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Birth Control as Cure-All

28 Mar

Before we had sound medical science alcohol was used for a huge number of ailments.  You name it (disease, disorder, mental conditions (including “female hysteria” aka woman’s orgasm), and even surgery– alcohol was used to treat it.  More examples here:

http://www.barlifeuk.com/index.php/2011/07/drink-to-your-health-the-history-of-alcohol-as-a-medicine/

But then, research uncovered FACTS and we moved away from such rudimentary practices.  Or did we?  I would suggest, for as many good, and legit reasons birth control pills are prescribed there are just as many reasons that fall into the cure-all b/c we don’t know and don’t gave a damn about finding out category.

Don’t get me wrong here. I am very happy birth control is so widely available. I’m glad it gives women control over her own body and child-bearing decisions.  (All stats from Planned Parenthood–an organization I SUPPORT).

-majority of women believe birth control allows them to take better care of their families (63%), support themselves financially (56%), complete their education (51%), or keep or get a job (50%). The financial success and emotional well-being of women are undoubtedly tied to contraception, while unintended pregnancies put a financial strain on everyone. The cost of unwanted pregnancies in the U.S. average an estimated $11.3 billion per year

– Oral contraception can cost as much as $1,210 per year for women without insurance

– 40% of births are unplanned. Birth control not only empowers women, but considering only 5% of men around the world even wear condoms. . .

-ugh–what a yucky stat!  I think the world should focus on the condom instead of how to get more and more BCP out there.  Condoms help prevent STDs too (AIDS!!!).  A lot of unintended pregnancy would be averted if men would take responsibility too.  Plus, it isn’t good enough to force women to have children, make it impossible for her to plan her own choices, AND put the whole burden of sexual activities consequences onto her.   This leaves men to enjoy as much sex, with as many people as possible–with no worry of consequences.  Then, if there IS an unintended pregnancy HE has the choice of how much involvement he wants to have.  Finally, at the same time men don’t have to think about sex, or be responsible for it’s aftermath, THEY get to make the laws regulating women’s access to preventative methods and what she does with her own body.  Tell me how everybody doesn’t see reproductive issues as political power issues?!

That was a train (though a very important one) away from my actual point:  The point is, birth control for women’s freedom and family planning is good.  It’s liberating.  It gives women power, and that is excellent BUT I think it can be lazy medicine.  I think it is haphazardly doled out as a band aid fix-all. Cramps?  Get on the pill.  Acne?  The pill.  Irregular periods?  The pill.  PMS?  The pill?  You’re a woman?  It’s too complicated to delve into what the underlying cause of your problem might be.  Besides, all the research is done about MEN’S problems.  The research funding goes to impotence–there’s no $$$ left to study little menstrual cramps–that’s just part of being a woman after all.

That’s dis-empowering to women.

It’s not for everyone. And just like any Monsanto product, we don’t really know what it is doing to us in the long term. And I think now that would be very hard to study, because we’ve run out of control groups. Even in lesbian populations (not your primary birth control user) BCP are being routinely supplied for skin or period pain.

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How we (Cool and I) got birth control pills:

–>for 1 day of extreme, incapacitating, horribly painful cramps once a month.

-w/o even an exam of the repro system.
-w/o BW
-no R/O
-even with a hx of hypertension
-in a lesbian–or without even asking sexuality

-33% of teens aged 15-19 and nearly 800,000 women who have never had sex, who use oral contraception for non-contraceptive purposes.  most common reasons why women use the pill are reducing cramps and menstrual pain (31%); menstrual regulation, which for some women may help prevent migraines and other painful side effects of menstruation (28%); treatment of acne (14%), and treatment of endometriosis, a condition that can cause pelvic scarring, severe pain, and sometimes infertility (4%). About 14% of all women use birth control exclusively for reasons other than contraception.

So it’s great that birth control can band-aid so many conditions.  But my questions are:  Aren’t there any treatments specific to those actual conditions?  Why?  And do we KNOW long-term affects of birth control use?  Against an equal control group who has not been exposed to birth control.  Do we know this information for the intended use for reproductive issues AND these extraneous conditions as well?

I suspect the answers are still a mystery and here are the reasons for that:

-it’s because the research/interest for women’s health just isn’t there
-a doctor’s (male-dominated profession) mentality “quick fix” “cure all”

And that’s not good for women at all.

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(Half of a) Dysphagia Goal Essay

15 Mar

If I couldn’t get on the Audiology career path, my first choice in SLP avenues would be dysphagia.  As such, I had levator veli palatini 2started brainstorming an admissions essay for the SLP-graduate program here.  I have subsequently decided that I will not be applying to Riverpoint’s graduate school as a back-up plan.  I don’t like the ethos at this school, and wouldn’t want to suffer through two more years, seeing even MORE of these instructors.  I don’t love their attitudes about student communication.  It may become a back-up option when we get to Colorado though.  Depending on how my Audiology acceptance goes. . .  So I’ll abandon this one and save it for a rainy day.  Or never *crosses fingers*

SLP:
-dysphagia
-include vet observation & diagnostics

Talk about watching the equine endoscopies and how interesting the diagnostic processes were to me. Also mention how I have taken, developed, and viewed radiographs for that last 13.5 years in small animal veterinary hospitals.

