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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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Thursday, May 06, 2010

PLEASE . . . drive safely.

CoryTraumaRN posted today at 9:19 PM

Hi Cory, I'm so glad that I found your blog. I intend on reading every post. I have always been medically inclined, I'm 20 years old and my name is Talia. I want to be a Trauma Nurse. I've always wanted to work in the medical field. I recently came to this conclusion when my husband best friend/ our daughter god father was killed in a roll over accident that my husband was in with him. I was there before the Emergency units showed up. He wasn't wearing his seat belt and for once in my husbands life he was. Our friend was ejected from the vehicle. I knew he was under his car. My husband was frantically trying to find him. The EU showed braced him and pulled him out. He was breathing. He was posturing on the way to the hospital - bad sign #2 first one being ejected from the vehicle and having it land on him. when all the examining was preformed I was let into the trauma unit his family is in Kansas he was in the army. I read the monitors blood pressure stable, heart low but good. fever setting in. they told me he had a high spinal fracture i knew thats where the heart rate was coming into play. day after day after the cranial monitor was put in trying to get the cranial pressure to lower he ended up with a fever of 107 for more then a day. No brain function after that day. Heart stopped the day after valentines day. after all the years of watching every medical show under the sun and seeing in real life I know thats for me. Im not asking for a mentor but I can tell you now your blog is going to inspire me in ways unknown to you. If you do have words of wisdom or advice I ready with open eyes and a pen! - Talia McWilliams
I am so sorry for what you've been through and am so grateful your husband wore his seat belt. It is so important. So many times I've heard people say "well if she hadn't been wearing her seat belt she would be alive today. I can tell you, that is a RARE occasion. For every one of those cases we might see 500-600 that would have survived had they had their seat belt on.
I like seeing that you know what you want to be so young. Don't stop until you reach your goals. We need more nurses that are doing it for the "right reason". :)
It sounds like you've got a good start. I do hope you read all of my blogs and I hope you will keep in touch and let me know how school goes for you and definitely when you get a job in a Trauma Unit. (Level I is the only way to go.)
Good luck!
Thank you for your sympathy It was a very traumatic event. The most haunting words I've ever said were when they were about to take the car for a test drive I looked at our friend and said "Christopher Don't Drive Reckless" he looked back and smiled a big cheesy smile and said Don't worry mom we'll be back shortly. I so wish I could have said Put your seat belt on!! because he would surely be alive today if his seat belt was on. I want to do Level 1 that is my goal. I love being in situations that take a great deal of adrenalin and focus. I was a High school Athletic trainer for 3 years. I've seen a lot of broken bones, cuts and head injuries. That was probably the best times of my life being of importance not necessarily getting the appreciation because thats not what matters to me what matters is the fact that I am Needed and It is I that has to make an assessment. That is what I crave. In that kind of an enviorment it constantly changes from patient to patient. I have all sorts of skills not just human medical but Equestrian and domestic animal. I train horses as a life long hobby. Let me tell you what that is a very stressful, Demanding, lot of patience require job. I can't even tell you how motivated I am for this. I've been praying that God would open the door to what my calling is. I am skilled in many area's so there was a lot of decision making. He certainly did. Since my husband is in the army my schooling is taken care of I'm going to go enroll in Fall semester get it going. Thank you for writing me back so soon, lets me know real people are out there :-)
wow that was an for sharing
I'm currently a nursing student going into my 2nd semester in the fall and I just read your blog from beginning to end. I've laughed and cried and am more inspired to become a trauma nurse by reading your blog. You are a great blogger and a great nurse. Thank you so much for all that you do!!!

Thank you so much for your wonderful message. I am always so grateful to hear from Nursing Students who truly know what they want to do and are following that path. Trauma Nursing is so much more rewarding than you can imagine. Best of luck and I would love to know how it goes periodically in your Nursing/Student Nursing Career!!!!
And it's knowing that you all are reading that continues to encourage me to keep posting.
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