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My name is Cory. I am a mom, a wife, a NaNa, and a critical care nurse that lives in Nashville, TN. I have found my calling in ER/Trauma/ICU. Each day I find myself experiencing life changing events and hope that by reading my posts, you will experience and feel some of what I do. If you read nothing else, please take time to read "The Hardest Question Ever Asked". It's my very first posting. And if for some reason you think you see your story don't. It's not about you or anyone you know. =)


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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

What My Family Means To Me

Today for some reason I felt so inclined to write a blog about what my family means to me.
My husband Micheal is the best life partner anyone could ask for. Ladies, I’m not making it up when I say that he does dishes, he cooks dinner when he gets home from work first, he does laundry, he makes the bed, however, he does not clean the bathroom. Lol We have an agreement he will do the above if I will just do the bathrooms. I say “hell yeah!” lol He truly is Heaven sent to me and my true soul mate. I promised myself I wouldn’t get too mushy here so I will try not to. Micheal and I can have fun whether we’re working in the yard together, making Saturday morning breakfast together, sitting in bed surfing the net together, watching TruTV trying to figure out who dunnit together (it’s always the husband he always says), playing mobsters online together, or just hanging out and being together.

(And I just have to clarify the above.......) I was rereading this post and I realized that it sounds like Micheal does all of the housework. We SHARE the housework. I mean he helps with the dishes, the laundry, the cooking, etc. In the past (before my career change) I worked 12-14 hour shifts in critical care and he was home before me and those are things he would start/continue/finish. So, I just wanted to clarify that. THANKS!!!! =)

My son. Wow. What a road we’ve traveled. We were a “family” the two of us when he turned 1. I was a single mom with this amazing little boy who was always happy. He has now turned into this gorgeous young man with his sights set on being the best man in life that he can be and I’m so very proud of him. He has really stepped up to the plate when he needed to. He has a beautiful 1 year old son that he absolutely adores (I’ll get to him) and I’ve seen him become the father that he never had when he was that age. He however was blessed with a Dad who loved him later in life and of course has Micheal now who will always be there for him. I’m proud of you son. I know I’m not the hero you say I am, but I love you like no other mother could.

My absolutely stunningly beautiful daughter Ashley Nicole. She is a mother’s dream child. She is beautiful. She makes straight A’s in school. She has a job and when she’s not at work she’s babysitting to make extra money. She has a good heart and loves her Mom. She has been my best friend for many years. We’ve struggled with dominance but she finally realized that I am THE MOM (ha/ha) and she too has stepped up to the plate when she needed to. She is a precious gem in a world of fakes. She has loved me when I really didn’t deserve to have her love or at least I didn’t feel like I did. She is growing up to be much more than I ever dreamed she could be and I am so very proud of her. More proud than she will ever realize.

My gorgeous grandson Landon Cruz. He has brought me so much happiness. We got a rocky start when we were unable to share in his first months but from 5 months on he has been constantly in our lives and he has brought us nothing but joy. He is precious. Each day that he is here, he is showing us how much he is learning and changing. He is so intelligent and I couldn’t imagine our lives without him. I love him so much. Thank you Nikki and Thank you Adam. Landon is amazing.

CoryTraumaRN posted today at 2:03 PM

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

(Dual Post)
Baby With 8 Broken Ribs Dies After Social Workers Leave Him With Abusive Parents

This news story has troubled me terribly. I don't know if many of you have read it but first of all, how in the hell can social workers leave an abused child in the home with the abuser to later be murdered by same? And abused by his own grandmother as well??? I don't get it! The horror this child must have suffered. When I think of someone doing this to my grandson, I have no doubt I could kill them with my bare hands. To take a child and break his back over a bannister, pull his fingernails off. It makes me want to puke. And if you read further, 48 hours before his death, there was more evidence of new abuse and they were told that there would be NO FURTHER CHARGES PRESSED AGAINST THEM. And he STILL wasn't removed from the home!!!!! Where is the justice for this baby? Sorry for ranting, I had to get it out!!!!