-Talk about my mom’s Indian fry bread and tacos and explain that food is often foundational to retaining culture.

snake dance 4I have enjoyed fry bread sopping with honey and butter since I can remember. Unfortunately, because of all the poverty on the Flathead Reservation that contains my people, there is not a lot of Salish pride. As a result, many of the traditions have been lost to assimilation and survivalist mentalities. One stronghold on the culture, that remains is our food. Early settlers may have forced Native Americans to burn their regalia, stop dancing, and neglect their language, but they could not take away our food. The recipes were memorized, and handed down from tribal elders, to mothers, and now to me. It is a link to my heritage that I would not want to imagine losing. Thinking about a life where I could not partake in the sticky, fluffiness that is Indian Fry Bread seems bleak. That is why I want to work with dysphagia patients–to help them retain and enjoy the foods central to their culture.  Again and more.

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-why am I interested in this?

I’m interested in dysphhagia because it blends my love of cuisine with my compassion for others. I love food and can’t imagine the joy that is sheared away if you were not able to enjoy eating or had a fear of choking. I would enjoy using my creativity to come up with delicious, but practical foods for people who are having difficulty eating.
-who do I want to help?

I want to help any age person that is frustrated with changing their diet, eating a limited vareity of foods, or has a fear of eating things they enjoy because of their health. Sharing my passion for food and coming up with meals the patient not only can adjust to, but is excited to eat are my career goals.

snake dance colored pencil

Key vocab words:

-multifarious-having many different parts, elements, forms; numerous & varied; highly diverse

-abate-reduce in amt degree sevrity

-anodyne- something that calms/soothes pain

-ardor-intense & passionate feeling

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Legit Tutor–Hold the Stigma

12 Mar

CV 11I made an appointment with my advisor (about a month ago now?) to work on my curriculum vitae (CV).  I had no idea where to start, as I’d always worked with a resume–and veterinary applications had their own forms.  Anyway, I quickly found out that I don’t have a heck of a lot to write on my CV–given my huge amount of veterinary-oriented activities in my past/present.  Which I can hardly use for the academic-centered document.

Anyway, so my advisor and I were trying to devise a way to flesh out my CV, because it IS early enough that I can do things now to improve my situation.  Which was a partial factor in quitting my job.  I need Speech & Hearing Sciences, no more veterinary.  A relatively quick way to put something in there is to teach others.  I have taught clogging dance, done private dance lessons, and “tutored” privately for cheerleading, but none of those things count either–I need something completely academic.  But the schools are pretty hard-core here so you can’t just be a classroom helper or something without formal documents, a lot of hoop-jumping, and some investments.  But I CAN tutor within my program.  Which my advisor, my mom, and Cool thought I would be excellent at.

So I got a faculty recommendation, talked to the academic coordinator, signed all the employment papers with Riverpoint’s HR department, and had some (FREE) tutoring business cards printed up.  I have never been SO paranoid about a possible mis-spelling.  I am scared someone will take a business card and be like–you totally spelled cougar/tutoring/Washington/*insert any word on the card* wrong!  Not an awesome prospect for someone who’s supposed to be able to help others with school!

I am all about helping others.  I HATE the competitive nature of some students/programs, and want a more collaborative feeling.  Because–I was tutored in chemistry and physics during undergrad and for my first Chem lab-not mineRiverpoint course, Speech-Sound Disorders.  And it proved invaluable!  My tutors (I had 6 different ones over my coursework) would answer questions, fill in gaps of learning, do practice problems with me, quiz me, help me with homework and labs, and tell me about the instructor or course expectations.  So I want to pay it forward.  Also, I have gotten A’s in all my classes, but not without a ton of effort.  So I feel like I have a lot to share about the course, instructor, the material, PLUS I kept all my study sheets and flashcards, as well as any papers, labs, quizzes, and exams.  I feel like someone could really benefit from just seeing how I learned the material.  And it’s cool, because I have taken a lot of these courses out of sequence, so my peers are currently in some courses I have previously taken.

I want to help someone, but I’m not sure how to garner tutees without being pushy, aggressive, or obnoxious.  I want to get the word out, but not put myself out there TOO much.  So it’s a fine line.  Also, I feel like I can’t write “tutoring” on my CV unless I actually work with a student at least once.  Even though I’m totally legit-employed by the university.  And I tried to get some friends to take me up on tutoring, just to have a client(s), so I can practice the required tutoring skills, and write it down.  BUT I came up against an obstacle I hadn’t anticipated:  Stigma.  I had not looked upon tutoring as a dominant-submissive relationship at all.  Because it wasn’t that way when I was being tutored.  But my friend DID.  And she indicated she doesn’t want to feel inept.  Which I hadn’t really expected either–when I was being tutored it was to get A’s–not because I was failing.

