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Two Surgeries & Something Else by thepropatient Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing I had a hole in my nose. To be exact, a perforation in my nasal septum, the cartilage that separates the two airways. A person gets comfortable with the way certain part ... Read on »
Whistle While I Breathe by thepropatient Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing I felt like a leper the last week at the community college. My old nursing “friends,” fearing guilt by association, steered clear of me at school but would occasionally c ... Read on »
Taking the Next Step by thepropatient Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing The hanging occurred on a Friday afternoon, so my family saw no reason to disturb my catatonic state for the weekend. I don’t think I was capable of doing much more than ... Read on »
The Hanging by thepropatient Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Per instructions by the nursing school director, I made an appointment to see my counselor to find out what kind of trouble I was in. She told me it was her obligation to ... Read on »
Nursing School on Steroids – Part Six: Sick and Unpopular by thepropatient Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Anyone who has been on prednisone for any length of time can tell you sleeping is an unobtainable luxury, and I couldn’t have done it without my counselor’s suggestion tha ... Read on »
Nursing School on Steroids – Part Five: New Location, Bad Start by thepropatient Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing So many things went wrong with my second year of nursing school that I’m not sure where to begin, so starting with the lab instruction is as good as anywhere. At the othe ... Read on »
Nursing School on Steroids – Part Four: Impending Doom by thepropatient Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing I was having so much pain in my right shoulder that by May I would have already returned several times to my surgeon’s office for cortisone shots. Had I known better, I w ... Read on »
Nursing School on Steroids – Part Three by thepropatient Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing The second semester of nursing school began much the same as the first. Most weekdays I would fight nausea with PB&J sandwiches nibbled throughout classes, and on Fridays ... Read on »
Nursing School on Steroids – Part Two: Right Shoulder Surgery by thepropatient Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing The first semester of nursing school was over and rather than vacation somewhere or work, I was getting ready for right shoulder surgery. I had learned from others experi ... Read on »
Nursing School on Steroids – Part One by thepropatient Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Life was unbearable weaning off prednisone at the rate my doctor recommended, so I decided the only way I was going to survive nursing school in August was doing it my way ... Read on »
Dealing With Prednisone Withdrawals by thepropatient Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing The huge assignment given me by my doctor to wean off prednisone, the steroid which mimicked the excessive cortisol I had lived with for 14 years, was daunting and confusi ... Read on »
Avoiding Unstable People Who Want to Start a Support Group by thepropatient Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing There is a wonderful website, the source of some of my initial information concerning Cushing’s disease at www.cushings-help.com . I visited it today and found my biogra ... Read on »
Dr. Nasty Leaves a Souvenir by thepropatient Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing (This was previously entitled “What’s That Flapping in My Nose?” but my husband hated that title). My days now consisted of trying not to bend over, sneeze or cough, a ... Read on »
Hospital Games by thepropatient Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing My crisis had indeed been caused by my brain surgery. The pituitary gland where the tumor had been removed was responsible for the regulation of several different hormone ... Read on »
012.31.09The MRI – Part One by thepropatient Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing On my first appointment to the endocrinologist, I wasn’t prepared (remember what I said about packing a lunch?). My appointment was for something l ... Read on »
012.30.09An Endocrinologist is My Special Kind of Specialist. by thepropatient Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing The first time I ever read the word “endocrinology” was in my pre-nursing textbook. That’s when I saw the picture of the woman with Cushing’s diseas ... Read on »
112.29.09Cushing’s Disease: The Start of a Career as a Professional Patient by thepropatient Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing One’s career as a professional patient isn’t determined at birth. Nor is it something a child aspires to be during grade school and beyond. It’s some ... Read on »
412.28.09Another Root Canal – In the Same Tooth? by thepropatient Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing The most recent experience in receiving pain from a paid professional was in having a root canal – the second one in the same tooth. Yes, no matter wh ... Read on »