Sunday, May 22, 2016

The World of Transplant is getting more and more AMAZING

There have been so many transplant stories in the news lately, how could I not write something?

Even though I've been toiling in the ED, my heart still belongs to transplant. know what I mean. Anyhoo, let's start off with a story that's been on many news sites. Thomas Manning just became the first person in the U.S. to receive a penis transplant. The 64 year old had penile cancer and had to have his penis amputated in 2012. The remarkable thing is that he has been very open to talking about the procedure in an attempt to remove the stigma surrounding "genital" transplants.

Some info from the NY Times

But I really like this article, and Thomas Manning, for opening up about the surgery and its implications for men who have pelvic injuries, particularly combat veterans.

But this article really takes the cake, (or the donut). Stay classy Daily Mail!

This link explains the anastomosis. Be shows a PENIS!

I used to think that donating something "weird", like my face or skin, was too creepy. Until you see a picture of someone who hasn't left the house for a decade because someone blew their face off. Then, it's like, "Well, that's one more part I won't need anymore. Might as well help someone out."

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

New Post at Normal, NJ

Go. Here.  New post up at Normal, NJ

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

This Week in Transplant News

Sweet, sweet innovation
Because science, that's why

Sad news from South Jersey. And please, please wear your seat belts. They really do make a difference.

Living kidney donation story from Hub City. Shout out to all my transplant peeps!

I've been having mixed feelings about the new X-files. You gotta love Scully and Mulder: the chemistry, the corny jokes and snappy comebacks, David Duchovny's fine line dancing. But why do they suck at medical stuff? Every ICU and OR is dim. Maybe Chris Carter is setting a mood, but to me it looks like they're on generator power. And when Scully's mom is dying..."she's brain dead, she's in a persistent vegetative state." And then they have to cart her body away quickly because, "she's an organ donor" after she goes into asystole. It may be minor, I know. And don't even get me started on this one. Oy.

Monday, August 24, 2015

People still read this?

I can't believe I haven't written in 4 years and I got 18 web hits today.

I've been thinking of blogging again on a regular basis, so keep tuned because apparently this is the blog that won't die (or perhaps parts of it will be transplanted into another blog :)

No, seriously. I've been working in the ER for the past 4 years going back to school and trying to figure out where I'm going from there. School is almost over, I have 2 more classes and graduate in the Spring, huzzah! After that, I want to be a nurse practitioner, be a psychiatric NP, work with troubled kids, help improve health care policy, work in an overseas clinic and generally try to save the world.

What are we gonna do tonight, Brain?

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Best article I've ever read that describes brain death and "life support". Good read if you want to understand what brain death is and how it differs from a coma.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

More about Less

over at this blog...

come by and see what else I'm up to that has nothing to do with anyone's organs.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Update on the Update :)

Creepy statue outside of work. The child in the middle is the real one.

So, funny story, I started to post an update, got called away by mommy duties and instead of hitting "save" I hit "post." Cause I thought, no one is going to read this right now...I'll have time to come back and edit it.

Little did I know. Apparently I still have 3 groupies left. Thanks, guys.

Anyhoo, I've been enjoying summer and having 4 days off every week. More than making up for it with (usually) grueling 12 hour shifts. Last week I stayed 4 hours over to make a little, extra $$. Meaning I worked from 7am to 11:30pm. The next day I was good. for. nothing. Some may say that's my usual state, but seriously, I was tired.

I have managed to see several of my former patients in the ER, never a good sign. But all of them turned out ok apparently. I still call 8 Tower whenever they page a code blue overhead to find out who's coding....although that has only happened twice and my ER coworkers think I'm bonkers. But you know, you get caught up with these people. Transplant has been busy too, so I'm rather glad I'm doing my 3 12's and going home. The job is nice in the sense that 1. I go into every shift with no "to do" list. Whatever comes in, comes in. That may be anxiety-provoking for those folks who like to know what they're getting into. However, coming from 3 years of feeling like I was never caught up, walking in the door each day with a list of things to do as long as my's a nice change. And 2. I get to leave. On time. If I don't leave on time, I get paid more. And when I hand off my patients, I am done. So although it's 12 hours of non-stop chaos, it also feels like a big break.

School starts in a few weeks. I am easing into it with 1 class: Health Assessment across the Lifespan. Can't wait. I get to be a Rutgers student again! Unfortunately, they do NOT give a family discount. Ah well. Hopefully, in 3-5 years I'll be a nurse practitioner. We'll see. One class at a time and the next class may well be statistics, so we'll see if I survive.

Ciao, y'all. I will have more time to blog, but not sure what to blog about. I'd like to blog about something that will be fun, informative and pay my way through college, so if you have any ideas, let me know.