Friday, February 27, 2009

Nursing Update

I'm almost halfway done...with my first semester that is. I'm at least halfway done with clinical, which in my opinion is the biggest accomplishment. Tuesday was prep day for clinical week, which is where I go to the hospital to get information on my patient, meet my patient, etc... Most weeks my instructor has assigned our patients to us, which is sort of what she did this week, except when it came around to me. She told me I had three patients to choose from, all with different diagnoses. Another girl in my group asked my instructor why I got to choose which patient I wanted, and Dr. J answered, "Because I like her". I was beaming! Not that it really matters in the grand scheme of things, but I was just glad to know that she thinks I have been doing a good job.

Wednesday was my first day to administer medications. Unfortunately, my patient only had one shot (sub-Q), the rest of his medications were by mouth (PO) or an IV med, which we are not allowed to give yet. Regardless, giving meds definitely made the day go faster, which is always a blessing! My patient was a really nice person this time around. I really enjoyed talking with him. I would go into more specifics, but rules are rules.

I have my third test this Monday. Hopefully all will go well.

The picture above is my "student" picture so the professors can remember my name. Big difference from my professors at Lipscomb knowing my name already b/c of my dad/sister/mom/husband! But a nice change to be under the radar a little!

P.S. I don't need anyone to point out that I blog more now than when I did before I was in school...I promise I study:)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Smiths hit Birmingham!

Well the day finally arrived... my "deadbeat" parents decided it was finally time to visit their daughter and son-in-law in Birmingham! Don't worry deadbeat is a word that is used frequently in the Smith household...fondly of course :) I was so excited for my parents to finally get to visit our home here, that I was looking forward to it for weeks! If you know me, or my mother, you would know that I was cleaning for days! Matthew would say, cleaning what? Mostly because our apartment stays pretty clean most of the time, but I couldn't help it. With my mom being such a OCD cleaner like me, I had to make sure that it was completely spotless...I think I did a great job!

They arrived Friday just as I was pulling Grandma Eva's awesome Heath Bar Cake out of the oven. It was a success, thank you Grandma Eva for the delicious recipe! Little Matthew raved about the whole time they were here. After giving mom and dad the grand tour of the apartment, which took about 1 minute considering our apartment is approx. 800 sq. feet, we went downtown to meet Matthew for lunch at Jim and Nicks. Even though mom and dad have one of these in Nashville, they never think about eating at one unless they are traveling through Birminghan, but we were more than happy to oblige dad so he could get some of his favorite cheese biscuits. After eating, we drove my parents around to give them a taste of the Magic City. We hit up Samford, Mountain Brook, and Mountain Brook Village. Friday night we went to go eat at our new favorite Mexican restaurant Sol Azteca. Knowing how much my mother and I are alike, I knew she was going to love this place...and she did. Unfortunantly, I got one of my pesky headaches that have been plaguing me the last couple of weeks right before dinner, so it was an early bedtime for me. Little buddy was staying with us on the pull out sofa, so big Matthew was more than happy to have someone to play Wii with, while I popped a Benadryl and crawled into bed.

( Beautiful Samford, in my opinion one of the prettiest universities...Go Bulldogs, right Kristen?)

Saturday morning, my mom and I got up to head out to the Summit to get in some needed mother/daughter shopping time. We didn't spend long there, only going into a few stores (maybe causing a little damage to mom's Visa), and then headed into downtown Homewood. I knew mom would love it there, because it is an area with a lot of eclectic shops and boutiques, right up Vicki Lynn's alley. I kid you not...we went into every baby/children's boutique so mom could talk about what clothes she was going to by when the time came (I didn't tell Matthew how she was looking at christening gowns, the ones he hates with a passion, but I have insisted that every baby wears one on their first Sunday, boy or girl!).... Of course she still wanted to go to the bridal shop down the street, it didn't seem to matter to her that I was already married!

(here's just a taste....for Matthew's sake...haha) Matthew insists that no other church of christ church does this except Harpeth Hills, but I politely beg to differ :)

Meanwhile, Matthew took the boys downtown to show my dad and brother the lab where he works. He showed them how to make cigarrette smoke extract and demonstrated how cold liquid nitrogen is....only -160 degrees! Little buddy loved it! We all met up for lunch at our favorite pizza place Davenports in Mountain Brook Village. After devouring two pizzas, dad thought it would be a great idea to get ice cream from Mountain Brook Creamery (and I am proud to say that I declined as well...only to have Heath Bar cake later!) After lunch, we headed back to the apartment to cheer on the Cats to victory!

