Tuesday, September 27, 2011


When I say tattoos, you're probably getting something like this in your head, aren't you?
Well, actually when I say tattoo, I'm referring to something along the lines of this:
Can you see it? No, it's not just an image of skin, there's an actual tattoo there. A tiny dot, no bigger than a freckle. That's what we do in therapy. We tattoo people.

To clarify: In Radiation Therapy, patients come in for treatment, and before they are given any radiation, they have to be scanned and dosimetry has to map out a plan of how the radiation will be delivered. During the simulation process, they receive three tiny tattoos that determine how they are laying. So each time they come back for treatment, we can align the lasers up to those same dots each time and get them in the same position.

Now having that said, let me tell you what you're NOT suppose to do, which of course happens to be what I did last Wednesday... You are not suppose to tattoo the wrong person. That's right, I ACCIDENTLY tattooed the technichian that I was working with at the time. Here's what happened...

The patient had come in for his simulation, we had gotten all our marks, and it was time to tattoo. Being the giddy student, and having practiced on a foam fish all afternoon, I was ready to stick this elderly man with a needle. Well I thought I was doing a good job, but then the tech started giving me a few pointers about how I could do it better, which I appreciated. So, in the process of reaching my needle up for more ink, somehow her hand got in the line of fire and I ended up sticking her hand. WOOPS! Talk about feeling bad! She politely told me it was ok, and we proceeded to finish up the patient and get him out of there. After finishing him up, she had to go fill out an incident report and be tested since it's basically like sharing needles. Needless to say, I felt like a failure all week long.

When Monday rolled around, I honestly didn't want to go to clinicals. I didn't want to face the technician or anyone else in the facility for that matter. But, I had to bite the bullet and go. Thankfully the technician with the permanent tattoo dot on her hand, was super nice to me and so was everyone else. They acted like the whole thing never happened. And then it came time to tattoo another patient... I declined this one. And then another patient came in for his simulation in which tattoos were needed, but this time the tech didn't give me a choice to decline, it was my turn. YIKES! However, I managed to remain calm and somehow give the new patient his tattoos without injuring him or anyone else. What a relief! So hopefully nothing else major will happen in clinic that requires an incident report to be filled out.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Things that make you go AWWWWWW

There's many reason's why I say I don't want kids: they cost a fortune, they cry, they poop, they limit your fun time, yadda yadda ya....

HOWEVER, there are always those moments that make you wanna change your mind. The Burns twins definitely had a positive impact on my thoughts towards children while I was with them, but I suppose that's what happens when you spend two months with babies. And so does this video.... Is this little girl not just absolutely adorable or what??!

Now I don't know if anybody actually follows this show, I certainly don't, but I just came across this clip on Facebook. I think she actually made it to the top ten though...

Friday, September 23, 2011

Happy Birthday G-Maw!
Today is my grandmother's birthday, and while we can't be where she is to celebrate, we had our own little brief party... Cali was invited too. Aren't we precious?

Friday, September 16, 2011

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie...

So today, after checking my bank account, with just having to buy new tires and constantly filling up at the pump, I was below what I'd like to be. So, I headed off to Wal-Mart with my mothers debit card for groceries. Since I'm trying to eat healthier and save money by not eating out, I've become quit the little shopper and sandwich maker. Anyways, back to Wal Mart...
So I'm shopping for my items, a little of this and that, when I come to the granola bar section. I'm studying the selections looking for the certain one my mother told me to get, when this black lady turns into the aisle. I go to move my cart to let her through and she motions that I'm fine where I'm at. So I stand there and continue to search for this item, noticing that she's still there just kinda looking at me. Since there was a woman in front of me, we stand there for a good minute or so and in this time, I got a cold chill, so naturally I shivered. The black lady asks me if I'm cold, which today has been unusally cold so I was, so I politely responded yes, I was in fact cold. Next she proceeded to aske me where I worked, that I looked familiar. I told her Biscuitville, though I had never seen her in there in my entire life. A few seconds later she makes her way around me and starts to talk to me some more. After a few seconds I realize she's asking for money for a bus fare. Now lately I've been trying to be a better person and less self-centered, and seeings how I actually did have five dollars in my purse from a shirt I had just returned, I thought what a perfect way to start. So I handed her the five dollars. After that, I figured she'd go on her way. Boy was I wrong! She then proceeded to ask me for a ride. Being a little sketched out, I told her that I had to go to work, at my other job after leaving here. Well it just so turns out that where she was wanting to go, was right up the street from Clapp's. So I told her sure, why not, I'd give her a ride. However, I wasn't done with my shopping, but she literally followed me around Wal-Mart until I was. Every now and then she'd ask what I was looking for so she could help me find it. Then, she asked if I would buy her a drink. She needed the money I'd given her earlier for the bus fare and she was thirsty. Ok fine. THEN, after passing a starburst free-samples stand, she asked if I'd buy her a bag of starburst, when I threw a bag into my cart. Sure, why not?! After all, they were only 48 cents with the coupon. So at this point, I hurried on my way to check-out. I didn't want to eventually have her entire kitchen pantry in my buggy. At the register, as I throw her things up on the counter to pay for them separately, she throws up an energy drink as well! This lady had some nerve, but at this point I was already too far invested. Finally out at the car, I get her inside and hide anything of value, which is nothing except my wallet, then take her to her destination and let her out, all the while praying that I'm not somehow not going to get murdered. I got a good laugh out of this little black lady, and though I probably helped her out in a small way, she probably touched my life more. I guess people have started to use Wal-Mart instead of street corners to ask for things.
All of this however, was a very humbling lesson for me. While I was upset earlier about not having a ton of money in the bank... at least I have some money in the bank. While I was upset about having to buy new tires... at least I have the money to buy the tires, and a car to put them on. While I was complaining about the weather... at least I don't live outside in it. The economy is in shambles and people are a mess, but I still have a roof over my head and food on the table.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


So I don't know if it's the fact that I have a lot of extra time to think about things since I'm now living in my car, but today all I've been able to do is think about things that seem to irritate me. So I thought that I'd share some of them with you.
  • If you don't know how to spell, or how to use proper grammar, you shouldn't be allowed to text or publish anything on the internet.
  • And for that matter, if you aren't old enough to legally drive, you shouldn't be allowed to have a cell phone.
  • Our government should take some advice from Apple. Apparently they have more money than our National government and could pay off our national debt. Or at least that's what I hear.
  • The more I go to a Wal-Mart, the more I hate them. It's like a direct relationship in math.
  • They say if you want something done right you should get a man to do it. Well if you want something done right, and in a fashionable manner, women you might as well do it yourself.
  • If Facebook was a study guide, I wouldn't have to worry about failing physics.
  • If milk keeps going up, pretty soon I'll have to start putting water in my cereal.
  • I find it funny how most music videos have nothing to do with the song that is being played to it. Or at least not in some of the country music videos I've seen on tv lately.
  • It never fails, I'll always manage to get a huge zit on a noticeable area on my face just before I need to look presentable somewhere.
  • Why does time fly by when you're enjoying it, but when you can't wait to get somewhere or do something, it just creeps by?
  • Dating is a trial and error run to find what you do or don't want in your spouse.
  • My friend saw a coffin close to her house after the town had flooded due to Irene, WHY do people continue to still get buried? We're running out of space as it is.
  • If my taxes are paying for someone's welfare and food stamps, cigarette's, beer/liquor, and excess children should be banned for them. And they should be required to pass a random drug screening.
  • Complaining can't change anything, so why do people do it so frequently? Which is funny in itself cause it seems like most of these thoughts are complaints.