Thursday, June 24, 2010


I may not have mentioned, but my poor computer broke -- the silly cooling fan... So, I took it in to the geeks over at Best Buy and they had to send it off... First off though, lets venture back to June 16, 2009...

About 2 weeks before my hip surgery, my computer (HP) broke, for like the third time... So, I took it also to the geeks over at Best Buy. The week after dropping it off we went on a cruise, and then the next week I had hip surgery. Of course, after my hip surgery, I got aspiration pheumonia and wasn't doing too hot... But the world doesn't stop. Best Buy called me while in the ICU. (Little side note -- my ringtone at the time was Travis Tritt's "It's a Great Day to Be Alive" and rang at its highest volume in a hopsital wing of dying people.. Smart, Bethany...) Anyways, they called me and said that they computer, which was less than 3 years old.. cuz we got the extended warranty, couldn't be fixed and we could get a BRAND NEW ONE. My mom told me, and then I forgot. So, the day I left the hospital, my mom was like "Let's go pick out a new computer.." and I had forgotten and got SO excited and off we went to get a new computer.  I got a Sony Vaio, which has been working out well for me and I like it.

Back to the present. My beloved Sony Vaio broke. I took it in to get fixed. And today they called me and said my computer was ready. So I went in to pick it up and he brought out the computer, sans my computer cord, which had also been sent.  Turns out, Sony LOST my cord and they have to send me a new one, go figure. So, although I have my computer, it is dead with no cord and therefore useless.  Until next week, I am stuck with my dad's computer, which I am incredibly grateful for :)

Perhaps my next computer should be a Mac...

Saturday, June 19, 2010

All sorts of stuff :)

I have been MIA for a while, but I come back with lots of thoughts :)

So, first off. I started my shadowing with the doctor that runs the office I shadow at. We'll call him Dr. J. He, as well as running his own business, does lots of surgeries and rounds in the hospital. He's a busy, busy guy, going in at 7 AM and leaving for his home at 7ish PM. I only worked with him for 6 and a half hours and I was EXHAUSTED!! I got to see a cardiac catheterization and and insert of a stent. A cath helps see if you have an clogged arteries by making a small incision in the groin and inserting a tube through the vein and artery. Once inserted, they will insert a dye that highlights the arteries to see if there is a clot.  If there is a clot, they might insert a stent. A stent is a small tiny coiled tube that is placed in the artery to expand the artery and increase blood flow. It was very interesting to see. When I told my dad I was going to see it, he gave me one piece of advice "Do NOT pass out" I didn't pass out, and wasn't bothered by it at all. I thought it was cool!

While doing rounds, we saw this guy who had a melanoma in his eye, causing it to close.  He told us he didn't want to get surgery cuz he thought God would heal it, but He hasn't.  I personally believe that God gave man the tools to fix his eye, and perhaps that IS the healing... but whatever. If the man don't want surgery, he ain't gonna have surgery. Maybe God will heal it. That'd be cooler anyways. 

Also whilst walking around in the hospital, I discovered something about myself. First off, when I was younger I swore that I would never enter the medical field, now look at me... When I finally chose the medical field, I swore I would never work pediatrics. Well, I may have had a change in heart.  When we were walking through the hospital, we passed quickly through some peds section and I immediately felt a difference. It was so much lighter and happy (even though they were all sick). I just felt a huge difference and I loved it.  Of course, I won't know what I truly like until I do my clinicals, but peds is back in the running. :)

I have a meeting on Monday at my school about the Hodges nominations for Nova Southeastern. This is the "preliminary nominations." I was on that list, which is good news.  I am not sure what the meeting will be like -- I hope it's interesting. 

I suppose that is it for now. Enjoy your weekend :)

Friday, June 11, 2010

I'm around...

