Thursday, September 3, 2015

2015-2016 School Year!

We are about to start our 9th year of homeschooling.  This is our third year of Abeka Academy.  It has been a huge blessing to our family.  We watch the teachers on the computer and then do the assignments.  Every quarter I have to send the tests and a couple of writing assignments into the Abeka offices.  They grade everything and issue a report card.  This report card is what I send into our school district. 

Today was unpacking day!  It is a lot like Christmas when this day arrives.  The newness of the upcoming school year brings such excitement.  All except for my 10th grader.  He is not a fan of school.  Some days are better than others.  He is a great student, but it is just the pulling teeth to get the assignments done that leave me pulling my hair out. Last year he finished the year with 3 A's and 2 B's.

Everything is included in these boxes.  Courses this year are Algebra 2, World History, Biology, English, Spanish and Bible.

In addition to these courses he will be taking physical education.  This is by far his favorite course.

In October he will start his course for Certified First Responder.  The CFR course is something he is really looking forward to.  Once he passes this course he will be able to take the EMT-B course at the age of 18. 

One of my favorite features of the academy is everything is planned out for me.  No more planning on my part.  It was fine when the kids were younger.  But now that I have a 10th grader the courses are a bit more complex.  The only thing I have to do in way of planning is to write down the daily assignments.

So here is to a great school year!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Light at the End of the Tunnel!!

Last night I finished my final EMT class.  This class has stretched me in ways I had not even imagined.  My classmates have been so much fun!  The class itself has been difficult for many reasons.  But you know what?  I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.  All of the things we go through in life make us into who God created us to be.  I know the things I went through in class will make me a better medic.

I have to admit.  There were many times during the past four months I questioned my ability.  If it were not for such wonderful people in my life rooting me on I would probably have quit a long time ago.  I know without a doubt this is what I am called to do in life. 

This past Saturday I took my first exam towards becoming an EMT.  This was the hands on practical skills exam.  It was one of the most stressful exams I have taken.  There were 6 stations we had to demonstrate skills in. 

Mandatory Stations
1a. Patient Assessment~ Medical
1b. Patient Assessment~ Trauma
2. Cardiac Arrest Management/AED
3. Bag-Valve-Mask Apneic with a pulse
Optional Skills~ I had to blindly pick a card to see what I was tested on.
4a. Upper Airway Adjuncts and Suction
4b. Supplemental Oxygen Administration
4c. Bleeding control and Shock Management (this is the one I picked)
5a. Spinal Immobilization~ Seated Patient (this is the one I picked)
5b. Spinal Immobilization~ Supine Patient
6a. Immobilization Skills~ Long Bone Injury
6b. Immobilization Skills~ Joint Injury
6c. Immobilization Skills~ Traction Splint (this is the one I picked)
The day started out bright and early!  The exam started at 9 am.  I think we were all finished by 3:30 pm.  I PASSED this part of the exam!  This Thursday I have my written part of the certification process.  I will be honest!  I am not the best at taking tests!  I am pretty nervous about this exam.  I am praying that God calms my nerves before going into this exam.  

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Life Happens...

I cannot believe it has been so long since I posted anything here.  My poor little blog has collected so much dust!  I just thought I would stop by and say a quick hello.  Life has become so crazy I don't feel like I have time to do anything.

As I mentioned before I have started my EMT course.  It has become very overwhelming for me.  I have my exams in just 4 weeks and I do not feel ready at ALL!  My stress level has shot right up.  I know if God has called you to something He will bring you through it.  I am trying my best to remember that. 

I am not a big fan of my instructors.  I do not feel they have prepared us for the exam.  I cannot put my finger on any one certain reason.  But this has added greatly to my stress level.  Sadly, I am not easy to live with recently.  I feel like I am setting myself up to fail. 

I no long have time to do the things I loved.  Cooking, photography, blogging, working out and oh so much more.  I have become a shell of someone who just studies all the time.  Last week I was questioning my calling into EMS.

Then last week I started my training with the agency I will be riding with.  I quickly realized THIS was exactly where God wanted me to be.  Helping a person in their time of need.  So I decided that I will take it one day at a time, one exam at a time.  I would appreciate prayers for me (and my poor family) as I prepare for these exams.  My first exam is August 15.  This one is a hands on skills exam.  The written exam is August 22.