Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Things Always Look Up

The sour classmate (see previous post) has taken a turn for the friendly.
This only reinforces my belief in the value of kindness toward one's enemies. Refusing to meet a challenge with an equal challenge isn't selling out. Some people might mistake a lack of confrontation or self-defense as weakness. But it is not. It is only a more stealthy way of tending one's relationships.

I liken it to slipping a medicine into someone's oatmeal. Slowly the disease is destroyed from the inside out. Maybe it doesn't work every time. Maybe you need to try a few different treatments. Or maybe the disease can't be cured. But more often than not, that person you cared for will realize they can't remember why they dislike you anymore.

Sometimes yin conquers yang, if you understand what I mean.

In other news, I started my first IV today. I was totally jazzed about it all morning. And last Monday my group made one hell of a presentation. Beyond that, it's business as usual.

I'm ever the optimist.



I don't get to start an IV until May...I'm jealous! Is it as hard as it looks?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at 6:57:00 PM PDT  

Well, my first attempt at starting one didn't happen. But my second attempt went very well.

The week before this I tried starting one on an old guy with sclerotic veins. My teacher ended up trying three times before SHE got him... so I don't feel very bad about my failure. For one thing, guy's skin was really weird. You know how when you push your finger into a sheet of plastic it kinda warps around it and leaves a permanent dimple? Thats what this guy's skin was doing to the needle. I could hardly puncture it. WEIRD.

But this guy I actually started one on... he was a 19 year old athletic, heavyset fellow. His veins were robust and his personality was amiable so I had very little trouble at all.

You'll do fine, no worries!!

By Blogger esunasoul, at Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at 7:04:00 PM PDT  

I can't wait to be in your shoes or scrubs. I am starting nursing school this July. I will have to come back to visit.

By Blogger Unknown, at Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 2:52:00 PM PDT  

Hi Heather,

Congrats on your first IV stick. I am looking forward to my first practice one soon. We start our Patient Care class in a few weeks in which we learn venapuncture, catheterization, CPR, Barium enemas, and a plethera of other fun stuff. I am sure i will have lots to post about once that class starts.

My wife has already volunteered to let me practice my IV sticks on her, but she drew the line at cath practice. Gee, i wonder why!? ;-P

Glad to hear youre doing well and dont forget to post once in a while.


By Blogger Dustin, at Sunday, April 16, 2006 at 7:01:00 PM PDT  

Enjoying your blog. I'm in Nursing School. I put up a blog about how my divorce led to Nursing school. Haven't gotten to the nursing part yet.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Saturday, April 22, 2006 at 12:31:00 PM PDT  

Thanks for making this blog. I am starting nursing next fall and your blog really sheds light on what nursing school really is like. Thanks!! I have been nervous. I take chem in the fall and then I can apply. Keep us posted here!!

By Blogger Sassy, at Friday, April 28, 2006 at 7:36:00 PM PDT  

When I started my first few IVs, they were failures that led to flop sweat. But eventually, it seemed to be like landing a plane: you don't smash the nose into the runway, you glide the wheels into a parallel with it.

But, you will still have bad IV days.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Monday, May 8, 2006 at 7:34:00 PM PDT  

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