Tuesday, January 27, 2009

This is where I spend my days...

Isn't it grand?

I'm doing my Capstone on the Mother-Baby unit here in Harrisonburg at RMH. For those of you who don't know what that entails - it's a lot. We are responsible for the care of the mother and the baby after the birth. This particular specialty requires that we give a LOT of education to these new mommies.

You would think they'd know it all - but I guess they forget really quick. Plus, in the medical world, stuff changes all the time! So, I'm learning too. Of course, the fun part is the babies, and I'm starting to realize I like that part better...so maybe I should look in to NICU...which is what I was thinking all along.

I guess it gets old after a while. A lot of the 'seasoned' nurses there toss these babies around like they're nothin! Not really, but you know what I mean. They've been doing it for so long, its rediculious - they can put a diaper on perfectly, like you see in the commercials. But, I'm getting really good at that too. And swaddling. I can do that like a pro :)

So, on any given day, if you wonder where I am, I'm in the nursery. But usually during the day, the mommies want their babies...so they're not usually in the nursery. It is sad though, the dynamics that you see a lot. Unfortunate young girls who have ended up with this miracle that they don't even realize. It's frustrating.

I have baby fever so BAD. This does not help. But, I do get to see what life is like after pregnancy, and let me tell you, it's not pretty.

Sometimes I want to tell these 15 year olds "Yeah, I bet you weren't expecting all this when you were having sex." Sorry, but it's true. They just don't even know what it all entails until they're going through it. And I doubt if they enjoy it all that much.

Anyway. Just an update on what I've been up to.

So close to the end I can smell it...and it ain't just the baby poo!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

So Proud...again...

courtesy of http://www.catchpennyband.com/iraqpic1.htm

Isn't he just so handsome when he plays the guitar?! I think so too. He said he played a "sick solo" also, and that he "melted their faces off"! Who knows, maybe he'll be a big rock star one day! :)