Amy . . .

What would you like to know? I am fun, but crazy. I have a most perfect husband, and 2 cats named Samson and Delilah. We are presently working on adopting a little girl from China and have a separate blog for that. I am a Christian and am working on a better relationship with him. I live in the Atlanta area and love sharing stories with people. I am also a pediatric nurse and I love it! I love to talk and meet new people and I love Disney Cruising

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Thursday 13


Thirteen Things about Amy

13 diagnosis or conditions I take care of as a pediatric neuro nurse
To clarify, I work on the Craniofacial/Neurology Floor. We are the biggest floor in the hospital and we get a little bit of everything
1.Brain tumors
2.Seizures
3.hydrocephalus/
4.Cleft lip/Cleft palate
5.Spinal Cord deformities
6.Rotavirus
7.RSV
8.Gastroenteritus
9.Failure to Thrive
10.Cranialsynostosis
11.Shaken Baby Syndrome
12.Skull Fractures (please dont put your baby seat on the table, ever)
13.Shunt Malfunctions/Revisions

I really could not think of anything this late at night but this is just a bit of what I deal with 3 or 4 nights a week and I love it!

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46 comments:

Renee said...

Thank you for what you do!!!.. My child was a premie (3 lbs 14oz) and we spent 21 days in the NICU.. not as long as some, but any time in the NICU is a lifetime for a mother...Now, he is a very healthy, rambunkus(sp?)3 year old, who his pediatrician expects to be atleast 6'5" or taller. He has caught up fast and would definitely not be picked as the premie in his class..
Good luck with your adoption. Best wishes--my hubby was adopted..:) Take Care! Renee

Chelle Y. said...

Wow! People like you always amaze me! My nephew was in NICU for a couple weeks because of Hirschsprung's Disease. We meant some wonderful nurses.

Congratulations on the adoption! My son is adopted.

amy said...

Thank you for commenting. I did not do this 13 for recognition, what I do is just my job, and I love it.
Thanks again...Glad your son is okay

Di said...

Skull fractures...what about trampolines? I have been the evil no trampoline mom for years. But I still believe I am right!

scribbit said...

You must be very strong to help so many children every day like that. I will always have a special place in my heart for the nurses at Providence who helped me out when we had a death in the family.

Chickadee said...

I worked as a unit aide in a PICU for over 2 years...the child abuse/shaken baby stuff was the hardest to take.

I know it's rewarding though. I sometimes still miss it. Bonding with the kids and the families.

Barbara said...

Sounds like a lot of responsibility. Good luck with the adoption!

Cyndi said...

My son had rotavirus at 3 and he was in the hospital for 4 days, it was difficult but the nurses were so friendly to him it heled. he always flirts with the nurses, the las one felt his tummy and said i feel your muscles and he lifted up a bit and said yeah i work out. :)
Thanks for all the care you take of peoples babies, i know it's sometimes difficult but you are apreciated.My TT is up too,:) HUGS,ME
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JohnH985 said...

Doctors and nurses have a special place in my heart right now, with my Dad so sick. You do an amazing job.

And from your comment on my blog...if you want a good overview of Johnny Cash get his Legend of cd, it's very good. You really can't go wrong with almost anything of his, he's that good.

Lisa said...

I'm glad you have a job you love, and I know there are lots of parents out there whose children you've worked with who are glad, too.

Laura said...

two of my children were/are ftt.
nothing makes a mother feel more like failure thn that diagnosis...it also, i found puts one under a magnifying glass too. i knew they were watching me for munchausen by proxy and frankly i didn't care because i knew his oral aversion was very real.
have you read my danile's story?
i say all the time i love what i do as nicu rn but nothing prepared me for taking a micropreemie home until i did and the pedi nurses we became acquainted with on his return visits helped me immensely, especially how to remember to be his mom and not his nurse.
thanks for visiting my blog and your comments.
my tt is up.

Dane Bramage said...

I really admire anyone who can work with sick and injured people on a daily basis, especially children. I don't think I am that strong. Great list and thanks for sharing.

Thanks for visiting my T13 #24 New Years Resolution Edition

Raggedy said...

