Archive of ‘Rambles’ category
In case you hadn’t noticed… I have been pretty (okay, entirely) MIA from my blog. I’m so disappointed in myself, but y’all, nursing school is hard. I’m a planner, which is basically a given when people think of me, but this semester has stretched even my perfectly scheduled days. I keep thinking, “I can’t blog, I don’t have time,” but… What if I schedule time to blog?
BAM I’M A GENIUS.
Well maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but who knows, maybe this will be the little kicker. I just have to remind myself, the blog posts don’t have to be short novels and sometimes they can simply be my epic rants that I’m so prone to giving.
Mostly, I need to remember how freeing it feels to have a forum for voicing my thoughts, feelings, opinions, recipes, nonsense, and whatever else I feel like sharing with this small world that might see this blog. So maybe only three people see this, maybe three hundred. Isn’t how blogging makes me feel ultimately the most important part of being a blogger?
Honestly, I don’t have an answer to this. I don’t even know how to begin to answer this. But I’m going to try. I’m going to schedule time and stick to it. Gotta love that bullet planning, you know? But that’s a post for another time. Just gotta start the master list for blog posts!
Here we go on this epic new journey, where I’m not focused on a specific niche or finding the “perfect population” to read my blog. I am going to be myself and be a little controversial and be a little crazy.
Okay so maybe I’m overthinking this entire thing. What else is new?
Let me just start out by saying, I am SO SORRY that I have been MIA for the last few months. Nursing school has taken up so much of my time. I missed y’all! But I’m here to talk about something that’s extremely important to me, but also extremely controversial. I know not everyone is going to agree with what I say, and I’m even more certain that there are people out there who will be outraged at my opinions. Because I have very strong opinions.
Here goes nothing.
I am so incredibly proud of Kristen Bell’s stance on vaccinations and her babies. As seen here from February 14, she does not let anyone near her precious babies without their pertussis, also called whooping cough, vaccine. I am beyond words. Babies can’t receive their first DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis) vaccine until at least 2 months of age. That’s 2 months that the only protection the baby has is from the people around him or her being vaccinated.
People these days feel that they no longer need to vaccinate their children, or themselves, simply because diseases such as Polio, Smallpox, Measles, etc. are no longer prominent in our society. Well guess what? The reason these diseases are not rampant among our population is because people get vaccinated.
Yes, in the last decade or two, the few parents that were stupid enough not to vaccinate their children were fine not vaccinating them but only because other parents were vaccinating their kids. The unvaccinated children were protected because everyone else was protected.
But now, the cool “new thing” to do is not vaccinate children. As adults, you have every right to not vaccinate yourself, but it is selfish and negligent not to vaccinate your kids. There are risks that come along with anything you do in your life, but the benefits (e.g. being vaccinated) far outweigh any potential risks.
Take the measles outbreak in California that started in December 2014. So many people have made the poor decision to not vaccinate their kids that the measles virus ran rampant. Further adding to that, the number of international visitors the United States has on a yearly basis. The U.S. has the second leading number of tourist visits per year, only after France. There are people from international countries that do not have the privilege and availability of vaccinations. They bring these long forgotten diseases to our country. Unfortunately, that leaves those not vaccinated at risk for contracting these scary, and sometimes deadly, diseases.
I know this is a major topic and everyone has their own personal views on vaccinations. I will never stop preaching the importance of vaccines. I personally keep mine up to date and have gotten a few extra because of my profession choice. I’m interested in learning the views of my readers regarding vaccinations. Do you get all the required (or “recommended”) vaccines? Do you only get a few? Have you vaccinated your kids? Let me know in the comments below!
Seriously, nursing school is taking away so much of my time that I don’t even have a spare moment to think about blogging, let alone actually getting to sit down for a few minutes and write out some of my thoughts. It has been so long since I even got to check my blog that WordPress logged me out. That’s just so incredibly sad and I don’t like it one bit.
So basically last weekend through Wednesday at lunch, I spent the entire time studying for my three exams Monday and Wednesday. I did not get enough sleep or exercise and I feel like I barely ever even saw sunlight. It’s ironic that I’m learning how to help people get better and be healthy, and yet I spend the better part of my day sitting at a desk on my computer or iPad studying. I know it won’t be like this forever, but it’s just really sad.
Today is the first day I’ve gotten to take a hot second for myself to relax. And honestly, today has been so amazing. I have some very, very exciting news to share with y’all soon. I can’t spill the beans just yet (because the news hasn’t been made official) but I will be able to next week or so! This may just be something I’m excited about and not many people will get super overly enthused but I hope one or two do!
After my first round of exams this semester, I’m feeling pretty darn confident in myself. My grades were definitely better than I expected. I just hope I can keep that momentum and keep my grades at that level! I still have some homework to do and some clinical skills studying to finish up, so I’m going to wrap this blog post up.
I miss you guys! Don’t forget about me while I’m learning how to save lives, okay?
P.S. Check out Twitter for my rambles during the 5 second breaks I sometimes get!
