Sunday, May 21, 2017

Life Lately...

It seems like we have been spending most of our time lately either working or resting.  We are both getting pretty excited about Summer getting here and vacation to follow!

Raining days call for soup and sandwiches.

Someone started digging in the backyard.  She had not done this since she was one.  She is pretty difficult to get mad at.

That face.  Despite her look, she did not get into trouble.

We had a beautiful morning at March for Babies!

I volunteered for the 9th year in a row.

I was happy to get to spend some time with this guy since we had both been busy with work.  Working three 12 hour shifts in a row does not allow for a lot of time together.

I finished my run and found these two waiting on me.

 I love evening snuggles with my girl.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Best of Nursing...Volume 4...

This was a pretty tough week.  I had my first code blue situation, which ended up resulting in the patient passing away the next day.  I had been part of code blues before, but this was the first time it had happened to one of my patients.  It was pretty tough to handle, especially since I had gotten to know him and his family.

Since I am all about trying to find the best in most things I would have to say the best part of the week was the wonderful compliment that I received from the patient's daughter that I had gotten to know.  She told me that she was so grateful that her dad had me as his nurse for his final days and that I was the best nurse she had ever met.  Given her grief and the horrible situation she was experiencing, I took this as the best compliment I could ever possibly receive.  I deal with many horrible people that sometimes make me question the human population, but people with this much kindness restore my faith in humanity.

That was the best moment of the week, despite the loss.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

A Weekend in Denver...

A few weekends ago, I got to go on a trip to Denver to spend time with my friends Jennie and Lindsay.  I was so excited for this weekend away because it had been some time since I had gotten to see Jennie.

We had big plans to do a lot of hiking, but unfortunately the forecast was for snow.  The forecast held true and dumped a massive amount of snow on Saturday.  We did not let that ruin our fun!

 I sent this to Ken while I was waiting to board my 6:25 am flight.  True and true.

Our first stop in Denver was breakfast at Lucille's. It is my favorite breakfast ever.  I love their biscuits!

Since it snowed all day on Saturday, we did a lot of city and indoor things instead of hiking the incline like we had planned.

Jennie and me outside of Union Station

Lindsay and me being silly at Wyncoop Brewery

Jennie and me outside of the Denver Central Market, which was one of my favorite things to see that day.

Inside Denver Central Market.  We had some delicious brownie bites there, yum!

Playing board games at a bar/restaurant that you pay $5 for unlimited games and order drinks and food.  It was fun, but I am certain we were the only people there that were not living in our moms' basements...

Having serious competitions at Dave and Busters.

On Sunday, most of the snow had melted, so we went to Golden so that we could go for a hike on Lookout Mountain.

I was glad to see the Rockies with snow!

We built a snowman and had a few snowball fights.

Lindsay, Jennie, Rebecca and me on top of a rock

Playing I am the king of the mountain!

It was a very snowy hike and we all had very wet feet.

We had such a fun time hiking around in the snow.

After our hike, we went into Golden for food and drinks.  The remainder of my time there was spent telling nursing stories, laughing, eating, and just enjoying girl time.  I was so grateful to have gotten to see Jennie and meet Lindsay as well.

This girl helped me get through Ironman training in 2014 and I am so grateful to have met her!  

Now you girls have to come see my in Kansas City!  A big thanks to Ken for holding down the fort while I was awhile having girl time.

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Best of Nursing...Volume 3...

I am behind a week!  The funniest thing from two weeks ago was when a patient accused me of drinking her Gatorade.  Yeah, because that is what I am in the business of doing.

P.S. If you can drink Gatorade, it is time for you to move out of the ICU...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

How I Trained for a 100 Miler...

I have had several of my friends ask me how I trained for the Prairie Spirit Trail 100 Miler that I ran in March, so I thought I would elaborate a bit.  For any non-running people, this is probably pretty boring.

I had been planning on doing this race since October, but I really did not share that with anyone except for Ken.  I had talked myself in and out of doing it about 100 times and it was not until I was at Ken's holiday party that I decide I would 100% do it.

Ken was so proud telling one of his board members about my wanting to run this race and when the board member asked me about it, I could sense Ken's pride and I new I just needed to make it happen.
I ran the Kansas City Marathon back in October and basically recovered and maintained running 10-12 miles as my long run until the end of the year.  I knew that running 100 miles is far different from 26.2, so I tried to focus more on increasing the number of days I run a week.  In the past, I tried to run 3-4 days only because I would do speed work and I was worried about getting injured.  Without doing speed work, I could slowly start adding a day here and there to basically run 6-7 days a week.

Once I switched to day shift, I really did not run every day, but that was not until February.  I did a lot of research and realized the biggest thing with running an ultra is back to back long runs.  I would do my long run and then run long or semi-long the next day as well and then take a rest day.  This seemed to work well for me.

My longest run was 18 one day followed by 11 the next day and then a rest day.  I ran 6 days total that week with other 6-10 mile runs included.  I also read that if you have a job where you are on your feet, you are used to more endurance than if you sit all day.

While I really should have run a little further than I did, I am happy with how the rest turned out and did the best training I could while starting a new career.  I also ran my runs completely without walking, while I knew I would run/walk the 100 miler.

If anyone out there has any questions about taking things to a distance beyond a marathon, let me know!  I am by no means a professional, but I am a girl who feels that anyone can do anything they want to do if they give it a shot!  Plus, I think it is important to maintain balance with exercise, work, and real life.

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Best of Nursing...Volume 2...

This week's best nursing moment made me die laughing.

Patient:  "I was in the military for 30 years and I was never afraid of my drill Sargent quite like I am of you...I mean that as the nicest compliment possible."

I guess my telling my delirious patient that he better not try to get out of bed was quite intimidating.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Life Lately...

Here are a few moments from our life lately.

We went shopping at Suburban Lawn and Garden and Ken had a little fun playing around in the trees.

Poor Theo had to take a trip to the vet.  He ended up having an infected anal gland.  I was unaware that cats even had anal glands.  No worries, he got an antibiotic shot and was oh so brave.  The vet even told him how brave he was and was surprised to learn that Theo is 15!  

We spent a Sunday afternoon at Somerset Ridge for the release of their rose.  Katie and me enjoying one of our favorite wines.

We went to the park for Ken to kayak on the lake.  Kya enjoyed watching the geese and ducks.

Kya hid a few nuggets of food outside.  You never now when an emergency might occur and these nuggets will be needed. #doomsdayprepper

The Easter Bunny visited our house and brought everyone something special.  The pink bunny was courtesy of our neighbor Kyle.

That is a look into what has been happening lately.