Nursing 101

Posted: October 26, 2019 in Uncategorized

I have recently started my nursing program and I just want to describe the awesome ride it has been and knowing it will be better in the future. Each congratulations now merely becomes our motivation because we all understand there are no more little things in life; and everything we do now has a bigger picture. We are all in this program to do something greater than money, laws, and rules… as we all know that we are limited by boundaries. Nothing in the universe is greater than the opportunity to give life and create comfort for others. To serve others is to serve yourself… especially in a society where often times systematic funding decides the fate of an individual. The nursing profession may not possess the highest power in the hierarchical system but it is indeed the most intimate and most dedicated group of humans the world has ever seen. We are the people who become the middle men/women between everybody in society and each health care professional who determines their future. We have the power to provide comfort in times of grief, we must have the strength to carry each individual through the medical process, and we have indirectly swore to protect all from harm and disease. After thinking about this, it may have dissuaded you a little bit…

But it is the crazy ones who will cause change for the future and those who think we are a little bit delusional or illogical, are those who lack the understanding of doing something beyond only what must be done. Nursing was never intended to about yourself; it is the only profession that truly mediates pain and suffering on the journey towards psychological hell and physical incapacitation. We must also possess utmost resilience and an open mind-set as others will rely on us to be their guidance; and if we falter, everybody will fall.

Finally, we shall stand tall together and strive for responsibility for personal care, both for ourselves and for the people in need. We signed up for a profession that basically engraves in our minds and hearts, the value of staying healthy. However, it is extremely ironic as we work in an environment that is constantly contaminated by everything known to the human race. It has some comedic value to this statement, but it also proves that a nurse symbolizes the notion “against all odds” as we must persevere through things that some will never ever experience in life. Therefore, as a profession, we must understand that we do not expect a great understanding from the external perspectives; but all we ask is for everyone to support the aspect of protecting life itself. Everybody is familiar with the importance of life so it will be easier to persuade people in this manner; while we continue to uphold the health care system both psychologically and physically.

“To put it simply, our occupation is to provide a comfortable environment and elicit a story that creates a special connection between two human beings.”

“Trust can be easy or tough to gain; but it is simply our ability to communicate with another person with no walls and complete vulnerability.”

“To understand somebody’s story is the hardest thing to do in the world, why? Because the genuineness of the story often depends on more than just the individual themselves.”

“True understanding of an individual may never be achieved but it is our job to have the willingness to take a step into a chaotic environment and have the ability to suppress our anxiety and provide the best care we possibly can.”

Forget the past, just focus on the present!

  I tasted things                                                                                                       I have a position

I felt things                                       I AM THIS SOCIETY                                      I am content

I am accepted                                                                                          I have no more ambition

Safety is the key to survival

The unknown is my rival

I see my ignorance                                                                                        I saw my own life

Maybe there is a truth

Turmoil cause me to shut one eye

Ignorance is the greatest bliss

So why find out how we exist

Conforming to society is not so bad

Making ends meet is all we need

Stop this bullshit! go to school and just study hard! (Kamloopa).

Embodiment of a Bear unravels a protective mentality

If we forget our subtleties there will be no calamity (meaning people will hate you if you do not conform to western society. Or disregard you and cause sudden distress or damage to your well being).

Society was always my safety net

I do not wish to pursue this truth

But I must understand this is no longer just for me

Discovering my past

Safety was my weakness

Wisdom is all around us!

                  We know things                                                                              We are something

We see things                               I AM THE LAND                                We are anything

We are all around                                                                            We are a miracle

Knowledge is within us

Nature is its history

I see a Prophecy                                                                                       I saw your destiny

Soaring through the skies

Carrying forgotten cries

Maybe it is never meant to be

Yet there is a glimmer of light

You’ve heard of all the made up lies

Which has covered up our historic demise

I believe it was always meant to be

Darkness is temporary if the light flickers from within

“Work together sisters. We must if we want to discover ourselves” (Kamloopa).

Embodiment of an Eagle provides limitless possibilities

Now you must understand your credibility

Believe in what you feel

For that will be your driving force

Find a deserving future

Knowledge is your strength

Ahhhhhhhhhh!

I hear things                                                                                                              I am nothing

I smell things                                      I AM THE BEAST                          I am everything

I am something                                                                 I am extraordinary

Fever elicits a dream

Lost in history it seems

            I see the truth                                                                             I saw through a lie

Maybe a vision of a destiny

Or simply a misunderstanding

Blood boils with unknowing self-esteem

Like water, Blood can flow or crash to the extreme

Natural callings cause unimaginable pain

The heart races to fill the vessels with rage

Wake up realizing the lesson of the dream

Light strikes you like a translucent beam

“Something died out there and it wasn’t a coyote” (Kamloopa).

