sure the list could go on for a while but I need to study.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Hallmark Holiday

Today is Valentine's Day and I have to be honest, I've never been a fan of it. I've always thought that if you love someone you should SHOW and TELL then all the time...not just on one generic Hallmark holiday that someone came up with so that February wouldn't seem like such a boring month (boring? me being born made this month historical!). That being said, I really enjoyed the card and Build-A-Bear dressed like a scrub nurse that Alister sent me...so much better than flowers. Flowers die. Whomever started the tradition of sending flowers should have realized that if you REALLY love them, you don't send them something that shrivels up and dies. Now what does that say about your love there? That it will die in a week no matter how much you nourish and care for it? Exactly.

On a less than happy note Stetson has been acting funky and had a few bouts of vomiting and diarrhea. I'm telling myself he's just neurotic b/c I refuse to spend my Saturday night at the emergency vet. However if he is the same tomorrow, then it looks like I'll be there Sunday. Gotta love pets...and horses are even worse at getting ill so maybe I'll hold off on getting another one of those or a bit longer.

Either way, hope everyone has a good "holiday" and enjoys spending time with their loved one(s).

Friday, February 13, 2009

Taking a breather

Okay, so it's been a long week. I had several tests and papers due and most of the time, I feel like there's not enough hours in the day to accomplish it all and stay sane. Every time I post I say I studied harder than I ever have before...I'm not sure if I can study much more than I have this past week, and if I have to then I'm dropping out and going to med school b/c if I have to learn much more at a time I'm coming out with an MD damnit! Seriously, nursing school is HARD- at least ECU's program is. Everyone I know feels like their life revolves around school and everything else is falling by the wayside. I would have to agree! I'm definitely going to enjoy a glass or two of bubbly (ie champagne) tonight as a brief reward for my hard work...before starting back up again tomorrow.

Luckily, Alister is also in nursing school and although the distance is difficult at time, it seems to be working out okay. We're both doing the same type of things so I can tell him about my patient having a lacunar infarct and he knows what that is and what it means to have to take care of them. We both also stay pretty busy so I don't feel like either of us sit around bored going "I can't believe the other one hasn't called yet!". I do feel a bit envious of Alister though; he was previously an EMT and I think that nursing school in general has been a bit easier for him b/c he's going in with more knowledge. At the very least I wish I had made the effort to get my CNA first so I wouldn't have gone in completely clueless!

As for everything else going on...okay there's not much b/c all I do is study. Alex did come down to visit last weekend and that provided a nice break (although after she left I panicked b/c I hadn't studied for an entire 24 hours...oh no!). I won't be heading home to Raleigh until March for part of my spring break so that's definitely something I'm looking forward to. Who would have thought that I'd go two months without visiting my family??? Proof that I do stay busy down here in windy, windy, ghetto Greenville!

I do get a chance to look at the news in between reading my hugely redundant , heavy textbooks and I just want to say that the people living in this world are whack. Seriously. The news just gets more and more absurd every time I read it; now I know why several of my friends don't even look anymore. Examples? The woman who had 8 babies in addition to her 6 and the fact that she is single, unemployed, and living with her parents. And...she plans on raising the kids off food stamps and student loans. Biological clock with a dead battery aside, I just don't think that's right. Hopefully someone (child services?) will do something about it.

Another crazy story? The 13 year old boy who purposely had a baby with his slightly older girlfriend. I don't know about anyone else, but at 13 I still didn't even like boys. The food industry really must be putting some serious hormones in kid's cereal to make pre-pubescent kids want to have sex and make babies.

There's also the recent article about a court denying some families' compensation for their kids having autism b/c they received their regular child vaccines. Really? You're going to go to court to get money b/c your kid got the unlucky end of the stick? Bad news- vaccines didn't cause your kid to have anything so rather than spending your time in the news why don't you suck it up and attempt to be a better parent? Just my thought. For those reading this, I obviously do not think that vaccines cause autism. I have a lot of information to support that but I am not going into it on this blog!

Another article I had a strong reaction to was the one about the girl in Italy who had been in a vegetative coma for 17 years and the hospitals wouldn't let the dad pull the plug even though he told them that's what she would have wanted. Talk about the opposite of Terry Schiavo. Her dad actually tried to let her go like she wanted and the Italians insisted on keeping her plugged in...for almost 2 decades. I think he finally won the argument but that must have been hell for the poor man.

Oh, and don't get me started on that damn peanut butter factory that KNEW the peanut butter was contaminated and was still releasing it anyways. Grrrrr.

Then there's the less serious silly articles that stick out, like the man that announced he was divorcing his wife via his Facebook status BEFORE he told her. Now that's a way to find out your marriage is ending. Facebook is a great site for keeping up with friends and family but I think some people go a little overboard with it. That being said, I'm going to go check mine before pouring myself a nice glass of bubbly fun.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Busy busy

Although I don't have time to really write anything I promise I will do a catch up sometime this week. For now though, I just finished a patient write up and I have 2 tests, a quiz, and a paper to study for/write...so not much time!