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No Rest for the Wicked

"Happy Mother's Day" -dust!?!

“Happy Mother’s Day” -dust!?!

This year has absolutely flown by. Last week we helped the Nursing Class of 2014 graduate, which puts us at the top! We are next! Just under a year now before I get to walk to the stage and get my degree, then to another ceremony to get pinned.  The semester we just finished was a rough one, we lost about a quarter of our class; at least.  Right now we are in our skills rotation, which is 90 hours of clinical time spread over 9 days, I had a few days between shifts so I thought I would be productive and try to blog some. I miss being able to blog when I want, the last year I had zero time between reading, studying, class, clinicals, and spending time with Taylor when I could! After skills we do Mental Health, it is the shortest semester but I think it will be the most fun for me!

I also accepted a ‘quick’ blog design job since I have a little more free time during this semester. Hopefully that will go as smoothly as planned and I will finish up before I start the Mental Health unit!  That bit of income will help buy the next round of books and supplies for school.

Mother’s Day was yesterday and was super sweet; I got a handmade bowl and some other goodies from my daughter, and she sent me a Maily that she made all by herself! Although she wrote ‘dust’ I am hoping she meant something else, and of course she said she couldn’t remember when I asked her!  She is getting so much better at reading and sounding out words. I wish she would stop growing for just a bit, it is all so fast!

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Nursing School Updates

 

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So, I am four weeks into the nursing program.  I am both loving it and hating it at the same time. I understand the content, I am loving learning new things, and even though I have NEVER read so much for a class I enjoy it. What I am not enjoying is the drama, the cliques, the ‘not knowing what to expect’ because the program made so many changes with our class that it is a hot mess now.  I did pass my first two tests though- so yay! 

However, even with all the unease, this will make graduation so much sweeter, the groups will change, the people will change.  I don’t think any of this would affect me as bad if it were not for all the drama in other parts of my life at this time.  My husband got laid off the Friday before I started classes, my financial aid is a disaster that I am striving to get fixed before refund checks are sent out so we can pay some bills, my daughter started kindergarten, and I am pretty sure one of my tires will blow out any day now. 

I should be reading now in fact, but I felt the need for a little break so here I am. (Procrastinate much?) I do love that I really do feel like I am learning something, something useful at least. The fact that it is all making sense so far is awesome too! I have days I wake up thinking there is no WAY I can do this… but the next day I wake up renewed and refreshed and excited to get back to it.  I will be much more at ease once my program settles down on the back-end and all the professors get on the same page, which is happening, slowly but surely.  I can’t blame them for how harsh they get at times, this change is hard on them as well, I just have to remind myself that this is all new for all of us, and we will survive, no matter what happens. I hope…. 

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I got in!!! RN Class of 2015!

i-can-t-keep-calm-because-i-just-got-accepted-into-nursing-schoolFINALLY! Two years of prerequisites and co-requisites and I finally got the letter I have been waiting on- I got in!! I start classes in August and should finish in May of 2015. Life is going to change, I will be even more busy than I have been but at least I am on the final road now, no longer trying to make it to the main avenue!  

I have recently joined a gym to try to get rid of some of the ‘freshman 15 (50)’ I have gained, when we start clinicals in September our uniforms are all white- I so don’t want to be a marshmallow look-a-like! :-)

I am so excited to get started; our orientation is on the 25th and I wish it would get here already! I want to know everything!  I will be going to my mom’s in Dallas for about a month between orientation and when classes start so that will help keep me distracted I hope! Time has practically stopped since the letter got here! 

In other news- my daughter graduated pre-school last week- winning an award for being the most dramatic of her class….. yeah, proud parenting moment there!  It sure fits her though!  Her first day of kindergarten is also my first day of nursing school so it will be a exciting day all around!

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New Year, New Me

The new year came and went, I barely stayed awake for midnight myself! One of my resolutions was to eat better and lose some weight. That resolution really became a need when I saw myself in some Christmas pictures, wow! So here we go, it is day four (I procrastinated starting my diet!) and so far I am down just two pounds but I feel confident that I can do better in the coming weeks.  The plan is to try to post here as we go to keep myself accountable. 

I would really like to lose at least 50 pounds by August, that is when I will be starting clinicals in Nursing school and our uniforms are all white… I will be nervous enough without having to get a HUGE white uniform that shows all my flaws! 

One of my first steps is drinking more water- like any water is a change… I am horrible at drinking water usually. After four days of making sure I drink at least 60 ounces of water a day I am noticing that my skin is clearer and I am less itchy, and I am running to the bathroom like I am pregnant again but I am sure my body will adjust to actually being hydrated soon! :-) 

Stay tuned for updates and more pictures along the way, if you would like to join me in my journey let me know, I will be happy to add a link you your blog in future updates! Here we go! 

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Late Night ‘Mental’ Energy Surge

I hope I am not alone in this problem! I battle with insomnia pretty frequently, so often I am too tired to get a lot done that isn’t absolutely needed. At night when I am finally feeling tired and relaxed, trying to go to sleep I tend to get this amazing positive energy burst, at that moment; often 2am or later; I feel like I am going to be able to clean the house, organize the closets, dust the cobwebs; even work out the next day…. Then the next day comes and I am just as tired as the day before!

So, for about 30 minutes most nights I feel amazing, I don’t know if it is the relaxation that is giving me the false sense of being rested, or if I am just plain crazy. I have even tried to get up right then and start cleaning or working out- just to quickly peter out after about 20 minutes and feel like crud and head back to bed!

I am hopeful that one of these days I will wake up feeling as good as I imagine the night before; until then the clothes stay folded on the couch, the fans are dusty, and the cobwebs are happy. Has anyone else experiences this kind of feeling? Any tips to make it last to the next day? :-)