Social Uh Oh

Have you ever met two people around the same time who had the same first name?

Make sure you know which one you are talking to before you open your mouth.

That is all.

Gorgeous Sunday

It was a gorgeous weekend here in north Texas. I went out and played putt-putt for the first time in years. I even managed 4! hole-in-ones.

I have good memories of playing putt-putt with my Pepaw. When we’d go to visit for the summer, he’d take us to the playland while my grandma was at work. We play a round of putt-putt, and then spend our tokens trying to earn tickets for a grand prize at the end of the summer. It was always a time of serious concentration as we’d sit down, count out our tickets and decide what we wanted. Trading in the tickets was always a sign that the summer was coming to an end.

I want a new hairstyle. Any ideas?

Comic Book Dreams

I had a very intriguing conversation about comic books which led me to question my lack of interest in them. I finally decided it must be because of my dreams.

I dream in storyboards. The scenes are sketched out, with just a hint of color shaded here and there. I can actually see the pencil/chalk lines (I guess my inner artist fancies pen & ink over paints). Occasionally, there will be a word or two on the page, usually to add emphasis. Overall, they remind me of architectural proposals or movie staging. Since I do the same thing to everything I read, the images in the comic book conflict with my own visuals. It’s like falling in love with a character in a book, and then totally hating the actor picked to play him in a movie because that’s not how you pictured him.

What about you? How do you dream? Do you dream in color? Does it look like a live action movie? Are you a participant, or a passive observer? Are people speaking your “first” or “primary” language? Does anyone else dream in storyboards? If so, how do you feel about comics?

Easter Dress

:)

We had our last checkoff of the first semester of nursing school today — inserting a Foley catheter. After next week, we are done with our lab class. The nice part is that we’ll have two weeks after the end of clinicals to concentrate on lecture. I don’t know about other nursing programs, but our lecture class is killing us! It seems like every time we get together, we’ve lost a few more people. It’s scary to see that happening to people I thought would make decent nurses. Just shows that I shouldn’t be the one judging 

And, I have a decision to make. The campus I’m attending now is my second choice campus. I was told that if I asked for a change to my first choice campus for the second semester, I’d probably get it. But, I’m not so sure I want it now. Since I’ve already established friendships with some of my fellow nursing students, and I know that I have people I can count on if I need a helping hand. I’m sure I’ll meet new people, but will it be the same? However, the other campus is closer to home and has free parking. The clinical sites should be closer, too, which will be really handy when it’s time to start job hunting. Ah, decisions!

Easter weekend was really nice. We went to Florida to visit SK’s nieces and nephew (and their parents happened to be around, too!). I know you may not believe it, but I actually wore a dress to church.

Are you done laughing?

Vital Signs

Sorry I didn’t write more last week but it was pretty hectic: I got a new car (2007 Mazda 3 — love it!), my student loan came through, I started a new job and I got my clinical uniforms.

Today marked the beginning of week 3 of my first semester of nursing school, and things are really starting to move along. We had our first skills check off today over vital signs. We had to prove that we could do temperature, radial pulse, apical pulse, respirations and blood pressure. If that’s all there was to it, it wouldn’t be so bad, but there’s a very specific way we have to do things. For example, one girl placed the patient’s arm over her abdomen while counting respirations. She didn’t get credit for it because the instructor said the arm is supposed to be over the chest — not the abdomen! I won’t find out how I did until tomorrow.

Our first lecture exam is next week, and we are preparing for physical assessments in our clinical labs. Hospital rotations start during week 6 and I cannot wait!

Wheels on the Bus

I survived my first week of nursing school, despite the nasty weather. There were a few shady experiences with public transportation, but after a long talk, I think we worked out our differences. I’m a little concerned about some of the people in my classes, and wonder how they managed to get in. But, now I think I understand why only 6,000 of the 16,000 people who started nursing school in Texas actually finished their programs.

Classes started with the basics: proper hand washing techniques, how to take off protective gear and the roots of modern nursing, including Florence Nightingale. I can’t wait until we get started on the fun stuff!

Tomorrow will be a long day — I have to be there at 7a, and won’t finish until 5:30p.

It Begins

Today is my first day of nursing school! I’m so nervous that I don’t think I slept a wink last night.

Wish me luck!

Good News

I promised some good news awhile back, didn’t I? Before Tars gets too upset with me, here it is:

The Good News:

Fall 06 Grades

I pulled off a 4.0 this semester! If asked about my grades after midterms, I probably would have said that I’d be happy if I could pull off three Bs and a C. I’m proud that I was able to turn them around. 

The Better News:

Overall GPA

I finished my Associate in Arts degree and I will graduate with high honors (requires a 3.75 – 3.99 cumulative GPA). I never imagined that when I started going back to school. 

The Best News:

:)

I was accepted into nursing school, and I start next week! I’ve already gone through orientation, and now I’m just trying to get all my ducks in a row. Expect to hear more about it soon

Holiday In Your Heart

by Jaxia @ 3:11 pm on December 8, 2006. Filed under Life

Xerox is in the holiday spirit! They set up a website to send FREE postcards to U.S. military personnel who are currently stationed overseas. You can pick out the card and the message. They print it out and take care of the rest! What a great opportunity to show them our appreciation

Do You Hear What I Hear?

by Jaxia @ 5:32 pm on December 6, 2006. Filed under Life

I know I haven’t been around much lately, but I’m studying like crazy for my finals. I’ll be done with all of them by the end of the day on Tuesday, so expect to hear more from me then. Oh, and I have good news to share so be sure to check back! Woo!