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Week One survived ~ check.

Today was the wrap up of my first week back into my (RN) Nursing career.  The end is getting closer…

Things I learned this week and things that happened:

1)  Things are easier when you’ve been totally petrified and stressed, or at least your body has adapted.

2)  This semester is going to be CRAZY, I’m going to be all over the map and back ~ but it will be fun.

3)  Dollar Store pantyhose have NO SUPPORT at all, by the end of 8 hrs you have wrinkly ankles and can have six second tenting during a turgor test on the shin bone area ~ which proves dehydration. :)

4)  I was voted in as vice-president of my class!!  Working alongside EP and KP…it’s going to be a great experience.  AB is our faculty representative.

5)  It’s frowned upon when you spell Nursing as Nurseing on your binder cover.

Un-school related…

6)  I found out just how far a person can squat without actually sitting on the floor.

7)  Poo-Paper is not for everyone!  Support the Elephants, purchase poo-paper!!

We have some great teachers and I think this semester is going to be a good one…IF I can motivate my mind to get back into the books.  It’s amazing what a month will do to study skills and responsibilities.  I need to get motivated and fast, I have a test coming quick.

My brother went to the doctor today, they will possibly be changing his medications for the MS.  He started exercising about a month ago, and he had some improvement in his feet (Praise the Lord), now to just start working on the rest of him.  God’s a healer, I still believe that, but sometimes God’s time frame and method does not fit what our mortal minds think-up or desire.  We just have to continue trusting Him.

I started an exercise program this week made up for me by a local Personal Trainer, or one who has received his license and is helping me while I help him get training on how to train.  It’s a win, win.  The only losing I see going on is me and my eating habits.  One of the main things my trainer has pounded into my head is that you CANNOT OUT EXERCISE A BAD DIET.  Ok, maybe pounded is a harsh work…he’s spoken and emailed it to me about four times…but hey, for someone who likes her ice cream and cereal it felt like a pounding.  I can do really good for like three days then I have a CRASH day, and the recovery is hard.  My old motto used to be that I would work out so I could eat what I wanted…that’s also probably why I never saw any results.  I need a list of this is what you are eating today and nothing else type thing to get my stomach shrunk and a grasp on my whole weight control part of this training I’m doing.  I’m terrible.  My goal is to do better, we’ll see what happens.  The actual exercise is going well, I have muscles that I didn’t know existed.  If you properly perform squats, lunges, and push-ups…not to mention planks; a person can be sore.

It’s been a good week.  Now to just get going on everything and into the groove of study time and homework.

Until Later…




One Day At A Time…

Yes, it’s that time again.  School starts on Tuesday (1/17), and I will be starting my second semester of RN school.  It seems unreal in one degree, and then on a totally different level I’m a little scared ~ what if I don’t make it, what if I mess up and don’t know my stuff?  But as my motto last semester was, ‘One day at a time’.  That’s the only way that I can make it, and it’s the only way to go.

I’ve been off school for about a month, there has been so much and so little that has happened.  I took a mini-vaca and went back to work full time; but other than that nothing went down this past month.  I was able to spend some time with friends and then realized that I don’t really have that many friends.  LOL.  During my first semester I thought that my study habits and full schedule of two jobs, school, and church kept me from having a full social schedule.  Apparently it’s that I don’t have anyone to be social with.  Everyone has either gotten married, had children, or started dating…leaving an older college student to drift.  But I’m making new friends and building relationships that will keep me sane.  One day at a time.

Things I was able to see/experience this month:  Sky lanterns: very cool ~ I was impressed with them.  Being a friend.  Finding out that a good family friend lost his son, who was my age, in a car accident.  There’s crazy diseases out there (i.e. Stevens-Johnson’s Syndrome) that happen to people you know.

I have come to realize over this past month that sometimes we live life to the fullest, giving our all to the One who gave us life and going at it one-hundred percent.  Sometimes we live life on the outskirts, not giving it our all, wanting to be what we know we ought but not completely succeeding…but trying.  And then sometimes we do what we can to hasten the end that we know we all will face not caring what happens, still going about our daily lives but barely living.  Other times we hit the spectrum of all three options, going from one extreme to the other with pit stops along the way.  I want to be all that I can be, and mainly what God wants me to be.  Do I always succeed at this?  NO.  Do I give it my one-hundred percent?  NO.  Most of the time I fail miserably.  I do hope that I get it figured out eventually, and that I can be a friend worth having and someone that is willing to give of myself and my time to those who need it.  Being an example, shinning the Light of the One who created me and gave me life and salvation.  It’s a daily processes, I fail most of the time and other times I think I have it and then realize that I missed an important component.  But just as with nursing school…it’s one day at a time.  That’s the only way it can be.  I will succeed.  I will make it…one day at a time.

My goals for this year…to actually start eating more healthy ~ not just one or two days at a time; to read my Bible more often and pray ~ building a relationship (gasp) with the One I KNOW loves me regardless; to get into shape and keep my body as healthy as possible as this invisible disease (MS) attacks me from the inside out.  Life is worth it.  Relationships are worth it.  It’s just has to be taken…’one day at a time’.



January 1, 2012

The new year has arrived.  It’s crazy how fast it goes by.  Next year on this same date, I will be getting ready to start my final semester of school.  May 2013 will be my graduation…but I’m jumping ahead of myself a little bit.  I have twelve months of 2012 to live through first.  With all the ups and downs that come with life, I’m looking forward to what this year has in store for me.

Here’s to the year to come and the year that has just past!