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A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle: July 2010

A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle

"I cast my lot with a Marine and where he was, was home to me." ~ Anonymous.

Monday, July 26, 2010


I love glazed pecans.

Emerald makes amazing glazed pecans in the flavor of Pecan Pie.

I just noticed that the back of my bag says, "May contain tree nuts or peanuts."

Pecans are a tree nut... Does the fact that they are glazed PECANS in the flavor of PECAN PIE escape consumers attention to the point that a warning needs to be placed on the bag warning consumers that the bag contains nuts?

So weird to me.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Oh Boy!

The good news? I'm feeling better. By tomorrow, I will be good as new. I woke up this morning very, very sick. I decided to sleep for a bit longer and woke up feeling much better. I don't know how that works, but I'll take it.

The bad news? I'm sorta freaking out. I am studying for my licensing exam. I graduate in two weeks, and take it right then. I get home from WSU on a Saturday and take my exam that Wend. I took a review course online and feel like I learned a lot from it. It really helped. But because I was doing that, plus school, I didn't do much studying. Then I moved to Pullman and started working 10 hours a day and doing the review class... Not really conducive to studying either. The class is now over and I'm studying my butt off. I just won't be able to get it all in. I have a question and answer book that I'm doing and an actual review book that is just information. I haven't touched the review book and have 6.5 chapters left of the Q&A book. I just don't think I can cover it all in the time I have left. I'm stressed.

And I start my new job in three weeks. I'm sorta stressed about that too. I'm not 100% sure what to expect there and, though it is related to my field, it's not something we cover heavily in school. I just don't know what it's going to be like. I'm excited about working there, but it's a bit much to finish school, immediately take my licensing exam, then immediately start a new job. All I can say is, Thank God my job does not depend on me passing my exam!!!!

I want to pass on the first try, but it will be ok if I don't. I know people who have jobs that they will lose if they fail... So relieved that I'm not in that boat. But it's still a lot to take.

I don't really know how to process it all. I go back and forth between being excited to be done with school and being nervous about being out in the real world. I am excited to take the VTNE (my licensing exam) but nervous that I'm going to fail it. I'm really excited about my new job, but nervous about it... What if it's not what I think it is-- I'm pretty sure I understand my job, but I'm nervous that I don't. What if I hate it? Again, I don't think I will, but you never know. I loved massage therapy school, but when I got out in the real world, I hated being a massage therapist. What if that happens again?

Do you ever feel like life is happening too fast? That is what I feel like now. I just got to Pullman and I'm already in the home stretch to being done. I had six weeks to study for the VTNE and now I only have two- and really it's only a handful of days that I'm not working. And, before I know it, I will be at my new job. I'm excited to be graduating into a job, not many of my classmates are doing that... Let alone into their dream job... but it's going so fast. I was really hoping to have a few weeks to relax and enjoy being done with school before starting work.

All I can say is-- OH BOY!!!!

Friday, July 23, 2010


In large animal, two days a week I get off early. Earlier this week, I verified it was ok for me to go home. I was told it was fine, that the students were just going to head to the dairy again and that I probably didn't want to go because some people had come back from the dairy with Camplobacteriosis.

Campylobacter is a nasty little bacteria that causes a rather crappy illness. Cows carry it. You can get it from eating undercooked meat (pork, chicken, or beef) or from eating unpasteurized food. It's actually more common that you think, with several million cases reported each year... And it happens to be a hazard of my job working with animals that I may or may not contract a zoonotic disease. In all reality, Campylobacter is not the worst thing I can get.

That said, yesterday I woke up not feeling well. During the day, I developed nondescript abdominal pain. I opted to skip the evening trip to the dairy and stay back at the hospital. Today, I woke up feeling much worse, and my abdominal pain is worse too. I went into the hospital to work and my supervisor said I could go home and go to the doctor. Which I did.

