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28 May 2010 @ 03:21 am
i'm coming home, on a jet plane  
So, I was in Turkey for a while there, yeah? Now I am in Gatwick and I haven't slept for approximately 19,993424832942 hours and my flight gate doesn't even OPEN for another two hours. SO HERE WE ARE.

Some things happened on my holidays:

I went out with no results or job, but I'm coming back with an honours degree and a job I wanted, so yay for that! Only, everyone has been scaring me with solemn tales of how terribly, horrendously, stupendously difficult it is to get veins in renal patients. Guess which service I'm starting on? (Renal's actually one I really, really wanted ... just not FIRST.)

I pierced my nose! My mother doesn't know yet, but everyone else I know plus the entire internet does. If you never hear from me again, it's because she's killed me dead.

I rode a camel! Otherwise my holiday was very lazy, a lot of reading and catnapping and water-sliding. I did not enjoy nightclubbing in Turkey, so fortunately I was only prevailed upon to do it once. I was pretty horrified by the grinding poverty of the country in which we lived on a little sandpile of ridiculous luxury (three course four star meals for the equivalent of fifteen euro, etc). I don't think I'll be going back.

I did, however, get a proposal of marriage. I could be the second wife of a Turkish jeweller AS WE SPEAK. So there.

Oh boy, I'm so behind on everything lj-related. And my laptop, which I stepped on, resulting in a broken screen, will take six weeks to repair due to the stupid ash cloud. I'll practically be WORKING by then. Whatever shall I dooooooooo? (Aside from use a pen and paper, I mean. And watch where I put my feet...)
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Current Music: gatwick aircon
a kid on the lookout for transcendence: begood: stephane&johnnyextemporally on May 28th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
HELLO YOU HI. I have missed you around these parts! Congratulations on the results!!! and the job! ♥

p.s. As for Turkey -- yeah, I get how that goes. :/ Cambodia was a pretty similar experience.

/comment is all over the place, etc.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Cupcakes: blueberriesscoradh on May 30th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
It's kind of terrible and weird; I'm looking forward to graduation, but right after that I START WORK. Ahhhhhhhhhh.

I kind of feel less bad about the exorbitant prices I pay for stuff at home, now. At least if I stay in a swanky hotel here, people aren't living at subsistence level beside the gate. :/
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every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on May 30th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
He offered very few camels for me, though. Presumably I needed my parents there to barter.
moocowmisconstrue on May 28th, 2010 03:20 am (UTC)
Congrats on the honors and the job! I hope you survive long enough to get a first wife proposal one day, with your nose ring if you still want it. :)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: singingscoradh on May 30th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'd say by the time I'm proposed to for realz, it'll be by some senile nursing home inpatient, and nose studs will be a thing of the far-gone past. :P
disordered_messdisordered_mess on May 28th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
I don't think there's enough words in the world to describe how difficult it is to get an IV on a renal patient. They have absolutely NOTHING in the way of good veins. :/ So I feel your pain.

Congrats on the job, though! I'm sure you'll kick much ass regardless. ;)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Twins playing keyboardscoradh on May 30th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
OH GREAT. :/ Any tips?! I remember this dinosaur GP saying if you inflate the BP cuff to halfway between SBP and DBP it's foolproof for getting blood, but I dunno if that works on IVs. SO SCARED.
disordered_messdisordered_mess on June 2nd, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
Renal patients are the worst when they have more than just kidney problems going on, ugh ugh ugh. On the bad side of things, they're usually on dialysis so most of their veins are shot. It's sometimes hard to find one to even poke in the first place. On the good side, they usually can tell you where to try for it. They know their sites. So. XD

As to tips... Don't forget to check the feet. Sometimes it makes the ER staff cranky when you bring in a patient with an IV in their foot, but it's better than no IV at all.

I'm honestly not sure about the blood pressure cuff thing -- it would seem like you'd get better flow that way, yes, but not necessarily have the veins more accessible.

Sometimes you can stick two tourniquets on, and that helps. Also, knowing vein anatomy -- sometimes they're there, just too deep to really be able to palpate well.
jehnt: merlin - morganajehnt on May 28th, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)

Also congratulations on your degree and placement! And, of course, on the proposal of marriage. *snerk*
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Pretty facescoradh on May 30th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
Will be on fb soon! I only got half up while at the gym, like upside-down house. :P

I totally beat everyone I had betted would get proposed to first! (Although they will still win with the 'engaged' part.)
Blindmouse: la la lablindmouse on May 28th, 2010 06:50 am (UTC)
Oh hey, congratulations on both degree AND job, that's awesome :D
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: socksscoradh on May 30th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
And a great relief, let me tell you!
My imaginary friend thinks I'm brilliant.: Tinkerbell:ShakeHeadlanitha on May 28th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
"If you never hear from me again, it's because she's killed me dead."

Oh please... You got (and finished) the education she wanted, now it's time for you doing something for you!! :)

every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: unicornscoradh on May 30th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
lol, technically they pose a hygeine problem. Or maybe health and safety. I'm not sure. I'll just chance it till I get caught, basically.

Thank you! I love your cross Tink. :D
Chesty la Rue: DD wordhogwartshoney on May 29th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
You could post a pic of your pierced nose - that's always fun. that way, if your mom does kill you dead, at least we'll have the pictures................

Congrats on yr degree and yr job, and ... ouch/sux about the laptop.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: melancholy girlscoradh on May 30th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
Oh never fear, once I have a good one I will. Maybe when I get a nicer stud than the really small, plain one they pierced with.

The really sad thing is we used to get an educational allowance that meant you could buy a new laptop as an intern. It's all gone now - damn recession.
Liz_eliza_b on May 29th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the job and marriage offer! Sorry about the laptop! Aaack, too many exclamation points!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Japanese bluescoradh on May 30th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)