Archive for August 2011

Two weeks down…many more to come!!

We completed our second week of school this past Thursday, with a not so good outcome.  Not a good experience, but one that I have definitely learned from and will do better going forward.

This whole process has been very eye opening and has taken some adjustments.  They all said ‘it’s going to be hard’, ‘prepare to live, eat, and drink it’, ‘you’ll have no life once you start the program’.  They knew what they were talking about, but I don’t think they took into account if you owned a home, were single, had to work, and had medical bills on top of your school bills to pay out of pocket on a part time income.  It’s all VERY stressful.  But fortunately for me, I’ve been blessed.  I received a scholarship that will cover the cost of my books, I was given a student loan (which I have to pay back eventually…but at least I will have some ‘cushion’ in the bank in case my ends don’t meet); I’ve had family and friends give me financial gifts that have helped tremendously, and as a big kicker one of my medical bills is being reduced.  God is good!!  He will take care of me, I just need to let him.

Th whole study, teaching, thought process of this program is totally different than any I have been in before.  It’s definitely not black/white and you have to think outside of the box on a lot of things.  I think the program itself is a teaching mechanism because nursing is not black/white; each patient you have will be different than the last.  Even though they may have the same illness they will take to different treatments and procedures differently ~ we have to be able to handle each situations as it is and adapt to the fact that even though it’s the same, it’s different.

I’ve designated Thursday as ‘cry night’ if need be.  I don’t have classes on Friday this semester, so Thursday night is one that I can relax just a little and it’s not cram time or I don’t have to worry about having something done for the next morning.  When my body relaxes apparently the only thing it can do is have water seepage from my tear ducts, and I cry.  The stress from the week hits and it’s like…’oh wow, I made it’.  Fourteen more weeks!!

Well, though it’s been great venting a little and sharing…it’s time for me to go work for a bit and then hit the books.  My first big test is Monday (one out of four for my class grade in Geriatrics).  One thing…life is never dull anymore.

Later…ERM.

First Week – I SURVIVED!!

I walked into class on Monday morning knowing that it was going to be hard work, but was unprepared for everything that hit me in the face.  I’m a planner, I like to know what’s going on and when.  We were in class for an hour and a-half when we were informed that instead of going home (or to work in my case) at 12:00, we would be class till 3:00 pm.  We received three syllabus that were about three inches thick (each) ~ it made me feel like I would be riding a silly-bus soon. :)  It was VERY overwhelming and stressful.  I wanted to either run from the room screaming, or ball up in the fetal position and cry while rocking back and forth.

Tuesday we started practice/hands on of our skills, we went over all our information and did ‘in class peer teaching’.  Thursday, we showed up for a skills lab on how to wash our hands and wear our PPE (personal protection equipment).  We kicked the class off with a pop-quiz over our information we covered in class on Tuesday; then practiced with a peer with our PPE…then we did a peer check-off on our PPE, then went before an instructor to wash our hands in the PROPER way.  I passed!!

I survived my first week.  I’m still a little overwhelmed, I don’t know what direction to really go.  How to get organized enough to do the work for three classes that all are correlated, yet separate.  I’ll do nothing but homework/reading for the next for months.  I have three semesters and 15 weeks to go!! :)

It’s been a good experience so far…just need to find myself in all the craziness.

Gotta run…time to go read.  I’ve wasted enough time!!!

ERM

My Life this Summer…

School starts a week from today (Aug. 15, 2011).  I will officially be in the RN nursing program at Three Rivers College.  I’m a little freaked out and excited all at the same time.  I will be going part time at work, losing my insurance and half my income…so life will be just a little interesting until I figure out all the pros/cons of a nice very TIGHT budget.  But I also know that I have Someone watching over me, and He has never let me down before (last time I was fired from my job I never went without)…He’s good like that.  I’m trying to get all my books ordered and purchased, my uniforms in order and make sure they fit right, my supplies (I feel like a little kid starting kindergarten, only my mommy isn’t here to do it all for me).  It will be great!!  Our first stop is Geriatrics (the elderly), and we will work with them for the first semester.  I shall have some stories to tell. :)  Looking forward to this new chapter in my life and everything that it has in store.

My parents and I took a mini vacation to Detroit, MI, over Fourth of July weekend.  I can now add another major city to the places I have visited, and we were able to spend an awesome weekend with my mom’s family.  It was great getting to know them and spend the weekend with them.  I ate, and ate…they probably thought I was a little piggy that never got to eat at the trough at home.   But my body was gearing up for a challenge I was going to start on July 11, and I think it was in conserving mode. :)  I did eat a lot of food (or ice cream)…but oh well.  Next time I will be on my best behavior, eat daintily, and only speak when spoken to.

I did a 24-day challenge starting July 11 (the one promoted through Advocare) for a cleansing and nutritional absorption.  I lost 7 lbs and 4 1/2 inches during the time frame.  I stress ate through one of the weeks (due to some school stuff and other stuff); so given what my body was going through and the fact that I’m not like 500 lbs and can drop 50 lbs in a month…I was very pleased with my results.  I can only go forward from here.  I know I need more discipline in my eating habits (a lot of other habits too); but I’m closer to my goal than I was a month ago…I say “Onward Ho”.

That about sums up my life this summer…I did take an online class “Library Science”, very interesting cheezy class that I almost messed up in and didn’t get an A because it was so basic that I didn’t care.  I did pull an A out of the class (94), and I now know how to cite all my work and information that I take from other material in two different formats.  I feel like a genius now.  Other than that I had a very slow summer that was filled with work, work, and um more work.  Some church, and that’s it.

We finally got rain.  We had so much rain during the Spring that we flooded out.  Then we went about two months without a drop.  It was so dry you could basically lick your lips and make mud while walking around.  It finally broke last week and we have RAIN!!  It’s still a little grumbly this morning, but I’m thinking of all the creeks, ponds, and grass that is getting watered in preparation for the winter months.  The livestock will be happy and the winter crops are getting what they need.  Thank you Jesus for the rain!

Here’s to the start of the new chapter in my life next week (RN Nursing School) and what lies ahead!!  CARPE DIEM!!

ERM