Mental healthcare


Hi friends! Before the weekend I wanted to share an important post with you all. I don’t get too personal on the blog very often so this is one of those rare occasions when I will. 

I have a brother who is younger than me. We currently live 15 minutes from each other. He is happily married to an amazing lady whom I love with all my heart. She has made him the happiest I’ve ever seen him. Together, they are amazing. Before he met his wife, my brother had been through the marines, fought in the Iraq war, and has dealt with more mental health issues than I care to admit–and none of those issues are his fault. I mean, I’m not sure if you can blame mental health on any one or thing, but there are obviously times when people and situations can make it worse or better. He has started a blog to talk about his mental health and how it has evolved from childhood, to the marines, and after. I am certain that there are many people out there who can relate to his experience either personally or by someone they know. 

I’m so proud to be his sister. Our relationship is far from perfect but we love each other and I am so grateful that, despite all the shit he’s been through, he’s still here with us sharing his story, living his life as a husband and being an awesome uncle to my kids. Please follow the link below and check it out. Give him a follow, like, comment and share. 

Thanks. 

The Mental Marine

catch up and links

It’s been awhile! You’d think that it being summertime and all that I’d have more time to write that but that is not the case. I have transferred schools from a community college to a Christian University for nursing school. I have been taking their require prerec classes this summer online. I must say I LOVE when my classes are only 5 weeks long! It goes by so fast! I am also really happy with the transfer so far. In August I will begin Human Genetics and that should be fun.

In other news, my mom is totally done with cancer treatment! She finished her 6 weeks of radiation in mid July. Overall, she’s doing pretty well. She does still get tired easily but has a great attitude all the time. She’s my hero!

The kids have been super busy this summer with making friends with all the neighbor kids, playing in the pool, and generally having fun. We have been going to the rec center as they have a nice indoor pool. I’ve been trying to work out more.

We got back a week ago from an amazing trip to the mountains. It was so beautiful and a much need break from work and school life.

Below are some links I’d like to share that I’ve read over the summer. Enjoy!

Fukuoka Birth Center– super interesting read that a commenter shared about how different birthing practices are in comparison with America.

Colorado’s Push Against Teenage Pregnancies is a Startling Success– Awesome article and as a Coloradoan, I’m proud of our state for taking this on.

Calm and Beautiful Pictures of a Home Birthbeautiful photos! And holy cow that cord is thick!

That’s all for now! Have a great week.

new year, now what?

I have to admit that I am not all puppies and rainbows about a new year right now. I feel like the last few months have been so taxing that I haven’t even had time to think about all the great things I know that 2015 will bring me. This month, even while off school for a few more weeks, will be busy. I am preparing to take the HESI A2 entrance exam. I am hoping to take that in a week or so. It’s a big deal because if you don’t get 75 or better you can only take it once a year and that means no nursing school. I am sure that won’t happen. I am doing the practice tests and have a study guide. I have strong and weak areas to work on.

I am also getting everything else together that I need to apply for nursing school. This includes transcripts, background check, and more. I have nothing but positive happy nervous energy surrounding this.

Last week I had my first mammogram. I am to have a mammo every year now, followed by an MRI 6 months after the mammo. This means I will now be screened every 6 months for breast cancer for the rest of my life. This is well worth it to hopefully prevent and/or catch anything that may appear super early. I have a small, pebble-sized lump that is being ultra-sounded next week. It is not concerning. I have had fibroadenomas (benign lump) before. Then again, so had my mom. We have fibrous breasts. Screening is critical. I did do the BRCA 1 and 2 screening and it came back negative. However, my lifetime risk is 25.4% of getting breast cancer, hence the screenings. This is the first time in my life I have ever been considered high risk for anything. What a trip.

