Monday, January 19, 2015

Second Semester

It has been a LONG time since my last post.  Honestly, this blog is the last thing on my mind, ha. Nursing school has been the most difficult thing I have ever done.  I love the friends that I have made in my cohort, and we help each other survive week to week.

A quick overview of my first semester goes like this:
My Foundations of Professional Nursing class was stressful, but mostly enjoyable.  I can insert Foley Catheters into a male or female, I can insert an NG/NE tube, I can check vitals, give a bed bath, help patients ambulate... and more.  Clinical for this class was so much fun and helped reinforce that nursing was a good choice for me.  My professor was so awesome... hilarious and she cared about her students.

Health Assessment was TORTURE... pure and utter TORTURE.  I do know how to do a good bedside assessment, though, and that was the point... I'm glad to be finished with this class.

Pharmacology was so difficult, but so great.  This was primarily due to an amazing professor who is probably one of the best lecturers I have had since starting school.  I still have so much to learn about Pharmacology, but I have a wonderful base of knowledge because of this class.

I held it together and stayed strong up until the end of the semester during finals week.  I have never worked so hard to make a B... And B's I made... in all of my classes.  This was difficult for me since I made A's all through my 4 semesters at Ozarks Technical Community College where I got my gen ed courses done.  In my defense, if OTC's grading system were to have been used, I would have made all A's... but alas.  I was warned that this would be the case, and truthfully, I brushed off the warning because I had good study habits and I was determined... but I just couldn't figure out what I needed to do in order to pull off an A.

Back to the melting down bit.  In Foundations we had to take a test called the HESI.  It is supposed to predict how well you will do on the NCLEX-RN (nursing boards)... anyway, the test was worth 5% of my grade if I passed the first time and I would get 2.5% if I passed the second time.  Well... I didn't make a high enough score to pass on the first time... and it hit me hard.  I cried and cried and cried... but I eventually pulled it together... got a study plan figured out, and on my second try I passed with flying colors.  I made a 1045... which the passing score is 900.  So YAY... But still I mourn that I could have gotten an A in that class if I would have passed the HESI on the first try... oh well... moving on to semester 2.

I am no longer a nursing school baby... This semester I am taking Medical Surgical Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, and Aging and the Older Adult.  I am nervous, and I do not know really what to expect, but one thing is for certain, I will give it my best, and I will hopefully survive to see semester 3.  It will likely be Summer Break before you see another update from me, but I wanted to let it be known that I am still here! ha.

The semester begins tomorrow.  Please wish me luck... say prayers... ha, whatever!  I'll take it.

Until I resurface,

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Nursing School

I'm here.  I made it... I'm in nursing school at Cox College.

I found it very funny to look back on my post where I announced that I was going back to school.  The initial goal is being realized, but what I want to do with myself as an RN is vastly different.  I started out wanting to do what everyone else seems to want to do as a nurse.  Now my interests have shifted, and my ideal job as a nurse would be cardiac care, recovery room, infectious disease, or triage of some sort.  Honestly, I think I will be too much of a beggar in the beginning to be a chooser, ya know?  So I think whatever nursing job I can land to get established will be what I will take.

I am in my third week of nursing school. So far, I have taken my first exam for one of my classes (I made a strong solid B, which typically I wouldn't be happy about, but I am honestly just trying to survive at this point),I have my first competency test this Friday for vitals, and we are going to be giving each other baths for our lab! *insert shocked face emoji*... Then, I am facing two more tests next week.

I love my professors.  They are all so vastly different, and they all seem to want their students to succeed.  That is so very important.  When they professor is rooting you on, then you are in good hands.  I am still nervous about everything, but I am beginning to not feel so overwhelmed by it all.

There is a mountain of school work I need to be doing, so I am out of here.  I hope to give more updates as I can.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


...but not the fantastical escape reality kind... no.  These are "big girl" books.  Looking at this stack almost makes me want to cry, but I have 12 more days until these books become my solitary confinement.  Three of them are as big as the HOLY BIBLE! Two others are even more ginormous... I'm in for it.

I am officially resigning myself to "no-lifehood" August 18th.  See you on the flippity flip.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

My Fourth of July

I ran my first 10k race early in the morning on the 4th.  I had such a great time.  I didn't get to train as hard as I would have like to for the race, due to school, but considering that, I did pretty well.  I am not a fast runner.  I am short among other deficits.  I usually run about a 10:15 min/mile, but during this race, I ran 3 miles under 10 minutes.  One clocked in at 9:13.  I was pretty proud of myself. On the normal, it takes me about 1 hour and 5-7 minutes to run 6 miles.  I ran this 10k (6.2+ miles) in 1 hour and 3 minutes.  I didn't place very high... but I wasn't last, and that is all that matters to me.  I didn't stop to walk at all.  I kept running the whole time.  The slowest mile I had was 10:54, and that was mile 5, when I usually hit "the wall." 

I plan on running a couple more organized running events before the year is up.  I think I will work on training myself harder to be faster. 

Later in the day we went to "Freedom Fest" which was being hosted by a few area organizations.  We got to spend some time with our church friends and relax watching a pretty decent firework show.  Besides the traffic getting out, it was a wonderful Fourth.

This picture was taken by my friend's husband. Not perfect, but glad to have it. I am barely in  the pictures.
 This is as good as dark firework pictures get with an iPhone.