Embodiment of a Coyote Tames the Beast Within

Be humble in our roots and you will see where it begins

The vision was not a misunderstanding

Blood is contained with contentment

The battle is over as bliss is achieved

But the war is eternal as you remember what “WE” believed

Found in the present

Fever elicits a gift

I have always been appreciative of health practitioners of all fields but in my opinion, physiotherapy is the most holistic treatment approach for the majority of mechanical problems. Since I was a child, I was always active but once I suffered a small injury that turned into something extremely debilitating and long lasting I realized that my goal is to become a competent Physiotherapist and my dream is teach prevention and rehabilitation strategies that will help everybody reduce the amount of dysfunction and pain they may develop throughout life. Our society is fast paced and it is easy to forget that our top priority is our health. Therefore, I hope that my experiences as a patient will help me connect and communicate with help me in my professional career as a hopeful physiotherapist.

I have harnessed an in-depth patient perspective from my share of dysfunction and debilitation. Having about seven years experience of self-discovery in recovery and rehabilitation, I believe that I can deliver a personal message on how to motivate yourself and develop a optimistic mind-set to never give up. This is extremely important because people can give up easily when they feel there is no clear explanation on how and what they feel. Most seemingly debilitating symptoms can actually be reduced to minimal or none with the correct mind-set and management strategies.

~Open Our Minds

I believe that there should be a balance between large and small class room sizes in all educational settings. But I personally wish for a qualitative approach towards academic education as opposed to a quantitative one. We all know that quality is greater than quantity but we also know that we live in a monetary world right? So coming from that perspective, let me tell you the pros and cons of having larger class sizes versus smaller ones.

Having larger class sizes allows a greater number of students to receive education while sacrificing the “effectiveness” of the knowledge gained by each student. Think about it like this: if there are 300 students, each of their brains will absorb a piece of the information that they have learned from a professor or teacher. In other words, the gain in educational soundness is like an “intense competition” between 300 unique and thriving brains. And with some luck maybe 1-10 students achieved quality education. However, on the positive side, since we have a vast world population we benefit by having larger class sizes because we can provide an opportunity to hopefully teach the majority. The monetary value will also be lower compared to a qualitative approach because there would be less of a need to upgrade and build new infrastructure, hire more professors and teachers, and purchase more and better academic equipment.

From the other side of the spectrum, I believe that having smaller class sizes will indefinitely produce sound education for current and aspiring students. Think about it like this: if there are 30 students, the amount of information distributed and received by each nervous system should be higher in quality as there is “less competition” between brains. And through this effective education we can and will produce more thinkers then doers and less doers then thinkers into society. As opposed to larger classroom sizes, the monetary value will definitely be greater to facilitate and manage smaller class sizes.

Therefore, since we live in a monetary world, we can only hope for and slowly change for more quality and less quantity in our educational settings. However, we should never forget and always strive to teach and educate in a qualitative manner in any appropriate setting. And on the plus side, most universities provide a qualitative ratio of professor to students at “higher course levels.” One more interesting note is that the class room sizes in elementary schools and universities/colleges should be switched around to produce the “ideal” educational settings.

~Open Our Minds

“Life is what you make it, but it’s up to you to take what you deserve.” – David So

Quote  —  Posted: June 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

Stiffness in relation to the body is something that you can describe with the point of just below rigidity. Mobility in this sense means to be supple and free. I have learned from my own experience about the importance of finding the balance between these two imperative aspects in maintaining physical capacity and especially recovery. Once we are injured or suffer any trauma in anyway and we do not possess the “best” treatment and rehabilitation knowledge, most of us will go down a path leading to a chronic vicious cycle involving stress and agony.

So back to the balance between stiffness and mobility. There is enormous support out there in both the literature and society that relaxation is much more beneficial than being stiff. However, for somebody who has had chronic debilitation for a long time, they may not know how much relaxation is ideal. For example, they feel relief from a single leg stance with total relaxation with the arch still pretty strong. BUT the brain and the tissues may be saying: “Oh that is a lot better, lets keep it this way for now.” Then after experiencing this relief, you start to realize that even though this relaxed state feels better than the “complete stiffness” you had before it is “still” causing you discomfort but of a different kind. Then you start to wonder why does it feel like this if “I am relaxed…?” 

Well the answer is that you have forgotten how to find the balance between being stiff and mobile. The brain and body is extremely smart as it keeps causing you discomfort as an alarm system to tell you that something is still off. So it is up to you to find the balance from being in one extreme – completely stiff (during period of recovery) into the other extreme – being completely relaxed. As Functional Movement Systems Gray Cook says: Once you gain some mobility go add some strength. This is the key to maintaining the balance between stiffness and mobility. Also, in a relaxed state as opposed to the stiff state, you will most likely be in a position which will reinforce your strength gains; but just not as ideal as in the balanced state.

Mobility = Towards suppleness and free.
Stability = Towards Stiffness

~Open Our Minds

An experts idea or opinion is not nearly as powerful as scientific evidence; but absolutely never forget that without experiences, science probably would never have existed.

