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Monday, July 26, 2010

We have a house!

Hey! Some exciting things are falling into place, and I am just getting so excited thinking about the fact that our family will be back together again by Labor Day weekend!

We found an awesome house, and it feels like the one! We finalized paperwork today, so I can officially get EXCITED!

The house is great~it's huge. It has a basement which was Dylan's requirement. It also has a loft area which Karsen has already claimed. :) I felt an instant connection when I first saw the online pics and I am so glad it has worked out!

Now we just have to SELL this house! And figure out how to move while I am in the midst of Internal Med....and figure out how to get the kids there to start school in time....

Still alot of unanswered questions...BUT this, my friends, is PROGRESS! YAY!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Guess where we went this weekend?

It had been almost a year since we've been to the beach. It's my most favorite place ever. We did not stay long, but it was worth the trip.


I love this pic (taken with my cell phone) because I unintentionally included the ferris wheel over my shoulder.



It was a good day.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sunday, July 18, 2010

A day in the life of my Internal Med rotation

Just as a reminder, for my final year of Pharmacy school, P4 year, we are required to complete 9 rotations in different health care settings. I have already completed Geriatrics and Ambulatory Care. This month I started the dreaded two month long rotation of Internal Med. It is rumored to be the most challenging months of the entire year.

I am half way through the first month, and I am still kicking! It has been challenging, but it has not been as bad as it could be. My biggest obstacle will be figuring out a way to balance it all, time management, and the sleep deprivation.

Here a snapshot of one day from last week.

Thursday, July 15th


5:00 AM WAKE UP (Anyone who knows me will understand this is not easy for me. It just isn't natural to get up that early in the morning! (and I am kinda GRUMPY )


5:45 AM Leave home for my one hour commute! It STINKS! Where did all these people come from, and WHY do they all work in Raleigh? On a positive note, I got to see the sun rise over the big city.

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6:45 AM  Meet for Pharmacy Grand Rounds; discuss the new statin that just came on the market. Coffee in hand.

8:00 AM  Meet with our boss. Discuss old patients. Get assigned new patients. Reminder about big presentation the following day. AS IF that has not haunted me all week.


8:30 AM - 12PM Start reviewing new patients. Look at labs, look at urine/blood cultures, Xrays, MRIs, CT scans, check their medication list, their doses, their renal function. Their vitals. Anything changed since yesterday. Are they on DVT prophylaxis? We don't want them throwing a clot while they are here! Make notes so that I can present them in an organized, informed fashion later in the afternoon.

12PM-12:45PM EAT, talk wth other students, share our pain, our stress, wonder how we will make it through the next 6 weeks. EAT!

1PM-2PM Meet with a very smart and intimidating Clinical Pharmacist and discuss the INs and OUTs of acute and chronic renal failure. Get hammered with questions. Start sweating. At the end he tells us we are the best group he's ever had the discussion with. SCORE!

2:30-4PM Meet with boss. Go over patients. Get hammered with questions...more sweating. Make notes to follow-up with the next morning.

4:15PM Leave for one hour commute home. What to do for supper? I am hungry again...gotta feed the brain.

5:30 HOME! Check email. Look at my must read blogs (I have a few people I stalk ;)  )


6:00PM My Dad shows up with my favorite take-out food, he heard I was gonna likely eat cereal for supper and he was worried about me. Thanks, Daddy! The food was yummy, it definitley saved my life.

6:30PM-2:30AM Sit in the same spot and work on a 14 page presentation for the following day on ANEMIA. I did a patient case, disease snapshot, and a journal article.


2:31AM Delirium sets in. My throat hurts. I am trying to remember what time I have to be there in the morning. Sleep....

3 hours later....I was up and at'em again. My presentation went well on Friday afternoon (thank the Lord!), and by the time I got home I was ready to crash. It was quite a week!

Tomorrow is my mid-point evaluation for the first month. I hope it goes well! At least I am 1/4 of the way there!

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming....swimming, swimming....

Will write another post later about all the other "life" stuff going on....the kids, house still for sell, and this week was officially 11 months since Chris left for his new job. We are hanging in there. :)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010

A Midwestern Fountain

On our last trip to the great Midwest we had a fun day of shopping. This shopping center/mall was just awesome. There were so many stores there that we don't have here in NC. Karsen and I took our time meandering around and then took a break from window-shopping to have some lemonade by a huge fountain. Chris and Dyan hit up the massive LEGO store (of course) and then snuck up on us girls hanging out here.


I love our flip flops side by side here.


I think its funny that our heads are both slightly tilted here. Chris didn't realize I was actually day-dreaming about the Tiffany & Co and Henri Bendel stores. HA!


I turned around to smile at Chris (and the camera), check out what kinda goodies Dylan got at the LEGO store, and Karsen jumped up to share her lemonade with Daddy. She knows it is his fave. We had a great weekend in Columbus, and I definitely think I could get used to shopping here. I did hear someone say that the fountain usually freezes around November! WHAT?! Getting used to the winter weather might be another story!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Olympics 2020 contender?


Mondays are her favorite day of the week.
GYMNASTICS TIME!




She recently got her first medal.
She was so excited that she flipped around in the (empty) dining room for the next two hours or so.
"Just to get a lil more practice to make it perfect".


She is the hardest working 8 year old around!


Because according to her, "Winning gold medals don't come easy".

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fourth of July 2010 in rewind

We had a great long, holiday weekend.
Here's a look at our weekend in pictures.
Look who was home!


He loved being home to hang out with the family for the weekend.


Miley is so happy when her "alpha male" is back. (She sure doesn't listen to me. lol)


This is Miley's favorite game with Dylan.


We made festive cupcakes.


Karsen took care of the sprinkles and made a heart of course <3


She also monogrammed her own cupcake "K" along with sprinkles and a blueberry on top.
See the icing on her forehead?


Of course there were sprinklers too.
I heart summer and everything about it.
Hope your 4th of July was as happy and festive.
Did I mention I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this time of year?

Quiet time


Sometimes....a girl just needs a break.

Deciduous Heather