This week I completed my last normal lecture exam, my last lab test out, and this weekend will be my last clinical weekend…for this semester. Next week I will complete my lab practicum and lecture final and then I can finally say that I am HALF WAY THERE!! Fireworks? Celebration music? Alcohol beverage of choice?…ok, not yet. But STILL! I am very excited.
I started this whole thing not knowing what to expect, and I will admit that the first semester was difficult for me. I picked up the skills like a natural, but the time commitment to prepare for the lecture exams was intense, and working full time and planning a wedding all at the same time was damn near suicidal. That’s not to say that I didn’t feel like a fumbling idiot the first time I had to assess the vital signs of a real person, or the first time I had to give that STUPID SUPPOSITORY, or the first time I got POOPED ON or THROWN UP ON, or the first time I had to give an injection or start an IV. But…I made it, and it wasn’t nearly as bad as I anticipated, and I am constantly shocked at what I am capable of doing when I push myself to the limit. And it FEELS AWESOME!
This semester has proven to be MUCH better. I am looking forward to the summer semester with a positive attitude and a sense of accomplishment and confidence that I lacked going into the start of all this.
I’m feeling ready for the second half…bring it on!
(These weren’t my personal experiences, but I can definitely relate) :