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  • Welcome to the Blackbelt Medic. This is the web home of Nathaniel Bland: Former Firefighter, Paramedic, EMS Educator, 2nd Degree Blackbelt, and student.

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Friday, 16 January 2015 21:37

Semester 2, Week 1

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This week hasn’t been nearly as stressful as the first week of last semester. It feels like I’m getting back into the groove of something I’ve already done. I’m super happy that I survived last semester with nothing lower than a B and thus not killing my GPA. I feel much more prepared for this semester than I did last time because so much of what I think we’re gonna be doing will be simply building more on what we’ve already covered. This first week of OB has been a good beginning and a little levity as we got to watch/listen to Doug try not to giggle during that lecture. It was still informative and there’s a LOT more to that whole topic that I ever though.

I’m super glad we’re with done with pharma as a dedicated class, though I know we’re still going to be using it a lot. That class stressed me more than any other, but I think by the end of the semester I was actually getting it and putting stuff together in what I guess we call synthesis in education. Just the beginning though and I can’t wait to learn more!

Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00

Week 2 - Insanity

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Week 1 wasn't horribly hard, but it was trying. This week was crazy with the amount of reading and watching I've done: hours and hours of watching videos and reading book chapters. I feel like I've learned a lot and come a good distance this week. Though, one class is giving me more trouble than the others.

I think the biggest thing has been self-discipline to do work each day. Even if it’s only 3 hours, as I’ve done that each day it has made the work be much more manageable. I’ve also found that breaks in the studying to do something different have really helped. After a few hours, I like to go to the gym and workout for an hour or so. Sometimes it’s hard to convince myself to go do it, but it keeps me healthy which is huge in this course! I refuse to get sick on my professors timeline of early December, so I’m keeping a proper diet and keeping up with exercise. (Click "Read More")

Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00

Week 1 - Patience

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This past week has marked the transition from summer time into school time. This past summer has been interesting in many ways not the least of which has been the fact that it marked the first full year since I moved from California. Over this summer, I’ve had a chance to become more acquainted with the state of New Mexico and the new place I call home. I didn’t have a lot to do over the summer, but the things I did do included teaching at EMSA, reading for this class, and in general getting rest since I knew I would get less of it once this class began.

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