I had a whole list of interesting topics to post on but the last week has sort of wiped my brain out, so I think I'll just post a bit about what's going on for me here.
This past week I started taking a college class in Anatomy and Physiology, with the intention of completing prerequisites for nursing school. Also in this week, I completed the final classroom week of a certified nursing assistant course I've been taking, and started the clinical practicum. I will complete the second clinical day this week and then be eligible to take the state test for certification. Completion of the CNA class is also a nursing school prerequisite and will also be helpful in bringing in a bit of extra income for the family in the meantime. Being out of paid employment in healthcare for almost ten years and out of the workforce, period, for five years is making me feel like I'm somewhat out of the loop. The oldest kid will be starting school this year and the youngest will be a year old in mere weeks, so I think it's time to refocus a bit on my career and financial futures.
I've done all this before--I was a CNA and a patient care tech long ago, and I actually took A&P but it's been ten years and science courses are must be taken within ten years, hence, here were go again! I'm also a certified professional midwife and a certified lactation counselor, but those don't help me much in the current location of an illegal midwifery state and amidst a host of folks who are trying to do lactation work with the same credential. I think I want something that is both professional, income producing and somewhat flexible, and I think that nursing will give me a lot of options both in the medium and long term. So, here we go!
It's been a bit challenging, especially as the entire family except for me is now sick (and it's looking like I might be next.) I haven't really had time to get down to studying and homework for A&P yet, as I've been dealing with both the end of the CNA class and taking care of everybody. The baby is stuffy and coughing and miserable and was up most of the night last night because she couldn't breathe, and so I was up holding and nursing her and now I'm completely exhausted. DD1 is being needy and demanding and at me non-stop as well. The dogs are underfoot constantly and making me crazy and waking me and/or the baby up in the few moments of peace I'd otherwise have. I have a non-disclosure policy in terms of marital issues, but let's just say that a sick husband hasn't added a lot of fun to the situation either.
So, at this moment, the baby is nursed, the husband is somewhat recovered at least from the worst of the fever, and DD1 has recovered from the latest tantrum and is getting set up with an activity--so I'm out of here! Somewhere there is a coffeehouse table with my name written all over it!!
Happy MLK day, and I hope everybody is having a wonderful weekend!