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.

1 comment:

  1. Hey! Just wanted to say hi. I've been reading your blog to see what my life might possibly (fingers crossed) look like in a few months. Although I didn't apply to Harper, it sounds like you've had a good experience. Do TPN calculations get any easier?? Also, do you have any advice or words of widsom for come Sunday/Monday?
    Hope all is well:)