Posts by Jennifer Rice

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The Great Heart Debate of Third Grade

by Jennifer Rice on Wednesday, Feb 08, 2012

This time of year always reminds me of one "The Great Heart Debate of '96," a.k.a. a Valentine’s Day party in particular when I was in third grade. I was in Miss G.’s class when I got into a heated debate about hearts with another girl. This girl swore that a heart was the normal hand-written, Valentine’s Day, Hallmark card heart. You know—the one that you drew on your textbooks in high school and then filled in with your boyfriend’s initials. That was her heart.

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Easy Chocolate Cake—in the Microwave!

by Jennifer Rice on Friday, Jan 06, 2012

I can’t believe that it is 2012 already! It seems like just yesterday it was Thanksgiving and in a blink of an eye it is already the New Year. For me, this means my birthday is super close by—it’s today! After my birthday, I know the holiday season is officially over and that “real life” will commence.

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Tweaking Traditions with Egg Nog French Toast

by Jennifer Rice on Tuesday, Dec 06, 2011

Season’s Greetings, my CHD friends! The holiday season is officially upon us! Can you believe it!? I feel like this year has just flown by. It was a big year for me: I transferred to the Pediatric ED, decided to go back to school, my fiancée and I settled into our first place and I finally became an “adult” as I transitioned to an Adult Congenital Heart Clinic. That is a lot of change!

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A Lightened Latte for the Holiday Season

by Jennifer Rice on Wednesday, Nov 09, 2011

As I have gotten older, the holiday season and its meaning for me has changed. It is no longer about the cool presents that I am going to get or the snow days to look forward to (working in a hospital means no snow days—ever). The holiday is much more about spending time with family, partaking in those special traditions, and enjoying that “Peace on Earth” feeling.

Along with a different meaning of the holidays comes different responsibilities. As an adult, the holiday season has taken on a life of its own, with much to do and a lot of stress associated with it. What am I getting for whom, did I remember all the items I need at the grocery store and why didn’t I upload that holiday CD to my iPod last year!?

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Eating Heart-Healthy

by Jennifer Rice on Thursday, Oct 27, 2011

Hey everyone! My name is Jen and I am new to the ACHA blogger community. I was born with several congenital heart defects, and as a result I required multiple surgeries and hospital stints.

My hospital experiences have shaped my life in a huge way. I always knew even back in elementary school that I’d grow up to be a nurse—to give back to those who have literally given me life. So, fast forward to today and you’d meet a twenty-something Registered Nurse in the Pediatric Emergency Room in one of the busiest ERs in Maryland who wears her zipper proudly and lives a pretty normal life (whatever “normal” is, anyway).

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