I had the privilege of having my wisdom teeth extracted yesterday at the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic at MUSC. I had been having trouble with them for the past week and after a visit to my dentist on Monday, he recommended I just get them out. Thankfully, the surgery clinic saw me for a consult on Wednesday afternoon and fit me in between OR cases on Thursday. So yesterday I had the joy of being a patient undergoing anesthesia for the first time in my life. A second year resident started my IV and hooked me up to the monitors. I think he was nervous because he found out I am a nurse, poor thing, but he got the IV on the first stick. I sat waiting for a while, listening to my heart rate on the monitors before the attending and residents rushed in to get me sleepy. The last thing I remember as they were pumping my IV with versed and fentanyl was my head swimming, and saying “whoa” as I blacked out. When I woke up, I was in the recovery room, my IV was gone, and apparently I had asked several times already how I had gotten there there and if had walked from the operatory to the recovery room. Austin was a great nurse yesterday packing my mouth with gauze and my face with ice packs, allowing me to sleep off the meds. Strange to be on the receiving end. I’m so used to starting IVs and putting people to sleep. I guess this will give me more empathy for my patients. What an experience.
Category Archives: Miscellany
Austin participated in Beards for Babies this month, and this past week along with many of his classmates, he shaved his beard save the mustache. I think he sports it well actually, especially with his combed coiffe. He’s been calling himself General Beauregard of the Confederate Army.
That’s me. I didn’t know you could catch a cold through skype?!? My mom and sister have been coughing since Christmas. I managed to pick it up over the airwaves. I’m sure my patients are very glad that I am their nurse when they see me hacking away into my elbow, red in the face, unable to do anything but walk away until I can control myself. I have far surpassed my daily quota of Vitamin C as I have sucked my way through a package and a half of Halls today. The strange thing, I don’t feel sick, just this cough coughy cough cough cough. I did get the Pertussis vaccine and a flu shot within the past year, so you don’t have to keep your young children away from me if you’re worried about that. 🙂
In other news, my new job is going well. I am loving the hours!!!
Here we stood, where almosts 500 years ago, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenburg distinguishing some big differences between the Roman Catholic faith and what the Bible teaches. He revived some of the most important truth of the Gospel. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2: 8-9.
Happy Reformation Day!
It’s hard for me to find a show that I like as much as I love The Cosby Show. His humor is fresh even two decades after the show aired. It’s my go to for folding laundry.
P.S. I know this blog has been lacking lately. I’m waiting for a muse to inspire me.
I write this after a couple days of sniffling, sneezing, snot-dripping. I thought I left you, allergies, back in Ohio and Indiana. But you plague me here in South Carolina. You sneeky devil, you. I thought I wouldn’t be bothered by you since you didn’t show up this past spring, but like a bad habit, you returned reminding me that I am not unstoppable.
‘How could I think I could pick up an extra day of work this week?’ You make me ask myself.
Oh, but allergies, I have news for you… at the market they sell local honey AND pollen. I’m thinking that I will kick you to the curb and take stock in the honey company, rather than the tissue/cough medicine folks.
So take that, at least for now you’ve got me down, but not for long. I don’t expect to see you again in the spring.