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Naaaaaahhhh, just kiddin’.  I wouldn’t do that to you, and add to the plethora of year-end lists already out there.

Just wanted to check in with this ole’ blog and say hello and Happy New Year to y’all.

Thank you to all the readers of Adventures in Nursing School — I plan on keeping this page updated on an (almost) daily basis with more stories from my 2nd semester in nursing school.  This coming semester holds 2 rotations:  7 weeks of med/surg with telemetry, and then 7 weeks of labor/delivery, where I understand I’ll get to witness my first live birth and maybe hold some babies and feed them and figure out why any newborn, upon seeing me for the first time, suddenly gains the ability to run.  Amazing for the child’s development, sure, but terrible for my fragile psyche.  I’m sure I’ll have some stories to tell.

In any event, Happy New Year to everyone, and here’s wishing for an amazing, fun-filled, super-duper healthy 2010.

Be good.

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Ahhh yes, Christmas.  Used to be a time when we’d be excited for like, an entire month long, and get up at 4AM to wake up our siblings and see whether Santa had come bearing good tidings and all that.

What’s happened since?

Seems like people everywhere are just … just … cynical and sort of unhappy with the stress it all brings.

Now, before I say more about that, yes … there are definitely tons of great things still going on, lots of peeps happy and whistling and enjoying the true spirit of the holiday.  I see it every day, I do.  I admire the folks who go about this season with nothing but optimism in their voices, with smiles on their faces, and with unrelenting good cheer.  It’s truly awesome to see that.

Maybe it’s just me getting older (33 is a magical number, they say), but there just doesn’t seem to be as much delight in the Christmas air.  Are people really that stressed out by it all?  Your comments are welcome!

Onto other topics.  W pointed out in my previous post that a “Bucket List” is really something you do when you’re about to “kick the bucket,” per se, so I suppose I should re-word that.  I don’t plan on keeling over anytime soon.  I mean, I have like, 3 more semesters of nursing school to finish first!  So perhaps it’s more like a “Christmas Break To-Do List.”  But then that might imply that I have to do these things, which I really don’t.  Oh, I dunno, call it what you will.

And lastly, another thing — I went over to one of the nursing buildings yesterday to have a look at the final exams and see what I got wrong.  While I was there, I got to stop in to another professor’s office and see the feedback the other students had given us on our group presentation on Genetic Counseling.  I have to say, I wasn’t too surprised at the feedback — both positive and negative.  All of the things I worried about as potentially negative were represented by some of the students’ feedback.  And probably with good enough reason.

I have to stop beating myself up over mistakes I make, and here is a prime example.  I worried about some of these things prior to the presentation, but decided to go ahead with them, and got a bit of negative feedback.  So there it is.  Gotta live with the decision, and be okay with that.  It wasn’t anything that really nagged terribly at my conscience, so at least I have that to fall back on.  Most of the feedback was entirely positive, and that made me feel good for myself and for our group.  And we got a great grade on the presentation.  But the perception others have of me will always nag at me somewhere deep inside.  I don’t want to ever disappoint my classmates or friends.

So gotta work on that.

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Seriously, how long’s it been since I’ve been here?  A week?  And here I was doin’ so well.  Oh well, I guess I’ll go through these little lulls every now and then.

So yes.  How’ve ya been?  I’ve been pretty decent …

Finals were over on Tuesday the 15th.  We took all 3 of them at once.  In actuality, it wasn’t all that bad, since these were not cumulative exams, covering all the material from the midterms on.  However, it was still a lot of information, with the added stress of taking all 3 exams at once.

Let’s see, what else has happened recently?

  • Spent about 8 hours celebrating after the final exam(s) with classmates.  That was a ton of fun.  Started off at a local restaurant/pub, then the party moved on to my apartment, and then moved off to another local favorite.  I think I might have slept 14 hours the following day.
  • Most of my grades are posted, and I’m very happy with them.  As I said before, I kind of pushed my online graduate course to the back burner for most of the semester, and it showed in my grade.  While still happy with the grade, it was my lowest one.
  • Class schedule has been posted for next semester, and it looks great!  January through the end of February looks like Monday-Tuesday 9-5 in class, then I have clinical rotation Wednesday/Thursday 2PM-10PM again.
  • For the first 7 weeks of the semester, I’ll be in telemetry rotation.  For the last 7 weeks of the rotation, I’ll be in OB rotation.
  • They’ve split up the 130 or so students into 2 sections this semester, so some of my close friends I won’t be seeing.  I’m not sure whether this means we’ll be in classes with them still, but just not potentially in rotations.  Not really sure yet.
  • My clinical group is great for telemetry!  All good people, and I’m excited to get to know them better.  Looks like 7 of us.

And oh yeah, we just got 23 inches of snow on Saturday!  SO great when you don’t have to shovel any of it.  W, E2, and L2 met up with me at school, where we didn’t even try to make a snowman, because the snow was too fluffy.  Decided to just go eat instead, and ended up at a favorite place of ours, where W’s classmate, A4, met up with us.  From there we just walked around in the blizzard, attempting to see straight, stay warm, and keep away from W’s shenanigans with the snow.

Poor A4 was totally set up and had her face and neck filled with snow, courtesy of W.  Good times.

So what does this extended break hold in store for me?  Lots of things, I suppose — here’s my Winter Break Bucket List:

  1. Lots of sleepy.
  2. Fix up my bicycle all nice and purty.
  3. Experimenting with making my uncle’s delicious bread (he taught me last week!).
  4. Working.
  5. Lots of Slurpees.
  6. Re-learn how to play the piano.
  7. Study for the HESI.
  8. Watch at least 2 seasons of ER on Netflix.
  9. Find new glasses.
  10. Call Comcast to get me new cables and get rid of the humming in my TV.
  11. Get back into the gym.

Ok, I didn’t say it would be an exciting Bucket List.

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Ahhhhhhhhh … done.

So yes, the semester is finally over.  I’ll be writing much more about this over the weekend, but for now … it’s time to sleep for-EV-er.  And ever.  Amen.

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How to Get Longer Arms

Today’s Google Search Term Special:

“how to get longer arms”

Now, that’s just gotta be someone messing with me, right?  I mean, right?

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So I was going over some more of the amazing search terms people use to find this blog, and came across the following search term someone used recently:

“when will guy in nursing school ask me out”

Awesome.

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Yeah, forgot to mention something about Simulation Day.  After our group went first, we had a lot of time to sit back, observe the other students, and just enjoy the day.  About 2/3 of the way through the simulations, I heard my name being called from near the front of the room.  It was the Director of the Simulation Labs and the Director of Clinical Rotations, and they were pointing at me, asking me to come with them.

“Uh oh,” I thought.  “I must be in trouble.”

Alas, I was not in trouble.  They simply wanted to use me for my freakish limbs.  That’s right, I was, once again, The Guy With the Long Arms.

As part of the simulation, they needed to pretend I had to get into the chair from my bed, and 3 students were in charge of moving me.  I was instructed, “Act as weak as humanly possible.  You just came out of surgery, and you have absolutely zero strength.”

Awesome.  I can do that!

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