“I am an American Emergency Department nurse in a Level 1 trauma center. We have an adult and pediatric side. (Thing One and Thing Two were visiting the kiddos!) I have been a nurse for almost two years, but just started in the ED in January. My hospital does a fellowship for new ED nurses, which is super unique. Twice a year, 5 to 10 applicants are selected to be fellows, which means we work with our own preceptor in the department, but also attend weekly classes, take exams, and get ACLS and PALS certified as a group.The program is 16 weeks long, and I have one week left till "graduation” when I will be on my own, if the management and my preceptor decide I am ready. Not everyone makes it through the program, or some people have extended time with preceptors. As one can imagine, the fellows get pretty close, but also competitive. You have to be on top of your game all day, every day. There is nothing like the ED. Things change on a dime, and sometimes all you know about a Level 1 trauma coming in is that they are a 30 year old male who was in an MVC. The pressure is intense, I’ve seen children die, and I’ve left many shifts crying from sadness, or just because I didn’t think I did so great that day. But I wouldn’t change a thing. I honestly love walking into work every day, and knowing I am going to be there for my patients when they are vulnerable and scared is a feeling like no other. It’s all worth it. “
Hi! Sorry, this is out of the blue, but post/117462030477 on your blog seemed really negative body-image-wise. I found the post to be in really bad taste because it seemed to be making a joke of that kid having positive body image. Do they look like Taylor Swift? No. But without context it looks like fat shaming (particularly of a *minor*) and I just wanted to point it out because I respect you and like following you. But that post made me really uncomfortable and I'm sure I wasn't the only one.
I’m confused - my read was that the post makes no representations that her body is better or worse than Taylor Swift’s? It’s not even “I’m hot” or “I’m hot like Taylor Swift” - the caption is literally that the girl can’t go to the mall because people assume she’s a pop star. The fact that she doesn’t actually look like Taylor Swift doesn’t correlate to her being unattractive. But that was just my reading, maybe I’m totally wrong, and it’s not fair for me to think it’s not offensive just bc I read it a certain way.
Also to be fair, I just realized the post is from @KelsyHilson on Twitter (huge Twitter troll who posted a bunch of really stupid/offensive shit and has recently been banned). She made a bunch of racist jokes back when and I don’t want to support her work so I’ll take the post down later (I just want to make sure you see this response before I take both posts down).
That having been said, if you want to have like a nuanced discussion about one of my posts, it’d be really great if you could do it via email or not on anon. I promise I’m not scary!
I think I’ve decided the next step in my professional career is to get my certification to become a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, collecting evidence for what’s popularly known as ‘rape kits’ and be both a shoulder to cry on and an advocate for women (and sometimes men) in their most vulnerable moments. My calling towards women’s health and women’s rights is growing everyday and I can’t wait to further dive into these issues professionally.
It is a different register of the voice (and is the highest register in the human voice), and it’s above the modal register. Meaning it’s a different register than the one we speak on. It’s something I wouldn’t mess around with unless you have a teacher guiding you, because it’s pretty easy to do damage if you’re unsure of how to work with it.
Three new songs have been registered with the the APRA! This does not mean these songs are going to be on the album or that we will hear them, just that they’re registered! They have tons of registered songs we’ve never heard, so this might not mean anything.
It takes 5 mins and all you need is your NI number.
If you do not register your voice will not be heard.
For those of you who can’t get out to the polling stations, you can register free of charge for a postal ballot, and for students living away from home, you can register both at your term time address and at your home address
Remember: apathy equals the death of your voice and your say in the future of your community. Registering to vote is about effecting the right changes for you in your country and local area.
Without you the older generation will have the only say in your future.
Make your voice count, make your vote count, make the changes you want to see for you and your community.
This is me back in 2011. I was on dialysis. Dialysis is a process where a machine acts as an artificial kidney in order to attempt to work for your non-functioning organs. Dialysis is capable of doing 12% of what a normal functioning pair of kidneys can do. This treatment took four hours every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I had to fight my medical staff for time changes because I got out of school earlier and wanted to be off the machine earlier. All throughout this three year battle, I’d face migraines, cramps, depression, anxiety, insomnia, criticism, suicidal thoughts, and general weakness and inefficiencies. I remember looking to my right and to my left to see people of all backgrounds going through this process. Every day was a new battle, and whether it was a day of silver linings or a full on waged war with our affliction. There were white boys and girls, black boys and girls, people of all creeds, ages and backgrounds going through the exact same thing. And it was torture. I can’t even begin to delve into the immense conflicts I had with doctors and their seemingly oppressive standards on who gets transplants.
The national donor registry (UNOS) states there are about 123,294 people on the waiting list for an organ. Of those, 78,213 are considered active and ready for a transplant right this very minute. Unfortunately, there have only been 2,577 transplants since January 2013. That seems like a lot, but it’s really not considering that the amount of recipients is flatlined in the six figure mark.
(Content Warning: Grapic)
This was me on the day of June 9th, 2013. Since then, I’ve made it 22 months with a functioning kidney, and I hope to keep it for the general life of 15-20 years to tide me over into the next generation of organ repair. But until then, it is up to YOU to help people live the life they deserve.
Here’s me today. 18 years old. Living life without dialysis. About to graduate high school. Working a part-time job,
But my fight’s not over. I still face the potential to need another transplant in the future. I’m still on life saving medications that have strict times when I need to take them (every 12 hours). I still need constant blood tests, checkups, and more. What’s even funnier, Medicare will consider me “healthy” in about, oh, six months. I’ll be out of insurance. Being sick is a huge liability in this country, and those of us who aren’t affluent take the brute force of that liability.
My economic stance can’t be change too efficiency, but there’s one thing that can be changed: My ability to keep living if I ever come to that point, as well as thousands and thousands of other people.
What do I have to do to help?
If you haven’t already, next time you go to the DMV, don’t just brush off the receptionist with the usual apathy. Listen to them and wait for the question “Would you like to be an organ donor?” When they ask this, say YES. This confirms that you will save up to eight people needing organs, and hundreds of others needing bone marrow and tissue.
“If I become an organ donor, the doctor won’t try to save my life and will let me die so he/she can sign off my organs!”
WRONG! Doctors have a dedication to keeping YOU alive. It is only once you are confirmed TOD that they will consult an Organ Donation Specialist, who will discuss with your family the idea of donation.
“Don’t they just do that anyway?”
KINDA. Your family will have a chance to decide if they would like to allow your body to be harvested for donation. However, one problem with this is family’s become emotional in times of loss, and are thus subject to refusing on the basis of “bodily autonomy” which…is a fair judgement, but you’re already gone and can’t use your organs.