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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May
07

Food, Glorious Food

It is the final day of my full liquid diet! Cue the party horns, streamers and balloons! I’m at the point that I am literally gagging on soup, even when it tastes good. I’m not normally a fan of semi-solid textures all by themselves (think: baby food), but bring on the purees! It’s curious how …

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May
04

Farewell, My Sweet(s)

First, the good news! I’m down 11 pounds since surgery and 32 overall! Woot woot! Recovery continues to go well overall and I’ve been lucky enough to avoid complications (knock on wood). I’m taking it one day at a time and letting myself move slowly. Now, the less-fun news… This is hard as shit. Not …

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Apr
29

All the Feelings

One of the surprises I have not been really prepared for is the gamut of emotions that I run through each day (often from minute to minute). I was warned during my preop phase that emotional ups and downs and insomnia were common after surgery. I haven’t experienced any extreme mood swings or breakdowns, but I …

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Apr
27

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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Apr
21

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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Apr
18

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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Apr
16

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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Apr
14

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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Apr
08

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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Apr
06

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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