Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
The other day Kathy, who is also a nurse posted about something she overheard at work. Which leads me to my post today of something I saw at work.
Bilateral leg sores from knees to ankles, swollen and fluid filled macerated skin that was flaking away in layers with raw flesh exposed. The gauze bandages on these wounds were soaked with drainage from the sores and the drainage had dripped down into the slipper like shoes that were now soaked like a wet sponge that could be wrung out with wound broth. The feet were water logged from being in wet shoes for so long.
Another nurse had removed the bandages to examine the wounds, but it was shift change so the cleaning and redressing part was all mine. When she removed the old bandages she found maggots crawling in the sores. Yes I said maggots.
My first plan of action was to put some Vicks up my nose (great for avoiding bad smells), put on a mask and gown and tackle the job of cleaning up these legs. As I was scrubbing them with betadine and saline I removed several more maggots from the wounds and between the toes. It was so disgusting!
I know some nurses have seen this many of times, but it was a first for me and I just thought I'd share. Aren't you glad you read my blog today??
Monday, October 29, 2007
There was so much good food, mostly appetizers, and sweets. It was delicious and all vegetarian, just for me.
The cake was so cute it deserves a close up picture of its own!
Chocolate with raspberry filling and butter cream frosting. Yum!
Here's a few pics of the gift opening.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
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Thursday, October 11, 2007
What time is it 01:15 AM
Your full name – Lori Michelle C********
What are you most afraid of – dying young
What is the most recent movie that you have seen in a
Theater – Heartbreak Kid
Place of birth – OKC, OK
Favorite food - Italian
What's your natural hair color - Brown
Ever been to Italy – Yes
Ever been toilet papering – No
Love someone so much it made you cry - Yes!!!
Been in a car accident – Yes 3 times - all my fault
Favorite day of the week - Saturdays and Sundays
Favorite restaurant - Bamboo Garden in Seattle WA they have the best vegetarian food ever!!
Favorite sport to watch – Football particularly Notre Dame
Favorite drink – Diet Coke
Favorite ice cream – Black Cherry
Ever been on a ship - Yes
What color is your bedroom carpet – Tan shag
How many times did you fail your driver's test - None (surprisingly, since I learned how to drive the day before I took the test)
Before this, from who did you get your last
email? - Rachael
Bedtime - Between 11pm - midnight OR 8am depending if I worked all night or not
Favorite TV show – Grays Anatomy
Last person you went to dinner with - Sarah and Sheila
What were you doing at age 31 and 32 – Only 30, don't know yet
What are your favorite colors – purple
How many tattoos do you have - none
How many pets do you have – One
Which came first, the chicken or the egg - Chicken
What do you want to do before you die – Live life to the fullest
Have you ever been to Hawaii – Yes, and would love to go back!
Have you been to countries outside the U.S. – Yes, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, Australia, Italy, Dominican Republic, Switzerland (for a minute)
Time this survey ended – 01:40am
Copy and paste the survey into your blog or into my comment section, change the answers to make them your own. Come on, give it a try, their fun easy questions to answer! Not a lot of thinking required.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
1. BRRRR it's cold outside! Yesterday it was 73 degrees and sunny, and today it is 49 degrees, cloudy, and drizzly and very cold! I guess were not getting fall around here! Just summer and winter. I have enjoyed the prolonged summer, but such drastic temperature changes are not fun at all.
2. I am getting a garage! YEAH!!!! Did I mention that I wanted one? Yes, Todd wanted one too, but I think he put it all on me when getting the OK from his parents who own the house and land. He denies this of course but he slipped up one time and said that they told him "lots of people have babies and don't have garages". That was one of my reasons for wanting a garage, 1 to store things we don't use all the time (like a stroller) and 2 because I didn't want to have to be loading the baby in and out of the car in the cold and snow. So he either used my reasoning as his own, or he put it all on me wanting the garage! I think the later is true, but either way, I'm so thankful to be getting a garage so I guess it doesn't really matter.
Here is the finished product. And here's the recipe if your feeling like a little 5 Can Casserole yourself.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Then it was off to pick up Rachael and Natalie and head to Ace Hardware to pick out some paint! We finally decided to paint the baby room. When Natalie painted me this very cute picture, we got the inspiration we were looking for to get started. The theme is now football.
The colors of the picture match my baby bedding very well. We painted the room blue and are going to recreate a football field on one wall in the room that will look somewhat like the one in the picture. Since Natalie did such a good job on the painting, she has been given the job of painting me a few more pictures to go with it. She is going to paint a cat/dog (whatever that animal is) kicking a field goal, and another one of a coach on the sidelines (again a cat/dog) that resembles Charlie Weis. (Notre Dames head coach)
We have a few other ideas for a couple more pictures, maybe a jersey with C******** on it and the no 07 (for the year he's born), and maybe another picture of a football or something. Any suggestions welcome. I can't wait till it's all done. I hope Natalie has the motivation to get them done quickly, she tends to get bored easily and this is a big task for her. I'll keep on her this week and maybe she'll get them done before she comes back into town next weekend.
