Archive | October, 2013

October Goals

31 Oct

October was the end of fall season–my favorite season depending on the state I’m in.  That’s my excuse, anyway, for possibly slipping on some of these.  Probably my 2nd favorite season after summer in WA–Excuses, excuses. . .  Anyhow, here is a very quick run down of goal progress because I have a difficult exam in my harder class today, house-sit over the weekend, then a test on the most difficult unit (balance, inner ear, auditory pathway) in my “easier” course on Monday.  So my game-face is on.

Water–hit & miss.  I got the thermos, now I just have to remember to drink from it during my crazy morning frenzy at work.  I’m pretty much running, running to get everything finished up before anyone else walks in the door.  But, I AM doing better than before.  I just need to be better, still.

Drinking–As of November 1st, no more beer until May.  As a calorie-saving measure.  Because no exercise + empty calories of beer = FAT.  October was peak of our favorite fall brews so we consumed more.  BUT it was not huge amounts at once.

Flossing–On a few nights I’ve been especially tired so I didn’t.  So I need to do this earlier–right after class if need be.  Mostly, I’ve also been doing better, just not perfect on this one.

Cool–Up & Down, like her moods.  She’s still swinging between sub-manic and zombie-tired.  I am really proud of both of us though.  She was turning into a lazy zombie, and instead of just thinking she had a lazy personality I cued in that these were bipolar signs.  And she did really well, because despite doing into a depression she listened to me and went to her doctor for a medication adjustment.  And once that happened she became a “person” again.  So as a team we staved off a depressive episode!  Kudos for us!!!

What are my other goals?

Ummmm, lets see, running?  Well, that’s not even a thing now.  I apparently, no matter my good intentions in warm weather, am just a fickle summer runner.  Cold weather, fighting for track-time, studying prove to be major roadblocks to my fitness.

What else was on my list?  Jeeze, whatever it is I’m doing terribly on because I can’t remember what they are even!  I think November will be a lot better 1) it’s cold outside so I don’t want to leave the house.  This gives me focus and time to accomplish the things.  2)  My work schedule is set, so I won’t have anymore transition craziness or (as much) social strife at work.  Hopefully.  3)  All the classes are in the final stage so it’s all about testing, testing, papers, and final projects–leaving no time for funny business.  4)  Talent show!  Which I am very, very excited to clog in, and am out to win the grand prize!  That’s real-life, they are awarding prizes–and I want the biggest!  See you for next month’s update 🙂

Paper 3: Communicate w/Hearing Impaired

29 Oct

Yes!  I am getting ahead.  Actually, I’m too tired to memorize flash cards like I should.  I think my peak study time is 6-8 AM, when I’m at work.  But it’s OK, because my new schedule is STILL better.  I am super-duper less stressed out and hating life much, much, much less than I was.  Like, exponentially.  Just because of one day.  So I’ll work on my paper now, and that’s time saved later to memorize–so it all works out.  Do I say “so” way too often?  I just noticed that it’s a little annoying.  To find a new segway. . .

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obvious & from notes:

SET THE SCENE:

-find best listening enviro–decrease background noise

-eye contact

-face the person

-good lighting

-minimize distractions

BE CLEAR:

-capture attention before speaking

-introduce topic

-Give feedback:  Nod when the message is understood, let emotions show on the face, gesticulate (not too much)

-stay on topic & have clear transitions when changing subject

-avoid complex sentences, unfamiliar language

-don’t inturrupt/talk over

CORRECT:

-avoid speaker behaviors (hand in front of face, smiling too much, shouting, mumbling, don’t exaggerate mouth mvmts)

-sense & clarify breakdowns

-use different words in when repeating

-use hand gestures or writing or fingerspelling

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Focus UP!

27 Oct

I didn’t even want to write about this, because doing so gives it my energy, gives the problem some legitamacy, and lends credance to the issue.  My plan:  Write it down, get it out, move on.  This doctor at work, now speaks to me with the $hittiest inflection.  Very hostile and condescending and critical.  Yesterday, she cut me off mid-sentence, in essence telling me to shut the fu(k up.  I was so taken aback that an adult–a professional, no less–would conduct herself in such a manner, that I did not stand up for myself. . .

