Sunday, March 22, 2015

Don't Worry, I Practiced On Fruit...

Shots.  We have all had them.  Up until about six months ago, I used to turn my head because I did not want to see the needle.  When I had to get my vaccinations for nursing school, I watched the needle go into my arm.  I figured I could no longer avoid it since I would one day be the one sticking the needle into someone.

You can imagine my surprise when I learned that we give shots during our first semester of nursing school.  Yeah, we practiced on hot dogs and fake arms in class.  I was much less freaked out by needles, but it was still something strange to me.  I thought the videos we watched were traumatizing, since the nurse on the video was basically stabbing the patient with the needle.

At my last clinical, we were told that we were cleared to give shots.  As in into an actual patient and not a hot dog or fake arm.  My patient did not require any sort of medicine via a needle, so I was certain I would not be giving a shot that day.  Wrong.  The nurse I was with needed to give someone a heprin shot, so I was the lucky person that got to do it.

I walked in and the nurse was walking me through the procedure when the patient had a horrified look on her face and asked me if it were my first time to give a shot.  I told her it was but not to worry because....wait for it....I have practiced on a lot of fruit!  She looked at me like I was completely crazy, I gave her the shot and was out the door.  I have no idea why I told her fruit, maybe because hot dogs sounded less qualified???

I ended up giving to subcutaneous (into the skin on the stomach) shots that day and now officially feel like a pro!  So, if you end up in the hospital and I am your student nurse, have no fear, I have practiced on a lot of fruit!!!!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Husky Hiking...

This winter, there has been no shortage of Ms. Kya getting to hiking around Kansas.  This girl has logged too many miles to count.  Along with her hiking, she has also gotten to enjoy many miles running with her mama, you know, since her mama is a full time student now.

We had a few small snow falls this year and they happened on the weekend when Ken could join us for hiking fun!  If you know a husky, you know that they love the snow.

Kya and me at the Arboretum

Ken and Kya enjoying the snow at the Arboretum

These two are quite the pair!

Ken and Kya at Perry Lake.  Don't mind Kya's face, she is really happy about the hiking!

A family photo (sans cats) after a 9 mile hike in the snow

The sign that that it was a great day for a husky!  A tired husky equals a good husky!

Kya absolutely loves to hike!  She blazes the trail and loves leading the way.  She is always on her leash, since she is a husky and would most likely bolt at the first sign of a deer or a rabbit.  The furthest that she has ever hiked is 17 miles and usually goes around 12 miles most weekends when we hike.  If you have a husky or a high energy dog, I strongly encourage taking them hiking.  The best part is, it is good for everyone involved!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Tisket, A Tasket, An Appendix in a Basket...

I am in full swing with clinicals at the hospital, having just completed my second clinical day.  I absolutely love it.  I was 100% born to interact with patients.  At my clinical this week, I was assigned to one patient to complete a full health history.  That was really a lot of fun, but mainly because my patient was super friendly and really enjoyed talking to me.

The patient I was assigned to was in the hospital for an appendectomy and once he told my clinical instructor how much he liked me and how helpful I was, she asked me if I would be interested in going into the OR with him.  Of course I was!!!  She made a call and got approval (which was surprising because I was only on my second clinical and they usually do not allow such early students into the OR), and I had to ask my patient if he was okay with me watching the removal of his appendix.  He told me yes on one condition, that there would be no peaking while he was under!  I thought that was too funny.

I ended up spending a lot of time with his family in the pre-op area and they were all so excited for me to get to see my very first surgery.  I kept apologizing to the patient for being so excited that he was losing an organ, but I kept telling him if he was going to be down an organ, the appendix is the way to go.

His parents treated me as if I was their own daughter getting ready to go into the OR for the first time.  They took pictures of me after I changed into the OR scrubs, because they wanted me to show them to Ken.  There is no way I could have had a better family to be with for so long.  Soon enough, it was time to head off to the OR.

