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Year Two of Being A Student Nurse — February 14, 2019

Year Two of Being A Student Nurse

Only another few weeks and that will be the end of my second year in my training to become a registered nurse. I know everyone told me how quickly the time would pass, and it seems they were right. I have chronicled my journey so far in a couple of poems here and here and thought it only fitting that I should write a poem about how I got on in the second year.

During the second year of my nursing degree

There was so much we had to do

Not only were there assignments to write

But Clinical placements too

I’ve written a digital story

About person-centred care

Also critiqued and reflected

Whilst tearing out my hair!

Learned about diseases I hope I never get

And the drugs that treat them

Which I pray I don’t forget!

An important group presentation

Where things could get quite fraught

And of course, applying theory to practice

In everything we’ve been taught!

Despite my doubts and worries

That I would be able to succeed

I am still hanging in there

So, bring it on year three!

A New Look for the New Year! — February 9, 2019

A New Look for the New Year!

Unfortunately, I have not been able to blog as much as I would have liked over the past year and I especially miss catching up with everyone. I have managed to get on Facebook though and have at least been able to see what you have all been up to. Even if I haven’t interacted much, I am still lurking about in the shadows!

I have just finished Uni for my second year in my nursing degree and have got 7 weeks left of a very busy placement where I feel there is so much to learn. However, as we have just had horrid Path & Pram plus medications management exam I am finally free from the revision that has been taking over my life for the past god knows how long!

All assignments are now finished and passed and I am just awaiting the results of that exam (in about 3 weeks time) to be able to relax (albeit temporarily) and look forward to my 3rd and final year)!

I had a look at my poor neglected blog and decided that I was going to move back from self-hosted to WordPress as it was due to expire and I cannot afford to lash out for another few years, plus it is cheaper doing it this way. As some of you may remember though, my technical skills when it comes to blogging are pretty rubbish and when I transferred everything back I lost all of my images (sound familiar? I did this before once as well)! Not only that but I have had to change themes as the other one was a plugin for which I would need a business account). Anyway, suffice it to say that I am now fiddling and faffing about trying to add images to all of my posts. (Hopefully, they are all stored on my pc but it is finding them, as I forgot exactly what I called them when I filed them)! Oh, and to top it off all my followers seem to have legged it! (Not that I can blame them though as I have been a little elusive lately!

So what I am blabbering on about is that I am still here despite my blog looking bloody awful and pictureless. I am doing my best to get it looking pretty again but not sure this theme is one I will stick with yet. I am hoping that now I am back in the warm embrace of WordPress my site won’t keep falling to bits despite my best efforts to muck it up when I try ‘improving’ it.

If anyone is still around and reading this, THANK YOU! I will try and be a little more active with my blogging this year. 🙂

A Christmas Update — December 17, 2018

A Christmas Update

As some of you may have noticed, I have been pretty quiet lately! In fact, it has seemed so long since I’ve written a blog post, it feels weird, especially as there are some changes to WordPress which I am getting to grips with. 

Anyway, I thought that I would give you an update as to what has been happening with me. firstly, I am nearing the end of my 2nd year as a student nurse. It seems unbelievable that the time has passed by so quickly (well at least it has for me)! I just have one more placement to do, a couple more assignments, oh and an exam, but by the end of March, it will all be done and fingers crossed, I will be ready to enter my third and final year! 

In amongst all the stress and madness of studying, we decided to move house as well! I may have mentioned once or twice how much I love being near the sea, well I am now living in a little seaside town and am only about a 10 min walk from the sea. One of my sisters has also moved to the coast around a 10 min drive away to the same town (where this photo was taken) as one of my brothers, and my other sister lives a further 10 mins down the coast in Folkestone. Despite it being the middle of winter, I am already feeling the benefits of the move and feel much more motivated to go for walks and enjoy the fresh air, even if it is a bit, well…fresh at the moment!

 I have tried to keep my hand in with blogging now and again, particularly my collaborations with Daffy. There will definitely be more Silly Saturdays to come. I truly do not know where the time goes and have got so behind with everyone’s blogs. I will be trying to catch up with you all over the next couple of weeks to see what you all have been up to. I have really missed you. I am also going to try and write a few posts during that time as well, I am sure there must be some poems inside me screaming to be let loose! 

Rain, Rain, Go Away, It’s Supposed to be Summer! — June 1, 2018

Rain, Rain, Go Away, It’s Supposed to be Summer!

It is probably no surprise that I am writing about the weather again, as I have done here but this torrential rain that we are having at the moment is rather getting on my nerves!

I know I am obsessed with the weather

But really it can be such a pain

One minute it’s so hot and stifling

The next it is lashing with rain.

The sky can change in an instant

From a beautiful and calming deep blue

To an angry dark looking monster

Belching out thunder and lightning bolts too!

Ear-splitting, eye-popping drama

A month’s worth of rain in one day

Floods causing chaos and destruction

It’s about time the rain went away!

