I Don’t Know Where To Start…

Oh my gosh, I kind of dropped off the face of the earth. First of all, I have been working crazy over time, like 14-24 hours per pay period (2 wks). I have been picking up every shift that is offered. This has benefited me in two ways. Hello, amazeballs paycheck, the other is recognition by management.

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I love the overtime but as I am writing this, I am getting ready for a 16 hour shift and I am dreading it big time.

A bunch if big things have happened in my life in the past month or so. I could write pages on them but I will give the quick version 🙂

I bought a Jeep. I have wanted one since before I could drive. It was either my 16th or 17th birthday but someone in my family gifted me a Hot-wheels Jeep as a joke. So, I finally have my dream car and I love it! I love going off-road and mudding. We have taken it to an off-road park that’s about an hour away and had a ton of fun. Action shot lol:

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And here is a video also from that trip:

We are planning a couple vacations this year that will involve the Jeep. I can’t wait to share them!

We also became bona-fide cattle ranchers. Really, we bought three and we are keeping them at my in-laws. We lost one last week but here are the other two.

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Arn’t they the cutest?!

The next picture is of me feeding the one we lost 😦 so sad. Thinking back we think he was sick when we got him.

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So there is the lowdown of the last month for me. I have a couple more pretty cool things to share but I have to get dressed for work so I will make a separate post for those. The hubs and I were talking about how things seem to be coming together for us! It’s an exciting time 🙂

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First Day of Work

Ugh, I am exhausted. I really didn’t do a whole lot so I don’t know why I am so tired. Just orientation (I had so much about Alzheimer’s to relearn) and then after lunch I followed the CNA’s around. That was part of orientation so that I could get to know the patients, and I am not allowed to touch a patient until I have had 8 hours of orientation which is company policy. Tomorrow I will start training with the nurse. I will be on the 6a-2p shift tomorrow and then starting Sunday night, I will be on the 10p-6a shift. There is a resident who groans when he sleeps and it sounds like a ghost. No joke. It is going to make working nights super creepy! I have no clue how I am going to remember everyone’s name. NO CLUE. There are 51 residents. Oh get this, there are 4 house cats who live there! It’s like it was meant to be. Anyhow, I’m gonna make this short and sweet cause I have got to get things done and get to bed early since I have got to be up there at 5:45 in the morning.

The Pressure is On

Yesterday I went through and filled in my calendar for September. I know a little late, right? Better late than never. My last final for this semester is September 26th and we start the third semester October 1st. All we get is a four day break! So anyway, I have about three weeks left and writing everything in my calendar yesterday made it real. This is supposed to be my hardest semester of the LVN program. I am feeling the pressure. I have a math test on September 21st that I have to make a 95% on or I get kicked out of the program! And we are getting 30 minutes of instruction/help with the content! Seriously 30 minutes, we are doing that tomorrow from 8:30 to 9:00 and that is the only day we have with the instructor. My grades this semester are not as good as last semester so i am probably not going to make the deans list again. I am pretty sure i am going to pass though, as long as i can get a dang 95 on that math test. So I might be a little cray cray these next three weeks.

On another note, it is insane how much I have changed this last year. My entire outlook on life is different, my interests are different, my friends are different, everything. Eight months ago I would have been scared shitless to touch a Foley. We started practicing them in the lab today, no big deal. Sterile technique used to stress me out like crazy and now it is like second nature. There was a time when I thought I would not be able to give someone an injection and now I pray my patient needs a few. When someone tells me about a symptom/s they are having I have to look it up and try to guess at a diagnosis. At home I am looking up nursing stuff more than Facebooking and I just ended up deleting the Sims game off my computer because I don’t have room for it and ALL my powerpoints, objectives, and clinical narratives. I don’t have time to play it anyways. I don’t think I changed this much in middle school and highschool combined. This year had been the hardest, most stressful, most rewarding, best year of my life. This is one decision I made for myself that I will never regret.

So anyhow, here is a picture of me getting a Foley Catheter ready in lab today 🙂

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