Meg Joins the Navy

A new member of the Navy Nurse Corps and a proud wife of a Navy corpsman stationed together at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

22 May 2012

Meeting up with my Sailor In DC

My sailor and I had another fun trip meeting, well not exactly halfway... more like I travel 1/3 of the way and he traveled 2/3 to Washington DC.  We spent 2 nights together outside of the city and took the orange metro line in, which was nice because we didn't have to drive far to the metro stop from our hotel in Herndon.  We were even able to navigate our way and switch metro lines like we were pros at it!

My sailor's 1st panda.

We went to the National Zoo, Air & Space Museum, Capitol building, American History museum (which was our favorite), and checked out the National Monument, White House (as close as we could get to it), and the WWII memorial.

We have a thing for dinosaurs.

 And, of course, I was all about everything that had to do with military nursing and he was all about anything that involved corpsman.  What can you do? lol

Seeing all the old nursing uniforms and duties really makes you realize how different today is than 10, 30, 50, 100 years ago.  In our lifetimes we're already going to be telling our kids and grandkids about cassette tapes, VHS, CD players, etc. and I've only been alive 22 years!  The next 22 years will have a lot of changes I'm sure as well... I can't wait to see how medicine changes.  Many nurses, only in their 40's, have seen major changes with drug administration and practices that we see an inhumane today, who knows what we're doing now that our kids will look at as barbaric?  I'm calling dialysis and chemo treatments as major things that will be changed.  I mean, if you think about it, taking someone's blood, running it through a machine to take out different electrolytes and bodily waste products, and putting it back in while they sit there for hours seems kind of gross... but it's what we have to work with today.

The future is so promising!

We had a really good time and still have a lot more to see on our next trip there because there's so many memorials we didn't get to walk to and the museums are always changing some of their exhibits.