I’ll start by apologizing for it being so long since my last post… It’s incredible how fast the time flies by.
At the beginning of school the information came quickly, but was manageable – I had figured out ways to effectively manage my time between studying, work and wee ones – For a week or two at a time it seemed like drinking from a firehose (as I posted about a few months ago), but after that particular module things would settle back into that intense but manageable level I had grown accustomed to. I had found effective strategies to study and retain the info – I lulled myself into believing “ah this isn’t so bad” and for a few weeks I didn’t understand why I had heard so many stories about how hard paramedic school was.
Then we finished Cardiology and all bets were off.
In the two months since cardiology we have covered our medical/trauma and pediatrics modules as well PHTLS, PALS, and EPC. Reading assignments of 100 pages a day in one text-book and another 70 in a supplemental book became the norm on a different topic or body system each day. If the early stages of class were like drinking from a firehose… the last few months have been like drinking from “Old Faithful” or maybe Niagara Falls.
In addition to all the class work there have been 250 hours of clinicals to do.
It took everything I could do to keep myself afloat in class for the last few months. My grades dropped from A to B and after a few of the exams I wasn’t sure that passing was a certainty.
Now I understand what all the “fuss” was about.Understand that the above isn’t meant to gripe or complain about school – I merely offer it as an explanation for my extended absence. All of you that sport the disco patch have been through the same or similar experiences – my situation is not unique by any means.
There is a month of didactic left – operations – it should be some of the “easier” material we have covered in class.
There is a small mountain of other things I would like to share – a layoff – a new job opportunity – moving into teaching classes next semester – the impending field internship – but there isn’t time for all of it today. Let’s say I have a lot of things to share with you all – now I just need to find the time to peck it all out.
Hopefully, I will do a better job of finding time to log in here and peck on the keys for a bit over the coming weeks to keep you posted.