This is what I’m going to school for.  Tomorrow I have a rotation at Shands.  I’ll be assisting in multiple procedures like this.  I’m nervous as hell.

The next big school thing

Long school stuff.  Enjoy.

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Test week done.

This week in school, we did a lot of important tests.  The kind that make you crazy.  The kind that take your brain and squeeze it down to mush.  I still have headaches.  I passed all the tests, so I’m still chugging along, though I would have liked to have done better on one of them. 

Today, we also got a brief hands on with the Ultrasound machines.  We all got to scan the carotids on each other and just fiddle around with the knobs and buttons in general.  That was way too much fun.  I got over fear number two as well.  Fear number one was that I would have a severely fucked up EKG and would discover bad things.  Fear number two was that my carotids and jugulars would be almost blocked and I’d be a future stroke patient.  Not only is everything nice and clean, my velocities are on the low end of normal.  I’m not dying (yet)!  Next fear to overcome will be confronted when we do heart echos.  That will be the scary one.  I’m looking forward to next semester when we actually learn about the procedures and start doing some hard core hands on with the machines.  I’m also looking forward to the Cardiac Cath labs and classes.  That’s going to be awesome.

And so, there it is.  School continues to be awesome, even after a seriously stressed week.  Any fears I had that I was doing the wrong career path have been all but smashed.  Things are good!

CVT Week 1

This first week of classes flew by.  It seems like yesterday I was anxiously awaiting starting this program, and now we’re already one week in.  My classes, so far at least, seem pretty damn interesting.  The instructors are excellent.  I could not ask for better teachers.  Each of them is really smart, have an amazing sense of humor, and seem to know how to relate to the students and not just dump an excess of information on them.  Perhaps it’s the nature of the program and that these will be the same instructors we’re dealing with for the next two years.  I don’t know.  Whatever it is, I couldn’t be happier.

My classmates are awesome.  I already get along great with a good number of them.  It’s the complete opposite of the last few semesters where most of the kids just wanted to get in and out of class and have little interaction and the people I talked to were few and far between.  The people in my class are nice, and the ones in the class ahead of us have been great.  They’ve stopped in a few times and kind of checked up on us throughout the week and given us a lot of good advice.

Since we’re on the summer session, everything is crammed together.  Half of our classes end in about 5 weeks.  Then we’ll have a slightly easier schedule as we drop from four classes to two.  Sure, it’s still Ultrasound Physics and Patient Care, but no problem.

Next semester is when the fun really begins and we get into the hands on stuff with Ultrasounds and Cardiac Catheterization.  I’m really looking forward to that.

So, so far, all is golden.  I couldn’t be happier with my choice in programs.