Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer Break!

I made it through the first two weeks of training at the new job. It was a lot of work and a lot of hours. I'm looking forward to the paycheck :) Now the kids are on a week long break for Independence Day. I NEEDED this break. The first week of training I just observed the interactions between teachers and students and the second week I took one student by myself. Next week I will have my whole group (3-4 students) along with staff support and the fourth week I am on my own! A little bit nervous. The kids have some very challenging behaviors including extreme aggressiveness. I had to learn how to protect myself from physical attacks while not harming the students. Also, many of the kids are non-verbal, anxiety ridden, have obsessive tendencies and panic attacks/tantrums. I can't wait until I see that I have made a difference in the lives of these kids.

I have an appointment with a new primary care doctor next Friday and made an appointment to see an orthopedic surgeon in early August. I need to schedule appointments with my rheumatologist and endometriosis doctors tomorrow. I'm interested to see what the orthopedic surgeon says. All the Internet based literature I have read just leaves me dreading the visit.

I am still taking Chemistry I and I am actually doing well in it. That's a surprise. However, I should also say that the professor is horrible and has told us blatantly wrong information at times in lab which has kept us there longer because we had to fix HER mistakes. I start Human Growth & Development next month, but I am not worried about the class. Next semester I am taking Chemistry II and Anatomy & Physiology I. I think I will really like A&P.

That's it for now and I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Bad Blogger

Hi everyone!

It has been another long time between updates. Sorry about that. Here is what has been going on in my life the past few weeks.

1. As I mentioned before I FINALLY graduated from college! I was looking for a job and I finally got hired at one that I think I will really enjoy and will allow me to do my nursing prerequisites. I will be working t a residential school for children with autism. It will be a lot of challenging work but I think I am up for it. I also think that the rewards I get from the job will outweigh the stress. I start tomorrow!

2. I started my chemistry class. I'm not really a fan of the professor. The requirements for the class have been very unclear and she assigns homework which she says she will go over and then does not. I have made friends with a couple people in the class and we have basically been teaching ourselves.

3. I'm all moved in back home. It is a little weird moving back home since I have not lived here full time in five years. A lot has changed in my neighborhood and I am still trying to get used to it. Also, I am not used to living at home. My dad and I get along fine, but sometimes I wonder if I have any more options. I know nursing school is going to be really expensive, so I do think it is a good idea for me to be saving that money I would be spending on rent.

My health has been up and down as well. It is becoming more and more apparent to me that the congenital abnormalities in my legs are causing problems. I am looking into having surgery to correct them but it is scary. Recovery will be long and hard and I can't think of a good time to have it. However, I think it may need to be done now so that it is not even harder when I am older. I plan on seeing an orthopedist as soon as I can. The health insurance that I am getting through my new job does not require referrals, so hopefully I can get in as soon as possible.

Those are my updates for now. Hopefully you will get another soon :)