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    As you can probably tell from my username, I am a nursing student. All of my mother's friends now feel the need to tell me their medical problems through my mother so that I can learn about their conditions. (It is beneficial because I can usually figure out what they are describing and then research about the medical diagnosis and treatments. It is of academic interest only to me, I know not to share my findings with the patients.)
    This time, however, I am stumped. The condition is described as a small hole in the bladder that allows air into the urine stream, causing the passage of bursts of air when the patient urinates, like flatus in the urine. Do you have any idea of what this condition is and what the proper term is? I would be interested in knowing the mechanism of the condition, but can do the research if I can just get the proper terminology.
    Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

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    I am scheduled to observe surgeries as part of my clinical experience. Last time, in the OR, I had difficulty keeping my glasses from fogging up because of the mask. Does anyone have suggestions on how to keep my glasses from fogging so I can actually see the procedure?! Thanks!

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    I agree that butterflies work great on little ones. If I want to collect a small volume, I'll use a syringe and then divide the volume among the needed tubes. Just be careful that you do not pull too hard on the syringe or you can hemolyse the specimen and cause erroneous results in blood chemistries.
    Another option, depending on the size of the child and the vein, is to use the butterfly with a leur adaptor so you can attach it directly to vacutainer system. There are small volume (2 or 3 ml draw) tubes that can be used.
    One tip for pediatric patients: If you have a choice for time of draw, (Example: a transplant child for routine followup), do the draw at night. I have a neice who had a liver transplant at age 6 months. Her med levels have to be drawn just before the next dose. We draw them at night, before her evening dose of meds. The draws go so much easier! (If you think about it, it makes sense. When she gets up in the morning, she is probably a little dehydrated because she has not had anything to drink all night. On blood draw days, we encourage her to drink, leaving her veins nice and plump for the draw.) It really does make a difference!!

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    I would agree that it is possible to complete your BSN on a part-time basis. I am currently doing so.

    It is extremely important to remember to set your priorities. On a day-to-day basis, school and studying must be given a high priority, even though it is only part of what you are doing. There are times, however, when school will have to take a back seat to other parts of your life. I took a semester off of school to help with family medical crises. I would not have it any other way.

    Another thing to consider, if you are willing to go part-time, is finding a full-time position at a nearby hospital, working as a CNA or even in the cafeteria. Often they will reimburse a portion of your education. I am taking advantage of this, working full time and getting $1800/year towards my classes which are charged at a reduced rate because I am attending a college affiliated with my hospital. (I pay basically only my fees and books.)

    Good luck. It is possible, if you put your mind to it!

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    I have 2 standard poodles. (Amazing dogs!! Wonderful personalities.) While on some days I can look a lot like them, when I just let my hair go wild in its naturally curly way, the strange coincidence is with our medical conditions. I have had stomach problems since an infant, pyeloric stenosis at 1 month and now gastroparesis/GERD. I take metaclopramide (Regulin) for the gastroparesis. My female poodle, Mia, has had quite the problems with her gastrointestinal system, with stomach torsion, splenic torsion and intestinal entrapment surgeries in the past 2 years! As a result, Mia takes metaclopramide (Regulin) 3 times a day!! Like mother, like dogger, I guess!!:roll