Who links to me? X-ray Rocks: May 2008

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Allium Blooms

Taking over from the tulips, the allium in my front yard are starting to bloom.
Some of the plants are 3 feet tall!

Some begonias.

I used coco hull mulch on this area. It smells so good! Like hot chocolate.

My little water garden. I planted 2 water plants on Sat.
They are already sending up little shoots.

Dust Bath

It was wet and rainy today, so the girls decided to have a nice, long, relaxing dust bath.

Lavender started to lay again! She layed her first egg, in months, on Memorial Day. Her eggs are the little green ones. It's so nice to have green eggs again!

Potato Experiment

The great potato experiment had a little setback. The garbage can container fell over during a storm, so I moved the potatoes and dirt to a different container. Nothing's sprouted from that box though.....

This last box needs to have more dirt piled up on the shoots ASAP! Adding that to my to do list. Don't they look nice, though?

Raspberries - looking good!

Gooseberry bush and onions.

Garden Update

My square foot garden is growing!

Sad little tomato plants :(

More melons
More melons

More melons :)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Scrub Strut

I love
Strutting in scrubs
Ceil blue
Head bouffant
Mask round my neck
Models kill the cat walk
I rock the OR.

Rockin' Boobies

I totally rocked the Mamms on Monday.
Perfect pictures, even with difficult patients. (oooo, I can't lift my arm, ow ow ow)
The processor ate two of my MLO's, but other than that everything was great!

I've realized that I just have to suck it up and use more compression than I was previously comfortable with. Every job has it's little tricks. Every machine is different. Every patient is different.
But I think I've finally beaten the sucky machine!

Too Slow

I ran a 5k on Saturday.
I thought I was going to die.
My mom came in at 28:14min.
I did 34:07min.
My mom is 58 years old.
She got 2nd place in her age group.
I'm 25.
I didn't win anything.

But I finished!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Ass Wipe

Mentally handicapped patient to Diabetty:
MH: Are you gonna do a ass wipe of my 'ed?
Diabetty: No, we're going to do an x-ray of your chest.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Watching You

The Manager wants everyone to take a 20 min. walk outside.
So we go outside.
After skipping around the cement urban sprawl on Friday, I had a lovely pink sunburn.

Drunk guy with his head swaddled in gauze, like a mummy, talking to Diabetty tech.

DG: You better do a good job.
Diabetty: Oh, we always take good x-rays!
DG: Well, I know where you work, so you better do a good job.
Diabetty: You know where we work? Yeah, I guess you do.
DG: Yeah, I know where you work, because I live a block away. Sometimes I watch you guys.
Diabetty: ................um......?

I will NOT be taking a stroll outside/around the hospital anymore!
He might be watching.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

First PM

It's Midnight.
I just got back from working my first PM.

Except for the 600 lb. man, all the pts were walkie/talkies.

Very easy.

The hardest part was making small talk for 8 hours with the tech I'm shadowing.

The night:
One 600lb. vomiting man 2v. abd.
One girl banged her finger hand.
One low back pain man Lumbar spine.
One post seizure 2v. chest woman.
One explosive diarrhea 89 y/o woman 2v. abd.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Tu Lippy

Tulip varieties from my garden.

Boxed Up

Pictures of my
Square Foot Garden!

Peas-Golden Sweet, Tall Telephone, Sugar Snap, Lincoln
Radishes: Zlata,Helios, Easter Egg II, Red Meat
Carrots: White Satin, Nantaise
Beets:Touchstone Gold, Chioggia
Cabbage, Broccoli, Kale, Swiss Chard, Cauliflower, Onions, Basil, Sage

Blueberry and Lingon Berry bed.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Bossy Man

A surgeon yelled at me in front of two students.
Thanks man.
Of course, he was yelling at everyone.....so I didn't feel too bad.