It causes me quite a dilemma

As I want to be suitably dressed

If I’m attired in a summery outfit

And get soaked I won’t be impressed!

Hot, Sleepless Nights — May 29, 2018

Hot, Sleepless Nights

You know I am always moaning about the British weather? I wrote this about one of the things in particular that drives me crazy when the weather is so unpredictable, one minute roasting hot, the next freezing cold!

The weather was so hot and sticky

It was disturbing my precious night’s sleep

I spent all night with the fan on

Duvet on the floor in a heap!

I decided it was time to take action

And packed the heavy duvet away

In its place, a thin bedspread

I’m bound to be cooler this way.

The first few nights it was lovely

I didn’t have to keep mopping my brow

Between the fan and the bedspread

I slept so much easier now

The weather started to get cooler

The heat wave had burned itself out

The bedspread  pulled up into service

In the night when I fumbled about.

I still felt hot and sweaty

The next night when I fell into bed

Old Grump was cocooned in the bedspread

And all I could see was his head!

I still had to have the fan on

Enjoying the delicate breeze

But in the dead of night, I was awoken

My body had started to freeze!

I tried to grab some of the bed spread

But greedy Grump slept like a log

I was now bloody frozen

And tried to cuddle up with the dog!

She wasn’t having any of it

And scampered off down the bed

This called for desperate measures

I tried to snuggle the Grumpster instead!

The next night I had already decided

The duvet was back in its place

With this weather so temperamental

It is always there just in case!

7 Annoying Things About Summer — May 27, 2018

7 Annoying Things About Summer

You may have seen my post yesterday singing the praises of summer, if not you can read it here. Now, just to balance things out a little, this post is about the annoying little things that are not so great about the summer.

  1. Flies and wasps! These little sods get everywhere and anywhere buzzing about, dropping into drinks and dive bombing food if you are not careful.
  2. Curdled milk. What is it with people (especially at work of all places), leaving milk out of the fridge so that it goes like cottage cheese after a little while and smells
  3. Neighbours who think they are bloody Bruno Mars! Honestly with the windows and doors open and the close proximity of all the houses where I live, every sound can be heard, so when Mr Mars next door starts wailing at the top of his out of tune voice, it is not a pleasant experience. I would love it if he could sing as it is far better than his shouting his head off that we normally get!
  4. White clothes. Now I love all my white outfits despite the fact that white is not always the best colour for the more voluptuous woman to wear. However, being as clumsy as I am, they are normally filthy within a couple of hours where I have sat on something or knocked something over myself!
  5. Sleepless nights. Yes, I get enough of those as it is, without the stifling hot air that hangs heavy in my bedroom, despite all windows being open. Having the fan on does not always help as it makes such a bloody racket which is very distracting!
  6. Bad hair days. My hair has a mind of its own and does not want to conform to any sort of style, but in the summer I have one look only; the sweaty, plastered to the head kind of arrangement!
  7. Sand everywhere. I have always been a bit fussy about this, even as a child. I hated being covered in clumps of sand after getting out of the sea, where it had stuck to me. I never wanted to eat the picnics Mum got out of the cool box as inevitably sand would have got into the sandwiches! That CRUNCH as I bit into it made me feel sick and even spoilt my appetite, which, I can tell you, takes some doing!

What do you find annoying about the summer?

7 Wonderful Things About Summer — May 26, 2018

7 Wonderful Things About Summer

The sun has finally come out again, and it is beginning to look like summer. Here are some of my favourites things…

  1. Enjoying all the beautiful gifts, nature has bestowed on us. The flowers, now in full bloom, not only do they look gorgeous, some of them have a beautiful scent too
  2. Good old BBQs, I do love them. It is particularly lovely when there is a load of you getting together enjoying the flavoursome food, and each other’s company.
  3. The sea. I love swimming in the sea in the summertime. A beautiful hot day, lazing on the beach and then cooling off with a refreshing swim.
  4. Not having to remember a coat! It is great just being able to go out in short sleeves without having to worry about getting cold.
  5. Listening to some great summer tunes! I love music at the best of times, but I always feel happy listening to the sounds of summer!
  6. The light mornings and evenings. I have never been that keen on the dark so having so much daylight really lifts my spirits, especially when I get up nice and early and the sun is already shining brightly.
  7. People come out of hibernation. There always seems to be more to do in the summer, People feel much more sociable, and get-togethers happen frequently.

What do you love most about the summer?

Lost For Words! — April 10, 2018

Lost For Words!

As many of you know, I really love words and the fun that can be had with them. However, as you get older (so I’m told), you might have a bit of job trying to remember a particular word that you were searching for.

How many of us have said,

“Can you pass me that…….thingummyjig’ or perhaps ” where is the …….oojamaflip?” Where on earth do these silly words come from? I know I often resort to ‘do-dah’ when I can’t find the word I need.