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And I know she is just holding a grudge because I was super-stressed to work on her days, and my schedule (after 3 years) was finally changed.  A compromise was establishlished–I still work a portion of that day, and with that doctor-it’s just less.  But she liked my work (not necessarily me or my personality) on that day and is treating me with overt hostility as punishment.

And I know this is HER problem.  It has very little to do with me and the best thing to do is ignore it, let it roll off my back, continue working hard (like always) during my new schedule–without guilt or stress.  And I tell myself that I have dealt with MUCH worse–scapegoating by Mary once I knew too many of her secrets and hello, I was a cheerleader.  I’ve had waaay more severe bitchiness directed at me before.  And no good will come from showing any sort of reaction–whether it be an assertive comment that the treatment is inappropriate and won’t be tolerated, a phony “joke” alerting her that I realize this intentional behavior is going on and I don’t like it, or some sort of dirct confrontation *shudder*

But it’s hard.  The unfairness stays in the back of my mind.  I know I need to be the bigger person and ignore it.  I also know I could employ some sort of uncharacteristic obvious vulnerability so she can SEE I have feelings.  Cool says I come off “tough”–for lack of better word.  I seem resilaiant so people assume I can handle any amount of their BS and be fine.  I may have a hard exterior, but I’m quite soft and sensitive inside.  I practiced pouting yesterday, and it was very unnatural and humerous, indeed.  I could also be totally phony and upbeat despite the negativity from her, and make my life easier for myself.

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The main things to remember:

-it’s her deal–I don’t want to play into this or be THAT person.

-this doesn’t matter to my big goals

-I do not frequently see her

-I am out of HERE in 1.5 years tops.  Hopefully, a little sooner.

-thinking about this at all pulls my mind from what’s important–this week:  Hard test, house-sitting, “easier” class’ most difficult unit exam.  Winterizing.

That’s all the attention I’m giving this problem.  That’s all the energy she will take from me.

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Imposter

25 Oct

I have been slowly working on my monthly goal accountability blog.  And to be honest, I don’t even want to write it.  I somehow feel like a failure.  Even though when I look at each item, I’m actually improving in most areas.  BUT I have this nagging feeling lately.  Just that I’m not doing enough–or in the right mind-set or something.  I mean, I AM studying and working and doing all the things–but feel like this semester I have a different mentality like my effort is not quite whole-hearted.  But it’s not really a clear-cut feeling or thing.  This post is confusing, because I am confused.

I have calmed down a little?  I’m not as intense?  Do I care less–No, that’s not really it.  I care a great deal about getting the 4.0, learning the info long-term, and getting accepted in a program–in Colorado.  And accomplishing all the smaller goals that will help make that ultimate goal happen.  I can’t quite put my finger on it–maybe it’s just a guilt complex.  Or maybe I need to commit more of myself.  I don’t know why this is, but I never feel it’s enough.  Am I tired or burnt out?

So that’s where I am.  My grades are not any worse.  I’m still doing all the things I need to do.  And I still spend much of my time studying.  Maybe I just feel. . .  Less stressed.  Because of my new work schedule and all.  And I had become accustomed to a constant low-level of anxiety at all times.  Yeah, maybe that’s the difference–I’m not constantly in crises mode now that my work schedule isn’t awful on my psyche. . .

It’s weird that I still feel sorta guilty that I’m not.  Stressed that is. . .  I don’t know what I’m not doing.  Do I feel guilty because I’m not super-stressed out and panicked?  Because something is nagging at me, and I’m still not certain what that thing is.

How mysterious and ambiguous a post this became–and to think, initially I was going to write about how I don’t really care for soup.

 

Tight–but not in a good way.

19 Oct

Horrible, horrible, embarrassing moment of today:

After work, I walked to the coffee shop across the street to study while Cool interneted.  I drank coffee and studied, not paying attention to anyone else inside the place.  After an hour and a half, Cool and I were good and caffeinated and sort of chatting–as we do–still not paying attention to other people.

