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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

I'm getting my tonsils out tomorrow

Wednesday June 30th at 10:00. So if you think of me, pray for an easy surgery and quick recovery! I'm so excited to be rid of these pesky tonsils.

This new science will save lives

This is gripping science...
It was always assumed that death came about when heart/brain cells died. So when heart attack or drowning victims are brought to the ER, it is assumed that we must pump oxygen into the body to try to prevent cell death. BUT when oxygen starved heart cells were actually looked at under a microscope, emergency medicine authority Dr. Lance Becker found no evidence of cell death. EVEN AFTER ONE HOUR. But if these cells are deprived of oxygen for more than five minutes they will die once their oxygen supply is resumed.

So instead of rapid infusion of oxygen, epinephrine, electrical shocks to the heart... which is standard ER protocol in an emergency... researchers are creating new ways to treat these victims. For instance a heart/lung bypass machine that can maintain circulation to the brain until the heart can be safely restarted. And an injectible solution of salt and ice to cool the blood quickly.

Which reminds me of another interesting medical treatment. Newborns with traumatic births that involve oxygen deprivation, survive much more favorably if their body temperature is cooled. This cutting edge science is useful for even home midwifes who can use frozen peas to save lives.

Friday, May 25, 2007

David and Golieth set to Bohemian Rhapsody!

This video is a fabulous telling of David and Golieth set to Bohemian Rhapsody!

Also did you ever wonder how the mouse works? Well, wonder no more! Now, through the miracle of high technology, we can see how it is done. With the aid of a screen magnifying lens, the mechanism becomes apparent. Slowly move your mouse over the light gray circle and you will see how the magic works.


Thursday, May 24, 2007


I just added the book "Waiting" to my library on the side bar. It doesn't have a picture so perhaps it won't catch anyone's attention. I just had to take a moment to recognise it here because I normally don't have much patience for fiction books but this was a very good love story set in China. I highly recommend it. The ending is a little unexpected but it gave me a lot to think about. Check it out!

Monday, May 21, 2007

The new immigration law

The new immigration legislation is what I've always DREAMED OF. My feelings are this: illegal immigrants who sneak in the country do so out of extreme poverty and desparation - a chance for hope for the next generation. There is nothing immoral about that. We Christians, have no problem differentiating between illegal and immoral when it comes to other laws... say, abortion, which is legal but not moral. or abortion protesting which is illigal but not immoral. So this is no different in my book. Give them a chance to stay here legally. If they could every one of them would. And it's not going to be easy. They'll have to pay $5,000, and go back to their home country. But they'll do it if we give them the chance.

And the second part of the equation: stronger border patrol/control is also a wonderful thing. We also have to protect our own. Obviously letting immigrants flood in unchecked is not in our best interest. Lets make that harder or better yet, impossible. That will also remove the moral dillemma from the poor people on our borders.

George W.'s support of this bill in defiance of even his own party is one of the reasons I greatly admire that man.


Thursday, May 17, 2007

One less bad cop on the street, new video

I'm not saying he should have been shot dead - but here is a news story about a bad cop who went too far and paid the ultimate price. He obviously had a grudge against this kid - had broken his jaw in the past And furthermore "The town’s police had agreed after that incident that if McKay ever stopped Kenney in Franconia, Kenney could ask for another officer to be brought to the scene." But McKay ran him off the road and peppersprayed him. Kenney's friend who was in the car with him said he never saw him so scared. I kind of can't blame him for going crazy like that. Very sad situation.

Here's the video. The cop is so out of line. He never should have had a badge. Cops are not allowed to harass individuals in this country.


Monday, May 14, 2007

I wrote for my school blog

Check out my hard hitting reporting for my school blog!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

(Hopefully) last school vent

Today was my last day of school so it was supposed to be a really joyous day (only a final exam left to go). But it was a total let down. I got an 89 on a project that I TOTALLY deserved a 95 or better on. So that's going to drag down my average. Grrrrrrrrrrr.

Then the teacher taught another incorrect thing. The class was on sleep and rest. I mean, how much new information could they possibly teach? (answer: not much) The teacher described night terrors as when children wake up really scared and screaming. NOT TRUE. My son had night terrors. The children are not scared. They do scream and cry inconsolably. But they are actually unaware of what they are doing and will not recollect the incident the next morning. This education is utterly frustrating.

And finally, my school has a new blog and I attempted to post about the health fair we did. But apparently I couldn't just "register" and post. I understood that they may want to edit posts and all but the editor was taking his dandy ole time posting the article I sent him and so I complained in email to him that a blog that is not current news will be obsolete. And in his response he told me that he will get around to posting my health fair blog and my offer to blog about the China trip isn't really appropriate because this blog is for administrators only. I know that's not true and I'm TOTALLY taking this up with the president of the college.

Oh and while I'm on the subject of school I might as well report on my sexuality lecture three days ago. Ha. That was interesting. My teacher, a raving liberal started the lecture by explaining that there is no room for judgement in nursing and basically slamming any Christian who believes that the Bible says that homosexuality is wrong. But I just let that slide because I do agree with her that regardless of other's decisions, everyone deserves to be treated with love and respect.

