-The painting/plastering that was being done to my apartment is finished. Now if I could just get all of the crap that's still sitting around put away I'd be really happy.
-My daughter's 2nd grade teacher is a disaster. I can pretty much sum it up by saying that a teacher should never tell a student to shut up. I would think that this would go without saying, but obviously not. Even the kids think that there's something weird about her. The principal keeps telling the parents how hard it is to find teachers for this program (dual language (English-Spanish), gifted and talented) but come on!
-I went on vacation. England, Wales and Iceland. Saw family, stayed in great places, went to a geothermal spa in Iceland ( http://www.bluelagoon.com/top_en/About_Blue_Lagoon/ ), had myself a really spectacular panic attack on the Pier in Brighton ( http://www.brightonpier.co.uk/indexflash.htm , when you're out near the end and you look down it's a LONG way. Not a good thing to mix w/ a fear of heights!).
-I took care of a patient with Wilson's disease. No, I'm not going to tell you what it is. Go look it up.
-I had a nurse practitioner student who's interested in dialysis follow me around for a day. She got more pheresis than she bargained for. By the end of the day she was pretty blown away by all of the patients that we'd seen who had (fairly) rare diseases: Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia, cold agglutinins, homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, Wilson's disease, among others. Next week she's going to follow one of our nurse practitioner's in an outpatient dialysis unit.
-One day I was sitting in the dialysis unit and I took a call from a nurse on one of the floors. She was getting frantic b/c her pt was looking very unstable and she couldn't find anyone to come and see him. Many reasons: he was a medical boarder on a surgical floor so they didn't know the team following him, it wasn't clear in the chart who was following him, when they called the floor that he should have been on they were given 4 different beeper #s, and, last but not least, when they pages the renal fellow the answer that they got was that fellows don't do vomiting (coffee grounds) and that they should call the resident I may be paraphrasing here, but that's the gist of it). I told the nurse that I would come and see the patient and help them figure out who was covering. However, when I walked into the room he was dead. Still breathing, but trust me, that was a mere technicality. I started telling people what to do but he stopped breathing about a minute later. The code was a disaster from start to finish. Bad, bad, bad.
I'm trying to think of other things that have happened. I know that there have been some. But I'm drawing a large blank right now. Tomorrow I'm leaving for the ASN meeting in Philadelphia ( http://asn-online.org/education_and_meetings/renal_week.aspx ). One of the fellows and I are going to take a really cool looking course: "ICU Nephrology and Acute Renal Failure: What the Nephrologist Must Know". I feel like it's costing about a gazillion dollars to send me to this conference, but I think that's partially b/c I'm used to nursing conferences which are generally much cheaper.
I think that I really am going to try and maintain this site (after the obvious false start). I even have a couple of ideas for posts circulating in my head.