Cool brought up Northface and I said how I would like to buy one of everything in the store when I’m all rich.  Then, because I have a vandeta against black yoga pants–and spendex in general, I clarified my initial statement and said, “Except black yoga pants.”

black yoga pants 2

I’m not sure why black yoga pants are such a hot trend, and I constantly see gals of all shapes, sizes, and ages wearing them whereever they are.  I posted pics on here of relatively thin people wearing them–that are made to look fat/bulgy in places–just to illustrate that no one looks good.  Believe me, there were a lot of terrible pics of less fit people too–but you can imagine.

You either have a VPL (visible panty line) or let me ask this–you can’t wear underwear, right?  Because even thong lines would show.  And I see some people wearing black yoga pants EVERY day.  Please tell me they have multiple pairs and are not wearing the same pants, sans underwear, day in and day black yoga pants 3out.  *shudder*  And they are not breathable (another problem for hygiene) and don’t TELL me something that tight is comfortable. . .  Anyway, it’s an awful, unflattering look.  And of course when we got on the topic inside the coffee shop I said so.  And out of the corner of my eye, I saw an employee come and begin emptying the trash (which was immediately next to our table).  But still, I didn’t look at them at all–I couldn’t have told you if they were male or female–let alone what they were wearing.

Do you see where this is headed?  So I’m going on and on to Cool about how the ONLY people that look good in unflattering spandex are super-models and ballerinas, before walking across the room to hand in our dirty plate.  Once I was all the way across the room, headed back to our seat I noticed that the employee emptying the trash. . .  Was a chubby gal–wearing blue spandex pants.

I felt awful!  She was red-in-the-face.  I was mortified, because our comments must have seemed so pointed to her–because we didn’t shut up even when she came in proximity.  So I’m sure the poor girl thought that not only we were talking about her, but we didn’t stop because we wanted her to hear.  Not how either of us roll, but the yoga pants 1damage was done.

I just wanted to leave immediately, tail between my legs, but Cool’s laptop took forever to shut down and we had to stand there, while the gal had to come baaaack to our area with a trash bag.  It was horrible, mean, and awkward, and I need to learn to shut my fat mouth–in public.

So I hope that gal doesn’t go home and cry herself to sleep on our account.  We hadn’t even seen her, and didn’t intentionally target her or anything.  And I don’t want to make anyone (especially women who already have so much beauty-industry pressure placed upon them) feel bad about themself.  It was really $hitty. . .

But I do still stand by my loathing of spandex.  In the niceest way–ladies, spandex doesn’t look good on anyone.  Your weight and shape don’t really factor into the equation–so unless you are a Victoria’s Secret Angel (average Victoria's Secret Angels Visit SoulCycleage = 21 years; average height = 5’10”; average weight = 110 lb; putting their BMI at an appallingly under-weight 15.8–women that tall should weigh a mininmum of 130 lb) you shouldn’t wear them.  I myself am petite (which made today’s incident seem even worse) but I would look icky and chubby in spandex pants.  They would make my thieghs look huge!  The pants aren’t designed for real women.

Coffee shop employee, I apologize if I hurt your feelings–it was not intentional, and I will keep my dumb mouth shut in public about such matters–you didn’t look any worse than anyone else who wears those.  But again–people, just don’t wear those things–they are ugly and make everyone look fat/unfit/odd-shaped.

 

Assignment 2: And Why I Haven’t Really Started It–Despite the Due Date

18 Oct

Somehow this bacame a procrastination item for the last week and a half.  I think it’s because I cut & paste a source on a word document and it changed the font to some weird, white-highlighted thing that I don’t know how to un-do.  So I don’t even want to look at it.  But it’s been too much trouble in my crazy week to open a new document and start over–without the cut & paste.  There you have it–I guess OCD has been getting in my way.  In the interest of NOT procrastinating–>  Sidenote:  [Which is totally against my usual policy.  Writing is all about editing–so the earlier you get a draft the more you can polish it.] <–  So I’m not sure what’s happening to me.  I just need to start the thing.  Here goes, some cut & paste on HERE so I can get a sense of direction.

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Assignment 2: Using 75-150 words, explain to teachers, parents, and
students: 1) the differences between a hearing aid and a cochlear implant; and
2) hearing aid troubleshooting to solve the following issues: no amplification, and
feedback.