My step-father had a broad West Country accent and he would often say something like,

“Go and get the wha’s call it for I.”  He also had a lovely way of getting words mixed up as in ‘every Dick, Tom and Harry’ or better still, “pass I thick Amber Solamber, will thee?” Now, of course, he meant to pass the Ambre Solaire suntan lotion. Bless him, he always took it in good part when we laughed!

My husband is another one who can’t recall what he wants to say (well, he is even older than I am), and will refer to things as a ‘gizmo’ or ‘dooberry firkin.’

It’s funny though as most of these words we resort to when we can’t think of the right one, are probably about three times as long!

It’s good to talk! — April 9, 2018

It’s good to talk!

Like most people, nowadays we have a landline as well as mobile phones and use both equally.  As technology becomes more and more sophisticated, I become more and more befuddled. I do know how to use some of the features of both, but mainly I use them to make phone calls (surprisingly), send texts and take photos. I have once tried to compose a post on my phone but it went horribly wrong, and I ended up raging at the bloody thing (after all it is the phone’s fault and not mine of course)!

Anyway, a rather strange thing happened a while ago, I was on annual leave, and Mr Grump rang me on my mobile to tell me to get ready as he was picking me up after finishing work. He asked why I didn’t pick up the home phone, and I told him because it didn’t ring, that’s why! He said it rang for an instant then gave the engaged signal, was I on to the phone to someone else or did I just cut him off?

I hadn’t done either. Obviously, he didn’t take my word for it, and when he came home, he rang the landline from his mobile, engaged. That was a bit odd. I made sure the line was clear, it was. He tried again, engaged I tried it, ring, ring. Funny, I could get through but he couldn’t

Oh, that was it, we had to detour to the bloody EE mobile phone shop in town to see what was wrong with his stupid phone! I hate these places. Trendy, young sales assistants who are all up with the latest gadgets, give the, “Oh, God don’t let them come to me” look to each other as we approach the front desk.

The unlucky loser was a young woman with the kind of two haircuts in one style that is so popular at the moment. She listened disinterestedly as poor old Grump gave her a rather lengthy explanation of what was wrong.  I could see her eyes glazing over, and that she was itching to snatch the phone off of Mr Grump so she could look at it herself.  After a few swipes of the screen here and there, she handed it back and said in a bored monotone, “there is nothing wrong with it at all, the settings are all fine, and there are no blocks on it.”

Great, that was really helpful. Mr Grump muttered his thanks, and then later on when we were at home asked me to ring Talk Talk our landline provider to find out what the problem was. I went selectively deaf for a while, why the hell did I have to do it!

Anyway, the next day he went on about it again so, when he came home, I moodily rang them. Well, of course, I didn’t get anywhere. The automated system asked me the wrong questions, and from the answers, it insisted on getting, I was told robotically that they would test my line and text me back.  They did an hour later, nothing wrong.

I phoned again, pressed different buttons and gave what must have been the right answers as I actually got a person! Mind you; I think they thought I was a bit simple and said they would also check the line, but I got my own back on Grump and made him talk to the bloke and tell him the problem he was having with his phone! I don’t know what was going on, but he had my phone, his phone and the landline, and still, it didn’t work. He couldn’t ring the landline and I could. More tests would be carried out and Grump was fuming.

I picked up the landline phone to ring my sister, and as is usual I pressed a few wrong buttons trying to find the address book part. I noticed something, though. There was a screen and on it was a folder ‘blocked numbers,’ I selected it, and there was poor old Mr Grump’s phone number! God knows how it had got there, but I managed to erase it from the folder. Mr Grump dialled the home phone, and it rang!

How I love technology!

NaPoWriMo Day 7 Identity — April 7, 2018

NaPoWriMo Day 7 Identity

I once joined in with NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) which I thoroughly enjoyed. However, I completely forgot about it this year until now. I may not be able to join in every day, but I certainly would like to participate as often as I can.

Today is Day 7 and this is the prompt: Identity

And now for our (optional) prompt. In our interview, Kyle Dargan suggests writing out a list of all of your different layers of identity. For example, you might be a wife, a grandmother, a Philadelphian, a dental assistant, a rabid Phillies fan, a seamstress, retiree, agnostic, cancer survivor, etc.. These are all ways you could be described or lenses you could be viewed through. Now divide all of those things into lists of what makes you feel powerful and what makes you feel vulnerable. Now write a poem in which one of the identities from the first list contends or talks with an identity from the second list. This might turn out to be kind of a “heavy” exercise, emotionally, but I hope you will find the results enlightening

I was not quite sure how to go about this, but I have written about my identity as a student nurse (powerful) being reprimanded by that of being a wife and mother (vulnerable). I hope it makes sense.

You study so hard to reach your goal, to become the best nurse you can be

Yet, here am I right under your nose, what about time for me?

At work, you are calm and deal with the stress, ever so patiently,

Yet when you come home, you are tired and cross, and very impatient with me

You look after people who do silly things, that have caused a medical emergency

Yet when I tried things that made me quite ill, you were very angry with me.

I know your career is important to you, and you want to get your degree

But, don’t forget that you are not alone, you do have a family!

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