Its almost March so I thought I would go ahead and start us all a new thread. I hope no one minds. :^: It remains to be seen if March will be kind or a will be a lion in the beginning. I'm hoping for lamb, but suspect we will get the opposite. I can take comfort that by the end of the month it will be nice however. I also get to look forward to my birthday on the 6th (I'll be 35) and my son't 13th on the 12th. :D
A sad note:
I lost my first patient as an official nursing student today. When I came in, he had had a severe hypoglycemic episode and then had a massive stroke. Eventually the family decided to let him go peacefully ( a good thing...he had been suffering for a long time) but it definitely kept me busy all morning, and gave me direct experience with helping the family through the dying process. I'm glad I was able to help them and make my gent as comfortable as possible, though I did have to work hard to squelch my own tears so I could be helpful to them.
All the neurological exams I had to do on him as his condition worsened should certainly be helpful for my medical (neuro, conveniently enough) assessment exam tomorrow. (looking for the bright side aside from the fact that he is no longer suffering. *sigh*)
03-01-2002, 09:59 PM
I made it to spring break!
I have a week off and though I still have school work to do, I plan on getting some sleep for once. *grin*The kids are away but will be back the day before my birthday. Meanwhile, I have a few days to clean the house, go out and see my friends, and generally rest and recreate. My midterm grades are pretty good, though one class is a B and I want to bring that up. (I had one poor pharmacology exam).
I'll also be getting a perm in the next few days--I can't wait to have curls again!
What are the rest of you up to? I haven't seen anyone around for a few days. Ruth, how are your classes going?
03-02-2002, 10:09 AM
I was moved by your experience. What a powerful difference you have made in the life of that man and his family! We are all extremely vulnerable when we are grieving. I remember the night my mother died. I was standing in the check out line at Burlington Coat Factory with my son's suit for his eighth grade graduation. I kept thinking to myself, "What am I doing here? Shouldn't someone else be doing this?" Well, there was no "someone" to do it. Anyway, a woman I did not know and never saw before smiled at me. I remember the impact it had on me. She will never know the special gift she gave to me that evening.
You are a very special person with a lot to give!
Thought for Today:
Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.
short & sassy
03-03-2002, 02:10 PM
Good morning ladies,
Kat, you are a special person. I am such an emotional person that I would not be good at consoling others. They need compassion and strength and although they would definitely know how sorry I was for their loss, they would not gain strength from my tears!!! One more reason I didn't choose nursing. Thank goodness there are people such as yourself that are capable!!
Your grades sound great. I've only had three test so for this semester. I made a C in Sociology, high B in Biology, and an A in my Algebra class. I still have plenty of time to bring the Sociology grade up, the professor grades on a point system so, I should be okay. I dropped my English class, the professor and I didn't see eye to eye. I decided to wait until summer when I will be only taking 6 hours not 15. Since I dropped English, I'm only taken 12 hours this semester.
Carree, love your thought for the day. That was just too cute!! Hope you are doing okay.
P.S. Has anyone heard from Jana???
03-05-2002, 09:59 AM
Losing that first patient is never easy and is one heck of a learning experience.
Watching the familys say goodbye isn't very easy either. I will tell you though that it becomes easier to handle, the more often you are involved with the processes.
After 20 years in nursing, it's never easy to watch / let someone die, but it does become easier to handle. It's even harder when someone young passes on. I hope you don't have to experience that anytime soon.
By the way, I'm new here. Just stopping in to browse and I couldn't resist posting.
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03-05-2002, 12:15 PM
Thank you for your kind words. :) Fortunately, between being in EMS and subsequently woring on a telemetry/step down ICU I've seen a lot of people die, so that aspect of it I deal with fairly well. It seems to still be rough if the person dying is a child or young however. What is new to me is actually being with and helping the family--my involvement before was mainly bringing them a tray of beverages/sncaks/tissues, and letting them use my phone--a far cry from the type of involvment I will have in a nursing capacity. As far as I'm concerned, at that point, helping the family (in whatever guise that may take) is every bit as important as caring for the patient. I'm far from perfect, and I obviously can't "make it better", but if I can provide a measure of comfort that would be good. Everyone mourns differently, so feeling out what would be helpful to each person/family is whats hard for me.
