All posts by Abby



I talked to my dad about his medications, because he is my only family member who takes medications for a chronic condition. He has diagnosed HTN, with no risk factors aside from stress. I asked him what he knows about his medication, and the only fact he was able to tell me is that his lisinopril lowers his blood pressure. He does not know anything about the dose he is getting, he doesn’t know how the drug acts in his system, and he doesn’t know what potential side effects are to look out for. I let him know that one of the main side effects of ACE inhibitors is hypotension, which means he should be monitoring his blood pressure daily to watch for any signs of LOW blood pressure, as well as worsening high blood pressure. I was disappointed by how little he knew about his medication, and tried to help him understand the basics so that he is more involved in his care.


What does MI mean to you?

A non-nursing or medical student perspective on 3 terms:

What happens during a…..

Cardiopulmonary arrest- “Well I’m not sure what the pulmonary part means, but I know that cardiac arrest can happen when you exercise too intensely and your heart shuts down. The pulmonary refers to the lungs, and I’m guessing that when the heart shuts down the lungs don’t get any oxygen.

MI- “I think its the same thing as a heart attack. I’m not sure what the difference is between cardiac arrest and MI is though.”

CPR- “When someone doesn’t have a pulse and isn’t breathing, someone can jump in and do it for them. The compressions are what makes the heart continue to pump the blood, and it’s like a manual way of doing it. I’ve heard the breaths aren’t required anymore, which I don’t understand because if the heart is pumping but you aren’t getting any new air, how does the oxygen replenish itself?”


AeroPilates workout improves heart health

I came across this article and chose it immediately because this is an extremely versatile form of exercise. My mom will not go to regular gyms, she will not run, she will not step foot onto a treadmill or elliptical, but she has just become hooked on pilates. She has multiple conditions involving nerve damage as well as chronic muscle soreness, but does at least 3 pilates classes per week.

In the nursing field, we encounter patients of all age, gender, physical condition, and level of motivation to live healthy lifestyles. It is crucial we are able to provide advice and encouragement that is realistic and attainable. Being educated on the low impact, low hassle workout options is pertinent when dealing with demographics who are not currently living an active lifestyle.



Final Semester!!

I’m so excited to start the last semester of the nursing program! It is slightly nerve wracking that after May we will be out on our own to face the NCLEX and job applications, but it will be great to see all of our hard work pay off.


Technological Disconnection

I am not the type of person who uses technology very often as it is, but during my conscious effort to cut back for a day, I noticed many things. It seems like a good portion of people walking around campus by themselves are looking down at their phones as they walk. I believe this is because people are afraid of eye contact or verbal engagement with anyone they may pass. Sometimes I am guilty of doing this as well, possibly due to my irrational dislike of small-talk. If I run into someone I know, but not well enough to want to contact them and arrange to spend time with them, it is always the same 5 questions… “How have you been?” “How long time you graduate?” “Are you still working at [place]?” “How is [name of high school friend] doing?” “What else is new?” A good portion of the people who are on their phones as they walk are likely not even doing anything besides looking through social media to kill time.

Another thing I noticed was the lack of people on actual phone calls in comparison with the number of ones texting. In a full day, I only noticed 3 people on phone calls and I lost count of how many people I saw texting.

During these last 24 hours I called 4 of my best friends that have moved out of county or state, and spoke to 3 of them. I know this isn’t the same as an actual visit, but it was more than I’ve been doing lately to maintain relationships so it was beneficial:)


Genetically personalized dieting?

This article discusses the concept that each individual’s normal intestinal flora determines what diets will work for them. Also provides an explanation as to why certain diets that some swear by, are not affective to others. Just some food for thought:)



Who gets it?

Patients with iron deficiency anemia associated with chronic renal failure. Also for iron deficient patients undergoing chronic hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis who are concurrently receiving erythropoietin.

Pharmacologic classification?

Iron Supplements


Absorbed at a constant rate by the reticuloendothelial system following IV. 60% absorption after 3 days, 90% over 1-3 weeks, and the rest absorbed over months following IM injection. Sucrose eliminated in urine, and the iron is mostly stored and used on demand. Half-life is 6 hr.

How often is it taken?

As needed, varies from patient to patient

Where is it taken?

In a healthcare facility, since it is mostly given IV

Why is it taken?

Resolution of iron deficiency anemia associated with chronic renal failure.

How is it given?

IV, dose dependent on specific patients’ needs. Patients should not take with oral iron supplements. BP should be monitored as well as signs of anaphylaxis.





Bubonic Plague

If you haven’t heard, the Bubonic plague has been contracted by a few campers in Yosemite National Park. I find it incredible, however, that a disease that killed such a vast number of people during its massive strike hundreds of years ago is now so curable with treatment. It is a testament to the advancements in the medical field and very lucky for the people contracting it in current times.