Thursday, August 30, 2007

Pray, Pray, Pray for Me!

I received an e-mail from John and I's preacher a few days ago. He asked if I would like to sit down informally and discuss me taking a position at the Church as the Choir Director. Are you kidding me!?! That would be awesome! We are to meet sometime next week to discuss the ins and outs. So please pray that this position is perfect for John and I and if it isn't, I won't be devastated. I will let everyone know when I know more details.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Appointment #2

John and I went to our second OB appointment today. Everything looks good. I have gained three pounds, which is good considering how much I have been vomitting. We got to hear the baby's heart beat, 165 beats per minute. My blood pressure is good and that pretty much sums up the appointment, short and sweet.
School started this week. I am taking Chemistry, Anatomy and Nutrition. I am really excited about these classes. They will be challenging, but they bring me that much closer to the nursing program.

I hope everyone is doing well!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

John calls it OUR stomach...

Yes, I am showing. And yes, I am only 12 weeks.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Sad Story

Working in the ICU has really been an expirience. The stories that come through there are more bizarre than the story lines in Grey's Anatomy and ER; which leads me to my sad story.
We had an mid-elderly lady be admitted to the ICU from the ER on Friday while I was working. She was a "no report" patient, which means we are not allowed to tell anyone, including family how she is doing or even confirm that she is there. This is the patients decision or power of attorneys decision. Before she came to the ICU we had a young man come and ask if she was there, all I could say is that we do not have a patient by that name. When she arrived to ICU I got her chart to do orders and noticed she was an intentional overdose of morphine. Come to find out her husband had been in the ICU the folowing week and had passed away. Today was his funeral. After the funeral the family informed her she would be going to a nursing home. The young man that had come by earlier was one of her grandchildren. The grandchildren were now cleaning out their grandparent's house of things they thought she no longer needed. I guess he had come by to see how much time he had. She had five daughters and not one of them offered to house her or take care of her instead of moving her into a nursing home. I do understand many time there are underlying issues, but this just broke my heart. I hope I am never put in a situation where I am forced to put my parents or grandparents or any family member in a nursing home. Hopefully by becoming a nurse I will always be abe to take care of the ones I love.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

One of my favorite recipes...

I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes. I hope you all enjoy.

2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
1 cup frozen corn kernels (I use fresh corn on the cob and boil it first.)
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon chili powder (I use a 1 tsp)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup chunky salsa
8 ounces corn tortilla chips
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (optional)

In a large pot over medium heat, saute the chicken in the oil for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cumin and mix well. Then add the broth, corn, onion, chili powder, lemon juice and salsa. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes.
Break up some tortilla chips into individual bowls and pour soup over chips. Top with the Monterey Jack cheese and a little sour cream.

**I boil the chichen instead of pan frying it. It is much easier, and I think makes the chicken juicier. When it is done, I pull it apart in small strips and follow the recipe from there.