1// I finished the first week of my psych rotation this week and I have to say, I’m enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. Psychology was my first major in college. I have always found it interesting, I just didn’t think I would like it as a PA. I assumed it would be just writing a bunch of meds and that’s it. While it does deal mostly with medication management, there is so much more that goes into it. “Brains are like snowflakes” as my preceptor would say. Each person handles medications differently, so it’s like a puzzle finding what works for each individual person. I’m getting a good mix of inpatient and outpatient care as well as adults and children. I am also getting to deal with people with addiction. It’s a good learning experience to have the full spectrum of ages and settings.
2// Husband is finally getting to spend some time in Tampa with me for longer than a weekend (YAAAYYY)!! He will be on his way tomorrow. I can’t wait to have him actually be home for a while rather than coming and going so fast.
3// Hurricane Matthew is almost done with Florida (for now at least). Coming from New Orleans, we were taught to take hurricanes seriously. Floridians seem to be much more lackadaisical about the whole process. But I am very glad Matthew seemed to stay mostly off the coast. If it would have directed itself more west, it would have been truly devastating for much of Florida. I am praying for those who have been affected and those who will be. And let’s just all pray that this thing doesn’t decide to loop back around for a second punch.
4// Fall is in full swing! For some of you anyway (I’m giving you the stank eye). I need to admit that I am quite jealous of those of you who are appropriately wearing sweaters right now. Appropriate as in its actually under 75 degrees. Here in Florida it is still in the 90s (although the hurricane has brought a nice breeze and some cooler temps). But hey, when y’all are shoveling snow to get to your car in January, I’ll just be over here nice and cozy in my 60 degrees.
5// I received my new iPhone 7 plus! Previously I was using the smaller version. I thought the plus would be too big but I actually love it. And the camera is AWESOME so that’s a plus. I had the most beautiful blingy rose gold phone case at first, but it was a little heavy. Also, if you’re working in the medical field, it’s important that you have a case you can easily wipe down after work. I went with this one instead. Less pretty, but more work practical.
Medical Fact// One of the most prescribed drugs this week for us was Zyprexa (olanzapine). It is a second generation atypical antipsychotic used mainly for psychotic symptoms of bipolar and schizophrenic patients. It is also used for aiding in streamlining thought processes, and decreasing anger and aggression. We prescribed it often for children with symptoms of psychosis and who have oppositional defiant disorder to help with anger and aggression. It is not only given to schizophrenic or bipolar patients, so don’t assume that’s a patient’s diagnosis if they are on it.
Have an awesome weekend, yall!. And please wear all the scarves and sweaters and boots for me!