So excited to go into the OR for the first time!  Never mind that the scrubs I am wearing are four sizes too big!  I could have fit into one leg of those pants.

Watching the surgery was indescribable.  I did not get grossed out at all and never felt like I was going to pass out like a lot of people do in the OR.  I am sure that a heart surgery or even something on the stomach will be a different story.  I kind of thought that it would be like Grey's Anatomy and I would be watching from a window, but I was literally right there in the operating room where I could watch everything.

After the appendix was taken out and placed in a small bag and sucked out, I asked the surgical tech a question and he cut the bag open and pulled the appendix out for me to see.  He placed it in a basin and one of the nurses brought me some gloves and told me to touch it.  I picked the appendix up and held it in my hand and could see the staples from the area where the blood supply was cut off.  It was really cool.  

I went with the patient back to the recovery room and his first question after waking up was to me and he was wondering how I did during his surgery.  

After I made it back to the floor with my classmates, we were in a meeting and the nurse I was assigned with all day came in to get me because the patient's family wanted to see me.  They were so sweet and asked me all about the surgery and how I did.  I feel so fortunate that I got to spend so much of my day with wonderful people and that the patient was going to leave the hospital pain free. 

I went home so excited to tell Ken about my day and me getting to hold an appendix.  

I look forward to many more experiences at the hospital!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Happy Birthday Ken!

To most people, February 14th is Valentines' Day.  Well, not at our house.  At our house, February 14th is Ken's birthday!  This year he wanted to get up early and go on a hike with his girls and then go around Kansas City to all the different craft breweries.  Done and done.

We hiked 10 miles around Clinton Lake.  It was a great morning, except it ended up not being as cold as it was supposed to be and the ground ended up being muddy.  It was super muddy.  Oh well, we still had a lot of fun!

Kya tried so hard to stay awake on the ride home, but she was so tired from our adventure.

After a shower, we picked up Mike and Katie to make our way to our first stop of the day, Cinder Block Brewery.  We knew we were instantly in for a fun day when all of the fun stories began.  Everyone enjoyed a beer and then we made our way to The Big Rip Brewery, a mile or so down the road.  When Ken and I visited this place shortly after Christmas, we were the only people in there.  This place was completely packed this time!  Ken and Katie both really liked the milk stout that they served and I cannot remember the kind of beer that Mike ordered.  

The Birthday Boy!

Our next stop was KC Bier Company, which is a place the four of us frequent.  It was at this stop that I learned that Katie thought that instead of visiting each brewery for tasting, that we were going on behind the scenes tours of each brewery.  It was pretty funny!

Mike and Ken enjoying their dunkels!

Katie and me at KC Bier Co, dreaming of a beer garden in Munich.

Happy Birthday to my guy!

We left KC Bier Co and made our way to our stomping grounds at Martin City Brewing Company, where you can find us on most Wednesday nights.  I am not sure that I have ever laughed as hard as I did while we were sitting there.  We had so much fun laughing and telling stories.  

Mike and Katie at MCB

Ken and me having fun at MCB

Our birthday tradition is always dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings.  We have been doing this for Ken's birthday since 2008, when he was living in Nashville and I visited him on his birthday.  The best part is, there is never any waiting!

We left Martin City and made our way to BWW, where we continued to laugh even more about Katie thinking we were going to tour the breweries.  Mike, Katie, and Ken all consumed more dunkel, and I stuck with my water since I was driving us around.  Ken said that this was his favorite birthday ever, so I am glad we showed him a great time!

Celebrating 8 years of birthdays at Buffalo Wild Wings!

Happy Birthday Ken!  I am so glad you had so much fun on Saturday!  We always have fun with Mike and Katie and cannot wait for our next adventure with them.  

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Best of 2014...

I am obviously way late to the party regarding a summary of 2014.  I enjoyed 2014 so much, that I could not miss an opportunity to relive the many memories.  Without further ado, I present the best of 2014.

We had an amazing vacation in Germany and Switzerland!  After visiting these two countries, I can honestly say that I cannot wait to go back again. 