Any words of wisdom from a seasoned vet like yourself are more than welcome. *smile*
This group seems to have shrunk quite a bit, but we do pop in semi-regularly...it would be great to have another face to say hello to.
03-05-2002, 09:01 PM
We would love to have you here. Post anytime. You are most welcome.
Thought for Today:
"....and in the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." - A. Lincoln
03-06-2002, 12:26 PM
Argh...I uploaded a photo and lost the pic I had been using here under my name. Its no longer available, so now I have "bad hair day".
and on my birthday too... *lol*
short & sassy
03-06-2002, 01:10 PM
Happy Birthday Kat!!
Welcome Posenite, we would love to have you in our group. As Kat said, we are small, currently only three of us posting. We are here for support and encouragement, so we would be happy to lend you an ear or a shoulder if need be.
Hi Carree, still loving your daily quotes!!
03-06-2002, 04:40 PM
Only 3 posting? Sounds like my kind of group! I get overwhelmed sometimes when there are to many to get to know!
So, where to begin?
I'm married with 3 kids. I'm an LPN and I now work in an OB/GYN office.
I joined Ww in September of '98 and lost 30 lbs right off the bat. I got myself off insulin after 5 1/2 years on, but then I got sloppy, gained some weight, ended up back on insulin after 2+ years and here I am trying to work the magic again!
I go to Ww and I'm the leader of a group here in the village we call Healthy Weigh, where we focus on nutrition, exercise, food exchanges and portions sizes and whatever. Anything goes and I really enjoy the group.
Thanks for the welcome. I look forward to getting to know you all a bit better.
By the way Happy Birthday Kat! I love your new pic too!
03-06-2002, 07:10 PM
So glad to have you Posenite! Kat, I wish you a year with much happiness and success!
A little bio: I am 54 and have been a WW since 1970. Reached goal, kept my weight off for 20 years and even worked for WW for seven years. Started gaining when I went through menopause and had a tumor on my parathyroid gland that grew huge without me even knowing it. No excuses! I am getting back down to goal very, very slowly one day at a time.
Married to my DH for 33 years and have a son and a daughter. Work full time as an Admin. My passion in life is animals, and I want to work someday (soon!) with a pet therapy program at the local hospital.
Thought for today:
Adversity introduces us to ourselves. - President George W. Bush, Washington National Cathedral - 9/14/01
03-06-2002, 08:33 PM
As of today, I'm 35. :devil: (I've been dying to use that little guy)
I'm a single mom of three, two girls and a boy in the middle, ages 11, 13, and almost 15. I'm an EMT-D, LNA, have a background in microbiology (B.S. in Biology) and am currently back in school for a BSN. Once I have my RN/BSN, I'll go for my Master's as a nurse practitioner.
I have a solid 7o lbs to lose and have been struggling with excess weight since I was about 24. (I started to develop PCOS around then though I didn't realize it until about two and a half years ago.) I was down 20 lbs, but have regained 4. I'm watching what I eat (except for today *lol*), walking a LOT, and have been taking phentermine HCL for the last three months. That seems to be wearing off now :(, so the goal is to get back to the 20 lbs gone and maintain that before trying another round of phentermine.
03-06-2002, 10:34 PM
Nice to learn more about you all!
So how does this board work? I'm most familiar with my weight support group on Delphi. So, I know I can find you all in March Feathereights. will you always be here or will I need to be looking for you all in other sections of the board?
Is there a daily thread?
Any help would be appreciated!
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03-06-2002, 11:32 PM
Not to worry, we were all new once.
We do check in on this thread, and start a new one each month, so next month it will be April Featherweights (+/- an additional phrase). The history of the featherweight term is simply that we are all looking forward to (and working towards) the day when we will be featherweights. :jig:
Different people check in with different threads as they please, so thats up to you...there is no other common meeting spot for our fearsome foursome though. Sometimes posting is daily, and other times its more sporadic.
BTW, my 11 year old got me a HUGE cake so I'm leaving some here to share...enjoy! (and to think, it lost calories in the translation to net) :hb:
short & sassy
03-07-2002, 03:00 PM
Okay, here goes my bio:
I am 43 years old and I have been married for 17 years to my best friend. I have two daughters and one stepdaughter ages 24, 20 and 20 and four grandchildren ages 8, 3, 8 months and 3 months old (2 boys and 2 girls). And I can't forget my dog Gizmo!! I am currently a full time college freshman who is hoping to get a degree in accounting.