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I will use my class notes and put it in my own words, without jargon for the first part:

A hearing aid amplifies sound and delivers it to the cochlea.  Hearing aids can be programmed to compensate for loss in specific frequencies, with or without background noise.  In the case of a damaged cochlea, the auditory nerve can be directly stimulated with an electrical signal of a cochlear implant in order to bypass the damaged inner ear structures.

 

1.  A cochlear implant is different from a hearing aid. It bypasses the usual route of sound Instead, it sends an electrical signal directly from an external antenna to the implanted receiver and then to electrodes in the inner ear, which stimulate the auditory nerve.

2.  Hearing aids deliver amplifed sound to the damaged cochlea.  A hearing aid can be programmed to shape the amplification of sound to match the loss.  Sound is still being delivered to damaged nerves, so HAs are limited in ability to aid severe and profound loss beyond environmental sounds and vowels in speech.

But the signal is still processed by the damaged cochlea and sent to the brain with its added distortion. You become tired and strained due to the loud sounds being presented to your ear.

A cochlear implant presents a wide range of frequencies, regardless of the pre-implantation hearing loss.

With hearing aids, a severe or profound hearing loss, this may provide some cues to aid in reading lips and interpolating contextual cues.

Hearing aids, especially those fit for severe and profound loss, are prone to feedback (whistling.)  Eating, talking, and chewing gum all affect hearing due to the loosening/tightening of the ear canal around the ear mold.  Cochlear implant users do not experience either issue.  No ear mold or amplified sound is involved in the process.  The lack of an ear mold is a comfort bonus as well.

Advantages of Cochlear Implants:

  • Eliminates earmolds, their acoustic feedback issues and irritation of the ear bowl
  • Can enable you to hear conversation and thus learn spoken language with relative ease, particularly for those with severe-profound hearing loss
  • May enable you to use a regular telephone
  • Easier high- frequency speech component perception ( /sh/, /s/, /f/, /t/, /k/, /p/, /h/)
  • Better overall hearing at high frequencies
  • Distance hearing is likely better than with hearing aids
  • May enable you to overhear conversations and other environmental sounds
  • Better feedback which may help improve your voice quality
  • May be the only option when a hearing aid is insufficient.
  • May help with auditory neuropathy

Advantages of Hearing Aids:

  • It is easy to try different hearing aids to see which works best for you
  • You can take advantage of new technology as it becomes available (improved earmolds, tubing, telecoils, digital/analog programming strategies)
  • Retain residual hearing for possible future technology or medical improvements
  • May provide better low frequency sounds, such as those in vowels.
  • Does not require surgery

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For the second:

acoustical feedback. This is caused when amplified sound produced by the hearing aid speaker is picked up again by the aids microphone creating a sound loop that just gets louder and screechier. [Y]

-Mechanical feedback occurs when physical vibrations are created due to contact between the hearing aid speaker and the hearing aid casing. These vibrations are then transferred through the casing back to the microphone. [Y]

-electronic feedback. This feedback is caused by a malfunction in the devices complex circuitry, requiring the services of a hearing aid tech to fix. [Y]

-Dont tap the device on a table top to see if it stops the noises, dont open the casing to see if you can fix it, you can only lessen one kind of feedback at home–acoustical  [Y]

When the sound pressure leaving an ear mold or hearing aid hits a solid wall of earwax, it also sprays in all directions (like the spray of a hose against the house), including out through the vent or any gaps between the ear mold or shell and the ear canal.  This is the most common cause of hearing aid feedback [Z]

-use a wax softener and flush the loose ear wax from the ear canal. If this doesnt solve the problem, do NOT start digging away with a hair pin orcotton swab. Youre almost certain to do more damage and more serious damage. Instead, visit a hearing health care professional to have that nasty earwax excised. [Y]

-Another common cause of feedback is poor and loose fitting ear molds and hearing aids. a) If pressing it in or adjusting the angle stops the feedback, this indicates a fit problem. b) Vaseline around the canal of the hearing aid before inserting it. If it is a small gap, this sometimes helps.  c) put a coating of clear finger nail polish on the canal portion of hearing aids to make them fit slightly snugger. d) getting a new ear mold or shell made [Z]

