Thursday, June 30, 2011


Yesterday, I spent the day on the bone marrow transplant unit learning about exactly what the unit does which is bone marrow transplants. Our unit does bone marrow transplants on all pediatric patients that need them, but they aren't done nearly as often as they are in adults. Our next pediatric transplant is happening on July 18 on a sickler patient (a child with sickle cell anemia). The reason I went to the adult unit is so that by the time I am off orientation I will have been able to do a transplant. Well I did exactly what I went for, I did a transplant yesterday. I did what is called an autologous transplant (which means the cells I transfused into the patient are they patients own cells which have been preserved). The only weird thing was the smell of the DMSO (this is the preservative used to preserve the cells while they are frozen), it smells like a weird garlic--yuck!

Other than that, my parents are coming into town tonight--I am so excited to see them. They are staying in town overnight and we will go golfing tomorrow (that is a usual outing when it is the four of us--Phillip, myself and both my parents). Want to see something fabulous? Here it is:

I think my patients will love it!

I hope everyone has a safe and fun July 4th weekend, I'll actually be working Saturday and Sunday. Remember what this holiday is about. Thanks to all the troops and family members of the troops out there. We appreciate all that you do!

Monday, June 27, 2011


I really don't have much going on, hence why I haven't been posting too much. I don't want to just talk about nothing, but that is exactly what I am going to do right now. I am sitting in my wonderfully comfortable bed, listening to Blake Sheldon preform on The Voice, snuggled up with the kitties and Roman with the sky's turning a very ominous gray outside--I <3 days like this, they are my favorite!

On the job front, work has been incredible. All the kiddos I take care of are adorable and I love work. My preceptor is named Kelly and she is so sweet. I get a major bonus with her because she is studying for the CPON (which stands for Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse) exam so she knows everything--all the little side effects of all medications and such. It is great. I hung some chemo last week and it was great, I felt comfortable doing it. I wish I had more information memorized but I'll get there, I know I will. I am still picking up one shift a week at North Florida to pay for our Costa Rica trip and it is nice keeping up with all the peeps there and it is also nice keeping my adult skills up.

The hubs and I have been pretty low key, nothing too exciting going on around here. He has been coaching 6 year old baseball with our friend Bill, it is for Cooper's team--unfortunately the weather in Florida in the summer isn't really conducive to outdoor sports so things keep getting rained out (my guess is today's game will be as well). I just love seeing him out there with all the kids, it reminds me of what an incredible Dad he is going to be (our future Jelly Bean will be so lucky!). He has been a working out machine and has lost 30 lbs since our wedding. I am so proud of him, he is so dedicated to this getting healthy, healthy and healthier!

That's really all I've got going on over here. Nothing going on for baby news (we are stuck using the dreaded condoms until Nov/Dec, boo hiss!). I'll definitely keep you all up on that and thanks for all your sweet comments about my previous posts. :)

Monday, June 20, 2011

30 Posts on Truth--Post 5

Let's get to know one another. Here is the reference for this project, it also lists all the future posts!

Post 05 → Something you hope to do in your life.

This is an easy one. I hope to one day be blessed enough to become a mother. I think I was born to be a Mommy and I will consider myself so fortunate when that happens eventually. I always get so sad for those women who try for years and years to have a baby and it never happens--I couldn't imagine how that would make me feel and I pray I never have to know.

That is the main "something" I hope to do in my life. :)

Your turn, I'd love to know yours. Link up:

Sunday, June 12, 2011

New Plans--Yay!!

Happy Monthiversary to us! We went to an incredible dinner at O Sole Mio which was rocking Italian food! I love you honey. :)

Ok, on to the exciting news! We talked about a change in our baby schedule that has me pretty freaking stoked. Remember back in the day (as in April) we set up a plan to start trying to expand our little family at our two year anniversary? Well today we were at our friends Meghan and Graham's new house helping them move in (another verbage for me playing with the beautiful 11 month old) and Meghan was talking about how they are planning on getting preggo again next January. Well she and I were both saying would it be awesome to be preggo together (not to mention Keri and Alex are trying to get preggo now and we have ALWAYS talked about getting preggo together) well Phillip was all "no, no, no..." until, he got to thinking. The main worry in his world is finances (which I truly think is most of our worries) and he said that if we are able to save $3500 by January then he is on board--I about went through the roof with excitement (clearly so excited I'm not sleeping and I have to be at work in um...3 hours)!!

Well needless to say I got super pumped, but as I was getting ready for dinner (which was excellent by the way!) I started to worry about maybe having badgered him into it, because as much as I wanted to get my way, I don't want to do it at the expense of his opinions, thoughts, emotions, etc. I headed down to the man cave to check with him. I asked him straight up if he felt like he was being back into a corner and he said if it were up to only him ideally he would wait, but since he knows it will make me happy--if we are able to get this one stipulation (having some savings) taken care of then he is on board. I <3 my hubby. :)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

30 Posts on Truth--Post 4

Let's get to know one another. Here is the reference for this project, it also lists all the future posts!

Post 04 → Something you have to forgive someone for.

I forgive my middle school boyfriend for spreading a nasty rumor about us to well everyone! Needless to say this got spread around the school and I was teased pretty relentlessly for months during my 8th grade year. Then it was the worst fucking thing that ever happened to me, now well it still sucks and remembering it still hurts but whatever. He was young and stupid and well a little mean but I can't hold that against him forever. I'll spear you the details of the rumor because that would just be opening the wound again and I'd like to avoid that. But with that all being said--Adam I forgive you for being mean and making some of 8th grade absolute hell for me. :)

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

30 Posts on Truth--Post 3

Let's get to know one another. Here is the reference for this project, it also lists all the future posts!

Post 03 → Something you have to forgive yourself for.

This is a hard topic to write on, forgive myself for something...I've been thinking about what to write on this topic for days and honestly I'm still not 100% sure what to write about.

I think the biggest thing I regret is wanting to grow up so quickly--I almost feel like I wished away some of my childhood/teen years. That is something I've been thinking about lately and been mad at myself for. I need to forgive myself for that because I was young and silly and didn't know any better. Clearly, knowing what I know now which is that life is short, I would have enjoyed my childhood and teen years. With that being said, I forgive myself for wishing I was older all those years.

That's the best I've got guys--now it's your turn if you wish.

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