Friday, May 29, 2009

Unemployment Sucks

It really does. Still job-searching, but the Local Big Spiffy Medical Center is actually HIRING, so i applied for ALL their patient care positions. I'm overqualified, having a BA, but that's ok. I'll do pretty much anything.

In MEDICAL news, I've been down at the EMT squad a lot this week, preparing to test tomorrow and get my license back. (Let it expire while taking nursing prereqs- oops!) I LOVE living in a small town- excellent gossip. Last week was apparently an absolute nightmare. TONS of calls. And I learned that we have a New Local Batshit Crazy Dirtbag. LBCD is living in a falling apart-at-the-seams trailer which cannot be condemned, because of the state Live Freeze and Die attitude, which precludes condemnation for health reasons without a REDICULOUSLY long process. On the bright side, people dont lose their homes. On the downside, this "domicile" is being inhabited by 2 people (LCBD and wife) 2 dogs, a goat, and some chickens. None of whom apparently know how to use sanitary measures for their bathroom habits. So there's excrement EVERYWHERE, no electricity inside, and the whole structure is percariously perched on a hillside.

The net result of this is that EMS is PROHIBITED from entering, no matter HOW crazy he is when they call us. We stage down the hill, and FIRE has to go in IN FULL HAZMAT GEAR with breathing masks to get him out. Which they wont do, for fear that the hovel will tip over, and kill them. So we have to wait until he comes out. Ew. And the police are worried, because he's CRAYZEE. As in, we're currently trying to get him shipped off to the state hospital. The problem is, his wife (just as crazyee) keeps bailing him out and taking him home.

Good to be home.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Speed Record

Happy Memorial Day! As a result of it being the holiday weekend, nobody is calling back. Hrmph. Holding pattern until Tuesday.

Went up the mountain today, and set a personal best time- 36 minutes ascent time! Woot! Thats about 3 minutes faster than my previous best. Admittedly, I was wheezing audibly enough to worry pretty much everyone else on the mountain, but I sort of enjoy wheezing and STILL passing everyone. I figure that I'm in considerably more danger from TAKING my Albuterol than from my airways closing down on the mountain. If I SLIP on that mountain once I start shaking, I'm DEFINATELY going to get hurt. So i just drink water, put my arms over my head, and deal.

Good weather. Also cleaned the house, did 3 loads of laundry, and read a murder mystery.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Still Unemployed

Getting VERY bored, and beginning to go quietly insane. I vividly remember why I like living on my own. I'm about 2 days away from applying to work shifts as a waitress at my old restaurant. Tomorrow I'll be calling everyone again, and CROSSING FINGERS that somebody (anybody) with a hospital, or a clinic, or something will take me.

Surely SOMEONE needs a tech!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Spring Redux

The interesting thing about journeying to the Frozen Northlands (currently not frozen, at least during the day) is that spring resets itself. You go from irritatingly summer-like conditions in April, and suddenly find that you've jumped backward about three weeks as judged by plants. Its rather fun, since you get to see some of the prettiest foliage TWICE.

On the nursing front, filling out applications, more applications, still MORE applications, including to a freestanding Dialysis clinic, the Big Spiffy Academic Hospital (ee!) the Smaller Local Hospital, and, of course, the Public Health Service. That's the one I REALLY want to come through. The best POSSIBLE outcome would be to go with them for the summer. I just called the recruiter, to ask if they need anything else from me, and am waiting for her to call me back. Fingers, toes, and all other appendages crossed!

In the meantime, I will be helping serve at the festivities marking Commencement at the Law School where my mother works. Good food, and they pay. Could be worse!

Also, recertifying my EMT on May 30! Then I'll be able to get some decent trauma!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Wrap Up: 2008-2009 School Year

Well! It's actually that time already! I'm spending the entire day packing all my things that I might conceivably need for the next three months or so, returning books/DVDs to the library, emptying out the freezer (taking the food to the volunteer EMTS, who WILL eat just about anything) returning the school-sponsored laptop to tech support, hopefully hitting the gym one last time, putting everything in the civic.
Tomorrow morning throw the sheets into the laundry bag, make the bed, close all the windows, unplug EVERYTHING, get IN the civic, and head North. North, where the leaves are just beginning to THINK of coming out, where the grass may or may not be green yet. You know, like early May is SUPPOSED to be...if you live in the Frozen Northlands.

On the way home I'm making one more attempt to have lunch with one of my oldest and best friends on earth. He helped me through a nasty depression, through high school, and he himself survived 4 deployments to Parts Classified. For the last couple of years EVERY ONE of our plans has fallen through due to circumstances beyond our control. Still trying to break the trend, this time with a picnic.

Then, because the universe is funny like that, I get to meet up with the Former-Fiance, to hand off a textbook that he's buying from me. Its funny to think of him getting his EMT license, since he used to put his hands over his ears and hum to himself when I described trauma. Who knows, maybe (if fate is feeling especially nasty) I'll be working with him a lot in the future. I'll deal the way I always have- crack a few jokes, and pull faces when he's not looking. Its Terribly Mature.

Armed Forces Physical on friday for the public health service. Cross your fingers and hope they take me!!!! If they do, i'm strongly considering accepting a commission after graduation.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


One more test, one more paper to go. Needless to say, i'm SWAMPED with work. Also managing to fit in some time at the gym. I'm really stepping it up! Hopefully by summer in the Frozen Northlands, I'll actually be in good enough shape to wear a bathing suit in public.

2 grades in so far, both A. I'll take it!