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Thursday, 26 March 2015 06:41

All Good Things Must Come To an End - But Not Quite Yet!

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So of all the things I’ve done, classes I’ve taken, certifications I’ve worked for, and classes I’ve taught, by far the most challenging thing I’ve done has been paramedic school. We are by no means done, but as I look at the schedule posted on the wall next to me, I see that I have about 3.5 weeks of class left with new material. There’s 5.5 weeks of the semester left then finals week. During the last 1-2 weeks, we study for our comprehensive final. Whew!

I say this has been the most challenging, but not the hardest thing I’ve ever done, because of the myriad of ways that I’ve been challenged. The obvious one is the course work. There’s so much to learn, remember, and apply; so much that it seems overwhelming and huge, but everyone in my class has done it! We’ve survived the weekly exams, skills tests, quizzes, projects, drug sheets, discussion posts, and countless hours spent reading and studying. I’m not 100% sure how we did it, but it’s happened so far. The end is now in sight and we buckle down for the final stretch.

Under the category of not being done, I begin my clinical shifts on the night of April 5th and then begins the several hundred hours of hospital time. This time is spent between the UNM ED, the UNM Pediatric ED, the Lovelace Downtown ED, the Presbyterian Downtown ED, the Sandoval Regional ED, the Presbyterian Kaseman ED, the UNM MICU (Medical ICU), the UNM TSI (Trauma Surgical ICU), UNM Labor and Delivery, the UNM OR, Lovelace Women’s Hospital Labor and Delivery, and the Lovelace Heart Hospital OR. Most of those are spent in 12-hour shifts and through it all we have to do certain numbers of different skills, assessments, ECG interpretation, intubations, and be a part of two live births in the L&D departments. The next 5 weeks or so we’ll also still be in class. So, all in all, very busy.

The other aspects of this year of work that are the most challenging are the drive to do well, keep on track with school work, keep study habits, not slack off, keep a job, keep a social life, keep up relationship with Christ in track, and not go crazy doing it! Next is finishing clinicals and then internship, hopefully being done with it all by September.

Through it all, it’s, even now, a huge feeling of accomplishment begins to creep up on me. I’ve learned a lot, it’s a great feeling to know that I have advanced my knowledge of medical science and emergency medicine in particular by leaps and bounds. This by no means the end, but it is a huge first step. It’s the middle of a road that will be life-long. A road of education that won’t end until I get to change the name of the website to “theblackbeltdoctor.com”

Until next time, see you on the next one and stay safe out there!

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  • Comment Link Judy Layne Thursday, 26 March 2015 21:14 posted by Judy Layne

    This is the first time I'm reading your blog. You are doing a great job of keeping everything in balance. Keep up the good work and say hay to Casey.

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