NYU College of Nursing Pinning Ceremony

December 15th, 2010 1 comment

After wrapping up my final exams last week, I am finally finished with school. We had our pinning ceremony yesterday and it has set in that I am actually done. It was a rough 15 months, but I am glad I chose NYU. I also made a number of great friends in the process.

The next step is taking the NCLEX exam which is the licensure examination that all registered nurses must pass before they can work. Since we don’t officially graduate until January 24th, I won’t be able to take the NCLEX until sometime in February. It works out well for me, since I’m going to be recovering from my total hip replacement until then anyway.

NYU College of Nursing Graduation

Categories: Life, Photos Tags: ,

One month from my total hip replacement

December 4th, 2010 2 comments

Thought of some questions I didn’t get a chance to ask my new surgeon when I met with him back in October. His office manager said I could email her the questions, and she would get them answered. In just a couple days, I had my answers:

1) I would prefer general to regional anesthesia, is this an option?
Not recommended, but you can discuss this with the anesthesiologist the morning of surgery.

2) If I’m going to need blood, I’d like it to be my own, should I do an autologous blood donation?
An autologous blood donation is not required.

3) How many days do you think I will be in the hospital?
Plan on being in the hospital for 3 days.

4) How soon after a THR am I allowed to do stairs?
Probably about 2-3 days.

5) With an optimal recovery, when do you think I’ll be cleared to work as an RN?
You will probably return to work in 4-6 weeks for regular duty, or 3 weeks for desk duty.

6) How long before I can travel by airplane?
About 4-6 weeks before you can travel by plane.

7) What replacement materials do you plan to use for my new hip?
We will be using uncemented titanium for your total hip replacement.

8) You will be able to correct the 1″ different in leg lengths, right?
We will try to correct the leg length discrepancy.

I was pretty happy with the answers. The plan is now to stay at my parent’s house in NJ for a few days after I’m discharged, since I live on the third floor of a NYC walk-up. Waiting 4-6 weeks to work is fine, since I have to wait that long to take the licensing exam anyway.

I should have expected that they couldn’t promise they’d fix my 1″ leg length discrepancy. I’m certainly keeping my fingers crossed about it though. I don’t want to have a limp the rest of my life!

Latest hip x-ray

November 20th, 2010 2 comments
Categories: Medical, Photos Tags: , ,

One month until graduation

November 14th, 2010 No comments

NYC skyline

In one month from today I will be celebrating the completion of my second Bachelor’s degree with my family and friends. Because our class is graduating in December, we have a Valedictory Breakfast/Pinning ceremony in lieu of a graduation ceremony. We have the option to return in May 2011 to walk in both the nursing graduation and the NYU graduation at Yankee Stadium, both of which I plan on attending.

Categories: Life Tags: , , ,

Pre-surgical screening, clearance, & workshop

November 5th, 2010 No comments

Received a letter from my surgeon with the details of my three pre-surgery appointments, all of which happen on December 28th. I have laboratory tests, x-rays, and an EKG at 9AM, a total joint workshop at 11AM, and a physical examination at 2PM. I also need to bring a letter from my dentist stating that my mouth and gums are free from active infections. I can’t believe my surgery is only two months away!