this week was my last week as an LAS. support section is fun because it's constantly busy. my lightning fingers did lots of ordering and req checking. but it was also my demise! i had a needle stick injury. :( faaaaaaking butterflies. i might have mentioned this before but i will say it again... IHATEBUTTERFLIES. i pulled off the tiny cap too fast and stabbed myself in the thumb! thank goooodness it was a sterile, new needle. stupid, bloody mess. in other news, we finally got xs gloves in so i can properly manipulate tubes and stickers and other sharp objects and racks and pens and shit. so hard to use fine motor skills with gloves that are too big. i am constantly pulling them up or getting them stuck in tourniquets and stuff. i also got to go to another code but this patient was also d.o.a. so no phlebotomy action for me. i am going to miss evening shift very much. we work hard AND play hard. just an overall good crew to be with- everyone does there part when there are less bodies around to do work- but everyone has a good attitude about work, too. :) what will i not miss? blood cultures on hard sticks and blowing veins.

tomorrow, my first day of mlt training, starts at 7am in heme. i haven't done hematology since february! need to brush up on my wbc morphology.

on saturday i got off work at 430 so i spent the rest of the day at bellows with the boys (+ kellllllli and joanne). i was mostly getting pounded by the surf <333 but i also had time to admire the sunset and stars and talk story. justin, devin, and kelli threw out some poles but nothing was biting so we called it a night early.

pink sunsets and pixie dust sand

pink sunsets and pixie dust sand

pink sunsets and pixie dust sand

pink sunsets and pixie dust sand

the saturday before that i was at the koganji bondance! i wore the dress i made, as i had intended, plus my happi coat. ate a lot of food (omg, andagi covered hot dogs and grilled teriyaki corn ^o^ ) and did some dancing. plus got to see my lovli ladies yummiestars and atula, again! someone stepped on my slipper while dancing and it broke. :( and there was heavy rain . :( but hey, how can you be in a bad mood at a bon dance! :D all my pics are on 35mm so none to show you yet.

today i went to watch scott pilgrim with le boyfriend. it was so much awesome packed into one movie! everything was so crazy, it really made the typical love story worth a watch! this is exactly how the world looks in my crazy imagination. plus plus plus BLACK SHEEP by METRIC is officially out (and part of it is in the movie, sung by envy adams!) so i am soooooo happy! i want to get the soundtrack just for that song!

finally able to register for school tomorrow! i only know of one class that i am definitely taking- dr. b's cell bio. molecular cancer is out because i have to work, :( maybe in spring semester, if things aren't too crazy.

7. 5D!
guess who blew two paychecks on a DSLR...

i accidentally deleted all my emails via opera pop email client. D8 i am a mixture of fury, disappointment, worry, clinginess all at once. i can't believe all of it is gone (WHAT IF THERE IS SOMETHING IMPORTANT THAT I NEEEEEED??? AHAHAHAHAAAAAGGGGGGG!) but i know it's my own fault (should have checked if client was set up for POP or IMAP before just deleting everything. and why why why did i have to get the satisfaction of showing my inbox as 0? who cares if it says i have over 76000 unread emails since gmail tagging messes things up?) and i can't undo it (yeah, i tried) so guess i just have to deal. i am trying to be zen about this. i haven't had a clean, empty email since.... many years. so, maybe emptiness is a good thing. a clean start. but i can't help looking every 5 minutes to see if my inbox will magically repopulate itself.

9. LAI`E!
i am writing this long entry because this weekend i am going on our annual beach house trip to lai`e where i plan to be internet and care free for three glorious days. i am going to lie on the beach and fish and swim and eat and play mah jongg and listen to music and do absolutely nothing. so you might not hear from me in a while (but hey, that happens all the time any way, right?)



went on my first code blue today.*
patient was talking and not critical. so not too much for me to do. i guess in a "true code" the responding team give you syringes for blood gas or will draw from lines. but since there were no lines i was going to draw the patient. i was stopped mid-poke (and i mean, i had the arm alcoholed and the needle cap off and everything) by a resident who asked if he could draw the blood. i was slightly baffled by this request but told him to go ahead. he tried to draw from the side of the wrist with my 21g straight needle (omg, ouchies) and got only a little in the pst. so he tried the other hand, same place (ouchies x2). then the team decided they wanted an abg first since we already had enough for a troponin and some chemistries. so he went for the arterial puncture (ouchies x10000). this went on a few more times- another nurse asked me to draw regular tubes since it was taking a while but then another nurse was already trying to draw. and then the resident tried another blood gas. and then i got a syringe for tubes but it was all clotted and i had to dump it. and then another nurse ended up getting the blood gas and the rest of the regular tubes. and so so so many people walking around with uncapped needles! >__< even nancy, another LAS who went down with me, said she had never seen so many people at a code before! there was the two of us. plus the doctor. plus the resident. plus four paramedics brought the patient in. plus the med assistant. plus a slew of nurses (some from "agency" whatever that is, who were just assisting... i have never seen them before). and then the ekg person was there. plus an xray person was there. thank goodness the ER was empty on that side. i can't imagine if the other 4 beds on that wing were full! it was like a battle field... i saw a needle in the [regular/clean] trash (w.t.f...) and there was all kinds of paper rubbish on the ground (ok, i do this too. there is no table to put your stuff on, you just open all the packages on the ground and pick them up later. i guess a habit i learned from tissue culture, too. we open pipettes outside of the hood and throw it on the ground so that the wrapper doesn't contaminate your work space. but if you can imagine all the aforementioned people using stuff and throwing the packages on the ground.) but things calmed down soon enough and i guess all that matters is that the patient is ok.

*actually, i went on a code on wednesday but patient was d.o.a.

the rest of the day was normal lab stuffs.
i have to work again in < 7hours, so good night!




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