Just a few more highlights and low lights here and there and the painting is finally done!
Decided to start oil painting again! It has always been a good release in my life but I don’t think I’ve really finished a painting in over 5 years. Almost 10. I missed the feeling of mixing the paints; the blending of colors. The best way for others to see from your point of view; or how you see the world.
A month and a half into my new job in the cardiac cath lab, this picture was an appropriate outlet for my stressful transition and need to share the underlying beauty of the human heart.
Just something that I saw somewhere and had on some scrap paper. Not a very in depth post, but I still think it is useful information for anyone interested. Feel free to keep a discussion open in the comments.
Stress increases right frontal lobe activity.
A calm and harmonious state of mind will increase left frontal lobe activity.
By meditating often, left brain will grow stronger and remain that way at times when not meditating.
The Amygdala is active when stressed or processing negative emotions (anger, rage, fear).
Amygdala activity decreases when meditating regularly.
Cortisol also decreases when using mindfulness. Such as, meditating or actively putting full attention into a task at hand.
I haven’t been posting much, which is a shame because I have had many ideas! Oh well, life happens. In the last few months I have graduated nursing school, passed the NCLEX-RN first time around, and have been working in an ICU since June 10. This has been a whirlwind experience! Having finally successfully passed through my “probation” period without any screw ups is an accomplishment in itself. This job can be invigorating, frustrating, challenging, and touch you to the core all at the same time. I am constantly learning new something new. Some of those things can be life saving while others can be an important part of the patient getting the best care possible. The fact is, the healthcare “system” only works if the individuals involved are educated properly, passionate about their job, and communicate with each other.
New nurses… do not be afraid to ask questions! Do not do anything you are unsure about because you want to appear to know what your doing! That is a dangerous path to walk. I am the type to question many things… mostly because I am a genuinely curious person, but more importantly because I do not want to put a patient in any harm.
I decided to write this at an emotional time in my life. After a little over three months of being on the unit I was hired on… we are going through a period of restructuring. I am being laid off due to healthcare cutbacks and insurance related reimbursements- something that seems to be occurring everywhere recently.
This is something that touches me so deeply because I finally feel that I found my place on a unit. I have become close to the people I work with and seen things that brings people so close together. And now I have no other choice but to leave and find somewhere new. I have learned AMAZING things from nurses who have been successful at their career for 10, 20, 30 years… and only wish I could have spent more time with them. There is something so rewarding about having a “hard-ass” experienced nurse tell you thank you, or good job. That is something that is not easily earned and makes an impossible day worth it.
5 months after graduating, a couple weeks after getting laid off, and not quite two weeks into my new job as a cardiac nurse. Things really do work out and I am enjoying the new experiences. After my last day as a full time ICU RN, I transferred directly to an invasive Cardiac cath lab. The whirlwind continues. Just when you get the hang of things- you must adjust to a new unit, new coworkers, and new procedures. More to come soon…
Tip #1 – Moles
Moles have been mowing through my garden for two years now. Last year they ate little rows in all of my cucumbers and this year they chewed my lettuce down to the nubs. So, I bought a few pinwheels on Memorial Day for a couple dollars and placed them throughout; especially near the veggies they seem to enjoy the most. At this point there has been no damage since installation! The vibrations apparently scare them away. Try it and save your garden from these pesky critters.
Tip #2 – Cage
Want to have more space for plants? Grow your cucumbers up a cage/fence/lattice. Whatever you choose, the cucs will climb up and still produce a healthy harvest.
Tip #3 – Grow grapes along your garden fence
After moving the vines to an area with better soil (less water retention) and more sunlight I have grapes! The vines are beautiful spread out on the garden lattice and you can’t beat edible decoration.
Curious how this garden was started? Check out this post!
I know the effects of this herb because I have used it myself, but I understand many people still have their doubts. Besides the fact that many cultures have used it for thousands of years there have been a number of recent studies to document the benefits, and I only included a handful.
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