January 15, 2008, 12:44 pm

Grand Rounds Goes Presidential

presidential seal

So what would you say to the next President regarding health care in the United States?

That was the question asked by Alvaro at Sharp Brains as he collected submissions for this week’s Grand Rounds.

A very diverse selection of topics has been accumulated; all of them are interesting.

For sensational value, there is also a video of a brain cyst being removed!

And no, it’s not gross – it is actually pretty cool to watch!



School starts next week and I was able to get a sneak peak at my Theoretical Nursing Foundations class this morning through the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay BSN/LINC program. (Gotta give props to my future alma mater….).

I was ready to yawn, but it looks extremely interesting and I’m very excited to start! Those educational juices are flowing. I only took me two weeks to recover from last semester; I wish I had had enough money to go full time this semester.

Getting money is tough. I’m not financially deprived, I’m not a minority, my folks aren’t veterans, I’m not a high school senior and I’m not active in the Emergency Nurses Association (like there’s time?). Unfortunately there are no Jeff Scott Soto Scholarships, no SpongeBob Squarepants Fan Subsistance Grants, no Rock and Roll Reimbursements or Macintosh Maniac Monies to be had.

I’ve tried “winning” scholarships by writing little essays but those “little” essays take hours AND I never win!

So I’m going to have to do something drastic. Something I swore I’d never do. Something so distasteful that I can’t believe I can even mention it in public.

I’m going to pick up shifts. Lots of ’em.

Damn it, if the government won’t pay for my education, I’ll pull up my bootstraps and do it myself.

I’ll show them!



My baby is going into the hospital for outpatient surgery.

Actually it’s more like a transplant.

SparkyBookPro needs his fan replaced.

Yes, I named my computer.

Yes, I am a nerd.

They are also going to do a bypass of the current battery and transplant a new one in its place.

As soon as I am done with this post (and a bit more blog reading), SparkyBookPro will be taken to the facility. He will be gone for two days.


While he is gone I will have to use the old grandpa PowerBook or try to pry the MacBook out of my daughter’s hands.

Geeze, I feel like I’m turning my brain in! What the hell did I do before the internet?


  • Beth

    January 15, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Its okay, I named by MacBook Judith and my old Toshiba was BabyBlue.

  • Maddy

    January 15, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    The internet has dug me out of more holes than I care to count and I’d be a long time dead without the macbook and no mistake.

  • annemiek

    January 16, 2008 at 5:22 am

    Without internet? OMG!
    Remember we once actually wrote letters (on paper!) and for my first college classes I did not even have a typewriter, so handwritten. The good old times…

  • NPs Save Lives

    January 16, 2008 at 6:26 am

    My laptop is on the way out as well. The battery died a long time ago and the lid won’t close. I’m getting ready to donate it to the kiddies and buy a new one. I hate to bring up the L word (loans) but they saved my butt. Now it’s time to figure out ways to pay them off earlier. I hope school is going well!

  • Jay

    January 16, 2008 at 8:29 am

    Good day to you!

    I am very much interested in reading blogs about nursing and medicine. I have a blog and I made a
    link to your site. If possible, please link to my site. This site is one of my inspiration for changing the design of my blog. May you have a productive year this 2008.

    Yours truly,
    Jay of Philippine Nurse

  • Beth

    January 16, 2008 at 9:06 am

    Yikes! That sounds serious. Will they be starting Sparky on Tacrolimus and Prednisone? I’ll say a prayer for him.

  • My Own Woman

    January 16, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Hopefully your computer won’t need too much recovery time. It’s so hard for them when they can’t get up and surf.

  • imamedicalstudentgetmeoutofhere

    January 20, 2008 at 3:02 am

    I refuse to believe that the internet never existed.

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