-The sound tube may become damaged over time by aggressive cleaning, the mic may have gotten pushed in, or there could be a crack in the hearing aid casing. In the case of a behind-the-ear device, the tubing tends to harden over time and once more susceptible to cracking. Any of these scenarios could potentially cause the amplified sound to leak and become re-amplified, causing once again feedback. [Y]

-With digital hearing aids, there are automatic feedback controls, and also adjustments that the hearing aid fitter can make to reduce feedback, but these are not always in the best interest of clear hearing. In some (but not all) digital hearing aids, the feedback control methods involve some manner of cutting high frequency amplification. [Z]

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[Y]  http://www.healthyhearing.com/content/articles/Hearing-aids/Fitting/10142-Guide-to-coping-with

Guide to Coping with Feedback

Monday, March 3rd 2008

Copyright 2013. HealthyHearing

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Z]  http://www.hearinghaven.com/articles/whistling-hearing-aid-stop-embarrassment/

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More Sources (but I think I have enough):

T] http://tia.sagepub.com/content/1/2/45.extract

U] http://jslhr.asha.org/cgi/content/abstract/42/2/497

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OK, now I have something to work with at least.  Tomorrow, I’ll site appropriately, put it in my own words, and shorten, shorten, edit, edit.  Easy.  Not overwhelming at all.  Break it into smalller, managable steps.  I can remember that!

Do I Have Anything (Meaningful) To Say?

17 Oct

I’m not sure–I guess we’re about to find out.

My week.  Has been well, not exactly horrible, but I’ve perpetually felt as if I’m behind.  And tired.  This started last Friday when I agreed to trade and work a full day.  Let me go on the record and say I will never, never trade and crab 1work a full Friday again.  12 hours in the building, friend’s pets (not getting fully charged), and a lunch-time dental that lasted 1.5 hours just makes me too tired, frustrated, and annoyed.

So I was tired Saturday, and unable to concentrate on studying like I should have.  Then, I didn’t have enough time Sunday to do all the studying, projects, reading on Sunday.  And my alarm clock broke.  Which makes me crazy.  I need a projector clock at night.  NEED.  This left me starting the week with worried, restless sleep, and fatigue on Monday–my (new) longest day.

Monday was chaotic at work, and I got home more than an hour later than usual–so then I not only didn’t have cochlea 5time to finish the previous week’s studying tasks, but couldn’t make that day’s flashcards either.  And Tuesday I woke up tired, moved slow(er) at work and didin’t get us ahead enough to counter for that crazy day.  And a high-risk anesthetic made me feel. . .  Stormy.  For lack of a better emotion/word.  After work I usually cat-nap, study, and eat, but I HAD to go to the store (which I hate) to get an alarm clock.  Also Tuesday, I usually re-write that day’s notes and make all my study aids, but didn’t finish in favor of going to bed early to set the next day up for success.  By this time I was so far behind on school that I was/am going insane!

Yesterday was better both at work and in study prepardness.  Now I’m just one day behind.  But the maine-coon-for-brains caterwalled vigorously at 3 AM this morning, so now I’m debating which would be a better use of time:  Napping or churning out school work?

Take Home Points:

-do not work all day Friday–the ramifications go on and on.  And on.

-Call the police on the unruly, rude neighbors who make obnoxious noise on the stairwell all night.

-Do the homework THAT day–even if tired, because it just keeps growing–and getting more hazy the further it’s put off.

-Have a point when writing a blog post.

I guess that’s all for now.  I’m properly motivated to make my inner ear anatomy flashcards and study sheets.

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Sounding Less Ignorant for NPR

13 Oct

I’m ashamed to admit my “news” source is Facebook.  And people I overhear–at work or at school.  Not the best for a 30 year old.  Also–I’m anti-politics.  I think anyone who gets that far “played the game” and is therefore dishonest and untrustworthy and phony to a certain degree.  So it’s weird I’m in conversations with NPR.  My mate, Cool sent some sort of e-mail response to the news group and now I’m almost famous.  Which is good and bad.  Good, because people like me–caught in-between a job and a career, poverty, and low-income, liberal and conservative–will have a voice,  I can tell the story of many forgotton people.  But bad too–because I am legit-uninformed, not politically involved, and fairly ignorant regarding laws, insurance, and politics at large.  In the interest of doing my segment justice, here are some well-thought answers to potential questions:

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–>Aren’t I concerned about being uninsured?

