Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Cuteness to the max

As soon as I figure out how to get videos and pictures off of my phone and onto here, I have the cutest thing (probably in the whole world) to show you. My nephew showed me this cool trick he made up this morning. So, I'll be trying to find a cord to connect my phone to the computer. That'll be awesome. I'll put it up here then.

Next week I'm going to be putting up another blog highlight. So be on the lookout for that.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Money well spent

So, I went out the other day and bought two more pairs of those slippers I got the other day at Target. They were only $2.49 !! So now I have backup pairs.

Now onto the topic of school. I had my first test of the semester this morning. Medical Terminology. I love that class, but really, there is soo much to learn! I think I did pretty well on the test. I still need to train myself to take my time during these tests and then go back over them. I finished as fast as humanly possible (finished first!! take that, you homework doing overacheivers!!) and then left. There were over 100 questions on it, but luckily, not alot of them were things I didn't already know from paying attention in class. Homework was supposed to be due today, but luckily, it slipped her mind, so I have one more day to finish up. I feel like I'm back in elementary school with all these vocabulary words.

I now know the four main parts to a physical examination.
1. Inspection- where you use your eyes to check for abnormalities and such.
2. Palpation- Where you feel with your fingers for abnormalities or disfigurements.
3. Ascultation- USING YOUR STETHESCOPE!!!!!! That's my favorite part, cuz I have a stethescope to practice with ;).
4. Percussion- Using your stethescope to listen as you tap on your hand to try to hear anything weird like tumors or mysterious masses.

Of course, a physical examination is only performed after you take a patient's history.

On a more "my house is soo weird" note:
My mom just called from the basement and wanted me to bring down my "muffles"
I went down there to tell her that I had no clue where to find "muffles" even if I did know what they were. She was holding something heavy, so I was like "Oh, you said Muscles??" hahaha. I told her I'd blog about it. "About how your mom needed your muffles?" "yes mom, I'm going to blog about how you needed my muffles."

oh, and jenna, my flip flops are orange. So my blue toes will be accentuated. I think they're opposite on the color wheel or something, so they look way cooler together. hahaha (I now only wear my flip flops when I have on a blue shirt)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Cold bites

I hate getting dressed in the morning because the clothes I put on are cold. I hate changing out of my warm pajamas.

anyway, I went to the store this morning and bought shoes. I hate buying shoes, but I had to. I need some flip flops. I don't know why. I just do. So I got them. They're orange.

Navy Nurse is headed overseas soon. To the middle east. Best Buddy will be heart-broken.

I got photoshop the other day so now I can make it look like there are ducks on my head.

I love peanut butter m&m's best. They're so good.

sorry this post was in little tid bits, but that's how it came out of my head, so there you go.

Friday, January 18, 2008

What a nerd

My collection of MacGyver is complete. I have all 7 seasons on DVD!!! It's soo cool. Watching the last one first totally ruined some stuff for me. But thats okay. I'll watch the rest of it later. I'm so psyched.

Anyway, I have been making flash cards for Med. Term. Class for awhile, and dangit, there are alot of things I need to make cards out of. It's kind of ridiculous. I officially hate flash cards now. And the flash cards are just for studying. The homework is worse. I have tons of homework to do and if I want to sell back the book, I have to keep it clean, so the homework is killing small forests all over the place. Good job homework. Nice to see you caring about the environment.

Red wings lost to the atlanta thrashers and won against the knucks. I hate that they lost to atlanta. but at least they've beaten the avs this year.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Oh really?

So, apparently, celebrities blog as well. Who knew? I'd have thought they'd have other things to do with their time. Like making movies or being famous or starting families as some are doing.

I think it's funny how so many people care what celebrities do. I mean, why do you care about what Britney Spears does with her hair? It's not like she asked your opinion in the first place, so why give it?

Who cares if you don't like a certain celebrity (for what reasons I'm sure I don't know, why dislike someone you've never met?) I'm pretty sure they're not awake at night wondering how to make you happier with their performance.

I was checking out some of these celebrity blogs and apparently, Jeff Bridges is not Jeff Daniels. How dumb do I feel (totally rhetorical question)? Also, off the celeb blogging topic for a moment, Patrick Swayze and Kurt Russel get me mixed up as well. I can't tell the difference. I don't know why.

