June 26, 2011

Only The Good Die Young

Yesterday was the memorial service for one of my patients who passed away on June 16. Tracy was just 30 years old. It is only times like this when I feel sad and depressed about what I do.

Tracy and her husband were two of the first people I had the opportunity to meet and care for when I was cross-training at the Cancer Institute. I was working at the main hospital at the time on the inpatient Oncology unit, but had been trying to get a job in the Cancer Institute for some time. I introduced myself to Tracy and her husband, Romeo and told them how I was just helping out in the infusion center that day, but would love to work in the infusion center permanently and that caring for cancer patients is my passion. Tracy and Romeo smiled at me and promised that they would "put in a good word" for me (I was hired the next week). Immediately, I felt their kindness.

In nursing school we were told on our first clinical day to maintain a strict patient/nurse relationship and that we are not to become close with any patient. In my opinion, working in a field such as Oncology, nurses should not be expected to follow this rule. Oncology nurses are caring for patients at such an uncertain and frightening time of their lives. There is a certain amount of closeness that occurs amongst nurses and patients, at least where I work. Tracy and Romeo were two people that I could not help, but to become close with. Tracy had such a kind, caring spirit, and a love for life. Tracy was a huge Baltimore Orioles fan and advocate for the MD SPCA. Despite her cancer diagnosis, she was constantly doing things for others never once feeling sorry for herself. Tracy has inspired me to keep doing what I do and I will never forget her.


June 16, 2011

I Feel Like Chicken Tonight

I am all about quick and easy meals. By the time I get home from work I am ready to go straight to bed. I don't like to be bothered with meals that take a long time to prepare. I found a French's Mustard recipe in the coupon section of my Saturday paper and adapted it slightly.

Chicken with Creamy Dijon Herb Sauce

1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
6 tbsp dijon mustard
1/3 cup softened cream cheese (I used whipped cream cheese)
1 tbsp minced herbs (I used fresh oregano, parsley, basil, thyme)
pinch of granulated sugar (A little squeeze of honey may also be yummy)
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used chicken tenderloins for quicker cooking)
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup mushrooms

1. In a bowl mix broth, mustard, cream cheese, herbs, and sugar until well combined.
2. a nonstick skillet heat up the oil then brown the chicken until cooked through.
3. Once the chicken is cooked, pour the mustard sauce over the chicken in the skillet. Add the minced garlic and mushrooms.
4. Simmer the chicken for a few minutes so that the sauce can thicken.


June 15, 2011

New BGR Reviewed

Steve and I went to the new burger joint in HoCo called BGR. It is by the Target in Columbia right next to the new Tutti Frutti. We are always in search of a good burger. I got the Turkey Burger and Steve got the Greek Burger, we shared an order of rosemary fries.

Greek Burger

Turkey Burger

What I liked:
The fries were crispy.
The soda dispenser has different flavor syrups that you can add to your drink. I chose cherry vanilla to add to my Diet Coke.
Our order came out fast.
Outdoor seating.

What I didn't like:
My burger fell apart after one bite.
I felt the burger itself was undercooked and a bit salty.
The rosemary seasoning on the fries was just dried rosemary sprinkled on top. The rosemary did not stick and didn't have much flavor.

Overall I would say my experience was okay. I was most impressed with their fancy soda dispenser than the food. My vote for best burger still goes to the Victoria Burger at Victoria Gastro Pub.


June 11, 2011

Call Me Cupcake(MSN)RN

On May 27th I graduated from graduate school with my Masters in Nursing Education degree.

Woo hoo!

For the past 2 years my life has more or less consumed with work and school. I'll be the first to admit that it was hard for me to balance everything between working full time, being in class on my days off, and life. I am so glad that my family was supportive (except not understanding why I was always tired), but Steve was the only person who was the most supportive throughout this whole thing. He would help me any way he could which often times included proof-reading my papers and making sure the coffee kept coming haha. A big thank-you goes out to all of my friends. I am sorry that I had to turn down so many offers to get together, but I hope you can understand why.

Now I am looking forward to getting back to to doing the things that I enjoy. I have been going to the gym (I ran a mile today! First time in over a year), baking, blogging, traveling, etc.


June 3, 2011

A Big Thanks

A cookie from one of my patients today.