Tuesday, April 21, 2009


this weekend was pure bliss. i know a lot of people think they have the best friends ever, but im here to tell you all that i in fact, do have the best friends ever ever ever. so i was headed home after class friday (which we got out early from!) and was super excited to see my family and jordan! i got a pizza w/ my dad and got home...jordan was there outside with tina so i was excited he was there! we walk in the house and i turn the corner and there on my couch is colby and addy. i was SHOCKED. i was almost shaking, almost crying, almost falling to the ground because i have NO idea they were coming. everyone else did of course. :) they drove almost 13 hours-ish the weekend before their finals week to see me, just for my birthday! how perfect are they?! i felt pretty special. j and i camped out in my backyard sat night and that was a blast too :) OH and nick and beth got engaged this weekend...SO excited for them!!!!

same old thing this week at work...almost done with my final week of clinical three, which is nuts. onto school food service next week which will be a nice break from clinical for a while. im not so sure this is what i want to do for the rest of my life, nor what the Lord is going to have me do for the rest of my life. i struggle every day with feeling as if im doing anything productive, or if im having an impact on anybody, or if anybody at the hospital (doctors, nurses) takes dietitians seriously. er. its frustrating.

i had the best weekend ever and felt so loved and didn't want it to end. two weeks til we're all reunited again! can't wait! God is pretty cool.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

la di da.

i hate snow. period. i am SO sick of it!!!! it snoooowed monday and tuesday, its freaking april! come on now. i am in my third and final clinical at harper hospital and its been going alright so far. im with an RD who is my age...shes super intelligent and almost done with her masters degree already, so she's been really helpful and easy to talk to since we're the same age. i've done a lot of tube feeding recommendations for patients and TPN (total parenteral nutrition, feeding someone through an IV) recs as well, which i am very interested in so thats been cool! i've seen some sad stuff too...the patients at this hospital which is downtown, are a lot sicker and usually not in the best economic situations.

and i have realized i am super super against gastric bypass surgery. there's 2 types, roux-en-y which involes making a tiny stomach pouch and bypassing the upper half or so of the small intestine and the lap band, which is reversible and isn't so invasive. for the REST of their ENTIRE lives...they cannot have white bread, rice, stuffing (all that expands too much in your stomach), carbonated drinks (too much air), sugary anything, big delicious meals of any kind. basically your eating habits consist of taking 2 or 3 bites of food for 6 TINY meals a day and constant sips of liquid the whole day. not to mention the mountain of malabsorption problems with a huge list of vitamins/minerals they have and the every single day multi-vitamins they must take. a loooot of people look for a quick fix and this is the way to go. little do they realize how drastically different their lives are afterwards. ugh. its hard stuff...i'll stop preaching now. sure it works for some, but too many complications come from it.

im headed to jordans for easter and im so so excited to spend the weekend with him :) and then the next week is MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! NINE DAYS!!!! and i'll get to see my family and relax at home and eat yummy meals made by tina. i love home. and less than a month til i get to go to oxford and be reunited with all my bffaeaeae's! life is good.