Career in Medicine.  Focus in Nursing – currently a MSN-prepared certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Advocate for CHD research, funding and education.  Advocate to inform and educate about personal health.  Promoting healthy lifestyle of exercise & good habits for the young and not-getting-younger crowd. Visit each category to read the latest posts -or- scroll to the bottom for a summary of my many MEDICINE posts!

*Disclaimer: This blog does not provide medical advice. Be advised information provided is opinion & should not be taken as medical advice. There is no substitute for the face to face relationship between a medical provider and patient. See your physician, osteopath, nurse practitioner, or other qualified and licensed health care provider regarding any questions you have about your personal health or medical condition.

Nursing Profession / APN:  Career in nursing that began as a CNA.  Followed by Registered RN, then MSN in Nursing Leadership and finally Family Nurse Practitioner post-master certification.  Never stop learning via education, evidence-based research/practice and continued collaboration with colleagues.

CHD: Congenital Heart Defects:  Research, information and education regarding Congenital Heart Defects.  Many do not realize how common heart defects occur – it is the number one defect affecting newborns.  Mom to an amazing heart warrior who has undergone two heart surgeries at ages 4 days old & 2 years old.

Get Strong:  Novice Runner – started at age 38.  Attempts boot camp every so often. Nothing more motivating then taking care of patients in their 70’s & 80’s and asking what their lifestyle habits have been throughout their lifetime.  Not a scientific study by any means – but the conclusions are get moving, keep moving, and build those muscles.

Science:  My love of science started in grade school.  I still remember learning about the scientific method.  Heading to the museums in Chicago only fed my passion.  When I couldn’t decide in high school what my career path would be it was an easy choice to start with a degree in biology. Every chance possible with the boys I try to incorporate importance of our environment, how our daily habits affect our world and seeking answers to questions using data & not just opinions.

Camp Odayin Review: Summer Camp for Children with Heart Disease

With summer fast approaching, we started to take a peek at the plans for the summer. College ...
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A Fib Returns after Ablation

Today, I woke up with a headache. Not a migraine, just an all-over-eye-strain-didn't-sleep-right headache. With the headache ...
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Seeing the World in Color: Enchroma Glasses Review

We first realized our middle son, Carter, was color blind when he was in kindergarten during Parent-Teacher ...
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Chicago Marathon – Professional Spectator Plan

Forget about a day off school.  Forget about Columbus Day sales.  When October rolls around in Chicagoland ...
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10 Things From My Hospital Stay After My Cardiac Ablation

It has been a year since my short stint as a patient.  Thankfully after undergoing a cardiac ...
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Nursing Portfolio: Keep Nursing CE/CEU, Memberships & Licensure Organized!

Nursing school is the ultimate test of organization. Organizing study notes, clinical hours, clinical notes, nursing diagnosis, ...
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My Heart Mom Journey – my son’s CHD History

First, do you know what CHD stands for?  I know I didn't 10 years ago.  Yet over ...
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No, He Really COULDN’T Hear Me: Hearing Loss in Grade School

Unexpected Diagnosis: Hearing Loss in 2nd Grade With a household of three boys, quiet isn't a phrase ...
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When the APN becomes the Patient – Cardiac Ablation

I have taken care of many patients over the past dozen years.  Each patient gives you a ...
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Atrial Fibrillation – Nine Years of Management till Cardiac Ablation

I still remember the look on the RN and ER tech face in 2012 as the EKG ...
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