Sort of.  It would be awful if I got appendicitis and had to pay for an emergency room visit.  It would also be terrible if my apartment caught on fire, my car was totaled, or one of my cats ate a string and required surgery.  I worry about a lot of things:  Paying my rent, keeping my car in good working order so I can get to work and school, keeping up with my undergrad loan payments so they don’t garner my wages, keeping my kitties fed, and buying groceries.  In my situation, any number of things can go wrong, so I have to prioritize which is most likely/relevant.  My health–since I have no previous or current issues, has to go on the backburner.  Plus, with health insurance, I do not feel like I’m getting anything back for my money.  I want exams or perscriptions, or something back in the short term for that $100/mo or $1,200/year that means so much to me.

–>What happens if you do have an emergency or health problem?

I pay it off.  Slowly.  I went to the emergency room before.  Certainly I could not afford it.  And no payment plan–other then “pay immediately or lose your good credit” was extended to me.  BUT I paid what I could each month–and the emergency room didn’t turn me into collections.  I made my own payment plan so to speak.  Just paid what I could on a consistant basis for almost 2 years.  And paid off my entire bill–my myself.  It’s what responsible citizens do.  I hardly expect government or tax payers to pay my way. . .  And for non-emergencies I just try to reduce my doctor visits, live wisely, and do what I can to avoid costly medical expenses.  It’s not that hard to sleep, take vitamins, and wash my hands rather than running to the doctor for every sniffle.

–>Haven’t I looked into my insurance options?

I looked into my options briefely.  I can’t say I have devoted an apprporiate amount of time on the issue, because my biggest priorities are studying and attending school and going to work–and when I’m not doing that I’m generally tired.  What I did find was what I deemed unreliable, politically-charged “information” or large sets of data that may or may not pertain to my specific situation to wade through.  It’s been frustraing and has made me feel very ignorant and uninformed about the whole process.

 

Trying to Help–STUDY

10 Oct

I by no means am an expert on studying.  I’m just as, if not more stressed out, by classes and papers and projects and tests as the next person.  What I can say is I’ve done it the wrong way (GPA below my potential) and now (knock on wood) I’m trying to do everything the right way.  I can provide a few words of encouragement, but if you are having trouble in your classes, you have to dig deep and really look at what needs changing.  It may be something small–like switching to flashcards from just reading, but it may be a big life change like taking fewer credits or taking a break all-together until school works for you.  Be honest with yourself, because ultimately your success–is up to you.

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And before I get to the meat of this blog–make sure you’re not comparing yourself to others or putting an undo amount of pressure on yourself.  It really doesn’t matter how others are doing.  The only person you should compete with in your educational preparation–is you.  Work to YOUR potential.  You know what you are capable of and your limitations, and that’s all that matters.  Everyone has their scene and their strengths and weaknesses.  It’s not fair for a mother of 3, that works 20 hours a week to compare class performance with a 20 year old who lives with mommy and daddy and has their education paid for.  And some people are just really naturally smart and academically superior  [not me].  Admissions committees will not evaluate these candidates in the same way, and neither should you.  Do the best you can do in your situation and that should be good enough.

What works is different for everyone.  So back to the questions you should ask yourself to maximize your studying:

-how much time do I have?

You have to ask yourself how much time you CAN devote to school.

-what are my priorities?

Making a list of what you need to do and what you want to do–in order of ‘must-do’ to ‘wish I could’.

-what prior commitments MUST I keep?

The number of hours to pay bills at your job, the kids, that court date–have to be taken into account on the priorities list.

-Am I wasting time somewhere where I can be doing something on my priority list?

This is a biggie.  Are you watching TV?  Do you take leisurely showers?  Are you sleeping in?  Everyone wastes time find your time-wasters and see if you can decrease the amount.

-Can I combine activities on my priority list?

Or, if your priority list says you want to spend more time with kids, can you combine your running time with kid quality time and play frisbee in the park to kill two birds with one stone?  Can you listen to recorded lectures during your daily commute?  What activities can be done together to add more time to the day?

-what is my best time of day?