Here is Rachael and I in the early stages of creating our mural of a football field. Todd was our photographer/entertainer while we painted. He was very resistant to actually helping, he just wanted to watch and talk. He claims he didn't want to get in the way of sisters bonding, which we weren't buying. I begged him to go and get a fan to help with the paint fumes and because we were hot, (a scorching 85 degrees outside) but it took Rachael teasing him that our baby might be somewhat mentally and or physically affected from being exposed to the fumes to get him to go and get the fan.
This is what we have done so far for the field. Now we just have to put the markings on it.
While we were all busy painting, Brewster was tormenting Natalie's kitten, or maybe it was the other way around! Neither one of them got hurt, at least not by each other. Todd did manage to drop a mattress on Brewster and he limped for a bit, but seems to have fully recovered.
And with all that activity and only 4 hours of sleep I can't believe I am awake at 4 am blogging! I was so tired when I went to bed I didn't take a Benadryl like I have gotten into the habit of doing every night that I don't work. Apparently I am addicted, because this is the first time since I started taking it that I have been up in the middle of the night. Or maybe it had something to do with my slightly more than usual caffeine consumption. Oh well, I needed to catch up on my blogging anyway.
More pictures to come when the project is done!
Thursday, October 4, 2007
I myself am guilty of lurking around blogs and MySpace. My friend Lynette has a MySpace account and I was lurking on her site one day but never left a comment, the very next day she left me a comment, so then I got paranoid that there was some way to tell I had been there. Not that it mattered if I went to her site since we are friends, but I had also visited (lurked) some of her other friends sites too that I don't really know. But then I figured it doesn't really matter, if you blog or have a MySpace that is public to the web, you obviously don't mind people stopping by. By the way, I did fess up to lurking just to ask her if she knew I'd been there, and she hadn't, it was just random. At least that's what she told me, I still wonder. Because of course with blogs you can see who's been at your website to some degree.
So thank you to all my readers who leave me comments, they are much appreciated, and to those of you who read and don't comment, here is your chance to delurk yourself! And now I am going to start leaving comments more often too.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Of course if we do name him Lucio he will most likely be called Luke, the American version of Lucio. My family is big on nicknames so it's really no big thing to call him something other than his actual name. My grandpa has 3 siblings, and they all go by something other than their real name. My grandpa's name was Charles and he always went by Buddy, his sister Virginia went by Ginner, another sister we called Bugs and I don't even know her real name, another sister was called Mone, and I think that might actually be her real name but who knows. My Grandpa must have thought all that nickname stuff was dumb and you should just name them what your going to call them because he and my grandma named my dad Tommy, not Thomas, not Tom but Tommy!
So we have yet to come up with a definite name, it is such a hard decision. But at least we're making progress.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
We even took a picture, (always thinking about the blog in the back of my head) on my camera phone, but I can't find the cord to get it off the phone and on the computer, so you'll just have to take my word for it.
Other drama at work to mention is October 1 the hospital became a non-smoking campus. You now must leave the property to smoke, and you must clock out if you leave hospital property. Technically you can only clock out on your 30 min lunch break because your 15 min breaks are paid for. Last night I worked with 2 smokers, they did better than I thought they would, only went out 3 times in 12 hours. But tonight I work with a secretary who is a 2 pack a day smoker and I am really worried how she will handle it tonight. She doesn't do well with stress, so I am hoping for an easy night at work, because if it's really busy AND she is going through nicotine withdrawl I think she might just quit (work, not smoking). Not really, but it will be a tough night I'm sure. This is the same secretary who finds humor in reminding me how big I am getting, so I think I will have a little fun teasing her tonight about not being able to smoke!
Well I must rap this up, I need to catch up on my Tivo'd shows before heading off to work. Too many shows to watch and not enough time!
Monday, October 1, 2007
I have been so busy lately that I haven't had time to blog. This past weekend was my friend Jodi's wedding. Everything went great, with no disasters. My friend Lynette and I got roped into being what she called her goto girls, (we had another name for it;) ). She kept us very busy doing all sorts of things for her. I was starting to think 3rd trimester fatigue was at an all time high, but my friend Lynette was just as tired as I was, so I don't think that was it. We were happy to help though, she of course did the same for me when I had my wedding reception, so I definitely owed her. Now she is off to Mexico and I am off to work. Here are a few pictures from the wedding. Since we all work at the same hospital (for the most part) it usually takes a big event like this to get us all off on the same night, so it was fun to spend time with all my friends for an evening.