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    01-09-2012, 11:40 PM
Pediatric Oncology. Oh my goodness, I would never be able to do it. I'd probably cry like a baby every single day I got home from work. My heart would just break for those babies.

I already feel guilty and bad because I can't donate blood to those that need it. I have a heredity blood disorder called Factor 5 Lieden, a blood clotting disorder. When transfusing blood, the patient is more likely to clot anyhow, they don't need my already clotty blood on-top of the transfusion! I hated when my friends would do a blood drive and I couldn't participate in that way.

I found out I had it when I was 19, knowledge is power. My grandfather had it along with another blood disorder, polycythemia(sp?).

I fortunately have never had any issues or symptoms. But I can't take estrogen and if we travel for long distances, we have to stop every 3 hours or so to let me walk around and get my blood flowing.

Anyways. I just went ahead and rented the English version of my textbook. Hopefully I'll get it soon since we have a quiz on the 18th. Blah. We have 3 days of lecture and one of them was today where we spent maybe 20 minutes talking about the actual material. Next Monday, we don't have class.

We also have to write a paper on a influential person in medicine. Anyone have any ideas? My mom suggested Florence Nightingale. But I don't want to pick a person that everyone else does. Someone random would be good. :)
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    01-10-2012, 12:02 AM
That is so crazy!! I grew up with a platelet disorder that kept my blood from clotting... it's called ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura). I got diagnosed as a child and then relapsed my Sophmore year of High School. That is when I spent 9 days in the hospital, 2 spinal taps, 1 bone marrow biopsy and I lost track of all the other bloodwork they did! THAT was what made me want to be a Pedicatric Nurse! I had the most amazing nurse in the world... one night she sat in my room and cried with me and my mom because we were so frustrated with all the testing and nothing was helping! Finally, they got my platelets up and they have been normal ever since!

Florence Nightengale is VERY influential, but I agree with you... I am sure a lot of people will use her! Look up Clara Barton... she was the first nurse to take volunteers and set up tents basically on the battlefield. She then went on to take Universal care and establish the Red Cross. That would be really interesting to write about!

Lilian Wald and Mary Brewster provided care for poor immigrants in NY and started public health nursing in the US.

We had to know a little about them the first couple weeks of the first quarter for our first test!

GOOD LUCK! Let me know if I can help any more!
    01-10-2012, 01:03 AM
Clara Barton is the type of person I was looking to write about! Awesome. Paper isnt due until march but ill get a headstart anyways.

How ironic for both of us to have blood disorders. And opposite ones at that. Glad your doing well now. And what a great reason to become a nurse...
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    01-10-2012, 01:18 AM
Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
Clara Barton is the type of person I was looking to write about! Awesome. Paper isnt due until march but ill get a headstart anyways.

How ironic for both of us to have blood disorders. And opposite ones at that. Glad your doing well now. And what a great reason to become a nurse...
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Oh good!! The little bit I have read about her was very interesting so I am sure you can write a good paper off of her! And you have PLENTY of time... unless you are a major procrastinator (Like me!). I am suppose to be doing homework and studying... instead I am watching the bachelor!

Totally ironic about the blood disorders!!

When is the deadline to apply for your nursing program? Do they start every fall or one class in fall and another in winter? Applications for my program are due March 1 and I have a few friends applying this spring, it's such a stressful process since we can only start in the fall here.

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