 As blurry as this one is, it's one of my favorites. :)  Brendan was having an awesome time.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Classes Start Today

Shortly after I post this, I am going to be immersing myself in Statistics and Introduction to Professional Nursing.  I am so nervous about this summer semester.  I have a feeling I am going to be dreaming statistics. This has proven to be the most difficult math class for me so far.

This past weekend was a wonderful way to end my summer freedom, though.  I spent some time with my parents.  My daddy and I had another one of our meaningful chats.  I love talking with him.  We did family day with Dave's Army Reserve Unit, which is always an awkward day for me since I don't know anyone very well.  Then Dave, the kids, and I played cards... so much fun.  Last, I got to see my sister who I haven't seen in a while.  She has lived in Florida for the past 2 years and magically was able to move back in this area, so I hope I get to spend more time with her.  Our youngest daughters are only 1 week apart in age and so far, they like each other.  YAY!

I took a 4 mile run on the roads by my mom and dad's house... what a brutal run it was.  187 ft. gain.  This is a lot for someone who is just used to running primarily flat trails.  I won't lie, I probably only ran for 3 1/2 of the 4 miles.  I did get some pretty pictures from it though... Say what you will about it, Arkansas is really beautiful.

These are my running shoes that I got not long ago.  My hips would be in a tremendous amount of pain after a run, as well as my ankles.  These shoes have been very nice.  I don't know all the technical words runners use to describe what their shoes have, but they have a 0, 4, 8, and 12 mm offset heal to toe.  I tend to hit on the outside of my foot first, when I run, so these shoes are built to where they help offset that taking a lot of impact pressure off of my hips.  They really have been great.

Anyway.  Next weekend is another busy one.  We will be in Arkansas yet again, spending time with the family.  Then hopefully, my summer will get back to more of a routine rather than being so sporadic.

That's about all the dull boringness I can conjure up for this blog today.  Off I go to start torturing myself for the next 8 weeks.  Here's to an amazingly fantastic and successful go at Statistics.  Bring it.

Have a happy week you all.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Summer School

It seems that a month has came and went since my last post, and I didn't even notice it at all.  I have these spurts where I have absolutely nothing interesting to blog about.  I know how blog readers prefer pictures to be the dominant feature in a blog post, and I, quite simply, have not had anything hugely interesting to take pictures of... but here is one of my daughter Avery... who is silly 99% of the time.

I have one more week of freedom before I have to hit the books for the summer.  Can I be honest and just tell you that I am not looking forward to taking classes during the summer?  I'm not.  I have to take my Introduction to Professional Nursing course and I have to give Statistics another go.  Both are online, and I hate online courses.  However, I am going to stop my negativity there.  With all of that said, I will do an about face and change my tune to excitement as I am half way to my degree.  Pretty cool.

What is on the horizon for me during the summer?  Well, first, this weekend I am getting some away time with the hubs.  Pretty excited to spend some time with him without kids and in another city. Next, my brother and his wife Liz are coming to visit for a bit, and I am getting a little giddy.  During that time, my birthday happens.  I turn into an even older fart.  35 on June 15.  Like sands through an hourglass.  On July 4th I am going to run my first actual 10k.  Then, I have my Basic Life Support Class.  Lastly, sometime between now and August I have to get vaccinated for school and figure out child care for my daughter Avery.  Okay, the further I got into that list, the more stressed and freaked out I became, soooooooo... back it up.

Long story short, I have a busy summer ahead of me, and much of it will not be exactly fun... but it will be productive and quite possibly result in some form of awesomeness.  Hopefully I am able to photo document some of it and slap it up here in blog form.

Happy Weekend and Happy "SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER" to you all.

Monday, April 28, 2014

My First 5k

One of my New Years Resolutions was to run some 5k's and 10k's this year.  I never would have ever thought that running would be something on my resolutions list.  I used to be the person who said, if you saw me running, you better run too, because something bad is happening to make me run. Ha.  I have since changed my mind.  I ran my first long distance in October of last year in the throws of my weight loss journey.  I had no idea how fit I was getting cardiovascular wise, but 1 hour a day on an elliptical for a month had really done wonders.  I was able to run 4 miles, only taking a couple of walking breaks.  The next time I ran  I didn't walk at all.  I have ran 6 mile runs without walking.  It became a time for me, where I was just concentrating on the music in my ears and releasing stress.

I decided my first 5k experience should be fun and not a serious race.  I signed up for the Color Me Rad 5k.  I was supposed to run it with my husband, but he had to go away for training that weekend, so I gave his spot to a friend of mine from church named Melissa.  We were perfect running partners because she is short like me.  Our strides matched and we pretty much kept the same pace.  I was so glad that she came out to run with me.  My friend Danielle ran it with her husband... she is a good 5 inches taller than me so she was KILLING it.  She ran the 5k about 2 minutes faster than Melissa and I did.

All in all, it was fun.  I want to do some more fun races, but my next run is a 10k on the morning of the 4th of July.  I have never run 6.2 miles so I am hoping that I can conquer it.  Usually by the end of my 6 mile runs I am ready to stop running, so adding 2 tenths of a mile onto that run seems so daunting, but I know I can do it.

One thing I made sure to go out and purchase after this run was some running tights.  My loose fitting pants are annoying to run in... so I will be good to go for the 10k.

What are you doing to stay fit and have fun?