Monday, January 7, 2013

The Holidays in Utah

 Just to clarify this picture- my nieces and nephews LOVE me. Caleb was just feeling a little sick and wasn't happy with anyone that night. 
The Bagley Family Reunion was SO fun, except for a few moments of awkwardness. Besides that though, it was fun to see everyone and catch up.

 The Bagley Gals & Grandpa
 Christmas fun included cooking, and games, and caroling and hallmark movies. How can it get better than that? We had Sue and Rick over for Christmas dinner and a neighbor over for Christmas Eve. The whole month before Christmas, whenever I would hear the song 'I'll be Home for Christmas' I got so excited because I actually was home for the holidays!!!!

 Skiing at Sundance with Mom, Dad, Matt, Lauren, Gabe, Max and Zach. Best comments of the day...
Max: Grandpa- you still use polls??? (with the tone and look that said- that was totally last year!)
Gabe: We're going to go on the Blue squares. I don't know if you can come though because they're kind of hard.  

 Tubing at Soldier Hollow


 I don't know if you can tell but Bj is holding to sleeping kids and Luke is eating snow that we had been walking on all morning- awesome!

White Coat Ceremony

              This past month has been HUGE. I officially graduated from PA school, finished my last month in Roanoke, took my boards, and moved my stuff across the country into mom and dad’s condo in Draper.

             So starting at the beginning of December Stephanie and I stepped it up and started to study quite a bit together. We started meeting at Panera or Starbucks and study while we ate. It actually was super effective.  The last two weeks we didn’t really have class anymore, we just had time to study on our own- which is surprisingly hard. 
                On the day before graduation, Wednesday, Mom and Dad and Becca flew into Roanoke and stayed in a hotel 15 minutes away from my apartment.  Nate and Kelly and their kids drove into town just before dinner. Following the white coat ceremony we picked up some chocolate silk pie at the store and we had dessert and chatted in the hotel room.  It was fun to have Nate and Kelly with us. They make everything fun!

 As you can see- Becca made me a (very flattering) graduation crown.
 The Roanoke Star
 Saturday I studied in the morning and then met up with the family for dinner (a local BBQ place) and then went to Walmart and bought some supplies to play a guess that song game. It was actually fun, and then we played 42 for a bit.

 My Roanoke YSA 1st ward.
The highlight of Sunday was our beautiful family musical number. We sang 'Angels we have Heard on High.' Little Lyla and Ruby didn’t want to just watch us from the audience, so they came up half way through the song and started conducting. It was SUPER hard not to laugh and of course everyone in the audience was chuckling, but we made it through without breaking down. There are some awesome people in the Roanoke YSA ward!!!!

 The Stanleys
  In the middle of our 36 hour drive across the US we stopped off at Joe & Naomi's home for the afternoon/night. It was fun to play with them for an evening!
        Fun memories from the drive- Mom having us listen to some fun books (how to win friends and influence people, making miracles, dave ramsey financial planning, and then some fiction books Ammon and Abinidi). We started a couple of the books and I was literally falling asleep listening to them.  Haha. And we couldn’t listen to them on my radio so we were sharing the earphones. It worked okay, except mom kept moving forward and backwards and knocking it out of my ear. 
         The other funny story was that mom couldn’t ever figure out how to work the AC/heater. There was one time when she wanted the heat on but instead to clicked the button for more air…so a bunch of cold air was blasting us. She couldn’t figure it out and so she just turned off the air and decided she could live with being cold. Maybe you had to be there, but it was pretty funny.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Done done done!

I started my ER rotation this month.  I’m working with Ashley Amos in the Rocky Mount ED and it was a wonderful month.  This was a great final rotation, because it brings together everything I’ve learned and she gave me quite a bit of latitude.Beyond that I got to do a fair amount of procedures- abscess drainage, laceration exploration, and suturing. Woot woot. 
Some cool experiences.....

