Thursday, May 26, 2011


It is OH SO NICE here on the eastside of Washington. Apparently it is sunny 300 days of the year. :)


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Internship Day #3

Today a patient shared a beautiful verse from Psalm 34:18..."The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit."

He told me that he used to be a missionary and that current family circumstances made him alone in this world. I know you aren't suppose to cry, but I did...and it only made me realize more how much I want to work in inpatient I can really get to know these patients and let them touch a part of my heart. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Internship Day #2

9 1/2 hour day today. Fortunately, I did see some pretty neat stuff like a patient being extubated; a lady, after  a week of not being able to sit, doing it; and a sternal incision (after open heart surgery).

So busy only 10 min lunch standing up. >.<

Monday, May 23, 2011

Internship Day #1

Today was day #1. Today:
  • I got to help get a patient get up from supine --> sitting, after she had laid in bed for 2 weeks. :) 
  • I got my $20 stipend for lunch. Yay for not having to worry about packing a lunch!
  • I bought my blue that in case C. difficile were to fall onto my nice clothes, I wouldn't have to throw it away. I could just chuck the scrubs. 
  • I met my kind and knowledgeable clinical instructors (CI's) and found out I get to work in BOTH acute & inpatient rehab (IPR). 
  • I answered all the questions directed at me correctly...let's hope this continues @.@
  • I ate lunch at 3pm know...the hospital is HECTIC!
  • I praise God for setting up this internship and understanding that His plan is greater than any I could imagine. :)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Richland Day #3

As my mom and Jim can attest to, the sun, in all its blazing glory, decides each morning at 5am to rise up and light up the sky. It's really awesome for the trees, birds, insects, for me, who really enjoys sleeping until 7 or 8 am (not 5:51am this morning...a'hem!) is it not so great.

Fortunately, Wal-Mart sells 99% light blocking curtains. While not exactly big enough, let's hope this works. Stay tuned... :)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Salina? Selma? No...Selina!

Dear Selina,

Since you are the ONLY one who reads this...I thought it'd be fitting to dedicate this post to you. ^^

After a couple hours of studying with a dinner break in-between, THANK-YOU for this excuse to take a break!

Umm...since I haven't used this blog in awhile, I think google has decided to deem me use-less as they have taken away photo feature and movie feature and even FONT feature. >.<

For shame!

Remember this photo?  This was (i think) our first time snowboarding together. :) And at this time, you are a FINE snowboarder, doing your S-curves and going on the BLACK slopes. As for me...I have hung up my snowboarding pants after learning about all the trauma that can be caused to my brain and body. One of these days, I will make a powerpoint and mini-lecture and present it after church to persuade you all to STOP and do things like swim (easy on the joints) and walk.

Alas! My books beckon and my exams laugh mockingly. It's back to this gift God has given me. A gift of education. :)

Have a fun night with your kitties!


p.s. (a couple minutes later...) nevermind! I figured out the formatting stuff! :D And photos!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


In an attempt to remember more things, I've decided to write about them. That way, the information may go through one ear and out the other, but at least it'll go to the brain as well!

Today was our first "brown bag lunch" (guest speakers are invited to share about a topic of choice). SFMA, or Selective Functional Movement Assessment is a physical exam used to detect a person's functional stability and mobility in a few quick and easy steps. Apparently it is the hot new thing; even Real Madrid is using it. The patient goes through a series of movements, each rated functional (can be completed) or dysfunctional, and with pain or w/o pain. If the patient cannot bend over and touch his toes, the PT will use a flow chart to determine if it's mobility vs. stability, and the muscles involved: hamstrings, gluts, core, etc that is the culprit. Ex: If the patient had hamstring tightness, "reciprocal inhibition" (toes on towel roll to stretch the gastroc/soleus, knees squeezing towel roll) is used to fire the quads and core, and relax the hamstrings. Miraculously! said patient now can touch his toes. Albeit, he still needed to stretch to relieve that hamstring tightness.

And voila. SFMA taught in 30 seconds. The workshops take 15 hours...maybe one of these days.

In other news, fall break just ended. With FYI & HCC, we made over 20 mini-pizza's and 300 dumplings. Food coma. :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Poem

Carrie and Mindy surprised me right before my first anatomy written exam with their encouraging and humorous good-luck package. :)
Mindy's Poem titled "SMART"
Bart would say don't start with a fart.
He would say do your part, throw it in the cart,
Do your art, throw it like a dart,
You're as smart as a tart and close to our heart!
P.S. If confused by words of wisdom, consult creator.
A weekly highlight is our roomie dinners :) Things made thus far:
-Chocolate Beet Cake w/ cream cheese frosting by Carrie
-Enchilada's with white sauce by Mindy
-Vietnamese Spring Rolls by Tracy
-Enchilada's with green sauce by Kelly
-Chicken & Stir Fried Veggies by Me

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Physical Therapy

It'll be the 1 month mark since I've moved up here this Friday.

Things I am grateful for here @ UPS:
  • my supportive, goofy, lovely, smart roommates & our dinners together
  • walking 20 minutes to/from campus
  • my 35 other classmates- so kind! as well as 2nd years
  • intramural volleyball
  • intervarsity fellowship
  • dragon boat racing
  • living 1 block from the grocery store
  • studying w/ cadavers!
  • living 1 hr away from home - so near :)
  • remembering God is good in all times

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Our Lord's Prayer

"Our Father in heaven, may your name always be kept holy. May your kingdom come and what you want be done, here on earth as it is in heaven. Give us the food we need for each day. Forgive us for our sins, just as we have forgiven those who sinned against us. And do not cause us to be tempted, but save us from the Evil One." - Matthew 6:9-13

Praise: Jesus' prayer begins with thanks for who God is.
Petition: Jesus requested help by sharing personal needs.
Confession: Align ourselves more with God.

Prayer is simply asking God to play an active role in your life. Share with God and ask Him to make your will more like His.

In other news, Selina, Richard and I went on a short trip to beautiful Victoria B.C. I have a soft spot towards that place, because it's always been so relaxing, beautiful, and hilarious. I experienced high tea, fish & chips, a high-larious street show, and good conversation. :)