Monday, September 23, 2013

Experiment: Sanatize Medical Equipment

Here is an experiment I just tried last week.  It's one way you can sterilize medical equipment.  Basically you wrap your tools up in the special blue paper and then use the tape to secure it.  Put it in the oven and when the temperature has reached the point where the items are sterilized-- the tap changes color.  You can easily see this in the second picture where the tape that originally looked like plain masking tape now has gray lines across it.  When the experiment was over, my mother had four sterilized forks. :)


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

This Week~~

Check off List
I love check off lists...  they are great way to stay motivated and see progress!

Midwifery Module 2
This week I've been experimenting with how long it takes to read a chapter- therefore how long will it take to read a book/how long should I spend in reading each day.  So far with the really long chapters it seems to take 30 min to read half a chapter.

I've also found timing myself to be an excellent way to set a goal.  I start the timer and then put it in an area that I can't see while reading (I don't like feeling like I'm being timed to read!) then I read until the time I've chosen is up.  Of course, though, whenever I decided to try timing some sibling comes in the room or else I just have to ignore sound around me at the kitchen table, but it works!  And I'd rather live with the noise then to be without my family. :)


Monday, September 9, 2013

Common Abbreviations to Remember ~ Part 4

A refresher about abbreviations from Part 1:

Writing abbreviations like IU (International Unit) can easily be mistaken for IV (intravenous) or MD which means "doctor of medicine"could also mean "medical department" or "maximum dose".  So today we don't use certain abbreviations since they could be easily be misread or mean something different and this could put someone's life in danger.

Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

ACS  American Cancer Society 

CDC  Centers for Disease Control

FEMA  Federal Emergency Management Agency

HPF  high-power field

HPV  human papillomavirus

IED  improvised explosive device

LPF  lower-power field

MRSA  methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

staph  staphylococci

STD  sexually transmitted disease

strep  streptococci

WMD  weapons of mass destruction

These are from Chapter 3 of "Building a Medical Vocabulary". 
Disclaimer: This chapter was on Diseases and Disorders- therefore it is is necessary to note, that some of the above terms are what I would define as caused by sin and some of the disorders covered in the book, I would not agree with.  As always we compare these things with God's Word.  Including Diseases and Disorders. :)

Stay tuned for Part 4!


Friday, September 6, 2013

Hello September,

Do the months seem to fly by incredibly fast to you?  They sure do for me!

Hello September!  September has already brought me one midwifery meeting online (we do meetings via Google Hangouts) and another envelope of modules went to MIA once again.

This September, I am planning to work on Scripture Studies, finish reading the Sears' book (Module 2 for the Midwifery Modules), start another Module of Nutrition, and tackle Module 2 of Anatomy and Physiology. :)  I also will have another online meeting in two weeks, a coach call in one week, a director call shortly, (whew!)  and start practicing basic skills.....  maybe I'll practice on you. ;-)

How's that for the beginning  of September post?  Oh yes, that August post....  it's still forth coming...  I hope to post it before October. :)