I've been overweight most of my adult life. My highest weight in the last 4 years has been 188 and I'm currently at 161 (I was at 159). I have been doing weight watchers since last November. I am currently inching upwards and can't wait for warmer weather so I can walk outside more.
Ladies, I have four test scheduled for next week so I may not be around much between now and next Friday. I'll try to check in, but I know that the next few days are going to be filled with books.
short & sassy
03-08-2002, 10:04 AM
Morning, just bringing thread to the top of page.
03-09-2002, 09:58 AM
Well, I guess I should tell all.
I'm 39, married with 3 kids. I'm an LPN and I work in an OB/GYN office. In my spare time I mess around with this computer and all of my neighbors computers and every now and again, I get invited to mess with computers of folks I don't even know!
My other hobbies are reading and digital photography.
I live on a small farm in northern Michigan. We have 5 cows, 2 horses, cats, dogs, chickens, ducks and geese and a few rabbits here and there.
I first started out with WW in September of 98. I lost 30 lbs really quick, got myself off insulin within 9 months and did well until the fall of 2000 when I had multiple surgeries. I gained some weight back then. Then summer of 2001 it all went to H**l in a handbasket and I had multiple health problems again. My meds got all switched around again, and I again gained some weight which I'm working on to get rid of.
I weigh in at WW once a month and attend weekly meetings there when my schedule allows.
I'm the leader of a Healthy Weigh class here in the village, so that helps to keep me focused on my goals.
My goals? Believe it or not I don't even want to be thin. I'd like to get back down to 180 -190 and get off insulin again. I know I can do it if I just stick with it.
03-11-2002, 10:52 AM
Ugh...can you say "backslide"?
Oh well, chalk it up to the seasonal birthday bash...mine and my son's a week later. Then they also had a huge cake at church, but I declined taking home the leftovers because I'm sure I would eat them if they were around. *chuckling*
The trick is to get back on track. I am for today so far, though its currently only 10 am.:s:
short & sassy
03-11-2002, 12:20 PM
Kat, hang in there, just take one day at a time. My husband just quit his job, I'm not sure how it will effect my eating habits at the moment. He was so stressed out from work that he is taking a week or two to recoup before he looks for another one. I may gain 20 lbs in 2 weeks if I'm not careful!! Just kidding. But I'm not sure if I want him around the house all day. He is such a couch potato.
Well, have studying to do, hope your day is a good one.
Hey Posenite and Carree!!
03-12-2002, 09:03 AM
Just thought I'd pop in and say good morning to everyone!
I'm not doing very well on program just now and hae had migraine headaches for several days in a row. I know that's what is keeping me from doing my best!
I'm working 12 - 5 today. Nothing planned for after work though so maybe I'll get some "me" time.
Have a great day!
short & sassy
03-14-2002, 01:42 AM
Hi Carree, Kat & Posenite,
I am also off track. I've been stressed out this week due to the fact that I've been studying for 4 test. I now have three of them out of the way, so I'm feeling a little more at ease. I know that I passed 2 of the 3 I've taken with A or B's, but I'm not to sure about how well I did on the Algebra test. So now, I must pick myself up, dust myself off and get back on track!!!
Well, its late, hope everyone is okay, I'm off to bed.
03-14-2002, 10:51 AM
Well, another half day of work today, so I did have time to clean up around here just a bit. About time too!
Tonight after work, I'm going to a Heart Net meeting in a nearby village. They're having a speaker on diet and nutrition, and Lord knows I need a refresher course.
Actually my whole HealthyWeigh group is coming with me! Our meeting night is Thursday and so we're taking a field trip. Saves me from having to write a program this week.
Have a great day!
03-14-2002, 12:38 PM
No, I didn't forget about all of you. I've just been through a lot, and at one point didn't have access to a computer. Here's what's been happening:
The day after Christmas, we moved in with my mother-in-law. Her Alzheimers has gotten worse, to the point she couldn't live on her on. The move was approx. 120 feet, since the year before we had moved a modular home in behind m-i-l's house out in the country.
Then my mil had a perforated ulcer and had emergency surgery in Feb. She pulled out her NG tube afterwards and developed C-Diff.
