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  • Good News!

    Something finally went right for me Hooray

    I talked to my counselor at school and I'll be starting the nursing program in January!

    Not quite as soon as I had hoped for but I'll take it! With this wonderful condition I had to slow down a bit. To some people like my cardiologist I am anything but slowed down. I'm probably going to give him a heart attack with all of the stuff I do (becoming an EMT and doing clinicals a week after surgery). After I got my ICD Dr. Maron said "if you feel like doing it do it!" So I am!

    Thanks to everyone for your support!

    Mary S.

  • #2
    Hi Mary,

    Congratulations! Even though it's not as soon as you had hoped, it will be here before you know it!! You have wonderful goals!! Mary, you have such insight, more than your average nurse....your patients will be lucky to have you caring for them!

    Take care.



    • #3
      I am very proud of you!!
      You will make a great nurse as you have so much exposure to the medical arena...
      I am sure you will be a nurse that listens to your patient...and is kind and caring!
      BIG hug!
      Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
      YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

      Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
      lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
      Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
      Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
      Currently not obstructed
      Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)


      • #4
        Lisa, You're right I will be a compassionate medical professional.

        My professors and preceptors noticed my compassion right away in EMT school. While working in the hosptial if I wasn't taking vitals I was talking with the patients. I talked a lot to cardiac patients and calmed their fears. A nurse walked up to me and said you don't have to talk to "them", meaning the patients, all of the time. I got very upset and told her that sometimes talking to the patient is just as important as giving them medication.

        I don't know exactly where my path will take me but I believe I am heading in the right direction. Who knows I'm still pretty young I might grow up to be a Dr. maybe even a cardiologist?

        If my local cardiologist dr. Kim reads this post he might have an anurysm siting in his chair. He believes I should only work thirty hours a week and take it easy. He tells me I'm a handful and that he's getting grey hairs. Nice to know he cares

        Thanks for the support!

        Mary S.


        • #5
          Mary, Congratulations! You will always have a job, that's for sure. We need good nurses and lots of them. You are so right about the listening and talking with patients. Linda


          • #6
            Mary, I'm so happy for you! Remember not to overdo it, though.


            Husband has HCM.
            3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


            • #7
              Hi Mary,

              That's wonderful news!! I think that is great that you are doing what you love and have the energy for it. I'm sure you'll be a great success.

              Dolly Y


              • #8
                mary, congratulations!! I think it is great that you are doing what you set out to do. Keep up the good work and the listeing. Don't forget to listen to your body and slow down when you should. Take care and have a good time.
                Donna B. HCM & ICD. 2 sons with HCM. Brother passed away from HCM at the age of 39. Mother has HCM.


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