In July, my office transitioned and I started working from home.  This is me getting Starbucks one final time during my Oakwood office life.

With me transitioning to work from home, I was able to enjoy many moments with my hooligans.

Obviously it was rough on the hooligans with me being at home all day!

On August 24, I became a two time Ironman finisher, completing Ironman Louisville on the hottest day of the year.

Ken and I went to a playoff game in St. Louis

We spent a week in Mexico with Mike and Katie

One other huge highlight of the year was me getting accepted into nursing school!  It was a long two years taking all of the general course requirements, but it was all worth it when I got accepted to the BSN program!

Happy 2015!

Monday, January 26, 2015

OHL Classic...

While we were in Mexico, Ken realized that there was a PGA golf tournament going on a few resorts down.  We knew that we had to go to the tournament since we were so close.  Plus, general admission tickets were super cheap and then you could pay a little more to have VIP tickets which included unlimited drinks and food, along with three special viewing areas.  Obviously, we chose the upgraded tickets to enjoy our day there!

Ken is ready to watch some golf!

The course was beautiful!  There were a few holes that ran right along the beach.

One of the funny things that happened was when Ken stepped into a hole of fire ants right as this group was getting ready to hit.  He was trying to be as quiet as possible swatting them off of him, but one group started yelling at him saying, come on mate!  It was so funny!  

While we were looking at the program, we noticed that there was a guy from the Kansas City area playing.  We decided to watch him play for a while.  Ken talked to him at one point, and he ended up being a super friendly guy.

Brice Garnett from the Kansas City area

I decided to cheer for a golfer from Munich.  At one point he made a shot and was walking by and I shouted out, Prost!  You know, it is really the only German I know!

Ken and I both had a great time

Before we wrapped up our day, we went over to the practice/autograph area to see if we could get autographs or pictures for our neighbor Kyle.  We ended up getting a ton of autographs and a few pictures.  Of course, Ken made me ask for all of the pictures.

With the famous Justin Leonard

With my buddy Alex Cejka from Munich

I decided to save the best for last.  Camilo Villegas is known for his spider man stance when he surveys his ball on the green.  He was walking away and was not at all interested in dealing with people.  For whatever reason, I took off after him and yelled, Camilo, Camilo, will you get your picture with me?  He instantly perked up and said yes, which made my day!

Just hanging with Camilo Villegas

I am so glad that Ken and I went to this tournament!  It was something we will probably never get to experience again and I am so glad that we had the opportunity to participate.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Well, nursing school has officially began and I am no longer working, so what better time to update my blog with things that happened back in November?

Our friends Mike and Katie invited us to go to Mexico with them back in November.  A week on the beach with two wonderful friends?  Yes please!

The boat that we knew as the "Mystica"

Ken enjoyed hanging out in the private cabanas we had access to.

We spent the entire week relaxing and drinking far too many pina coladas.  My birthday also fell during the week of our trip and there is no better way to celebrate than being in Mexico with wonderful friends!

These three hung out in the cabanas while I had to go back to our room to work on homework.  Homework in Mexico does beat homework in Kansas City any day!

One of our favorite things to do is watch the sunset and the cruise ships leaving Cozumel.

Mike made friends with this guy.  We named him Ricky.

On my birthday, there were several attempts made to get a picture of Ken and me.  I am sorry to say that the below is the best we could get.  This includes the pictures that Mike took of us too.  

Happy Birthday to me???

We ventured into Play del Carmen to shop around and have lunch and cocktails.  I can honestly say that this will be the last time we will ever do that.  I can no longer handle the harassment and it seems to have gotten worse since the last time we visited.  

The water is quite beautiful in Playa.

We enjoyed having cocktails and watching 90's music videos at this bar. 

Ken and I ended up splitting the world's largest mango margarita at a cute little restaurant.

Margarita smiles!

We always have a great time with Mike and Katie.  Who knows what our next adventure will be?  Maybe a European vacation?  It does not seem to matter, these two always make us laugh.