January 3, 2010 at 1:26 pm (Fall 2009, knee surgery, Life, School, Spring 2010, Winter Break) (, , , , , , , )

Yeah…… so life got really busy……..

Last semester A, A, extension, extension

This semester I am finishing my internship (the two extensions from last semester), Firearms, Modern Disasters, CPR for Health Care Providers, Forensic Pathology: Advanced Death Investigations, and Advanced Photoshop.  Sounds like a fun semester to me.

My knee surgery is scheduled for Jan 29, at something crazy like 6am……..

Christmas was good, New Years was good, I will be writing more soon….

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December 9, 2009 at 4:27 pm (Fall 2009, Issues, Life, School) (, , , )

Women in Law Enforcement – A

Internship – Extended until February

EIS (my not very happy class) – yikes…. I have to get my “self evaluation” in tomorrow, and there was one assignment I never got around to because it was pointless (seriously… they need a writing sample when I transfered in College Comp 1 and 2  – both with A’s….), and the teacher just doesn’t like me…..

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Yep, I’m Still Here

November 20, 2009 at 8:25 pm (Fall 2009, Fun Stuff, Issues, Life, School) (, , , , , , )

I don’t know why, but I have had the hardest time writing on my blog recently.  My life really can’t be that boring…

Ok, keys.  Last week, I went through no fewer than 3 sets of keys in the course of the week.  I locked my keys in the car… It took my 20 minutes to find the spare… I forgot about a set of keys in my jacket pocket… I left a set of keys in my weekly packing… I have since found all my keys and always have access to three copies.

Cabbage.  I want to know whose stupid idea it was to put cabbage on sandwiches.  Nasty!

In super exciting news, Griffin (Phoenix’s half brother) was born this past weekend.  He is super cute and friendly.  Pictures of both boys here.

Let’s see… what else.

In about 2 weeks I’m going to see the TransSiberian Orchestra (it’s a rock orchestra that does a christmas tour every year).  Here is their 2009 Promo:

It’s a lot of fun!!!!

My internship is wonderful! I really can’t say more about it, but I’m working with a great group of people on some really neat things and I’m greatly saddened by the fact that it is already half over.

I’m still backlogged with school.  Six things I absolutely must do this week (write a paper, turn in a paper, register for classes x2 schools, get an extension form signed, write contracts for 2 classes).  Everything else can wait a little bit.

In my study of German, I am now learning country and language names, which are actually kinda neat, because they are really similar to English, but just different enough that they sound really neat.  For example Ich bin Amerikanerin.  Ich spreche Englisch. However, my spelling still stinks.

I really can’t think of anything else to write right now…. I’ll try to write more often!

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October 10, 2009 at 6:20 pm (Law Enforcement, Life) (, , )

The next 2 or 3 years are so dependent on such precise timing, it’s really stressing my out, and there is nothing I can do about it.

A and B have to happen before C.  D has to happen after C but before E.  However, C doesn’t happen on a regular basis.  C will happen this winter/spring; I need it to happen again in August, but I really don’t want it to be later than September.


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One of those days…

August 15, 2009 at 8:57 am (Life, School, Summer 2009) (, , , )

Today is one of those days where everything starts off great. Then gets steadily worse. And, its not even 9am yet……………………………………

Maybe tomorrow will be better……..

Though I am working on a cake today that should be fun.  Writing an essay and cleaning my room – not so fun.

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Articular Cartilage

July 7, 2009 at 9:26 pm (Life) (, , )

So, my appointment with the Orthopedic Surgeon isn’t for another 9 days.  But in the meantime, I’ve been reading up on the four ways to repair the articular cartilage.  A lot of it will depend on the size of the legion (the MRI pictures are sitting right here, but unfortunately I’m no radiologist so to me they are nothing more than interesting pictures taunting me with information I can’t access until next week), but any way these are the options.

Arthroscopic Lavage and Debridement

This procedure is arthroscopic (did you guess that?), so the recovery time is only a couple weeks (about 2 weeks until full weight bearing, 8 weeks total recovery).  It is used for defects less than 1 cm.  Basically, they go in and trim and clean out the damaged area.  It is essentially the procedure I’ve had twice already.  And double blind studies have shown no difference between this and a placebo.  Additionally, there is some evident that it speeds the cartilage degeneration, and thus arthritis, that is often seen in aging.

Marrow Stimulation / Microfracture

This procedure is used for defects up to 2 cm.  It can also be and arthroscopic procedure, but recovery is a bit longer; 6-8 weeks of no weight bearing, and 6 months rehab).  The damage portion of the cartilage is removed and than the bone is drilled into 2-4mm.  Not liking this, the bone develops a blood clot which slowly turns into fibrocartilage that fills in the area of missing cartilage.  The fibrocartilage typically wears away in 1-2 years; for this reason this procedure is typically seen as an intermediate step.

Osteochondral Autografts and Allografts

This procedure is done via arthrotomy.  Again, 6-8 weeks non-weight bearing, 7 months rehab.  In the Autograft, a portion of the non-weight bearing cartilage is cut away and used to patch the damaged area.  Because of the way the cartilage is harvested, this procedure is effective for defects less than 4 cm.  However because the cartilage is taken from within the joint, donor site morbidity (and new problems may occur).  The Allograft is basically  the same except the cartilage is taken from a cadaver donor.  And that is just nasty.  Plus, it brings the added risks of transplants and apparently cartilage donors can be hard to find.

Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation

This is a two part procedure.  So, in the first part, a small sample of cartilage is taken from a non-weight bearing portion of the femur (this part is arthroscopic).  These cells are then cloned in a lab, a process which takes about 6 weeks.  The second procedure (arthrotomy this time) takes these cells and implants them in the damaged area.  Recovery involves 6-8 weeks non weight bearing, and 7-24 months of rehab.

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March 30, 2009 at 7:19 am (Fun Stuff, Issues, Life, School) (, , , , , )

It is midnight-twenty. I usually don’t go to bed this early, but I was bored and didn’t have anything to do tonight. So here I am lying in bed, still bored and now unable to sleep. It doesn’t help that it is crazy windy out (apparently gusting up to 60mph)!!!

Let’s see…

  • I got the cell signal booster. It seems to work ok. The signal certainly isn’t perfect and it degrades pretty quickly outside my room, but at least it works. This will be really nice, so that we all aren’t trying to share one line, and now I can always be reached at the same number.
  • I had a paper due in one of my classes this week, but none of the students got the instructions (it’s an online class and the assignment was never posted). So, we are all just waiting for that… Also, I have 101.22% in this class (yay me) so I’m not too worried.
  • Japanese cherry blossom is my new favorite lotion scent from Bath and Body Works. (by the way, if you pay attention, you can get some super good deals there; you just have to time your purchases and be willing to stock up when they have the really good deals)
  • The iPod Touch is really the best modern invention (this post was written on my iPod…) though I do wish I had one with a bit more memory.
  • My birthday is tomorrow. I’ll be 20. (note to self: up date the about me portion of this blog) I don’t really have anything special planned, which is a little disappointing. But oh well. Maybe I’ll make a cake.
  • My dog takes up way more than half my bed. But she refuses to be next to the wall.
  • At the end of April, I’ll be visiting family in Minnesota. I’m looking forward to this trip, but I also feel a little bad for asking my parents to pay for such a random trip.
  • I have to write two essays in the morning. I’ve been putting this off for months now and they’re due April 1, so I guess there’s no more putting it off… I also have to have my fingerprints taken for an internship I’ve applied for.

I’m still not all that tired, but I can’t think of anything else to write about and my iPod needs to be recharged…

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Gahhh I Hate School

February 19, 2009 at 1:24 am (Life, School) (, , )

Ok maybe not school, but the classes, the people in the classes, and more often it seems, everything else.

There is one person on particular (who I wrote about last semester) who is just so annoying. He has this obnoxious habit of thinking I like to chat before class – like it’s really his business if I think I passed last weeks test (which I did). There are just some people who should go sit in a dark closet and never come out.

I guess my classes are ok. But none of then are really that interesting or fun… Four weeks down, eight to go…

As for the rest of life. Nothing is fun. I never seem to see my family, and when I do everyone is busy or stressed or has something else they need to be doing. I never see my boyfriend, ’cause his new job has him working 2 nights and 5 days a week most weeks. Starting college has pretty much ruined my friendships with my three closest friends.

I think I am so in need of a vacation. New Zealand is still very high on my list. I also think it would be fun to take a trip to some place tropical. And of course, I wouldn’t say no to going back to Alaska. Besides, I just found out that Royal Caribbean cruise line has ice rinks on all their ships! Can you imagine snorkeling with sea turtles all day and then doing ice skating on a gently rocking ship? Sounds wonderful to me. Spring break is in four weeks, maybe I should go somewhere then…

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A hard semester

February 18, 2009 at 2:50 am (Issues, Life, School, Spring 2009) (, , , , )

So far, this semester has been really hard.  Not that the content of any of my classes is all that challenging, in fact most of it is quite dull, and I already know the material.  On top of that, life just seems to be really stressful recently.  Since I decided to just finish my BA, I’ve been more focused on what that will look like rather than the classes I am currently taking.  I also just don’t like the people in my classes.  Not living in the dorms means that I really don’t ever see any of them (which is fine with me), but I also tend not to approach people all that often.  But, most of the time that works for me.  Anyway, tomorrow, I’m tutoring another student in Photoshop… So we’ll see how that goes…

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August 24, 2008 at 5:56 am (Life, School) (, , , )

(cross posted from my other blog cause its school related)

I think I mentioned before that all through high school I was trying to set up my own exchange.  Well, today seeing all the other students (at orientation) I was thinking about this again.  I hated high school, and I always wished that I could have been at a higher quality, private school (the uniforms weren’t too bad either).

The plan was for me to do a school exchange (at a residential school rather than a host family) on the South Island of New Zealand.  The two schools I was looking at were Nelson College for Girls andMarlborough Girls’ College.

Both schools are set up for International students to attend, and (I think) would have been a wonderful experience.  If there is anything I could change about my life it would be spending my junior year at one of these schools.

Preparatory School Students at Nelson College for Girls.

I guess that is one experience I can never have.  Though it still is very much in my plans to spend some time in New Zealand.

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