22 April 2010

Mission #85: Get a Pisces tattoo

Completed April 15, 2010.

This mission caused me the most anxiety out of all them so far, even though I've wanted a Pisces tattoo for years now. Also, from what I gather, most people don't have more anxiety with their second tattoo as they did with their first.

However, when I got my first tattoo, it was on a whim. I didn't have time to think about it, and I certainly didn't have time to get anxious. This tattoo? I had about two weeks to go over and over in my head "Yes! I'm getting it!" "Damn, is this really what I want?" "Yes, I really want this tattoo!" "Is this really what I want?" "I can't wait to get it!" "Maybe I should wait..."

It was awful. But I'm glad I got it.

My next hurdle of this tattoo was getting my mother to accept the ink since a tattoo on my foot isn't something I could easily hide. The first tattoo I got was on my ribs, so she didn't find out for several months that I had it.

But then she flipped. 

To my mother the human body is perfect the way it is so "Body art" is "body mutilation" in her eyes. I think that having had all three children get a tattoo and essentially mutilate their bodies is one of the biggest disappointments. On one hand I can see how she would take it pretty personally since she did help create our bodies to begin with.

On the other hand, I realize I'm 24 years old, and am quite independent from my parents and it is my own body and I can do what I like. But I'm really close with my mom. She's probably one of the coolest moms out there and her opinion means a lot to me, even if I appear to blow her off. I find it quite upsetting to have her mad or upset with me.

So I sent her a text, and when I saw her next her reaction it was about what I expected.

She's OK about it now, but I'm sure the disappointment still lingers. And maybe I'm not as independent from my parents as I thought I was: it's my mom's opinions, her constant expressions of disappointment, and praise that keep me trying harder and push for more. Is that such a bad thing?

08 April 2010

Mission #51: Get NRP Certified

Completed on April 7, 2010.


NRP stands for Neonatal Resuscitation Programme. I'm putting that out there because I've already had a number of people ask me what it stands for. I am now legally certified to save babies.

Now isn't that a scary thought?

The first time I took the course I had no clue as to what I was doing and I had 2 nurses teaching the course. They knew what they were doing, and they were knowledgeable, and they encouraged me to take part in the class anyway. It was good, but when they encouraged me to take the two parts of the test, I was a bit put off. They would have set up the test in a way that I would have passed, which doesn't make sense. If I had found myself in a situation the really required me to resuscitate a baby, I would have been screwed.

This last time, while I only got in a little more studying, I had an anesthetist who regularly was present with deliveries. It made it more realistic to have her teach us and set up the scenarios, and be the one intubating the babies, instead of nurses pretending to, because well, intubation isn't part of an RN's scope of practice. Though, sometimes, it would be cool if it was.

It was a nerve wracking exam because I knew the Doctor wouldn't just hint and help me pass. But I did, and now it's onto my next course.

01 April 2010

Nike+ Active Challenge

I started a Nike+Active challenge over the weekend!

Last year around this time I was finishing up a Step Challenge at my last place of employment. I faithfully stuck my pedometer on my hip and went to work where I was on my feet for pretty much the whole eight hours. I diligently walked on my days off as well. I liked that this Step Challenge provided equivalent step values for other forms of physical activity such as gardening, yoga, house cleaning, swimming, etc. It gave me the freedom to walk if I wanted or go swimming which I often preferred.

Since then I've wanted to do another step challenge and see it through to the end (I'm pretty sure my team had won on the basis of my effort alone, but I started in Stettler before I found out). But there's really nobody I can challenge or would want to do a step challenge so I felt quite jealous that a friend of mine working in another hospital told me that her work place is doing a site-wide "Biggest Loser" style challenge. I know for a fact that nobody I work with would be up for organizing or doing this challenge: they all shudder whenever I suggest that they come along to the gym with me.

When my brother broke up with his girlfriend and offered to sell me his iPod Nano that she had given him for a Christmas present, I jumped at the chance. It has a built in pedometer which syncs with the Nike+ Active WEBSITE that presents you with about 20 goals. The goals are accomplished by steps taken, but in a more tangible way instead of "YOU MUST WALK THIS MANY STEPS OR ELSE YOU LOSE." it's more like "If you walk 6000 steps you've walked off a donut." Or walked up a ten story building.

Which is great if you've eaten a donut that day.

For a lot of self motivated people who get out and run, swim, or lift weights every day this might not seem like a challenge, perhaps a bit tedious or redundant? Or perhaps it might feel too restrictive in terms of activity: what are swimmers supposed to do? However, for those people who have never or have struggled to make physical exercise a part of their lifestyle this might be the incentive to start and/or keep going with that sense of fun and accomplishment as they walk off a burger and fries, or walk up Mount Everest.

For myself, I'm somewhere in the middle. I'm active but sometimes I need that extra little incentive after a string of night shifts or after a hard day at work. I have to say it's an odd feeling to walk off a donut or hot dog that I've never eaten, or walk up a building I will never see, but a step challenge usually brings out a little bit of my competitive nature. I like to walk, I like to walk fast, and I walk every day at work. And it's rather amusing to have my co-workers ask me why there's an iPod strapped to my ankle.

It's also interesting to note that following my explanation they aren't shuddering at the thought of exercise. They're even asking me how many steps I've walked that day!

I've completed about 5 goals now on the Nike+ Active challenge. Right now I'm working on walking off that burger and fries I never ate. Who would have thought that you would need 2 days of walking to get rid of that?