All in all it was an awesome weekend! Please come back soon!
p.s. My mom throughout the whole trip could never make out Vulcan the statue, only then to insist that it did not exist.... we promise it does mom! here's the proof!

Friday, February 13, 2009

"How much is that doggy in the window?"

If you know me or my husband you would know that we are dog lovers. For the duration of our engagement, I begged Matthew on an almost daily basis for a puppy... My reasoning was that I was moving to a new town where I knew no one but J and K, and I wanted my own furry little friend for a companion.

Fast forward to November. Matthew finally caved, and we put a deposit down on a pocket beagle puppy who would be ready to come home with us right after Thanksgiving...

(for those of you who don't know, this is what she would have looked like)

(or this)

But, of course I'm an idiot and I was the one who ruined it and told Matthew it would not be smart of us to get a puppy right before Christmas, when we would be out of town a lot, and right before I started nursing school. I was right...but I really wish I wasn't. How can you say no to that face?

Another dilemma is that my parents just got a new puppy in July, and we (but especially Matthew) LOVE her! She is a free spirit and definitely has a mind of her own. We are afraid that if we got a puppy now we would compare her to Macy. What if we didn't like ours as much as her?!

(This is Macy right after we first got her! So cute!)

So, here we are in February and I want a puppy again. I never said I wasn't indecisive! My good friend in nursing school says that she is totally supportive of us getting a puppy or having a baby....Since the latter is not happening anytime soon, I could definitely go for a dog!

(This is the one I have fallen in love with at the Birmingham Humane Society, her name is Anna, but I think having a lab in a apartment is not the best idea!)

I keep telling Matthew I wish I had a dog to go running with...but until then, I guess he will just have to be my running partner instead!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The New Year

Well, like my beautiful, eventual-to-be nurse wife said, it is, and has been my turn to blog for some time now. I will try to do a brief synopsis of our first married Christmas, and then catch you up on events other than nursing school.

On the first married Christmas my true love gave to me...
The Dark Knight on DVD, and a new part to a controller for our Wii. For those of you who don't know, the Dark Knight is easily in my top three movies of all time which is something quite impressive considering it has neither Tom Hanks or Bob Hope in it. So needless to say I was thrilled when I opened the packages on our Christmas night (which was Dec. 17, if my memory serves correctly). I gave Ann a set of Christmas china from Macy's that was meant to be representative of whatever Christmas china pattern she decided to go with. Unfortunately my plans to take her to Macy's and have her pick out her own set were slightly derailed by a set of impromptu doctor's visit that week, culminating in an endoscopy at 6 am Friday the 19th when we were planning on going up to Nashville for my family's christmas that night. Long story short - it turns out that Ann has pretty bad acid reflux disease that was making her feel queasy and just not well so we got her some medication for that and things have significantly improved since then.

Christmas in Dixie...
Christmas was great this year being married, we got to see so much more of each other than last year, even with Ann being in two weddings on back to back saturdays and dealing with all of the lead-up events that go with nuptials these days. We had a great time with my family the weekend before christmas and rocked the brother/sister/mama/papa bear shirts for the umpteenth year in a row. I mean it wouldn't be Christmas without old red sweatsuits with puff-paint letters on them right? We had a bountiful haul the next morning where Ann got textbooks and a stethascope and I got a brand new suit (all of which we desperately needed!) Andrea and I then translocated to her parents house where we stayed prettty much the rest of the time. Normally we would have gone up to Lexington some to spend some time but my parents were down in Nashville/Columbia most of the time and with the multiple wedding to get to unfortunately we were not able to go. On the 24th, our third Christmas eve, we went to the candle light service at Harpeth Hills and then to the dinner at the home of one of the elders there for a big meal. I had the fun of experiencing a glimpse of what fatherhood was going to be like without any of the pesky things like actully having a kid yet when I helped Chris set up Little Matthew's electric piano that night. The next morning was again a banner day when Ann got a new purse, a North Face jacket, and I recieved Rock Band 2 for Wii the new Killers cd! Much of the next two weeks was a blur between more family gatherings, either in Columbia or Memphis, and pre-wedding activities. We were lucky enough to be able to spend some time with our friends Heather and Russ Clendenin in Memphis who for obvious distance reasons we do not get to see that often. We spent New Years Eve with The Joneses, The Hasselbrings, and The Allens, we went out to eat at Rafferty's and then went back to Adam and KB's apartment to hang out and play Wii and just have a good time.

Well, this post still only brings us up to the beginning of the year and it is already pretty verbose so I will end it now and attempt to bring us up to date in the next day or two with another epistle. Thanks to all for reading!