Later in the lecture she talked about female circumcision and then posed the question: Male circumcision- how is that different? Well that's a loaded question for me because I have debated it in depth online and no way was I going to keep quiet to that question. Here is basically what I said: "I actually feel very strongly about this subject. If you don't mind me getting on my soap box for a moment here. Female circumcision increases risks in childbirth, increases the susceptibility of STD's, and like the teacher said, is a way for men to dominate women (removing sexual pleasure, prohibiting sex until marriage). Male circumcision on the other hand has been proven to reduce the spread of STD's and cervical cancer for women. Female Genital Mutilation and Male Circumcision should not even be uttered in the same sentence".

LATER in the lecture (it gets worse!) The teacher was talking about birth control and listed the "rhythm method" as the one recommended by the Pope. So I spoke up and said that there is also the sympto-thermal method, recommended by the Pope. And she said "The rhythm method is the sympto-thermo method." And I said "no it isn't" and she said "yes it is" and (can you believe this?) I said "no it isn't!" (Even I can't believe I said that). So she goes "OK, how would you describe the difference?" And I said "The rhythm method goes by the calendar. The sympto-thermo method goes by mucus and cervical changes-" (she cuts me off before I could finish) She says "The calendar is the cycle and the mucus and cervical changes are symptoms of the cycle" And I said "Well, no one who uses it calls it the rhythm method". whew. So that was the end of it. After class I apologized to her for being rude, but I'm not sure if I would have done it differently if I could replay it. She expressed her disdain for celibate male priests giving sexual advice to women. And I informed her that experienced women mentor younger women in the ways of the sympto-thermal method.

So hopefully this is the last rant until next fall!!! Thanks for listening, all. Sometimes I just have to get it off my chest.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

A refreshing incident at the public school

I was just eating breakfast at the public school with my first grader (they eat in their classrooms, not in a cafeteria). During that time a first grader gave another first grader the finger, in the hallway. The boy who was flipped off told the teacher who brought them to the principal and... this was so cool... they came back later where the principal announced to the class that Alex has been making some poor decisions lately and would like to apologise to Mark. So Alex apologised and Mark said it was alright. The principal explained that bullying is not allowed at this school and that it's important to feel safe on the inside and out and to tell a teacher if anyone ever bullys.
Then, they went to Alex's classroom and did it again!!!

I was so impressed, almost faclemp. Maybe, just maybe, bullying in this generation will be lessened, kids can learn in peace, and Colombine types won't build up such anger.

Odd UPDATE: I was there again this morning when a boy came into the nurses office covered in blood from a split eyebrow. I was able to help comfort him when he was pretty hysterical until we got him cleaned up and calmed down. Unfortunately, the boy's injury was caused when another boy PUSHED him into a desk!!! So this bullying thing is by no means under control!


Sunday, May 06, 2007

My domestic abuse report for nursing class

Laci Peterson’s mysterious disappearance captured the hearts and attention of America. Who would kill a vibrant young pregnant mother? Who could be so depraved? When the truth veered its ugly head, it cast a light on the unspoken tragedy of domestic abuse. It reminded us of a statistic we would rather forget - that the leading cause of death in pregnant women is not childbirth or eclampsia, it’s murder.
Domestic abuse is the preferred terminology over domestic violence because it encompasses the larger definition of intimidation, verbal and psychological abuse (Soanes). While domestic abuse is typically associated with husbands beating wives it is by no means limited to that. Parents can abuse children. Adult children can abuse their elderly parents (Harris). Teenagers can abuse parents and siblings (Plat-Jones J., Du). Homosexuals can abuse their partners. Finally, women can abuse their male partner’s as well, in some cases threatening to harm their born or unborn children as a way to control him. It is a situation which often leaves a man with no where to turn to. If he dares speak up, he risks ridicule and even persecution by the police and the courts that are generally skeptical of these claims. (Platt-Jones, 14)
Nurses are in the ideal position for identifying abuse. They often establish repoir with their clients that allow them to open up about intimate issues. Nurses can sometimes see marks and bruising that a client would normally keep hidden. Nurses are often seen as experts that a person could turn to for advice. Nurse midwifes in particular, are able to establish a close relationship with a woman at a volatile time in their personal lives. (Robinson, 13) When a nurse establishes that there is child or elder abuse, she is required by law to report it (Soanes). The instinctual reaction to a victim of domestic abuse is to tell them to leave their abuser. This advice is dangerous though and must be given with caution and preparation. A domestic abuse victim is most likely to be killed when trying to leave their abuser. It is better to refer the victim to a professional who has dealt with domestic abuse before (Robinson, 13). Together they can come up with a plan for escape if they think that is going to be necessary.
Abusers who want to get help may not know where to turn. Nurses should also be aware of local programs for abusers who want to learn to deal with their emotions instead of lashing out at loved ones. An easy way to find domestic abuse resources is to dial 211 which is now a way to quickly link to community resources.
Nurses should always be aware of their unique position to help victims of domestic abuse. They should consider it their responsibility to bring awareness to the public about this subject. Bathroom stalls are a private place where people can secretly take information about help. Nurses should take advantage of this opportunity by posting helpline numbers in the bathrooms at their facility. It is important not to neglect the local immigrant communities by posting translations also, or the numbers of specialized services for instance: Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project or National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence. Just raising awareness about the subject of domestic abuse has been found to be effective for combating it. Talking about it openly and non-judgmentally with patients or displaying posters or pamphlets about the subject are ways that health care providers can break the silence (Plat-Jones J., Du).

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