Friday, August 31, 2012

Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue

I'll be the first to admit that I don't really enjoy politics. Never have and never will. That was honestly the biggest turn off for moving to Washington, D.C. for me. That is the heart and soul of politics. Not really sure if that would have been the right place for me. I hate talking to people who just get enraged and belittle those who have differing opinions no matter what opinion it is. I don't really follow the candidates until the time of the conventions and then that is when I research the candidates. Yes, I do research both sides. I must say though, MITT ROMNEY brought down the house last night at the Republican National Convention. Too me, his speech was enlightening, encouraging, and hopeful. I really connected with his message of creating jobs. I am a recent college graduate and have many friends unemployed or not working in anything related to their passions because there are just not jobs enough to go around. Many of my fellow nursing students cannot find jobs because in reality there may be a nursing shortage but medical facilities are not hiring because they are hurting financially just as much as other companies. I remember when I first started nursing school. The first day of class our instructors had us introduce ourselves saying our name, where we were from, and why we wanted to go into nursing. Every single one of us would have agreed that we wanted to go into the medical field because there were jobs. Now that we have graduated, some of my friends questions that motive. Many of them were older, coming back to school to obtain a profession with better job security. It really has been difficult to see the struggle that some of them have had to obtain a job. They are all so smart, capable, hard working, and would be the best nurses in the country. I can't remember who said it last night (I think it was Mitt Romney) but I loved the line "If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama? You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him." Boom. He nailed it. I personally did not vote for President Obama in the last election but I will admit that I too thought maybe he could bring about a good and positive change. I don't care what party you come from. We all just want to have the freedoms, success, and hope for a better tomorrow. This will be an interesting election. The next couple of months will be brutal. I look forward to the debates, campaigning, and voting on November 6, 2012. Side note: I'm calling it right now. Jeb Bush as Secretary of Education if Mitt Romney is elected into office.

And congrats to my COUGARS on their big win last night!!! Here's to a great season!!! 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Too many trips to the hospital...

Just because I am a Registered Nurse does not mean that everyone gets to get admitted to the hospital!!! The Prusse family has had too many trips to the ER this month. My mom had emergency gallbladder surgery, my nephew had a severe asthma attack and was admitted to the hospital, my niece is having extensive tests done to figure out what could be going on with her, another niece had tubes put in her ears, and now my brother is have reconstructive surgery from complications with a bad jaw surgery in high school. Who will be admitted tomorrow??? Goodness gracious. This is not allowed family!!! We have never had medical complications before and this is not the time to start.

Cool story though to go along with all of this craziness. On Sunday we had Thanksgiving dinner. I know, it's not November. My parents wanted to have Thanksgiving while they were home this summer because they do not get to in China. Everyone in the family was over. Kids were running around like animals, babies crying, and the men just talking about sports. Let me tell you. Just like Thanksgiving! My mom was not feeling well earlier in the day so she left it to me and my brother to handle the kitchen. My dad only knows how to use the microwave and order pizza so he was definitely not allowed to help! ha ha. My mom came out a little after going to lie down and she just stood in the doorway. I looked at her and she was shaking almost like she was having a seizure. She just called "Kellie, something is wrong!" That it definitely was. My mom is diabetic and so I first thought that she must have really low blood sugar. She usually gets shaky when she gets below 60. I got out the glucose monitor and checked it while my sister was getting some juice for her to drink. The reading came back 367. Normal range is 70-110. Something was very wrong because she had barely had much to eat since she felt nauseous. She continued to shake and then had an excruciating pain in her upper right quadrant of her stomach. I looked at my dad and said "Um, we need some priesthood power up in here asap!" My brothers laughed cause they thought I was trying to be funny but I was dead serious. I guess that is what you get for being the youngest. No one takes you seriously. They gave her a blessing and as soon as the oil hit her head and my brother gave the anointing her shaking stopped. Miracle right in front of my eyes. We got her to finally agree to go the the ER and they did an ultrasound of her gallbladder. There was a build up of stones and inflammation was present. Her WBC count was out of control. She was rushed to emergency surgery. The surgeon had done about 500 gallbladder removals and he said that this was in his top 5 of worst he's ever seen. By the way, during this whole time, my brother is calling my dad trying to tell him what webmd.com says is going on or what to expect. He thinks he is really hilarious. That is definitely one of his talents though is to make everyone feel a little more at ease, laugh, and not get too uptight in serious situations. He is an attorney. You would not expect him to be a comedian. Anyway, my mom is back home now with a JP drain still in place but feeling much better. I told her to milk the percocet as much as she can! ha ha. Oh the adventures that life throws at you!!! Hope you're enjoying your roller coaster ride as much as I am mine.

First day of school...

I never thought I would feel this way. I am dying that I am not going to college today. It's the first day of school and I feel like I am missing out. Big time. I guess I just have to live through my niece and nephew now. I know, some are thinking I am nuts but I love the excitement of the first day. New school clothes, new school supplies, etc. I love it. Maybe I should go for a third degree?!?! Now I've really lost it!                     

Sunday, August 26, 2012

What am I doing?!?!?!

I was talking with one of my close friends the other day about how when we are little all we want is to be an adult. Then , once we get to that point in life where we have to make BIG adult decisions, we would gladly go back to when we were 16 and life was full of little responsibility. Well there is definitely no way to go back so you can only move forward. It's intimidating and scary but it's going to be the best adventure. I love adventure. I will have many in my life and I can't wait to see where these adventures lead me. You can never stop this train!