And lastly, as per tradition, I ought to list a few goals I am happily looking forward to this year:

  • Getting into nursing school
  • Taking a human sexuality class- I never have and am sure it will be fun and interesting
  • Seeing my son start kindergarten
  • Get some home improvement projects done like painting and new fixtures (HA! In my dreams!!)
  • Pay off all medical debt
  • Pay off all cc debt
  • Take a family vacation
  • Read something (anything!) for fun
  • unplug more from social media and TV
  • Start a weekly family game night
  • See my mom complete treatment and be cancer free (really, the ONLY thing I could hope for)
  • START nursing school

See? Not too much to ask for. I will say that while goals are great, I have learned over the last few months that sometimes it is better to just take each day one at a time. I love looking forward to things, but sometimes life needs us to slow down and if I have learned anything from my mom having breast cancer and my best friend dying, it’s to slow down and love and enjoy the day we have right now, right this second. Happy New Years everyone.

currently on a thursday

I see most people are starting school this week and I cannot wait to get going again, BUT I have been SO insanely anxious for this semester to start and I really am not sure why it’s worse this time than any other semester. I am taking anatomy and physiology and cultural anthropology. Both these classes apply to my field and I think I am just so worried about not doing well in A&P. I honestly am terrified of failing, which is silly because I know I won’t! Anyway, I start the day after labor day. Both classes are online. I LOVE the online environment. It works with my home and work life perfectly.

How much did you love Clark’s birth story? Wasn’t it just beautiful?! Another birth story will be going up on Monday so check back for that.

After today, I have a four day weekend with my babies and I cannot wait! I’m hoping the weather is perfect and warm so we can hit the beach at the lake and maybe the splash pad down the street.

Have a beautiful day!

dirty thirty

On Monday, I turned thirty. I’m no longer in my 20s! Weird. I’m actually quite happy about this decade. There are so many things to look forward to that I can’t help but embrace what most seem to say is the BEST decade they experience.  For example, before I turn forty, I will be catching babies. That, is like, WOAH amazing!! Ten years goes by so fast and that also means I will have a high schooler in the house. Anyway, I had an amazing day just hanging out with my family. Logan took me on a movie date and we saw Planes 2. It was wonderful. That evening we had a BBQ with family and I had a few drinks. I could not have asked for a better day. I am more than spoiled by the people in my life. I love them so much!

There were a few things I wanted to do before I turned thirty and I made those things happen!

I wanted to get my first tattoo, and I did about a month ago. It’s on the left side of my ribs.

I also wanted to see my first vaginal birth and I made that happen–more than once! Birth is just incredible. Don’t worry, no photo for that one. 😉

I also wanted to be working in a nursing position as a CNA. Twenty-nine was a good year. I am thankful for all the life changes and challenges. They seem to only make me stronger and more faithful in what this life is all about. I am grateful for my amazing family for being so supportive and loving as I venture into my dream job.

So thirty is going to be awesome. A little dirty, a little fun, a little hard, a lot incredible.

full of win

It’s been an INSANE few weeks, hense my lack of posts recently. Since I switched from working nights to days, I have been more busy with family on my days off and when I’m working I barley have a moment to drink my coffee hot, let alone type out a post (which I was able to do at night). Anyway, I am sporting a brace on my left wrist/thumb for a few weeks thanks to tendonitis in my thumb. Why/how you ask? From lifting my children, of course! No seriously…this pain had been coming and going for a long time. Nothing worth really worrying about until it became constant and then BAD. Like, WTF is wrong with my hand bad. So now I’m supposed to “rest” my thumb for 2-4 weeks to help the tendons heal. This is impossible without the brace and with it, I am so annoyed by it and I can’t even get gloves on over it without looking like a fool! Hopefully not much longer….

I’m loving that I have taken the summer off from school. Last summer, I had a baby the end of May so I had the whole summer off of school AND work. Pretty choice if you ask me. This summer has been packed full of sunny days to the splash park, working, late thunderstorms, and a butt load of sunblock. Seriously, we are almost out of all three of the bottles I bought back in May. But I can safely say that we have only all had one minor burn each (minus the baby, thankfully!).

Wanna really know what I’m up to all the time? Follow me on instagram. @midwife101

And just for fun, the internet has been so full of win lately, so here are my favorite links I’ve been loving.

This America’s Got Talent audition. You guys, I did NOT see that one coming and both B and I were in tears from laughing so hard!

All you fans of birth will love this video. It’s incredible. Dad is racing to the hospital with a GoPro on his head as his wife labors and delivers…where? Watch to find out!

This post about what happens after you have a baby. If anyone is truly wondering what my job entails, read #10. That is me, squating in front of you! 😉 I love it. I love taking care of women in such a precious, delicate time in their life!!

Do you like the Sam Smith song Stay With Me? Well, my buddy from college, Tyler Ward, is kind of a big deal on youtube and this is his cover of the song. Beautiful!

And lastly, because it’s Thursday, here is a throwback post about what defines a term baby.

Have a great day!