I digress. Some celebrities actually do have pretty funny things to say. I'm not going to give you links to celeb. blogs, you should go find them yourself. I'm not going to go put them on my blogroll. Only medblogs go there. But for all of you celebrity chasers out there, this is something you don't wanna ignore.

On a school note, I learned about tissues last night in A&P class. Apparently, the Transitional Epithelium can be found in the bladder. I can now point out a basement membrane in any tissue slide. I'm a tissue expert. Well, kind of. At least I'm able to name the body cavities, organs, cavity membranes, and the types of epithelial tissue, and shapes and also the types of connective tissue.

We were given about 15 minutes or so at the end of class to study, so a lady I didn't know and I sat down with the body boards and went through the organs and body cavities. I had to help her out a little, because she wasn't really that good at knowing the parts of the small intestine. (the duodenum, the jejunum, and the ileum) She's getting distal and proximal confused as well. Also, the trachea and the esophagus.

After a while, when I was sure she had gotten it, I left class and headed to Arby's for a bite to eat. I don't like Arby's. But I didn't know until I tried it, so there we go.

Luckily, I pass about a dozen different restaurants and fast food places on the way home, so I'll have plenty of choices to narrow down into some place to go and study regularly after class. Maybe I can find some place that'll let me sit down and hang out. I know, that in starbucks or some place like that, you can be a squatter all you want, but I don't drink coffee. I guess starbucks serves hot chocolate. Do they serve sandwitches as well? I need some place quiet to study after class and go over the stuff I learned all by myself. Any suggestions?

Monday, January 14, 2008

oh my goodness-gracious

I gave blood on Saturday as a part of my little brother's Eagle Scout Project. He had the Blood Connection come and do a blood drive up at the church. I had to fill out that form and then answer all of those awkward questions they ask you as fast as they can. After that was the routine mini-physical where they prick your finger and test your blood for stuff and use the blood pressure cuff to make sure your healthy.

The problem comes when searching for a vein. Apparently, no matter how much three nurses dig one needle into my arm, they can't find one. There was digging and poking and all that for about a cup of blood. when they finally decided that we were not going to get enough any time this century, we decided to search for a vein in my other arm.

I'll let you know something. I hate needles. I hate giving blood. I do it anyway. So, when I'm patient enough that I'll sit through being poked a half of a dozen times, I know it's for a good cause. They kept asking me whether I was okay or not, and I was kept telling them "just do what you need to do, don't worry about the gruesome faces I'm making or the things I'm yelling, really."

So now, I have two huge bruises on my arms. One on each. Anyway, they finally got the right vein in my left arm, so that bruise is alot smaller. They had to use the blood pressure cuff to find it. Weirdly enough, the vein is on the outside of my arm almost. The most lateral part of my elbow.

Today, we had 8 children over. The Nephews, always present, had some friends over. A family with four boys, in fact, and the child that we usually watch while the older nephew is at school, brought his brother because today was a "school's out" day for some reason. I still had class, but the county schools didn't.

I almost died from the frustration.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Take off, eh!

What I love about watching disney movies and kid shows is that there are jokes for grown ups in there. Jokes that I'm starting to get more and more. For example, the moose in Brother Bear. They were voiced by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas. Their characters are one of those inside jokes. Those moose were there for the grown ups. I'm sure of it. Because those two actors used to do a sketch show called The Great White North. Check it out here. Look it up on wikipedia or something. It's pretty funny stuff. I only recently came across it while looking for something else entirely.

Anyway, I woke up to the smell of crap this morning. My little brother's dog had an accident in his crate (which is in the basement.) So now the whole basement smells like dog poo ( including my formerly nice smelling room) and I'm mad. I didn't like the dog in the first place. Honestly, my family has never been one to take care of dogs. We just take him out every day and put him in the backyard on his dog run with his food and water where he can reach it, and put him to bed in a crate in the basement at night. That isn't fun for my brother (who is responsible for the dog) and it can't be very much fun for the dog! Do us both a favor and take the dog somewhere it'll be happy. We could find a farm or something to take it to. I dunno. As long as I never have to see it again. I hate that dog.

