Nurse Teeny

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Date registered: August 4, 2011

Latest posts

  1. Nurse Practitioner-Ish — May 15, 2016
  2. Surgiversary — May 10, 2016
  3. Whirlwind! — April 12, 2016
  4. Impact — August 24, 2015
  5. Two Months Out: Ambivalence — June 24, 2015

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

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POD #4

Today is POD (Post-Op Day) number four. So far it’s been fairly smooth sailing…hope the trend continues! My surgeon was thrilled with how the surgery itself went. There were no complications and he felt really good about how well it seemed to go – Steve said the surgeon was just about giddy when he came out …

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Going Lean and Green

Although I am down to the five-shakes-a-day phase of my “liver diet”, I thought I’d share some of our favorite “lean and green” recipes that we discovered during the first two weeks. All I can say is thank goodness for the Internet (and Pinterest)! We were quite pleased with many of the dishes we made …

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The Final Countdown

Yes, I just referenced an ’80s hair band. 😛 Pardon my weird humor, it’s this damn liver diet making me loopy. Yes folks, I’m less than a week away from surgery and it ain’t pretty. As soon as I adjusted to my two shakes/two proteins/one lean and green meal regimen, it was time to switch gears …

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Have You Had Your Conversation?


Good morning! Today is the 8th annual National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). NHDD “exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be” …

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We Must Do Better

Dear Colleagues, I have a request. And it isn’t a small one. But it’s a crucial one. You see, I work in an inpatient hospice unit. Inpatient hospice signifies that patients require a level of care that cannot be managed in the home setting. They must have active symptoms to qualify for inpatient care. It’s …

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The Liver Diet

With my surgery fast approaching, last week was the start diet for my preop “liver reduction diet”. The idea behind this diet is that obese people tend to have enlarged livers due to increased glycogen storage (thanks to all those carbs) and fatty deposits. By reducing overall caloric intake (carbs especially), the goal is to …

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Weight Loss Surgery: The Preop Phase

One of the aspects of this experience that I really appreciate was how thorough the bariatric surgery preop approval process was. It made me feel confident that it wasn’t just about the $ for my surgeon. Even more importantly, it showed me that I could see this through. The number of appointments and evaluations I …

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About My Choice

By now you’ve had a few days to digest my big news (pardon the pun). You may have mixed feelings about it. Trust me, I’ve been preparing for this experience for four months now, and I have my moments. If you are curious, the exact procedure I will be undergoing is called a SIPS (stomach intestinal …

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The Emperor of All Maladies: The Documentary


You may remember my awed review last year of Siddhartha Mukherjee’s incredible book The Emperor of All Maladies. Turns out Ken Burns has been working on a documentary of the same name, based partially on his work. Pardon me while I squeal like a kid in a candy store. (Yes, I am aware that I am a …

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Time for Drastic


Well, hullo there, strangers! Miss me? 😉 For those of you who have stuck around, bless you for your patience. The past few months have been a bit of an emotional and physical roller coaster. But I have some big news to share. Last December I went for my annual well-woman exam and mentioned to …

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