Archive | August, 2010

“So You Want To Be An Echo Tech?”

31 Aug

This is not a true depiction of R. He is much more handsome and dashing 🙂

These are the words that I’m greeted with by one of my beloved co-workers/tutors. It’s his way of preparing me for the “reality” of being a Cardiac Sonographer. He likes to recount the horror stories of a day in the life of the real scanning world! Like scanning women whose boobs touch the floor, or a patient who throws up on you while you are scanning them, or one of his favorites stories, a patient who defecated while he was confined in a tiny room with no air ventilation, and a machine that’s kicking out heat like nobody’s business! Moral of the story, don’t ever look under the gown at whatever cost! And the stories continue, etc… I enjoy his horror stories. And I do realize that it’s not going to be a walk in the park, but I am up for the challenge.
This is dedicated to R.


I Have A Dream!

22 Aug

That one day I will not have to eat food that was frozen and originated from a box.  I have a dream that one day my meal will take longer than 2 minutes to prepare.

Microwave, Nuke, Zap.  These are all words I have come to despise. World English Dictionary defines microwave as, “an electromagnetic radiation in the wavelength range 0.3 to 0.001 metres: used in radar, cooking, etc.”  Yikes when you put it like that it sounds even worse! Well with working full time and going to school full time preparing food the way that I’m used to is something of a luxury. I find myself relying heavily on the microwave as a form of cooking. Grrrrr… Believe me this is not how I was raised.  I was raised to cook from scratch, making your own stock, then adding it to slow simmering meats, to make savory Bolognese.  The idea of buying prepared foods was dirty.  I was an adult when I 1st tried macaroni & cheese from a box. It still makes my mom cringe at the very words.

So one thing that I really look forward to when I’m not in school is cooking more, and kicking the microwave to the curb.  Really taking the time to enjoy food instead of inhale it to accomplish the next thing on the “to do” list.

At work I’m so excited that we are supposed to get a toaster oven, it’s just one step closer to a real oven!
p.s. I am one step closer to my goal. I’ve passed my carotid protocol this week! Can I get a Woot Woot! Thanks to everybody for their encouragement when I ranted and raved how I’d never get there,  I can be dramatic occasionally.


21 Aug

Coronary Collaterals

So come to find out there’s this underground network at work in our body and we don’t even know it! Since I’ve been in school I’ve been amazed at how wonderful my body is! My first instructor once said that our bodies are a universe in themselves. And I am assured of that more and more as I learn about how the body works.
In our arteries when there is a blockage our body naturally makes a “detour” just like if you were driving and they were doing construction on the street your on, you might be redirected in another direction to lead you to where you need to go. Well over the course of some weeks our body makes detours so as to not disturb the flow of blood to the needed tissues. Isn’t that amazing? And of course if this blockage happens too quick our body doesn’t have enough time to make these collaterals and you could die, but isn’t that amazing??? Ok maybe you won’t die, but it is serious.
All I can say is that I am wonderfully made!

My Muse

10 Aug

little miss Z, courtesy of Noelle Williams Photography

In Greek mythology the nine daughters of Zeus were considered to be muses.  Sister goddesses who brought forth inspiration whether it be to a poet, artist, or thinker.

Well when I think of my metaphoric muse I think of this 2 ft little person that everybody says looks exactly like me.   She is my greatest accomplishment as well as the best part of my life.

Every time I look at those big brown eyes full of wonder and excitement for life  I am reminded of why I forge on, unrelenting in the pursuit of my goal.  To be a better mother for Z.

To my little luccaccina

Woot Woot!!!

4 Aug

So I am happy to report that I got an “A” on my lab test. It was a low “A” but an “A” nonetheless. And really, when you think about it, when a doctor passes his courses he still gets a white lab coat whether he got a 70% in class or a 90%. So I am going to be happy with that. I did also get a high “A” on my lecture test which I am also happy to report. I think that this was my hardest test for me thus far. I slaved over it! And even though it wasn’t perfect, I am going to be satisfied with the results…well for now.….
So where do we go from here? Well after a brief victory sleep where I can sleep worry free for 1 night, it’s back to scanning and trying to pass some of these year ends!