For those of you who might not know, that is a terrible bacteria and at age 91, it is amazing she pulled through at all. SHe recuperated at a convalescent home once she was able to be moved, and is now home. While she was in the hospital, we (family members) spent 24-7 in her room, taking turns.
During all this, my older daughter got married to a real nice guy, and they moved into the modular and are paying the mortgage on that. They are expecting twins, Yes TWINS, in July.
Need I tell you that my weigh loss is almost nil? Yes, Kat I can say 'Backslide'. :lol:
Meantime, our computer is upstairs, and I can't leave mil unattended. So guess what? DH bought me a laptop! I absolutely love it! Also, I have scheduled some home health care for mil. That will help her and me both.
Now I will be able to check in with my friends here. I feel like I have been rode hard and put away wet, as my mom used to say. I have really missed you guys!
03-14-2002, 09:23 PM
Rode hard and put away wet. Love that! Jana, we missed you so. Glad you are back with us!
Thought for today:
....when you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you........
03-15-2002, 04:31 PM
Carree - The quote you gave is so pertinent to my life right now. The good Lord must have one heck of a backache from carrying me for so long.....
I took mil to the dr today to get him to take her off a bunch of the meds the hospital and nursing home put her on. The poor thing is sleepy all the time from so many drugs.
I am going shopping for myself this weekend in a nearby town, and may stay overnight for some solitude. When I try on clothes, I'll be so sorry I haven't controlled myself.
Hope everyone has a good weekend!
03-17-2002, 07:02 AM
Top of the Mornin' to you all!
I don't have any Irish in me, but I'll be wearing my green today!
Hope you all have a great day.
Thought for today:
Not all storms are in the forecast.
03-17-2002, 09:33 AM
May the sun shine warm upon your back. Enjoy the day--today everyone is Irish.:) While we are at it, lets also wish for an end to the violence in EIRE and elsewhere in the world.
short & sassy
03-19-2002, 11:55 AM
JANA, welcome back. We've missed you. I hope you had a nice weekend away. I took advantage of getting away myself this weekend. My husband and I went to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for a little rest and relaxation after a week of test. I'm feeling much better and ready to get back on track.
Hey Carree, Kat and Posenite, hope you girls had a good weekend.
03-20-2002, 07:52 AM
HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING EVERYONE!
Let's take a moment to stop and think today. If we all stay on program for three months, how will we look and feel when it's time to say, "Happy First Day of Summer?"
Thought for Today:
Never give up on a goal because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.
03-20-2002, 10:39 AM
Happy first day of Spring! :D
Things have been hectic around here, even more than usual. Following my mil's hospital discharge, we've had home health care giving her baths, doing OT and PT as well as a nurse coming by for blood work and vitals. The good news is, she is ready to go back to the senior center adult day care starting next week. YAY!!! It is so great that she is better, and I am so ready for a break.
The first day of Spring is rainy here in Indiana. We've had rain all week. But there is a promise of sunshine in a day or so. The winter wheat is looking healthy and strong, and the apricot tree is loaded with buds.
Ruth, thanks for the warm welcome back. It is so much easier to check in since I have the laptop.
You know, we have been friends here for quite a while. What are the chances we could all get together later in the summer or even Fall? That would give us a chance to save some money for it. We could pick a city that is centrally located and meet there. Any ideas about this??
I am not on track and haven't been for I don't know how long. I got a good look at myself in the wedding pictures, and in most of them, I am cleverly trying to stand behind something or someone, (so typical of overwight people, right?) but there were a few that showed the whole bod. Yikes! What an eye opener. I really, truly didn't know I was THAT big. I am afraid to start again because I fall off the wagon every time.
Have a good day,
03-23-2002, 01:18 PM
The kids named the albino (boy) ferret Fluffernutter.
What an apt name--he's very fluffy, white, AND he has nuts. *grin*:devil:
short & sassy
03-25-2002, 03:57 AM
I hope you all had a good weekend.
Jana, it would be wonderful to meet, but unfortunately, my husband and I are both unemployed. So I won't be doing any traveling in the near future.
Jana, take one day at a time. I understand what you mean. I've fallen off the damn wagon myself lately. But I refuse to give up and I will get back on it. You have been under a lot of stress with your MIL, so just relax and as I said, take one day at a time.
KAT, where did you find an albino ferret? Kids certainly gave him an original name.
Well, better go, had surgery Friday and I need to lay back down.
Talk to you girls later.
