This was a rough week. I started out with two Chemistry midterms last Thursday (class and lab), followed by two extra shifts last weekend. Monday I went straight from work to an ACLS class all day (which was pointless because I just recertified in May, but thus is Pinellas County EMS – pointless). I went home and slept for six hours, then stayed up and studied and went to class Tuesday morning. Worked Tuesday night, had Wednesday night off, class and lab on Thursday, had Thursday night off which I spent studying for my Psych midterm yesterday (for which I had to get up three hours early), then worked last night. Today, for the first time all week, I got a normal night’s (day’s) sleep and got up at the usual time… and it’s back to normal this week. Luckily I did very well on all my tests and passed ACLS (again).
I also got a chance to look at what my schedule will be for next semester…and it won’t be pretty. I’m taking Anatomy and Physiology II (and lab) online (should be ok – I’ve done all that before), and taking Chemistry II and Organic Chemistry I (both with labs) in class. I’ll have class Monday through Thursday, with labs two of those days. I figured out how to work it so my labs are on the days I don’t work (so I can sleep), and for the rest I’ll just have to get up, go to class, and go home and sleep for a few hours. Working nights is frustrating as far as daytime activities are concerned, but the plus side is that if I were working days I wouldn’t be able to go to school. I may be sleep deprived, but at least I’m getting these classes done. The real upshot is that I’ll have all my prerequisites done in time to (keeping my fingers, toes, arms, legs, and eyes crossed) go to PA school in the fall. And THAT will make it all worth it. Now I just have to get in…
I’m really thankful that I have a job where I can knit. I’m still really enjoying dispatch – I never realized how stressed I was all the time while I was working out on the road until I stopped doing it every day. Between that and eating food that is not making me sick, I’m feeling great! (even with the sleep deprivation). It gives me a chance to do homework or study (once it calms down after midnight) or knit – I’ve gotten a lot done! My coworkers think I’m a little kooky, but they’re used to it now. It’s working out really well right now, because I have a new (paid and super secret) test knitting project to try to finish before my trip next month.
Speaking of my trip next month…I’M GOING HOME FOR A VISIT! I’m flying up to Rochester midday on November 9th, and going home early on Monday the 12th. I hear there’s already a family birthday party (?) that weekend so hopefully I’ll get to see everyone in one shot. I can’t wait, both for the vacation and to see everyone – I miss you guys!