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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Real People...What?? Part 2

A little under 3 months ago, this post happened. 

I was terrified, anxious, and having panic attacks every couple of hours. Cause that's just who I am when it comes to new things.

Well, I finished my last day of my first semester clinical rotation today! And guess what??


Not once did a patient code on me (so far), only once did one of my patients have to have the Medical Emergency Team called on them, I didn't hurt anyone (at least not severely), and I had some really great nurses that I had the amazing opportunity to shadow. And I got to see open heart surgery, nbd :)

One of my favorite experiences from this semester happened on only the 2nd week of clinicals. 
I was on the Neuro Rehab unit and had taken care of this certain patient the week before, as well as this day. This particular patient had the diagnosis of a CVA (Cerebral Vascular Accident) aka a Stroke. 
When we went in to do the morning assessment, the patient was really excited to see us and told us to "Come look!" So we went over to the patient's bed, on the affected side of the body, where the patient was pointing at their fingers. The week before when I had taken care of this patient, they couldn't move their entire affected side at all. As I looked down at the fingers, I saw a slight wiggling! The patient was so so excited, which automatically made me excited as well! It was so awesome to be able to see even that tiny amount of progress and how much it meant to the patient.

While this might not seem like I huge experience, it got me thinking. I can get discouraged pretty easily over some non-essential things in my life, one of them being my lack a of dating life. I can get into a funk where my mind goes to a dark and scary place of loneliness and doubt. 
Now, I have a way to get out of that funk. 
While yes, I might not be dating, might not have done as well on that test, might not have gotten that job I applied for, etc, etc,
I can move my fingers.
I can walk on my own.
I can run if I want/need to.
I can dance.
I can feed myself, dress myself, shower myself, etc. 

I need to be grateful for the small things, because they are big things for someone else.

Yes I will..

1823 - The things you take for granted-The things you take for granted stencil someone else is praying inspirational

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Rock the U!!

Hey Bloggy Friends! 

I just wanted to let you know about a great event that is coming up this Friday night and into Saturday morning! 

Every year, the University of Utah puts on an event called "Rock the U." In essence, the actual event is an all-night dance party. It goes from 7pm Friday to 7am Saturday. 

Now why is this event so near and dear to my heart? Because it is a fundraiser and all of the proceeds go to the Huntsman Cancer Institute to be able to further cancer research. 

This year, I am dancing particularly for 3 people in my family that have battled with cancer and won, as well as 1 person that is currently still fighting the fight.

To help me in my effort to maximize the funds being raised for this great cause, I would love it if you could find it in your heart to donate. Every little bit helps! 

To donate, click HERE, which will take you to the event's website that is set up through the Huntsman Cancer Institute, aka it's not a scam. Fundraising ends at 6pm on Friday, March 21st!

Thanks for your support!

I am on the Student Alumni Board at the University of Utah and we are in a competition with the MUSS Board to see which group can raise more funds! This morning, the MUSS Board pulled ahead and THAT CAN'T HAPPEN!! If you need some friendly competition to motivate you to donate to this great cause, there ya go :)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

I'm feelin' 22!

Last week was BIRTHDAY WEEK!! 

Now, birthdays are great every year, but this year was especially great.
You know why it was so great??


For those of you that don't know, the definition of a Golden Birthday, according to Urban Dictionary, is "the birthday when you turn the same age as your birthdate." 

My birthday is February 22nd. I turned 22 this year! And not only was it my golden birthday, 22 is my favorite and lucky number! EVEN BETTER!

My dad's birthday also happens to be 3 days before mine, which obviously means that we have to celebrate for the whole week, usually starting with the President's Day Holiday each year! 

On Saturday the 15th, we went to Yogurtland and I went all out ;)

On Monday the 17th, we went out to dinner with the fam at Applebees. It was delish! 

On Tuesday the 18th, it was kinda just a chill day around the Fotheringham household.

On Wednesday the 19th, I went with a few friends to the Utah Men's Basketball Game!

On Thursday the 20th, I went to the Founder's Day Dinner at the Little America Hotel hosted by the University of Utah Alumni Association with fellow members of the Student Alumni Board.
(My awesome SAB adviser John)

(MacLane just checkin' out the scene)

(Brayden, our fearless leader, just taking a selfie on my phone)

On Friday the 21st, I went to Crimson Nights with my good friend Tiffany and we basically ate free food all night :)

On Saturday the 22nd, I went out to breakfast at Kneaders with some friends, then went to the Utah Gymnastics meet (and won $10) to witness another Utah victory, then came home and partied it up with friends!

