Young At Heart

In light of gaining community health exposure, our school set us up to volunteer for a Young Hearts for Life event, yesterday. This particular event was set up at the Lyon’s Township High School, IL. And let me start off by saying, damn this school was huge. Sure as hell a lot more elaborate than my upbringing, I could tell you that. I felt like I was at Hogwarts in that place. You could literally get lost in there. A ton of spoiled rich/upper middle class kids, I could tell you that. Lol.

There were two sides, one for the boys and the other for the girls. We had to segregate, needless to say. I partnered up with one of my classmates, and our school had our own little booth, on each side. Essentially, as students, we were in charge of running the 10 lead electrocardiogram procedure and then giving the readings to other medical professionals for evaluation. We were screening all of the high school kids for heart defects that day. And from what I heard, approximately 200 students came through for screening. Hell, I even ran a 10 lead on myself and had it evaluated. I have a sinus tachycardic resting rhythm, meaning that my heart rate was steady at above 117-124. FML. Doctor told me I needed to be concerned with possible hyperthyroidism, and lay low on the caffeine…bitch you crazy. #stubborn.

It was certainly for a great cause. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is one of those conditions in which every parent should be worried about. No one wants to be apart of an unfortunate sudden cardiac death, especially those students who play heavy activity sports. It’s scary, to say the least.




Author: nursesarereal

My nursing professor once said that keeping a journal, over time, will allow me to see growth. In myself? I’m not sure yet. I’m hoping. I like to believe that nursing school saved my life. Maybe I’ll have some fun doing this. Cheers.

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