03-25-2002, 09:57 AM
It sounds like you have had a very full plate lately--take care of yourself and worry about the wagon later! *BIG hug*
I hope you are mending well from your surgery and that the employment horizon brightens. Sometimes it comes down to having faith that everything happens for a reason and that it will all work out. I've been trying not to panic about the almost $1600 I owe in tuition or this semester at Norwich (which means I can't enroll for next semester until it is paid) and yesterday a man I know at church said that he and his wife might be able to work something out with me...personally, I don't even care if its a loan--I don't need a handout, and in two years I won't have to live on $8000 a year. Meanwhile, I'm making the rounds of the community organizations (Rotary, et al.) At any rate, I've found that if it absolutely essential, I usually get what I need one way or another. One door closes and another opens...keep your chin up and take good care of yourself.:smug:
How is the mil btw? It sounds like she's had a rough time o it lately as well.
03-25-2002, 10:06 AM
Oops! The MIL question was for Jana and I lost that in the translation. *BIG hugs to you as well*
As for Fluffernutter *gete*, we inherited him from someone who couldn't give him enough attention. He's stinky, but cute as a bug.
You can see him here:
My m-i-l is better. She is returning to the Adult Day Care tomorrow. If all goes well, she'll be going every Tues. and Fri. Pray for her and me, too, that all goes well. She needs the outings and I need a break.
Ruth - Hope you're doing well, and on the mend. Thanks for your words of encouragement.
Kat - Things really do work out, like you said to Ruth. I like your positive attitude. An albino ferret??? Yikes to any sort of ferret!
I am trying to figure out how many extras I will have for Easter dinner. Some of DH family will be here, but I'm not sure just how many.
Take care, Featherweights. :)
short & sassy
03-29-2002, 07:49 PM
Thought I'd take a minute to post. Hope everyone is having a good week. We are in for a rainy weekend. That will really interfere with Easter.
I'm feeling somewhat better. I told my husband I now know what it feels like to be in a knife fight!!
03-30-2002, 06:56 AM
Haven't been here in a few days! Wow, Kat, you are one pretty lady!
Jana and Ruth: Hope things are going better for both of you!
THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Time, like an ever rolling stream
Bears all who breathe away
They fly forgotten as a dream
Dies at the opening day.
O God, our help in ages past
Our hope for years to come
Be thou our guide while life shall last
And our eternal home.
Have a great holiday!
03-30-2002, 10:33 AM
You are <b>too</b> sweet. *blushing*
Thank you for the compliment!
Happy Easter guys!
short & sassy
03-30-2002, 10:37 AM
Hey Carree, not close to normal, but feeling much better. I'll be so glad when these incisions are completely healed.
Kat, I tried to look at the photos, but they are really dark on my monitor. I think mine is winding down, I want to replace it, but I'm waiting for the flat screens to become less than $200 dollars.
Have a good weekend.
03-30-2002, 08:25 PM
We had a real scare this week - my older dd began to lose some amniotic(?) fluid, and at 5 1/2 mos. pregnant, that was real scary. The dr. said the babies were only about 1 lb each, so the chance for their survival would be minimal. But he did say, since they are in differnent sacs, they could do a c-section and take one, and leave the other. Through God;s good grace, the hole repaired itself, and the leakage stopped. By the way, both babies are girls. Madison and McKenzie....
I have been preparing for tomorrow's dinner - the cherries and corn that I froze last summer sure have come in handy! I still don't know for sure who all will be here, so I'm making plenty.
Carree - great to talk to you! How have you been?
Ruth - hope you're feeling better and better with each day!
Kat, I looked up your picture - you are a nice looking lady! Where exactly is that tatoo??
Have a blessed Easter, and I hope the Bunny is good to you. :D
03-30-2002, 10:08 PM
The tattoo is on my upper back, right below my neck, and was a gift I gave myself last year. I had wanted one for a long time, but hadn't been sure of what I wanted. Eventually I designed the one I have. The star/pentacle symbolizes a number of things for me (among other things the interconnectness and sacredness of all life, plus the cyclical neverending cycle of life) and is a constant reminder of my faith. The moon phases underneath are there because I have a deep love for, and tie with nature. Yes, it is the only tattoo I have. :)
04-01-2002, 09:56 AM
Hey ladies, go to the April thread, okay? See you there!