I shadowed for the last two days. I wish I had something to say. But I don't.. Sorry :-\

I changed my layout again. It was there, I was bored. That's pretty much why. I personally prefer the other design much better, but I like the way the layout is and the font and colors and stuff.. Hmm...We'll see how long it stays :)

My mother and I ventured down to Fort Myers for the night. I have to go a Saturday lab in the morning and we are dissecting a heart. That should be interesting.  We met up with my brother for dinner and that was fun.  We went to Carrabbas. My fave.

I had to take in my computer to the geeks over at Best Buy. They might (probably) will have to send it in and that will take 2-3 weeks. AHH. But my parents have an extra computer (well.. not really extra, but it gets passed around). So I'll have to use that for a while. :(

Pretty much low on words for the last few days. Maybe it's just those lazy-hazy-crazy days of summer? Stay tuned :)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Day 2

I will probably be updating for each day that I shadow. Mostly because I am forgetful and would like to remember what I learned, and only slightly cuz it's mildly interesting :)

Also, I got a new blog layout.  My mom, who has come to like reading my blog (HI MOM!) told me she could hardly read it due to my colors. So, I thought it was my layout. It turns out that it wasn't my layout but something in the settings, but I ended up liking this one so much I'll keep it!

So. Day 2 at Cardiovascular Interventions!
I got there early and none of the PAs were there yet, so I went back to see Christie in the nuclear lab.  She was doing a treadmill stress test and a chemical stress test. So, I watched them for about 30 minutes and went out to see if I could find Paul or Jonathan (the PAs). Paul was there and he told me to go ahead and finish watching the stress tests and to come on out when I was finished. So, I did.

After the tests, I went and followed Paul for a very long while. All the people that we saw were for the most part fine, and were just there for precautionary reasons and to make sure nothing has worsened and to check medications.  He was caught up and so I went back and watched some more stress tests.  Paul came and got me a bit later and we saw more patients.  At cardiovascular Interventions, they do tests and results for the ultrasound and stress tests on the same day. So, I was able to follow a guy through the stress tests and then his visit. He was healthy.

The last patient of the day was my fave. He was Russian and just an absolute sweetheart.  Unfortunately, although seeming and feeling like he was in great health, his stress test showed that he might have a blocked artery.  It was nice being able to see one that wasn't normal, because up until then I had seen like 6-7 normal ones (although that is good). They have to do a cardiac catheterization.  This will then prove if he has a blocked artery or not. If he does, they will put in a stent, if not, they will put him on medication and monitor it. 

Overall, it was a very interesting day. Thanks for letting me bore you with it. I think I'll learn a lot and I really love the people! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

I started...

I started shadowing today!

It didn't start off as awesome as I would have liked. But, it picked up in the afternoon and I really think I'll enjoy it. 

I started off my day taking a quick tour of the center and then watching an ultrasound of the heart. It was pretty cool. Then, I went off and watched *something!* I can't for the life of me remember what the name of it was and it's raining so hard outside I don't want to go get my pamphlet.  Anyways. It is used for people who have coronary artery disease and are unable to get bypass or a stent. But clinical studies have shown that this non-surgical option is just as effective. The downside is you have to come in every weekday for 7 weeks. I wish I could explain more, but let's face it, you probably don't care and wouldn't understand anyways :)

Next, I went into the nuclear lab (sounds cooler than it is) and watched a chemical stress test (meaning that they didn't use the treadmill, but rather had a radioactive chemical injected into them).  I also watched a MUGA scan.  This uses a radioactive chemical too, and measures the ejection fraction. EF is the amount of blood that is pumped out of the hearts ventricles. 60-70% is a good range. I was able to follow through on the patient with the MUGA and see her with the P.A.

I then went for lunch.  I went to my dad's office for lunch. That was pleasant. I just love my dad so much :)  Around 1, I went back to the cardiologists office.  I got to follow around a P.A. for about 2 hours, going in and seeing patients with the P.A., and her explaining to me different heart issues and solutions, and medications, and basically everything else.

It was overall a very successful day, and I hope tomorrow will be just as good.

Thanks for tuning in.. Have a good weekend!