Speaking of time and day.  You should study when your brain is the most sharp.  I am best in the morning.  So instead of waking up at 6:30 AM to get ready for work–I now wake at 4 AM to study prior to getting ready for work.

-What mode of learning is best for me?

Visual, auditory, tactile?  If you know this, you can tailor your studying to your best mode.  I am a tactile learner.  So drawing and physically writing is what helps me most.  Making a laryngeal pizza or art project is what cements my learning best.  Figure out yours and that dictates how you study.

-What study tact do I spend most time on?

Even when you fine the best way–you will vary HOW you prepare for classes.  I draw, but I also read the textbook, do practice questions, (rarely) study in a group, and frequently memorize flashcards.  It also depends on the class.  You have to do what is best for the information presented in that class.  Drawing is only so useful in say, a phonetics course.

-Am I setting myself up for success?

Be critical with yourself here.  Are you devoting as much time as you could to your education?  Do you have good sleep (THIS comes into play!) and study habits?  Do you have a good environment, free from distractions to study in?  Do you pre-read in the text (imperative!), take good notes, and review each class daily to at least every other day instead of cramming prior to exams?  Are you doing only the things you enjoy or are you for real preparing for tests?  Do you devote as much time to courses you aren’t fond of?  Even if you prefer socializing, do you sometimes study alone (I suggest groups are only good, AFTER you’ve studied, and just to reiterate or get another perspective on what you’ve already learned by yourself).  You have to maintain practical methods and not fall into traps.

-And finally, the biggest question–is this really what you want?

If you find the above changes too hard, or find yourself wanting to be somewhere else instead of learning–maybe you’re not in the right time of your life or in the right program for you.  Just because this isn’t working right now, doesn’t mean it will never work.  Figure out where you want to be short term and long term and make the changes to put yourself there.

And Luck.  I think a large majority of getting into the program/career falls partially to luck.  Your school, that professor, how you feel on exam morning, what accommodations your work will allow–all comes down to chance and luck.  So I suggest worry about the things you can do something to change–and let the other pieces fall where they may.  I’m still trying to follow this advice myself.  There you have it.  My formula for achieving THE GOALS.

 

Health Care Confusion

8 Oct

I repeatedly voted for ObamaCare or “Affordable” Health Care Act or whatever you call it.  Having no real idea what the law said/meant.  I thought free health care for everyone was an excellent idea.  I was under the impression everyone who had health insurance would get more from it–no co-pays, no discrimination.  All the women groups and gay groups said how awesome it would be.  I thought either government or employers had to cover every person–and (this sounds so silly now) I thought it would be at no charge to individuals (me).  I was thinking of Canada’s Health System.

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I should have researched:

-Firstly, I had/have no idea about the ins and outs of the law

-I don’t understand insurance jargon such as “deducatable.”  Am I extraordinarily stupid–or does anyone?

-I don’t know where to look to find easy to read, non-politically motivated, actual info–that pertains to my situation.

-I don’t want to have to spend a disproportionate amount of time researching and signing up for insurance–or a lot of money.

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My Situation:

-I work part-time and no longer qualify for health insurance through my ‘under 50 employees small business’ job.

-I go to school part-time so I do not qualify for a student insurance plan.

-I make too much money (how is this even possible?!) for Medicaid.

-I applied for the Medicaid-rejects, state-run (so called cheaper-option) insurance and it would be $128/mo!  For catastrophic-only.

-The insurance companies in my area offer $100/mo min policies for me.  For just catastophic.

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I guess I am Also “Willfully Uninsured”:

-I have no pre-exsisting conditions

-I have no chronic (or other) health concerns/conditions.

-I never go to the doctor–unless I’m injured AT work real bad, dentist, or glasses (neither EVER covered).

-I have in fact, gone to the emergency room once (at 22 y.o.) and of course couldn’t afford the bill–but I paid it back in full.  By myself.  Slowly.  Because I am a responsible citizen–so I in no way expect society to cover any accident I may have.

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Questions:

-What is the absolute cheapest insurance I can get?

-Which company offers the max insurance benefits to cheapest rate ratio?

-When I do pay a (high by my standards) monthly insurance fee, and don’t end up having any accident or health concern–where does that money go???

-How much is the tax for NOT having insurance?

-When do they start charging tax for being non-insured?

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