My poor room no longer smells like apples and pears.

I actually did my medical terminology homework. I need to study for A+P so that I'll be able to tell which membranes surround which body cavity. I'm working on the same things in both A+P class and Med.-Term. class. So I'm ahead of the game when I go into them. For example, MT class would cover a - b. then, the next day, A+P covers b - c and so forth, so I'm now able to answer questions therefore re-inforcing my education.

On a different note altogether. . . my team lost. Dumb ol' Minnesota scraped by with only one more goal than us. The score was 6-5. The Red Wings scored 2 goals in the first period, and the Wild scored 3. Second period, the Red Wings scored 2 goals and the Wild scored one. That's a tie score right there. With 1 min. 8 sec. left in the thrid period, the Red Wings scored another goal, putting them in the lead, but just a few seconds after that, so did the Wild, and it was a 5-5 tie. Overtime didn't bring any goals, but the Wild pulled ahead and won it in the shootout.

For a full report, go here.

The next game is on the 15th against the Atlanta Thrashers. I've seen Atlanta play, and I don't think I need to worry about the Red Wings.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Second Today

Got this link from GruntDoc. (I'm on his blogroll, how exciting is that?)

24 Hours in the ER in 5 Minutes

I thought it was exciting and I got this tingly feeling when they were showing the new med students in the lecture with the Cheif of Medicine. Gaw, I can't wait for then. Can't wait.

Words have new Meanings!

Well, okay, maybe they're just new words, but I'm learning what they mean whilst doing my Medical Terminology Homework! Yay for me doing homework! I got the book yesterday right before class, and also picked up the Anatomy and Physiology books. There were tons of those. Anyway, still don't have math book or biology book, so I'll be at a loss today in class, but at least I can meticulously take notes and pay attention. Maybe whatsisface guy that's been flirting will sit next to me and offer to let me look at his book with him. He'd be useful then.

Maybe that's a little mean. He's talkative. He couldn't stop staring in class on Tuesday. He said he wanted to be a doctor, but was that just me mishearing him, or was he f'real? I thought had said he'd be a Russian and German Language Major. Maybe he's heard that you don't have to stick to Biology majors to get into med school. He also wants to transfer to the same university as I do. So he's interesting, but not. . . I dunno. I'll think about it later.

On a different note. . .


It was the Colorado Avalanches vs. the Detroit Red Wings.

My team won by 1 point, but we made, like, 14-15 saves. Which is amazing. Our goalie rocks.

Next game is tonight at 7:30. I'll be in A&P class then. I'll have to have someone tape it. It's against the Minnesota Wild, so Mom'll probably cheer for the other team if I watch it with her. She's a Minnesotan. She says that she's never heard of them. But I dunno. Anyway, I hope we win this one, even though I won't get to watch. I hope they continue their shut-out streak.

Also, can't wait for A&P class today. I'm excited. It's way awesome.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The sharks are setting in.

So, today I have my Medical Terminology class. It's my second class in there and I haven't even gotten the book yet. I'm hoping that I can busk fifty from Mom so I can drop by the bookstore before class and pick it up. Last time, we didn't learn anything. We did go through the syllabus, though.

Yesterday, I went to my other classes.

First was Biology II, which looks like it'll be a hard class what with the lecture and the lab, but it's stuff I've learned before, so I shouldn't have that hard of a time. The teacher seems pretty laid back, so that's nice. Also, there's a guy in there that was all "hey, how YOU doin'?". And even though he's pre-med, I'm not interested. I mean, he's interesting, but I'm not in the class to get a boyfriend, I'm in it to learn about biology. So back off, buddy.

Next, I had about an hour and a half to wait until my math class starts. My teacher has an accent, so she is hard to understand, and I'm going to need one of those calculators that does everything for you except put your socks on. Anyway, so far, I'm not that far behind. I mean, I should do some studying, but other than that, I'll be alright in that class.