(Muffin just takin' some pics with the sleepy heads)

It was basically just an all-around good week!

Here is some T-Swift for your enjoyment, as well as for being my theme song for the next year :)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I've Caught the VISION

At the University of Utah, we are in the midst of ASUU General Elections. Which to some students means not being able to walk through library plaza without being bombarded by members of each party and them encouraging you to vote (specifically for their party). 

To other students, it means stepping up. It means getting involved in your college experience. It means making your voice heard. 
I am one of those students.

I used to be one of the first kinds of students, where I would change my route around campus to avoid the chaos. Until last year, when I was part of the LDSSA core group for the PEAK Party. I got involved with the elections process, even though I wasn't running for a position. I rather enjoyed it, even though my party's "head 3" didn't win. 

This year, I decided that I should get even more involved. So I am. 

I am running with the Vision Party as the Assembly representative for the College of Nursing.

I am really excited about what this party stands for and for the visions that they have for the university next year.

Here is a link to the Vision Party's Campaign video!

Believe it when U see it! 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

June 12th, 2014

In October 2013, my sister and brother-in-law told us that they were pregnant! The baby is due on June 12th, 2014!

We then decided that we weren't going to tell my brother, who is on a mission in New York, until we were able to talk to him on Christmas Day. 

My sister sent him a package for Christmas and told him not to open it until we were able to Skype. You can see the video of his reaction here

In January, the ultrasound was done to be able to find out the gender of the baby! 
And I am going to be getting a beautiful....


I am so so excited! So, I obviously had to go and get the Little Miss some Utah onesies!!

Adorable right?? I am so excited for this little girl to come into the world and be raised in an amazing family! 
Congrats Em and Jess!! :)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Real People...What??

Tomorrow I embark on the next step of this crazy journey I call my life. That next step is nursing school clinicals. With real people. In a hospital. That I have to take care of. 

I'm terrified. 

I have a lot of people around me that are in nursing school a semester ahead of me, have been through nursing school, and current nurses that have told me that I will love it and that it really is no big deal. I am sure at some point I will have those same feelings, but right now, the day before my first day, I am scared out of my mind. 

*what if someone codes* 
*what if I hurt someone* 
*what if I can't put in an IV on a real person* 
*what if I have an emotional breakdown in the middle of shift*

These are just some of the thoughts that have been running through my head for the past couple of days. 

But tomorrow is gonna come. No matter how bad I don't want it to. 

And I'm gonna make it through.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Blog World, It's Been A While

My last post was in November. 
My last post about what is going on in my life was at the beginning of October. 
Then life just got in the way and blogging was near the bottom of my priority list. 

Here we are now, in January 2014, on my last day of Winter break and I realized that I should probably update this thing before my life gets crazy busy again. 

So, here are some October highlights: 

The Utes beat #3 ranked Stanford and we rushed the field!

Blackout Game with Dane and Muffin!

Mom surprised me with a Disneyland Trip for Fall Break!

Went to see Imagine Dragons at Weber State with Ty!

Now, onto November:
First Utah Basketball Game of the 2013-2014 season with Muffin

My amazing Grandma Love passed on to start her next adventure in Heaven

Drove to and from Eugene, Oregon in less than 42 hours for the Utah vs. Oregon Football Game with an amazing crew!
 Collected a lot of food and Money for the University of Utah Food Drive
The Final Football Game of the 2013 Season against Colorado
*Rumble in the Rockies*

Time for December:

Went and saw "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug" with my Pops at the midnight showing

My best friend Kara had her adorable baby boy, Jaymison!

Witnessed the Runnin Utes take down the Cougars in their Men's Bball Matchup

Talked to my brother, Elder Fotheringham, over Facetime on Christmas and announced to him that my sister is pregnant!

Went downtown and saw the lights with my great friend Elise and met some great new friends

These last couple of months have been great and full of school and various Utes related activities! The new semester starts tomorrow, meaning that my life is about to get busy again, filled with more school and even more Utes experiences! Hopefully I can stay more updated on this thing throughout this next semester!

Happy start of a new year!
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