There was one patient, an older gentleman  who  fell and cut his forehead  which needed stitches. He was a retired preacher in Rocky Mount. He and his wife were so nice. We chatted for a while about religion and being mormon.  When I was cleaning up everything he was so nice and said that when I went back home I would find a nice mormon boy and get married.  I don’t know why it was so flattering, but it was. They also gave me hugs before they left. Haha.
Oh and some 40 yo  opiate and alcohol addict came in to be medically cleared to start rehab.  While I was examining him he looked at me and told me how beautiful I was. Too bad he was totally high, but even still…it was nice. :) thank you drunk, high man! 
And now I'm DONE! I can't believe it. I only have another month of school and then I'll be a full blown PA. Holla!
I'm definitely going to miss this BEAUTIFUL place! This is the view I get when I go on my runs in the morning.  Jealous???


Troubles with Max

So good ol’ Max had some rough times this month.  
        Starting about a year ago my starter occasionally stops working. It only has happened a handful of times since then, and because I’m a really poor student- I figure that I’ll push it till the VERY end.  During one of those instances- there were a couple of safe and knowledgable looking guys near my car so I asked them if they knew where my starter was located.  I definitely hit the jackpot because one of them knew exactly where it was- he tapped on it…and max started right up. He then showed me right where it was. Ever since then, whenever max won’t start, I know exactly where to tap in order to get him started again.
Well this week…he threw some tantrums -nothing out of the normal, it just so happened that it was at night- and the batteries in my flashlight were out. (I’ve since replaced them). The evening started something like this…I had just finished my 10 hour shift in the ED and was exhausted. My visiting teachee had called and said I could come over, which is a BIG deal (cause no one is ever home and no one EVER calls me back). So I visit taught her and when I came out my car, Max wouldn’t turn over. It was dark outside, but there happened to be a lamppost nearby, so I could see just fine.  Anyway, I tapped the starter and I went on my merry way.
Usually once it happens I’m good for a least the next month, so I was EXTREMELY surprised that when I stopped at the gas station on my way home and he didn't start AGAIN! It was about 9:30 at night and I have no idea why everyone decided to get gas then, but there were cars lined up everywhere to get gas. Of course, right! So I grumble to myself, pop the hood and it just so happens that the way I’m parked blocks all the overhead lighting. So I can’t see anything under the hood. UGH! I get my crowbar out and I start tapping/hitting things in the general vicinity of the starter hoping that out of shear luck I'll hit it. Since my hood doesn’t have one of those sticks to hold itself up and the suspension is out- I have to hold up the hood myself. That usually means that I use one hand to hold the crowbar, one hand for balance and I use my head to prop the hood up (which is pretty heavy-fyi). Anyway, so I put the hood back down and try to start the car- nada! So I do this several times and one of the cars in line (for another pump) is a girl and she leans her head out and asks if I need help. Thinking that I’m going to get it any second I tell her not to worry about it.
After another few times- I started to get frustrated. It has never taken me this long and the pressure is on, since there are all these cars not only watching this crazy girl randomly banging under her hood, but they’re waiting for me to move so they can get gas. Eventually some guy comes over and asks if I need help. I asked if he knew where a starter would be. He just gave me a blank stare- so I had him hold the hood. Finally the guy behind me got out of his car and said- ‘oh, will your car not start?’ SERIOUSLY! You’ve been watching me for the past 10 minutes repeatedly lifting my hood and I’m still parked here after I’ve finished gassing up…It’s a pretty safe bet that my car won’t start! Of course I keep my comments to myself and I smile and say –nope. I forgave him because he had a flashlight that I could use.
Right after he gave me the flash light he followed me to the front of the car, where the other nice gentleman was holding the hood up. They both were looking pretty skeptical of me (holding a flashlight in one hand and a crowbar in the other hand and me in my nice work clothes and scarf). I can almost guarantee that they thought I was crazy, so it was especially vindicating that I spotted the starter right away and tapped it and vuala –Max started. They literally both just stared at me for a while and shook their heads in unison and one of them said-‘I didn’t know you could do that.’
I felt like the ultimate man, but woman! I just wanted to flex and do that manly growling thing-ya know? I didn’t of course, cause that would have been REALLY embarrassing.
Since then he’s been great and we haven’t had any problems. Max I still love you! I'm just so grateful to have a functional car!