A 17-month-old baby boy was murdered by his mother and her boyfriend despite being on a council "at risk" register and having already suffered a catalogue of injuries including eight fractured ribs and a broken back that left him paralyzed, a British court heard Tuesday.

The child, who along with the two adults cannot be named for legal reasons, was subjected to "a course of assaults of increasing violence" over many months at his home in North London even though he was being monitored by experts, the Old Bailey was told.

He was examined many times by doctors and was seen by a health visitor, social workers and was put on the Haringey Child Protection Register under the category of neglect and physical abuse for nine months, a jury was told.

Despite this he received numerous injuries — computer-generated images of which were shown to jurors to protect them from having to see the real thing.

Parts of the boy's fingernails and fingertips were missing, his head was covered in ulcerated sores and the skin between his upper lip and gum had been torn which, the court heard, was "highly suggestive of non-accidental injury, usually by forcing the teat of a bottle into a child's mouth or by a hard glancing blow across the mouth."

His fingernails, it was said, may have been deliberately removed.

His spine may have been broken when he was forced over the back of an adult's knee or banister rail, jurors heard.

He also had many bruises to his face and body and was probably bitten on his scalp by a dog at the house. The baby was hit so hard on the night that he died in August last year that one of his teeth was found in his stomach.

The tot's 27-year-old mother, who has other children, her boyfriend, 32, and another man, Jason Owen, 36, all deny murder. The two men deny causing or allowing the death of a child, although the mother has admitted allowing the death of a child, but denies causing the death.

Sally O'Neill, QC, for the prosecution, told the seven men and five women of the jury: "Over the last seven or eight months of his short life (this child) was subjected to a course of assaults of increasing violence.

"The Crown's case against these defendants is that either they themselves inflicted this unlawful force on (the child) or that they participated in a joint enterprise to do so."

"The death of any child is tragic. The death of a child in these circumstances is likely to fill any reasonable person with revulsion."

The trial, expected to last up to eight weeks, continues.

Click here to read more on this story from the Times of London.

CoryTraumaRN posted today at 11:04 PM

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Advice To Nursing (and PRE) Nursing Students

Recently I’ve been contacted by a slew of nursing students and PRE nursing students who want advice on going into Trauma nursing. I personally believe that once you get through nursing you will have a pretty good idea of what area you want to go into. Or at the very least what you DON’T want to do. That’s not to say that I didn’t graduate and think “good grief, there are too many options” and I was really afraid to choose just one. Well, I knew from the first time I stepped into the ER as an Extern that I was an adrenaline junkie. After some time in the ER as a nurse, I felt I wanted to follow my patients to see how they were progressing which of course lead to Trauma (via the NICU to get my foot in the door.)

So, my advice to the last few who contacted me was this: If you are a nursing student, try to get a job in a Trauma Unit (or whatever unit that interests you) as a tech. Most of the time I’ve found that if you work as a tech in a unit they will hire you as a new nurse when you graduate because you know the routine and you’ve been “around.” Also, I suggest whether you are pre-nursing or a nursing student or a new nurse, contact your local hospital and take a tour of the different areas. I can tell you I was scared shitless when I toured the Trauma Unit for the first time and I had been a nurse for a while. And if you’re gonna do Trauma, go for Level One!!! Don’t play around! Ha/ha.

I also suggested reading CrzeGrl and ER RN’s pages. I get a lot of traffic from them, read them regularly and know they’ve got good stuff on their sites. Also, all of the links on my page I suggest they read. I believe we all tell it like it is. My actual “trauma stories” are older in my archives since I’ve gone to ICU but there are more stories to come. I’ve got masses in my memory that still haunt me, make me cry, make me smile, and that I think about daily. I just don’t have the time to put them all down.

Rest assured, they’re coming. And if nothing else, the best of luck to ya!!!!! It’s all worth it if you're doing it for the right reason!!!

CoryTraumaRN posted today at 10:07 PM

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Monday, September 01, 2008


YES! Finally! September is here! Thank GOD!!!!
Bring it on..... It can only get better!!!!!

CoryTraumaRN posted today at 9:10 PM

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