Monthly Archives: March 2011

on the way to second year

Everyday gets us closer to second year. Everyone of our class seems to have a countdown to the end of the semester. Well today in microbiology lab we also started a countdown to the end of the world. It has been quite interesting.  People that have influenced, helped, pushed, made a day better, listened to me cry, listened to me be happy, and those who I have spent small breaks from school with.  These are pictures of us all acting like professionals, one day we will be there, but right now we can pretend.


Making Someone’s Day

It has been a long time since I have been told that I made someone’s day. Well after a lot of thought and help from the husband I finally decided on what I was going to get my grandmother for her birthday, which is April 5th. Oh and if you haven’t figured it out yet, my grandmother is one of the most important people and most wonderful woman in my life.
Over the past months, well since school started, I have fallen in love with the Pioneer woman cookbook and now her love story and I can’t wait for her children’s book to come out so that I can buy it for my niece, well she’s not really my niece but she is the closest thing that I have got.
So back to what I was talking about. Mike helped me decide that since my grandmother really enjoys reading that I should by her the Pioneer Woman’s book “Black Heels to Tractor Wheels”. So since I live a pretty good distance away from home and can’t make it home for birthday parties anymore, I got on amazon and purchased the book, as well had it gift wrapped.
I wasn’t expecting it to get to her until later this week since it was two day shipping and I ordered in the middle of the day yesterday. Well I talked to her this evening on my way home from studying and she told me that she got a really great surprise in the mail this afternoon.
My grandma said, “When the UPS man delivered the package I was very confused because I hadn’t ordered anything.” So she brought it in the house and opened the package to find a nice card from her granddaughter and grandson. She went on to tell me that she had just finished a book this afternoon and how wonderful it was that she had a new one to start reading tomorrow, especially since the weather outside hasn’t been very nice. She just had so much joy in her voice and such surprise that I would send her a present in the mail. Well I have only gotten to read a few chapters of the book and I think it is quite excellent. She loves books and she loves reading true love stories. Oh! and to make things better come to find out my grandfather know’s the family that the book is about. It never crossed my mind that since Pawhuska, OK is so close to Ponca City, OK that my grandfather would have done some work over the years for that family.
I am so glad that I could put a smile on my grandmother’s face, give her an early birthday present, and give her something to start doing tomorrow. She is a special lady, that maybe I can get her addicted to the pioneer woman and all of her amazing blogs, stories, and cookbooks.

catching it….

So they say when you are medical school any disease that you study or learn about you are probably going to think that you have it. Well low and behold last week Dr. Conrad started lecturing to us about Streptococcus. I believed he started those lectures on Thursday morning. I woke up Thursday morning and had a sore throat, crusty eyes, and my ears hurt. No big deal right, just allergies probably, I am not use to Tulsa allergens yet.


Well as I sat there in class I kept telling myself, you don’t have strep throat, you just have allergies. Even though Dr. Conrad did a pretty good job of convincing me that I probably had streptococcus A. As the day went on I did not feel any better. Well Thursday turned into Friday feeling bad, and then Saturday morning came. I could barely talk and my head just felt like crap. Bad allergies? a virus Mike and I have been sharing for about a month? or do I have strep?  Well took some Sudaphed had a throat lozenge in my mouth almost all day, and it started to feel a little better. At home I decided to put my clinical skills tools to use and the fact that I have taught Mike how to use them. He looked in my ears and throat and compared it to this picture and told me I think you have some of that on the back of your throat, plus soar ears, and swollen lymph nodes. Diagnosis from the husband: “You have strep & maybe stay arms length away from me, I don’t want you to share it with me.”

Well diagnosis from the doctor today, I have strep and here is a prescription for some antibiotics.

Mike maybe you should be the one going to medical school, or maybe you should just join the train. Its a great ride to be on. 🙂 I love you for putting up with me. This is the strangest case of strep throat I have ever had. No fever, I am still functioning as a real person, my throat and ears just hurt. Its a good thing I don’t think I need to be to sick this time in the semester. Please everyone keep your bugs to yourself and I will keep mine to myself for the rest of the semester.

