I must say, showing up to work on a Wednesday for the first time that week is GLORIOUS! It would be great if I could work Wednesday-Friday (but still be paid for Monday-Friday).
I drove straight to cardiac rehab where I found only 1 patient scheduled. I figured I’d take a look at the outpatient schedule for the main office. I saw I only had a handful of patients. I sent out an email to the inpatient dietitians letting them know that I’ll take an inpatient education off their hands or even another task. I did throw in there that tasks such as cleaning their car out will be denied, however.
After my one cardiac rehab patient, I drove over to the main office, found an inpatient education consult and my desk, and began eating my weight in cuties.
I then was asked if I could see another outpatient rather than doing the inpatient education. We swapped patients and then I was later given back the inpatient education. I ended up seeing 3 diabetes patients and 1 “RD only” patient for various things. I squeezed in the inpatient education before lunch. I’ve learned to get over to the hospital sooner rather than later because otherwise they’re always going down for tests by the time I arrive. After I finished up that education, I squirted hand sanitizer into the palm of my hand and began to rub. My eyes grew huge and a wimper was stuck in my throat. My hands were burning. My hands get so dry in the winter which makes hand sanitizer a form of cruel punishment. I prayed for the hand sanitizer to dry quickly and rubbed lotion all over my hands once I was back at my desk.
I finished charting and entering productivity right at 5 pm! If only I could time that on a regular basis! Once I got home I turned the crock pot to “keep warm” and began cleaning. I did the type of cleaning that no one would even notice. I hate that! I waited for the boyfriend to get off work so we could eat together. In the mean time I sent him a fun picture.
He disapproved of such actions. No fun!
I finally ate dinner which was a bit of a disappointment. The crock pot setting lied. “Keep warm” really means “Continue cooking.” By the time that I ladled out ELR’s crock pot lentil sweet potato soup, it was ready to be on a soft diet at the hospital.
So disappointing! I made open-faced grilled cheese with mozzarella, basil, olive oil, pepper, and onion powder. I may never make another “traditional” two slices of grilled cheese ever again. These are so simple and low maintenance!
I will be making that soup again and turning it off when the time comes!
After dinner we had a few chocolates from Chocolat by Daniel. I gave away a few boxes of chocolate for Christmas but had to make a box for myself!
I am ready to return to
Willy Wonka’s Chocolat by Daniel for more already! Unfortunately that banana fosters chocolate will not be waiting for me. I cleaned them out of the last six and apparently he’s always creating new chocolates and doesn’t repeat too often.
Practice RD exam question answered:
Folic acid helps with prevention of NTD (neural tube defects) which would be spinal bifida. It’s a factor in cell division which is what is constantly occurring with a growing baby.
I remember a college professor stating that the folic acid RDA is higher in Australia which also has a higher rate of twins. Coincidence?
New practice RD exam question:
If a patient is in the hospital with a newly diagnosis of type 2 diabetes with an A1c of 11.3% and you’re consulted to do a diabetes education what should you ask them if you hand them a handout? (hint: focus on the A1c and the education tool that is being used)
*Please note these practice questions are aimed to round out dietetics knowledge and practice. One question on here may be a tiny part of understanding a larger concept that is asked on the exam.