Funny how he can tell me how to do my job, but I can't tell him how to do his.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Monday Joke

Too tired today.
I was in Mamms again.
I think I have the meanie machine beaten. Finally. The lead tech. checked my work and said I did an "excellent job". Good....but I still feel bad using so much compression. :( Oh, well, it's kind of funny, not a single woman complained about the compression.
At my old job everyone complained about compression - before we compressed them. Then they would say "oh, that wasn't so bad".

OK I have to get up super early tomorrow so here is a funny joke:

Did you know diarrhea is hereditary?

No, Really?

Yeah. It runs in your genes!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

X-ray Vision

This is very strange.

"All Things Considered, May 3, 2008 · This past week, the Transportation Security Administration introduced new security measures at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, including a controversial "whole-body scanner." The scanner provides guards with an image that strips away a traveler's clothing, revealing everything that person is carrying — and their naked bodies. TSA spokesperson Christopher White shows Andrea Seabrook how it works."

"Wired-Nice Bombs Ya Got There
A scanner the government is testing for airport screening reveals much more than meets the eye to be comfortable for most passengers.

Susan Hallowell, director of the Transportation Security Administration's security laboratory, sacrificed a large measure of her own modesty Wednesday to demonstrate the problem.........read the rest here"

More examples from the walk through x-ray airport scanners.

The machine:

I already get enough radiation at work, I don't need more when I go on vacation!

As for the "back scatter radiation" that they use- what do people think radiation is? Calling it backscatter radiation makes it safer? I should try that with pts : "Today we're using sweet rainbow foofy x-rays!" All radiation produces scatter and I don't really want my thyroid caught in a small box with a handful of "back scatter radiation".

Ok, ok I'm sure it's harmless. But I have questions....What about pregnant women? Will TSA preform preg. tests on travelers who don't know their LMP?

Which preg. woman will sign up first, to sue TSA for malpractice, because of birth defects in her baby, that she attributes to a walk through x-ray screening she had on her way to Hawaii when she didn't know she was pregnant?

Run Run

Today I ran and ran and ran. The End.

Juuuuuust kidding!

I was in fluoroscopsy/interventional today. Following around 3 different techs. Work started at 7:30am with 12 patients. Apparently this is a slow day. At the old job we did at the most 1 (yes, ONE)fluoro case a WEEK. And, as I usually worked evening shifts on the fluoro days, I haven't done a BE, UGI, VCUG, ect. for a loooong time.

Not that I missed it much.
People can keep their anuses and various bits to themselves, thanks much.
But it's part of the job.
And I wanted this job, at this big fancy hospital, so much.
The Rad was so nice. He talked to the patients! He explained the procedures! He was a normal person!
By 8:30am, when the pts start to arrive, there are 3 more add ons. By the end of the day there will be 2 more. Total pt exams =17
I assisted with 1 thoracentesis, 1 paracentesis, 1 abd mass biopsy, 3 UGIs (one on an 8y/o), 1 VCUG(where I was peed on) and 2 ERCPs.

I also watched a student x-ray a partial amputated thumb. She was hoping to test out on it, but couldn't remember how to do the oblique so I couldn't sign off on it for her.
I also did a lot of other minor things-like running around and getting things, finding people, transporting equipment, and running and running.
We didn't stop for lunch until 10 min. to 1pm.
Our next pt was at 1pm, so we had 10 min. to eat.

While we gobbled food, The Manager came up and asked in a passive/agressive manner if JCAHO allows us to eat in our dept. I'm guessing.....NO. Whatever, I'm the new employee, just following the others lead!

I have tomorrow off!!

Potato Garden

My cats love to eat and roll on this pretty flower's leaves.

Black raspberry bushes- I finally finished pruning them!

The Great Potato Bin Experiment: Different types of potatoes- early, mid and late season. Three different ways of growing them-build as they grow wooden box, plastic garbage can (left over from another experiment), and a plastic tote bin.

May the best potato win.



I'll update these pics when (and if) anything sprouts.