A physical exam, blood work, and x-rays turned up nothing too revealing. None of those things will tell me if I, too, contracted Campylobacteriosis, but were done to see if anything else may be causing me discomfort. I was given a prescription for antibiotics, in the event I do develop the rest of the symptoms (it starts with nondescript ab pain, then turns into horrible diarrhea a few days later... I know, I know TMI) I went to the store and bought Gatoraide just in case.

I start work in the ICU next week and really can't afford to be sick. I need the hours to graduate and don't want to get any compromised patients ill... Thought I'm not 100% I can pass this on to animals... I know I can to people, but only through fluid exchange.

We'll see how I feel in a few days. But, hey, I get all day today to study for my licensing exam. Now, if only I could force myself to do that. :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New Readers

I see that I have a bunch of new followers, and based on that, and a very nice comment, I realized that it may seem weird to read my posts if you don't know what I do.

I am finishing up my final externship, and will be graduating from school in the next few weeks. I am going to school to be a veterinary technician, which is basically an animal nurse.

I am currently doing my externship at the Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which is a fully functioning, state of the art, veterinary hospital used for their veterinary program to teach vets how to be vets. I am lucky enough to be learning how to do my job from the very people who teach the student doctors. Very Cool!

I hope that clarifies things for everyone! :)


So, I'm afraid I've been neglectful again. Sorry.

I'm just working so much. I'm in large animal now. I've done some really great stuff. I love every minute of being here.

I did, finally, get to intubate a horse. I've gone on farm calls, helped on surgeries, everything I could ever want to do.

Most of my time is spent working or studying for my licensing exam. WHEW! So busy!

I will announce that I did get that job! My dream job! I start the week after I get home from WSU.

It's too hard to chronicle everything I am doing here simply because I don't have time. But there isn't much I haven't been able to do!

My next stop is ICU. I'm hoping to learn a lot about critical patients there.

I promise to be better when I get home. Only two and half more weeks!

And I promise to start being a better blogger friend when I get home. I'm sad to say that I'm not up to date on anyones blog. I just don't have enough hours in the day. SORRY!!!!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Fourth!

I hope everyone has a great Independence Day!

I'm sorry I've been MIA. I took finals, packed and left for the other side of the state. Then I arrived, unpacked, spend a day with my husband, then he flew home.

I started work on Monday and my 9 hour shift with an hour lunch has turned into a 10 hour shift with a 10 minute lunch (if I'm lucky, sometimes it's no lunch at all). I have gotten to do everything I could ever want to... Except intubate a horse. I really want to do that, but haven't had a chance yet. But I have placed more IV catheters than I can count, I've placed an arterial catheter, intubated a million times, and created my own anesthetic protocols.

I'm in the anesthesia department right now. We decide what drugs to use, medicate the animals, prep them for surgery, monitor them and then recover them afterward. And it's not just for surgery. I learned how to use the MRI machine this week because we anesthetize for that too. Anything that requires an animal to be out cold. :)

It has been so cool! I'm learning so much, I am utilizing everything I learned in school... It's so amazing to me that I'm able to bring back all the stuff I have learned in the last two years and use it in everyday life at work! All that studying really paid off!

I can't really explain everything I do all day. It's very medically technical. I try to talk to my hubby, but I can tell it just flies over his head. LOL. But trust me, it's awesome. I've been sending emails. to my teachers and fellow students about how I'm doing. My program direct forwarded some of them to the campus director and they are posting them for everyone to read! I feel really proud of that! They keep emailing me telling me how proud they are of me!

The town I'm in is small and there isn't much to do here. The frat house I'm living in looks like 50 20 year old boys live here. Boys are disgusting. That's all I can say. But I'm working so much that I hardly have time to think about it.

My husband is visiting this weekend, so I haven't been too bored, but I'm rather boring now. All I want to do is sit around and recover from my long days. My job is a bit stressful, so I'm really worn out by the end of the week.

Whew! I'll try to keep you all updated on how I'm doing. I'm just so darned tired!