Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer weekends

The last hour of work on a Friday afternoon is generally the toughest, right?  That’s what they say? I certainly am finding that true today. I also guess that the summer hold that much more anticipation!

This weekend, Sean and I are off for a short two day trip to Penticton.  We would leave tonight, but, the heat is going to be sweltering, and we have to make accommodations for the dog. We are heading up there to Participate in the GranFondo: 180Km of cycling in 37 Degree heat.  YIKES!!!  I’m very excited though, and it seems like it is going to be a great event.  I just hope we can finish.

Three weekends ago, I had just gotten back from Malawi.  I saw super sick.  That was not fun. 

Two weekends ago, I spent it up in Whistler, with 5 other triathlon girls, doing a training weekend.  IT was amazing, and it really reminded me about how much joy it is to have “nothing but training” to do for a few days in a row.  Especially with other girls who are doing that same thing as me, and eat food in the same style and quantity that I do, and don’t mind going to sleep at 10pm on a Saturday night. It really was a lot of fun, and I was thrown back to the days of rowing training camps.  It is in situations like that, where you really build fitness & friendship.  Here are some photos, mostly stolen from Facebook.

Last weekend... was my birthday celebration!!!  And, it was lovely.  Despite the rain coming in during the “park part,” it was so so so lovely to have people just dropping in throughout the course of the late afternoon & evening.  Can I just say that it is really easy to plan a gathering?  I always worry about it.  Things like people being bored, or other people not wanting to socialize with strangers, or not having enough food, or too few people showing up, or too many at the same time. To tell you the truth, it always tends to workout, and always tends to be lovely.

I am thankful for summer weekends.  I am thankful for friends that come to my birthday celebration, and the small tokens of love that they gave me.  I am thankful for days of cycling, sunny swims, and sweaty runs. For ice cream affogatos & Gin and Tonics.  I am thankful for the fan blowing air through my room and beautiful flowers in gardens. I am thankful for slower days at work to spend some time not being stressed.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A nursing post!

Since America and Canada are two different countries, with very different lived experiences for citizens, I thought I would make a "public health announcement," since this topic (and others) seems to be high in the American media right now.  I know that in posting this, I risk raising a controversial topic; however, all I am doing is presenting evidence and knowledge. The information provided is also similar to a progestin-only IUD (Mirena).

Medical Abortion is NOT the same as ECP (Emergency Contraceptive Pill)

There are numerous misconceptions regarding ECP and medical abortions among health professionals and clients alike. The most significant difference to note is that medical abortions terminate an already existing pregnancy, whereas ECP preventsa pregnancy from happening. While both methods are safe and effective, there are differences in usage and mechanisms of action. Medical abortion uses a medication regimen to induce a miscarriage by either blocking the hormones responsible for continuing pregnancy, stopping the implantation process from continuing, or causing the uterus to contract and empty. ECP is not RU486 (the "abortion pill"). RU486 is currently not available in Canada (but other medical abortions are).

ECP prevents pregnancy by inhibiting or delaying ovulation, inhibiting tubal transport of the egg and or sperm, or altering the lining of the uterus, depending on the time during the menstrual cycle (Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, 2008).
Progestin-only ECP will not interrupt an established pregnancy (defined as beginning when a pre-embryo becomes implanted within the uterine lining) (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 1998). Therefore, it is not an abortifacient. ECP will not harm a developing fetus or cause an abortion (Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, 2008).

That's it for now.

Learn the science and the reasoning behind it: "...From a public health perspective, the provision of Emergency contraceptive pill is an essential, cost-effective service that empowers the public to take control of their health needs and outcomes by preventing unintended pregnancies."