Last night, I had my last class. Anatomy and Physiology. We learned stuff right off the bat. There's a lecture and a lab for this one as well. Anyway, the teacher was pretty cool, but we went through alot of stuff in the lab. Lecture was all about the syllabus and what we'll be doing in classes. But lab is after lecture, and we had an awesome time in there. At least I did.

I learned where the: thyroid, thyroid gland, trachea, bronchi, lungs, esophagus, heart, aorta, diaphragm, liver, gallbladder, stomach, duodenum, jejunum, ileum, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, ureters, adrenal glands, bladder and urethra are.

It was pretty cool. We went through them several times, and when I got home, I went through them several times more. (is that studying?)

By next class, I need to know sagital, coronal, and traverse planes. I also need to know a whole list of vocabulary words. Something that I haven't had since 3rd grade. I remember having a vocabulary list and having to come home and define all of the words.

My vocab list?

Head - Cephalic

Skull - Cranial

Cheek - Buccal

Mouth - Oral

Neck - Cervical

Armpit - Axillary

Groin - Inguinal

Arm - Brachial

Front of Elbow - Antecubital

Back of Elbow - Olecranal

Back of Knee - Popliteal

Ankle - Tarsal

Foot - Pedal

Sole - Plantar

Heel - Calcaneal

I'm going to need to learn these well, as well as keep going over the other things that I learned by looking at pictures online of the same pictures they had in class. Also, I'll be looking in my anatomy books that I already have.

Also, I'm very grumpy lately.

It might have something to do with my family having around four to five different places to go and only having three cars. My sister's Mercedes broke down the other day, so she needs to use something to get to work and school. I have school, Dad has work, and Big Brother has work, and Mom needs to go to the store alot. So It's pretty frustrating. Especially when my little nephew and little brothers need to be taken to and from school every day. Today, Dad took the Truck to work, Big Brother took the Car, and Mom, Big Sis and I are left with the Van to work with. My sister's first class ends today 15 minutes before mine starts, and 15 minutes after little brother's school is over, my class is over and 15 minutes after that, my little nephew needs to picked up from school. If we can just get through that, we'll be fine.

I hate stress. I wish it was like back in the good ol' days when all I had to worry about was which tree I was going to climb next, or which friend to hang out with that day.

Monday, January 7, 2008

New School Day

Today is my first day of school. Well, I mean, the first day of my third semester of college. The first day of my sophmore year of college. It's only been a few weeks since I last had classes, but I still feel like a little kid entering kindergarten.

What if my teacher is mean?

What if the other kids in my class don't like me?

What if there's a bully waiting to pick on me?

What if I get homesick?

Today I have Medical Terminology. I figure it'll give me a head start in med school. It's only for about an hour and fifteen minutes long, but it's twice a week and it's from 12:30-1:45. Anyway, I hope I can keep on top of my work. I just need to do it as soon as I get home, so I don't forget!

Tuesday I have my College Algebra, Anatomy and Physiology I (another head start class), and Bio 102

Thursday, January 3, 2008

volunteering looks good, right?

For the second year in a row, I am volunteering at my little brothers' school. They require a certain amount of volunteer time from the parents and students, so I decided to help get our numbers up. Also, I'm helping with yet another eagle scout project (I've helped with at least 6 of them, banking up at least 5 hours of volunteer time each) . This time, it's one of my little brothers. I've already helped my big brother with his back when we were both in high school, and now my two younger brothers are trying to get theirs at the same time.

I know volunteer hours count with colleges. I mean, it counts to someone, right? I really haven't been keeping track, but I know I do a moderate amount of volunteering. Less than some, more than most.

Anyway, reading in the "how to get into med school" book, it says that half of the applicants don't get in. Geez, I hope I do. I really hope I do. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't. Also, I'll need to work on my application essay.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Top Hat

Thanks to Fred Astaire, I now want to learn how to tap dance like in this 1935 film starring Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

I watched it last night. I stayed up until the very end (which was at 3:30am) so I am kind of tired. It was a very nice movie. It's called "Top Hat", and it's now on my wishlist.

I saw National Treasure: Book of Secrets the other day with my family. It had that cute guy in it from the last movie. No, I don't mean Nick Cage, I mean that guy who played the sidekick. Riley Poole might've been the character name. He's a good looking guy.