Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Sorry I haven't blogged in a while. I just started nursing school and have been pretty busy these past couple of weeks trying to get back in the swing of things. We had our first test for the term yesterday and I got a 48.5/51 on the test! Tomorrow I start to pass meds for the first time in a long term care setting and I am a little nervous. I have lots of studying to do before tomorrow so I am going to go now. I will try to write a better blog later!

Monday, July 4, 2011


Today I am going to talk to you all about strokes! I got all this info from the National Stroke Association go there if you would like to learn more
Here is something that everyone in my nursing class was taught to remember strokes.

Here are some symptoms of a stroke

Sudden numbness or weakness of  the face, arm or leg especially if it is on one side of the body
Sudden confusion trouble speaking or understanding
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance
Sudden sever headache with no known cause

Now for us Females the signs of a stroke can be different so as a female you may not show or have the same symptoms
For females
Sudden limb and face pain
Sudden hiccups
Sudden nausea
Sudden general weakness
Sudden chest pain
Sudden shortness of breath
Sudden palpitations (abnormal heart beat)

If help is given to a stroke victim within three hours the side effects can be reversed but time is brain so if you have these symptoms or someone else does get them help right away!
Do not try to drive your self or your friend/family member to the hospital if you think they are having a stroke call 911 if symptoms worsen the medical personnel will have the equipment to help. 

You may be wondering who is at risk for a stroke you may think it can only happen to old people but a stroke can happen to any one of any age, race, or gender. Though there are some things that do increase your risk of a stroke
Here are  is a table that shows the modifiable and non modifiable risk factors.

 And finally here is a little scorecard you can do to see where your chance of a stroke lies. Please remember that if you have any concerns you should see your doctor. This card isn't suppose to diagnose but to let you know where you are.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


I haven't blogged in a while because I have no idea what to blog about now. I have been working a lot since I got back from my last little trip. In fact I volunteered to work the next three nights (1030pm-7am).
 So I just got off work! At night we usually have three CNA's and split the floor up into three groups we average about 14-15 patients each. Someone called in sick so that put us to a two group. Luckily someone from the previous shift stayed until 2am. But we were a two group for three hours this gave us 21 patients each. People think that old people sleep at night but they really don't. They get Sundowners and they become more active. Lucky for us it was a slow night. Another aid came in at 5am.
Now that I am home I am trying to decide what to eat for my dinner before I go to bed. I really just want to eat a couple of doughnuts but thats not a good dinner :(.

I'm really feeling the urge to play a video game so I may play a video game before I go to bed. I just need to make sure I don't stay up to late otherwise I will sleep really late. Anyway I will try to think of something better to blog later.