Saturday, May 28, 2011

No Lazy Days of Summer

After just one day off, I was back to school for the summer term. And let me tell you, there was no rest for the weary. This term is only 10 weeks long, but has all 16 weeks of work crammed in. I am counting the days until break - it's 55!!!!

While this semester is absolutely crazy (figuratively and literally meant), I am in the hospital treating patients. Yippee!!! I spend one day a week at a psychiatric hospital - I wasn't joking about the crazy part . I spend two days a week at the regular hospital. Then, I spend the other two days in lecture and lab. I must say being in the hospital is much more interesting than the classroom and if the first few week's of clinical hold true, I'm will enjoy being a nurse. The problem this semester is that being in class all week, leaves no time to actually study. However, many others (even others with young kids) have made it through the program before me - so I too will get through this.

As for the family, they are good. At least that is what I'm told. Scott, Nana, and our regular babysitter have been picking up the slack while I'm off being a student. Sarah has 9 days left of first grade. Jaley is graduating from pre-school. Mick is 20-months and phasing out of some the toddler tantrum stage. All great things!!!

The girls are busy as usual. They are cooling off in the pool with swim lessons. They ran in the neighborhood Fun Run. And after much practice (OK, some practice) they are looking forward to their first piano recital.

Friday, May 6, 2011

One Semester Down

I am officially one semester into nursing school. Six classes, 16 weeks, and in the last six days, six finals. I'm tired - but happy. The best part, by this time next year, I will be finished (360 days - not that I'm counting).

While I have read literally thousands of pages about disease, drugs, and the nursing process, I can boil it down to just a few of highlights.

  1. The official word for itching is pruritus. Where the heck did that come from? I don't know, but I can tell you I have been seen that word on at least five tests this semester. Why confuse me and say "Varicella virus can lead to pruritus," when it is so much easier to say "Chicken Pox makes you itchy."
  2. Don't get sick. It is definitely the better choice. There are a lot of nasty diseases out there - really nasty ones. Even if they have a medication to treat you, the side effects of the drugs may be worse than the original disease. It is better to just stay healthy.
  3. Sometimes, staying healthy doesn't happen. If that is the case, I can tell you an absolutely wonderful group of nurses will be graduating from UNC in 2012. This semester I have met some of the best folks in the world. If you ever need a nurse, find one of my classmates and you will know you are in good hands. At least, that's my plan.
It isn't all about nursing school, I don't want you to think I have forgotten about my alterego as a suburban mom. There was the PTA Carnival last Saturday - I bolted out of my final to take my slot volunteering at the Spin Art machine. Yesterday, it was kindergarten orientation. And today, it was an urgent visit to the vet with Buford. He got in a fight with another cat and lost - though at 14 and with no claws, I don't think it was a fair fight. The car needs to go to the shop, I'm off to the grocery store in a few minutes, and I'll need supplemental oxygen reach the top of the laundry mountain. In other words, life is great.

That is life in the stroller lane.