Tuesday, August 31, 2004


Didn't mean to let so long go by...Been having network problems too...And going to the ER three times in a week is no picnic either...But I found a new allergist, who arranged for the tests to make sure what it is I'm allergic to. So that's good. And the pre-med community I'm in is shaping up. We basically started this thing, so there's a lot of kinks to work out. Our advisor is something of a perfectionist, so instead of letting us be leaders, like we're supposed to be, she's been trying to run it. But we got a lot of work done tonight, so hopefully it'll start to go more smoothly. Now if I could just keep from going to the ER every other day...After all, that isn't really the best way to learn about medicine,. although you do see, and hear, some fascinating things when you're sitting in the ER at three in the morning. I pity the poor gentleman who had to listen to me and Kate ask about half-lives. Every time they did something new, I made her come. I'm like, "She wants to watch!" Once they stabilize me, it's not so bad. I get really wired from all the stuff they give me, which is not that much fun at 3 in the morning, but makes for some really funny stories. I still don't want to get hauled off in the ambulance again, even if I am an EMT...

Sunday, August 22, 2004

I don't wanna do my Spanish homework....

....so here's some random commentary instead.
Tony Blair doesn't want to accept the medal the U.S. wants to give him. Seems like he feels it would be something along the lines of an unfair election stunt, and while I'm a Bush fan, I tend to agree with that. It will be interesting to see if he changes his mind.
You should be really careful what you watch at 2 A.M. when you're packing to move into your dorm room. For example, Venom E.R. is not a good choice because you start hearing snakes at every corner. Anything by either Simpson sister is not a good idea either because it will be in your head up to the point when you finally collapse into bed.
Whenever you take out your cell phone in the car, make sure you put it back where it goes so you don't start panicking and tearing up all the stuff in your car because you think you've lost it.
It's fun to watch Finding Nemo and say all the lines with Meka until Kate starts threatening to kick our butts if we don't stop the running commentary.
Procrastinating on your homework really isn't a good idea when you have an early morning class that you can't be late to and you're sleep-deprived already.
Of course all these lessons apply to me and my crazy friends, but maybe y'all will get some use out of them...

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Bring Out the Cavalry

Okay, so I ended up in the freaking ER on Wednesday night. Again. I had another lovely allergic reaction, and this time I don't even know to what. What a great introduction to all my new dormmates- we were at a hall meeting, and when we got out of that, the real fun started. When I went to see my regular doctor the day after she was like, "See, you're getting better at this" and I was just sitting there thinking, "But I don't want to get better at them, I don't want to have any more." I'm also really sick of people thinking I'm a stupid female. Like I told the allergist I went to after my anaphylactic reaction in May that I wanted to be tested to make sure there wasn't anything else I was allergic to, food-wise, and he basically said it wasn't necessary. I mean I do have some medical knowledge here people, I'm an EMT. The paramedic was really nice and understood that. But even in the ER, they treat me like I'm just a nervous wreck, and the fact that my body shakes so violently from the medicines I get doesn't help either, I suppose. But everybody's always like, "Just calm down," and if I could actually breathe, I would tell them that I'm not just freaking out, that my body is in the process of shutting down, and if they could just save my life like they're supposed to and not think that I'm a hypochondriac, everything would be great. I have faith in modern medicine to save me when I'm essentially dying. It just annoys me when people don't take me seriously...It's always this one guy that seems to think that I'm exaggerating or hyperventilating or something. Most of them are pretty nice about it. Wow, this has turned into a long diatribe on subjects unknown. Might as well keep going. I'm mad becuase all summer I was so careful and didn't eat a lot of stuff that I wanted to because of the chance that it might be cross-contaminated with shellfish, and in the end it doesn't even matter...I mean if I don't know what to avoid, I can't prevent another reaction, so I might as well enjoy myself. Anyway, I think this has gotten long enough...Hope you enjoyed this new perspective for once...

Tuesday, August 17, 2004


Okay, so the loud rap they're playing is going to get old really fast...So I'm back in the dorm, right now most of my stuff is strewn across the floor. Meka bought the new Avril Lavigne CD, so Kate and I now have that, which is awesome. I had a pretty good time in Virginia, got to relax for once. That was really nice, but now it's back to the grind. I had all these things I wanted to say, but I can't think of them. Oh well. More later if I do.

Monday, August 09, 2004

Never Fear

That title sounds like I should make this really eloquent. Or something. But it just popped into my head. Anyway, still excited about making EMT...Now I have to actually find a job. I'm hoping to work for my school's First Responder team, at least at first. I don't know, I'm just so excited that I can actually tell people that I'm an EMT now, instead of just training to be one. Of course I have to wait until I'm state certified before I can actually do anything. I ran into one of the guys in my class the other day, so that was kind of neat. I was surprised how fast it came back, it only took a couple of weeks. I'd been checking on the website every day, but all it said was that there was no exam information available, so I was starting to freak. But then one day it was just there, and I was wired for several hours after I opened it and couldn't study. Of course I knew I had passed, cause the envelope was big and thick from all the stuff they send, so I knew, but I still had to open it. This is a big deal for me, I worked so hard for months to get this, so it's a big accomplishment, hopefully the first of many... Anyway, I'm off to Virginia, to spend time with my grandparents. I do it every summer, but I haven't been able to before now because of my class and having to do the EMT tests, so that should be fun. I may update while I'm there, maybe not, we'll see. And as soon as I get back I have to leave for school, which is a good thing, but also bad because I haven't done anything to prepare for it. Hopefully Kate will be able to help me move, we tried talking the other night, but her phone cut out...Anyway, hope everybody has a great week, because I plan to!

Thursday, August 05, 2004


Okay, I really should be studying, since if I make a good grade on my final, I can use it to replace my, ahem, not so great grade on the first test, so this really will be quick. But I passed my EMT test!!!! I can actually say I'm an EMT now!!!I am so freaking excited, even though I kind of wish the mail hadn't gotten here until tomorrow, because I don't need any more distractions. But I worked so hard for this, for months, and it has finally happened. And I am so wired from it, I was already hyper from staying inside all day studying, I had to go outside and burn some of it off, except it's thundering out so I couldn't. But anyway, I have to get back to studying, I just wanted to share this incredibly exciting news! To me, at least!