Nurse Teeny

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Date registered: August 4, 2011

Latest posts

  1. 10 Years — September 26, 2017
  2. On Vulnerability — September 11, 2017
  3. A New Day Coming — September 3, 2017
  4. Nurse Practitioner-Ish — May 15, 2016
  5. Surgiversary — May 10, 2016

Most commented posts

  1. Gratitude — 21 comments
  2. Giveaway! Kaplan NCLEX Review Book — 16 comments
  3. Befuddled — 13 comments
  4. Too Smart For Nursing? — 10 comments
  5. Nurse Teeny, RN! — 10 comments

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Sep
26

10 Years

Dear Daddy, 10 years ago today, you took your last breath. My world stopped turning. I still recall vividly the day you called me from California, 6 months and 10 days beforehand. I had just gotten ready for bed. I was sitting in my papasan chair, replaying your voicemail asking me to call you as …

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Sep
11

On Vulnerability

Considering what I do for a living, you would think I would be an expert in vulnerability. After all, I get the privilege of being present with people during some of the worst, hardest days of their lives. I am a witness to their own vulnerability. But alas, how little this gift makes its way …

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Sep
03

A New Day Coming

Hello, friends. I have missed you! I have missed this. Boy has it been a hell of a year (and counting). Since I last posted, I found a new job as a palliative care nurse practitioner. I firmly believe that I am doing what I was built to do. It is beyond gratifying, even when …

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May
15

Nurse Practitioner-Ish

My transition from registered nurse to nurse practitioner has been somewhat long and drawn out, but I am realizing via conversations with my peers that this is nothing new. What I hadn’t realized when I started this experience is that there are multiple steps to actually practicing: Pass the national certification exam. Become licensed in the …

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May
10

Surgiversary

So now that you’ve hopefully recovered from reading about the craziness that was my life since August, as promised I’m going to attempt catching you up on key changes that have been happening ’round here. Starting with the biggest change…literally. My first year as a postop bariatric patient. Oh boy, brace yourselves. Stats-wise, as of my April …

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Apr
12

Whirlwind!

Helloooooooooo friends! I’ve missed you! Where to even begin with the last six-ish months of life happenings?!? I think what I plan/intend to do is give you a quick synopsis – with more detailed posts to come – in the hopes that 1) it will keep you coming back after my unplanned hiatus and 2) …

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Aug
24

Impact

Sorry the blog has been so quiet lately. The rest of the summer was a flurry of teaching, clinical and classes (not to mention continued recovery). I’ll have more news on all fronts very soon, I promise. But the big news of the week is that I was in a very serious car accident last …

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Jun
24

Two Months Out: Ambivalence

Last week I celebrated my eight week postop-aversary. This is usually the point at which we are cleared to eat regular foods and swallow pills whole. For many bariatric patients this is quite a milestone when you are supposed to start feeling “normal” again. I have to say I feel anything but. My postop life …

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May
27

One Month Post-Op

Last Thursday, I hit the 4-week mark and Saturday was my official one-month postop-aversary. I can honestly say there have been moments when I doubted if I would ever make it this far. (Especially during Week 2 of liquids…cream-based soups still make me want to gag.) Overall I am doing well. My energy levels are …

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May
15

Walking the Tightrope

If I could describe my first month of recovery, it would be akin to walking a tightrope on a roller coaster. How’s that for an image? 😉 In all seriousness, I am actually thankful that recovery has been fairly smooth. I’m keeping food down, have minimal reflux problems, and although my stomach is still quite …

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