So basically I just took the first exam of the hardest semester of my life in nursing school. I had no idea what to expect, just had a list of objectives to go by. Unfortunately that wasn’t exactly the most helpful thing ever. One nice thing is that the prof gave us the number of questions for each chapter that would be on the exam! Except that wasn’t helpful either. I spent so much time studying fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base imbalances (12 out of 50 questions) and that was counterproductive. Next time, I’m focusing on knowing the objectives, regardless of the number of questions for each chapter that would supposedly be on the exam. Fingers crossed that works.
Also, I like to spend about 5 minutes talking about questions we had and then I’m just over it. I can’t sit there and question every answer I put because I will honestly just drive myself crazy or into a depression. The exam is over, no good comes from dwelling on what could have been. If only everyone thought the same…
I had a brief moment actually considering just running away to the circus and quitting nursing school (as a joke of course). But that would never work considering I don’t have a neat talent to showcase. I can’t even snap my fingers!
Oh and before I go to focus on this lecture: Hi Remington! Thanks for reading my blog, sweet girl! I may just take your advice and focus on blogging instead of spending so much time studying for exams. Blogging doesn’t make me sad, and all.
So last week when I said that was the longest week of my life? I was wrong. Adding moving on top of my school work made this past week even longer and more exhausting. And even better.. I was sick! But I’m finally feeling better, and to make this Monday brighter: the Day Designers are finally on sale!
Here are the gorgeous options for you to pick from for the Day Designer:
Like OH MY GOSH, do you not love these? For the past two years, I’ve been using an Erin Condren Life Planner (which I’m absolutely obsessed with) but it just doesn’t quite cut it when it comes to nursing school.
Life Planners run from $50-$75 depending on the style you pick, whereas the Day Designers are $59. Yes these are kinda hefty prices, but the quality is unbeatable! Life Planners break up each day into Morning, Afternoon, and Evening and have weekly displays. Day Designers are daily planners, so each day has its own page with hourly schedules, to-do lists, and so much more. There are also way more design options for the Life Planner, as well as monogram/name specialization.
Deciding to make the change and go for a Day Designer has been a pretty difficult decision, but I really can’t pass up the daily schedules and to-do lists! Having a planner that is only broken up by weeks just doesn’t provide enough space for my hectic schedule these days.
I have been waiting anxiously for the email announcing that the Day Designers are on sale for the 2015 year. It definitely made this Monday a little less Monday-y! Oooh I’m so excited!
Oh and we have finished moving all of our stuff into the new apartment! Kitchen is done, curtain are hung, and things are finally coming together. I can’t wait to share our new space with y’all! I’m really starting to feel like a grown up with our new place.
My lecture break is over, so I have to get back to my endless PowerPoints, but comment below with your favorite Day Designer (mine is the Carrie Floral)!
You guys. I’m not even kidding you. This has been the hardest and longest week of my entire life. Nursing school is so rough. I knew it was going to be time consuming and mentally / physically exhausting, but I was so not prepared for just how true that is.
In all honesty, it’s so worth it though. I’m loving all the things I’m learning and getting to know the other students along the way. I think the reading is the most daunting thing. I have never seen so many gigantic books for one semester. Professors be like, “Bring these three books to class” and I’m like, “How am I supposed to carry all of those?!” I wish I was exaggerating.
Of course, with my luck, I’m assigned to one of the two groups that are supposed to give a presentation on the second week of the semester. The same week I’m packing and moving to the new apartment! What luck! I shouldn’t be that surprised, I pretty much have the worst luck ever when it comes to those kinds of things. What can you do. Back in the day I would get all bent out of shape about it, but I’m getting way better about just accepting it and rolling with the punches.
So let’s see… I found out I’m really, really good at restraining people. And putting on sterile gloves! That’s pretty exciting, if I must say so myself. For all the fears I had about failing at everything, at least I can say I’m good at something or other. Even though I wouldn’t be doing a lot of restraining in the Labor and Delivery (L&D, for future reference) department [I don't think?].
Anyways. I’m so sorry I haven’t been around all week. It has been an action packed week and I’m not sure I would have even gotten to eat if it weren’t for my amazing boyfriend. He has to go on a business trip in a few weeks and he’s kinda worried I will forget to eat [and I don't really blame him, I'm a little worried too]. I was straddling the line of a mental break down last Sunday, and he talked me back down and off the edge. I forget that I can’t look at the big picture because that will add so much unnecessary stress, but to look at the day or week ahead [thank you to my sweet Godmother who texted me Friday morning to remind me that]. I can’t finish this adventure in my life if I don’t take it a day / week at a time, you know? I’m so thankful for him that there are no words. I don’t even know that I have expressed that well enough to him. But he’s my rock. There are four things that I believe will get me through nursing school: the boyfriend, my faith, my family / friends, and a lot of Starbucks venti unsweetened iced coffee with milk [but I add three Splenda and a splash of half&half]. I know it’s normally three things, but I like the number four better.
I think Saturday / Sunday will probably my blogging days, as much as I dislike leaving y’all hanging for the whole week. Maybe after this semester, I will be able to post more often. I might even be able to every now and then this semester, but no promises. There will certainly be a lot to share on the weekends, that’s for sure! For now, I’m off to go study. Shocker, right?
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