I’ve been reflecting lately on the events from March 2004, a memorable and life-changing time for me. I was living in Orlando, working at Epcot, making $6 an hour and having the time of my life. I had a quick break in nursing school between my RN years and starting my last year to get my baccalaureate. Naturally, I took an internship with Disney World…makes no sense, right, but I loved it. I finally had one semester to enjoy college, instead of being at clinicals 26 hours a week, studying pharmacology and writing nursing care plans. Nursing school was a whirlwind for sure. I don’t remember a lot, including my professor’s names (weird?) but I have a lot of flash memories, consoling a patient’s mother after a scary diagnosis, learning to monitor a newly implanted pacemaker with external wires, helping 3 women give birth on my own 20th birthday, drinking a lot of Instant Breakfast and Go-Gurt in the car, showing up in the classroom in Ogden not really knowing how I got there. I was so tired and it was really hard. It was 10 years ago that I took my nursing exam while I was in Florida. A friend drove me to the testing center and I passed on my first try. I’ve been a nurse for 10 years!
Flash forward 10 years to the present. I was lucky enough to be at Disney again, sharing the magic with all the Grewes, sharing all my insider knowledge and navigating the park like a pro!
Then I spent last night nursing Emmett, my most important patient back to health during his current cough and fever.
If you want more, here’s more…
I was meant to be a nurse. It has been the perfect job for me. I spent 2 years working at a nursing home. Those are cherished memories and it was a special place. In fact last Halloween we took the kids trick-or-treating there and I saw two residents I cared for. I was able to tell them Hi and got emotional in the process. I learned a lot about compassion and hard work during that time.I did a 6 month stint in Post-partum care, this was a lot of fun. I now laugh at my 21-year-old, confident self teaching first-time moms how to breastfeed and care for their infant. Did they even listen to me? If they did, I don’t know why. I’m sure I knew nothing. I made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot about myself as a new nurse. I spent another 2 years at The Cache Valley Specialty Hospital. This is where my first full-time, insured job was. Three nights a week, 6 pm to 7 am. Some nights we had only one patient, some night was had a full house. Being in my hometown, I had the opportunity to care for loved ones, neighbors and friends. Then I made the wonderful move to Huntsman Cancer Hospital. I’ve been at that great place for the last 7 years. I spent 4 years on the surgical floor. Wow! This was an eye opener. I can’t even explain all the crazy surgeries and patients I’ve had in that time. It is still the craziest, busiest job I’ve ever had and can’t believe some of the miracles and tragedies I’ve seen. If you want to work hard for your money, work there. It is unbelievable. Since I had kids, nursing has still treated me well. I have bounced around the hospital for a time, trying to find a schedule that worked for my family, and finally feel at home. For the last 18 months I’ve been working in the Acute Care Clinic-an instacare of sorts serving the Huntsman population. I love my job and the people I work with and care for.
Also, 10 years ago I fell in love with my Pitt-the most important and best thing that ever happened to me.
The commercials have worked and I’m now a fan of Noelle Pikus-Pace. It’s amazing what marketing does. Although, she deserves it. You HAVE to watch this interview with her from last night on NBC.
I think America is connecting with her because she is a mom, one of only 3 other US Olympic athletes. When she won the silver, she was screaming “We did it!” And jumped into the stands to enjoy the moment with her family. Pure emotion, pure Olympic moment. She has definitely made known that her family comes first. Probably why she stands out from the crowd. Among other family members, her 2 kids were there to see her win yesterday. What a cool moment to witness for them. Those kids eat and breathe the sport just like their mom…
“They’ve been all over the world as a quartet for her competitions. She’s not the only Olympic parent, but she is the only one who travels to every competition and training with her entire family.
Parenthood among Olympic athletes is not common, either. In fact, of the 230 athletes who will represent Team USA in Sochi, just 22 have children. Of those, only three are mothers.” From Deseret News
She is a Mormon too! In her immediate post-performance interview, she said “To the youth out there, remember who you are and what you stand for.” Can’t get more YW leader than that. I loved it! Go USA!! I’ll watch for a Church News article that is sure to come and post it here. You can follow Noellepikuspace on Twitter.
Move over Mckayla Maroney…We have a new “Not Impressed” Olympian…
This is Ashley Wagner, US Ladies Figure Skater. This was her face when she saw her score from her great performance in the team competition. Haha! I love this one super-imposed over the Opening Ceremonies glitch. Not Impressed!
BUT, I was totally impressed with this lil girl, Yulia Lipinskaya
I LOVED her costume! I can’t wait to see her skate again soon!
Check out this funny site with more satirical Olympic stories.
And now you know! Known as the Russian Riviera, Sochi is a resort town located on the Black Sea-interesting choice for the Winter Olympics. You can enjoy a sunny day by the lake and then hit the slopes in the high Coucosus mountains towering over you. I guess they have been making snow for the venues for months and storing it all under tarps up in the mountains.Pitt and I are always having the debate of mountains vs. beach…maybe Sochi is the place for us.
Did you know that Sochi is having the first ever Team figure skating competition? That’s right, Team. The last thing I usually think about is skaters being on a team together. They are such fierce competitors. I’m really excited to see the skaters cheering each other on. The men’s short program starts us off. Go Jeremy Abbott!
I have always been a big fan of the Olympics. Really, who doesn’t like cheering for Team USA?
2 days until the Games open in Sochi, Russia and I’m getting revved up for some fun.
Some cool things I’ve discovered:
nbcolympics.com-the hub, enough said. I’m making this my homepage for the next 3 weeks. They have funny 80’s yearbook photos of all the athletes, schedules, profiles of our team and interesting news pieces.
Google “Sochi 2014″ and check out the images that come up! You will see the venues, medals, logos, characters and links to sites talking about the Olympics.
Also, follow these Instagram users:
Jeremy Abbott-American figure skater. He’s been posting since his arrival in Sochi. I think it’s cool to get an athlete’s perspective.
18 year old American figure skater. She hasn’t posted for a while, but I’m still hoping. These girls always shine in the Olympics. (Remember Tara Lipinski. I was never a big fan, but I will never forget her huge smile)
Mr. Popular of extreme sports. Of note, slopestyle snowboarding and skiing will premier at these Olympics! Of course, Shaun is favored to get the gold!
This one already has 154,000 posts. Tourists, volunteers, athletes, and media will be sharing here.
My passion for the Olympics was fueled by:
“Light the fire within”
Salt Lake City 2002. I was an event staff volunteer at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and for alpine skiing events at Snowbasin. And of course, Michelle Kwan. Here is her short program from SLC 2002. Heartbreaking bronze finish behind Irina Slutskaya and Sarah Hughes (ugh!)
I figured out why I don’t blog anymore. I never have time to create a post that I would enjoy. Sure, I can dump a bunch of photos and caption them meaninglessly. But I would much rather write about books, religion, travel aspirations, Netflix, being an oncology nurse, my weaknesses, fitness, and my darling family. Writing, or even thinking through these subjects require brain power, which for me requires quiet. I never have quiet time that I want to dedicate to my blog. My quiet times are few and far between due to my talkative and demanding 4 year-old. Gosh, I love him. But, no my life is not quiet. I could create quiet but that would require getting up early, planning, prioritizing, having a routine. Each of those words scare me to death and at the same time I long for them deeply. Maybe one day…