You are an amazing woman!
Thank you so much for doing all you do.
Great list and thanks for sharing with us!
Have a wonderful Thursday!
My TT is up

Anne said...

A good nurse makes a big difference!
My TT is up, too!

Andrea said...

Those are a lot of big words I don't understand! Good thing it's your job and not mine!

Happy TT!

Christie said...

our nicu nurses were angels, and we were blessed to have doctors and nurses like you taking care of our little boy! thanks for all you do! and i agree with di! my mom was a anti-trampoline-ite and i will be too!!!! hahaha

scooper said...

I'm amazed at the strength people like yourself must have to cope with the work you do.

Peri said...

wow - nurses are sometimes like angels!

Sparky Duck said...

well, one thing you can say is your job is never boring

Angel2004 said...

wow! Your a strong person to help so many kids. Thank you for all your help. I hope things going well with the adoption good luck.

KarenW said...

Sounds like an awesome, yet heartbreaking job. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy New Year!

Angela/SciFiChick said...

Wow, it takes a special person to deal with that day in and day out!

amy said...

You are very right...Sometimes the accidents are small but trampolines are the cause of many head and other injuries each year at least on our floor

buttercup said...

I have so much respect for nurses. My mom is a nurse. It sounds like you deal with some fascinating and difficult conditions.

Dixiechick said...

What a wonderful list. Since I was a little girl I had always wanted to be a nurse, but my deadbeat ex blew that totally out of the water.

Good luck with your adoption... I and my younger brother was adopted as babies... years ago... and we were truly blessed with good christian parents. I'll keep you in my prayers.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy TT!

Haley-O said...

I don't know how you do it. You must be very strong. It's wonderful that you enjoy it. It must be so rewarding -- doing such an important job!

Good luck with your adoption!

Debby said...

Sounds intense...I admire people like you who can do these things. Happy Thursday!

alyndabear said...

What a job - I bet it must be really hard, but also rewarding as well.

~Kathryn~ said...

interesting T13 - what an amazing job you do !!

thanks for dropping by

ali said...

wow. sounds like an amazing job! i'm so impressed.

she said...

What an amazing job you have. It must be heartbreaking to see children so tiny - and yet so satisfying to care for them and help them become healthier each day.

tiggerprr said...

It has to be hard emotionally to see that day after day, and your caring shows in your posts. I know those families are thankful for you, I sure would be. :)

Caryle said...

There's a reason I'm not in health care, I just could not handle it. Luckily, there are good people like you that can and handle it with grace.

Thanks for dropping by earlier today!

sarala said...

Good list. I'm an M.D. so I have dealt with most of these diagnoses in some part of my career. Now I only treat mental scars.
Good luck with adopting.

Ankur said...

Thank you for your comment, and thank you for what you do. While I don't have any kids, I still appreciate what you do.

alisonwonderland said...

wow! you deal with some real heart-breaking things. keep up the good work - good nurses make a important contribution!

happy TT! thanks for stopping by!

An Ordinary Mom said...

You are one amazing person!

Thanks for the reminder about never putting baby seats on the table.

Good luck with your adoption!

The German Girl said...

I'll agree with the rest... thanks for having such an awesome job.

Justice Fergie said...

nurses are amazing...how do you deal with shaken babies? i wouldn't be able to handle it.

thanks for visiting!

Amy said...

Wow. That's a lot of stuff to deal with every day. I'm glad you love your job, I think it would drive me a little bit crazy.

Happy T13 and thanks for visiting.

Crystal said...

WOW, That's quite a list. I think that woudl be depressing after awhile, seeing all those people suffering:(

PS Thanks for visiting my TT:)

Incog & Nito said...

What a great job you do. You are amazing and wonderful. Thanks for making a difference.

Teena said...

Interesting list!

Thanks for stopping by mine :)

JAM said...

That's what you call a difficult and rewarding career. Not everyone has the ability to handle those situations. I'm glad you can.

HeatherinBeautifulBritishColumbia said...

Hey Amy, thanks for stopping by my 3rd TT. I'm linking to you and I'll be back to read more - you sound like one interesting, busy lady!

Terra said...

Great Job! Wonderful person to be able to handle all that!