Antibiotics, renal physiology notes, and now dinner with the husband. I shall feel better in the morning and finish my prescription so that I don’t make a super bug!


say “see you later” instead of “goodbye”

Military deployment. Deployments suck! Being the spouse, girlfriend, or any family member of someone in the military is tough.

My husband and I have been through one very long, 424 days to be exact, overseas deployment and one short but awful in-country deployment, for the Katrina disaster, as well as a long separation for Mike’s basic training and infantry training.

Now that Mike is out of the military we are watching our friends start the beginning of a long year of deployment. Lindsay, we will be here for you whenever you need us. Bass take care of you, and I promise Mike will be here to hang out with you when you come home, even though you will need to take care of the wife first!

Deployment is super tough on both ends of the spectrum, either being the solider or the spouse. Thinking about the year that we went through can bring tears to my eyes. I do not know how people did this before telephones were common and computers were half way easy to access.

Please keep the 45th infantry, Delta company in-particular in your thoughts and prayers. Let their training be thorough, their lives be held in God’s hands, their families be kept safe while they are here keeping everything at home going.

When the day comes this week, it will be a day filled with tears and loneliness on the spouse and family side. That’s what the great parents and friends, as well as chocolate and exercise are for. If you fill the days full of business, soon the year will be over and the solider will be home. Lindsay and Bass we love you!


when I finished taking my cardiophysiology exam I hit the submit button, after hitting the submit button I was expecting a grade. The thing I have learned about the physiology of the body is what starts to happen as I hit that submit button. I can feel the adrenaline leaving my adrenal glands, maybe a little bit of sweat comes off of my forehead, I can feel my heart feel like it is going to jump out of my chest, if you were to measure my pulse grade it would probably be a +4.  As the computer finishes submitting my quiz the submission screen pops up, and NO GRADE!

All that sympathetic response wasted. Wait neurophysiology was the last test block.

hmmmm, guess I will have this same response in a few hours when we get our grades.

searching for the meaning of Lent and Life

I have never given up anything for Lent in my life.

I have always thought that it would be a great idea and that it was something that I have wanted to do.

This year I decided that it was the year that I wanted to take my spirituality a step further.  I have spent some time finding out what lent should mean to me and how it could impact my life.

The purpose of Lent is to be a season of fasting, self-denial, Christian growth, penitence, conversion, and simplicity. Lent, which comes from the Teutonic (Germanic) word for springtime, can be viewed as a spiritual spring cleaning: a time for taking spiritual inventory and then cleaning out those things which hinder our corporate and personal relationships with Jesus Christ and our service to him. Thus it is fitting that the season of Lent begin with a symbol of repentance: placing ashes mixed with oil on one’s head or forehead. However, we must remember that our Lenten disciplines are supposed to ultimately transform our entire person: body, soul, and spirit. Our Lenten disciplines are supposed to help us become more like Christ. Eastern Christians call this process theosis, which St. Athanasius aptly describes as “becoming by grace what God is by nature.”

There are a few basic tasks that traditionally have been associated with Lent. Many of these have a long history. These are fasting, almsgiving, and prayer. In addition, reading the Scriptures and the Church’s Writings can help one grow during Lent.  ( )

Adding prayer and sacrifice of things that I think I need in my life will bring me closer in my relationship with Jesus Christ.

Make prayer part of my day, getting rid of things that I think I need in my life……


When life was simple…

When life was simple….

The pictures that my husband sent me from my cousin’s first birthday reminded me of when life was simple and all that you had to worry about was where your toys were, who was going to feed you, and when you had to go to bed.

All I wanted to do was play in my sister’s radio flyer, have my name on everything, read my books, and sleep with my glow worm.












Now life is full of being on the go, study, study, study.