From the quote above, somebody may ask what it means or wonder about the relationship between an experts opinion and science. I will attempt to address this from my own perspective. If you have studied at university or college or have been exposed to the concept of scientific support, then you will know what I am talking about. Almost everybody knows that there are five levels of scientific evidential support; but I will only focus on level 1 versus level 5. Think of level 1 as a very well peer-reviewed and vastly supported article and level 5 as an opinion coming from a regular person with learned innate experience. Before you pick a side or settle for both, think about how they are related to each other because I believe it is essential we understand it. We live in a world of “support” in which science is praised and honoured. We tend to forget the amount of education we can attain from an enriched opinion that can be sought from a regular person on the street. This may be cliché but if you look in every direction you can see at least one potential person with the knowledge that can make enormous changes. This is due to the personal experience that each of us have gone through at any point in our lives. But in today’s society there is less and less “intuition” for what makes sense. Therefore, if somebody tells you their “experts” opinion that makes all the sense in the world, it may still require scientific support for people to even begin to acknowledge. Do not get me wrong though, I absolutely love science because it gives us a sense of what works and what does not work. Science is an educational gift not only from one mind, but a combination of all intelligent minds; and we can never disapprove it. However, if you really think about it science can only educate us about what we “already” know. The world is forever-changing and it is not due to science but actually the personal opinions which will increase and improve our holistic knowledge. Both personal experiences and science have a place in the world even if the latter is praised and honoured a lot more. We just have to always remember that our education from the perspective of science will always be limited but our personal experiences are not. For example, we have heard many cases and incidents about doctors telling patients that they will never be able to walk or run ever again after a drastic accident; but we all know that this isn’t true at all. This is a perfect example of the limitations of academic education even at one of the highest levels (Medical doctors). To put this example into perspective, THESE individuals are the people who you wish to seek when you have been given depressing answers and they have the potential to teach you strategies beyond the limits of science. Why? Because they have unique “details” and their “opinions” alone may weigh more than all of science. This is the definition of in-depth education.

Final note: We should of course be cautious when it comes to following through with ideas and opinions because not all of them are good and acceptable for you; but if it makes sense it does not hurt to try. Never underestimate its potential to changing your life.

~Open Our Minds

Barefoot Benefits:

The type of shoes and how to decide on a pair of fitting shoes is probably the most important key to preserving healthy feet because in the modern society we inevitably have to wear shoes throughout our day. Aside from footwear, we should encourage kids, adults and elderly to get familiar with and then start practising “barefoot techniques and exercises” outside in natural environments. These environments could be a grass field, mud, sand, rocky areas (if able to tolerate), or simple pavement or cement. And last but not least I realize that walking barefoot may have benefits associated with the practice of reflexology as the feet have an enormous amount of “reflexes” in the feet which correspond to the function of our glands and organs in our bodies. There are also a large amount of receptors under the feet which may starve from the lack of “feel” and sensory information if our feet are in shoes all day everyday.

Type of shoes and what to look for:

In my opinion, the best shoes are the ones that feel  the most comfortable to your own feet. However, this does not mean that “comfort” equals the “best” shoes; because we may have gotten used to a squishy pair of shoes or a shoe with a very high heel. If this is you then you need practice barefoot walking on natural ground in order to allow your feet to re-educate itself into healthy feet. Anyway, enough of the “why,” lets talk about the “what.” I will not go into detail about each type of shoe but I will point out some general attributes of them. The best and most natural shoes that mimic barefoot feel that I have learned about are “Vivobarefoot, Nike free trainers, and Huaraches (worn by the superhuman tribe, Tarahumara). The Vivobarefoot shoes have a thin sole which feels like you are touching the ground directly. It also has a wide enough toe box at the front to allow the toes to move freely, and finally it has no arch support which facilitates our natural foot arch to become stronger. The Huaraches are probably the thinnest footwear out there which mimics barefoot walking and running to its full potential. Since it is a sandal it is even better than the VivoBarefoot shoes. Lastly, we have the extremely popular Nike free trainers. These shoes are excellent because they have the properties of the Vivobarefoot shoes except for having a thicker sole. It is also extremely flexible which allows the foot and toes to freely move around and promote a natural “foot workout” within the shoes. As the renowned Physiotherapist and Coach, Kelly Starrett said, “we only need a sole thick enough to prevent bruising.” After reading this I hope you find the appropriates shoes to accommodate your daily activities.

Exercises to increase awareness, feel, and proprioception:

As Barefoot walking and running author Michael Sandler said, “we do not know where our feet wants to go in a pair of shoes because they cannot “feel;” only the rich sensory information from our feet contacting the ground would be able to tell us that.” The enormous amount of mechanoreceptors in our feet which function to feel and send information to our brain seems obvious that only by direct contact with the ground will we be able to “feed” these receptors and therefore, our brain and nervous system. By being in shoes everyday and all day, our feet becomes “foreign” to natural ground even if we have no injuries or debilitations. You can go outside and try this by testing barefoot walking or even just standing on “snow, bed of rocks, grass, cement etc. After a while or even a few minutes you may start complaining about the aches and pains or even saying that it is “weird.” Again, the reason is that our feet have becoem “foreign” to natural environments.

Reflexology:

By walking on different natural surfaces we allow our feet to directly contact the ground and the reaction force from the ground can stimulate our “reflexes” and may cause changes in our glands and organs. It is obvious that some areas of the feet will take in more pressure and this may be the key to which organs and glands receive more or less benefits.

~Open Our Minds,