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So that hurt my feelings, and gave me a reality check.  I need to somehow get word out that I’m a tutor now, AND convey that students with any letter grade/ability-level can benefit from someone with prior course experience.  So there’s that.  We’ll see how I can do.  Wish me luck in getting a tuttee!  I’m ready and excited!!!

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2013 Goal Progress: Education

3 Jan

I indicated yesterday that I would make a rough schedule and post it today for practicing purposes.  I started this morning (after I woke up at 4:AM and treadmilled for 1 mi) but soon realized, I’m missing an important piece.  I have to talk to my professor about my independent study project.  We meet this Tuesday, so I can’t really formulate a plan until I know the parameters of the project.  From my rough calculations, I have to average 3 hours/week working on it.  And I know that no part of it will be on Monday.  So I’ll wrap that post up I guess Tuesday afternoon.  I just wrote all of that, realizing you could probably care less.  These January introspection, transformation posts are primarily for my own evaluation and motivation.  I hope no one mids terribly–because it’s continuing on.

Today, was sort of dedicated to schooling items:  Finished my scholarship application, finally, finally, finally (and thanks to my mom’s awesome editing and support), outlined a lot of Audiometry and began to read & outline Clinical Methods–which by the way looks to be much more work then I had originally anticipated.  I’m trying not to worry these days, and I can only do so much.  So I’m not freaking out.  OK, trying really hard.  Without further adou, my accountability of 2013’s school goals:

Education B

[Oh!  I gave myself progress report letter grades, then wrote exactly what the stated goal, then how I did.]

-I will continue to make this THE priority. As such, I will study when I don’t want to, keep up on reading, notes, and flashcards daily, and give 110%. I did all right! I’m happy with it, but I musn’t become complacent because I did well. This one is so hard to buckle down and do, so I need to work on maintaining it.

-My motto: Just 10 minutes (more). Pick up the studies just for 10, and put it down if it still sucks. When I want to quit in the middle of studying, give just 10 more min. This really helps, and most of the time turns into a longer time. I actually didn’t have to use this as much. For the most part school is just a part of my regular routine. The only time this was used was when I was very tired.

-Combine physical activity with studying whenever possible. I don’t know if this is a “thing” but I seem to retain info better when I study it in motion. Total and utter fail this year. I don’t know why, either. I DO learn better and stay more attentive when moving. The work and class schedule + weather made it more difficlut this year. Perhaps this next semester will be ammenable to combining the 2 again.

-As a side-note, I will MAKE myself overlook crummy professors and bureaucratic nonsense. These things don’t matter to my life and only make me stressed out. C+. I fixated on this waaay less. Though this, I missed lunch treatment got to me more then I like. And this grading unfairness. But much less. And I hardly e-mailed or talked to them at all, which works out better for me mostly.

keystone--closed lifts

The plan is to keep this aspect up, because I feel really good about it–and very proud of the results.  AND I’m almost finished, and this 4.0 is my ticket out of HERE and up in life.

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2013 Recap: Best Moments

31 Dec

I don’t want to make my followers crazy by publishing a super-overabundance of posts all the time.  So I had to choose today’s post carefully.  I decided on this all-important last day of the year, I would pick my top moments of 2013 to talk about.  I have so many looking back and looking forward type posts in que through.  I wrote my 2013 resolution results post, but it became very long, so I sperated it into the various sections.  Which made 5(?) posts.  And then, of course I have 2014 Resolutions.  And the music I listened to most in 2013.  But then I have the new 2013 album releases post.  And I want to make a big post about strategies of how I plan to go about accomplishing my 2014 goals.  Maybe I will make a New Year kind of post every day of the month in January.  Because that’s the way it’s looking.  I like it–I hope I doesn’t make you guys irate.  Anyway, without further adou, the very favorite of my moments in 2013, from 10th most important to super-best-time-ever-of-the-year!

10.  Keeping my 4.0 GPA in school.  Very important to me.  And not all that easy to do, so it garners a spot on the big list.  I only hope it will also be here next year too. . . pinna art

9.  Spa weekend & camping in the living room.  Grocery Outlet beauty/grooming items, massage, foot soaks, spa treatments, and healthful cooking.  Home spas are a heck of a lot less awkward with your mate and more affordable at home.  And camping included, sleeping on the air mattress in the living room, eating microwave s’mores, and watching “The Great Outdoors.”  A good time was had!  I had wanted to have theme weekends all summer, with varying items.  We made it to two before running out of ideas, then motivation.  But these 2 were so fun!  We saved money by staying home as well, which I always like.  I will try to start brainstorming now so we can have more this next summer.  I just thought of music.  And a crafty weekend.  There’s the first month for us. Summer Begins 2013 060

8.  Walla Walla big 30th Birthday.  I was really looking forward to this milestone birthday.  This one is probably due to the great anticipation and the weight I placed on this age.  It’s a big deal to me.  And I always love Walla Walla for the wine country and quaint small town feel–as well as the beautiful Palouse views.  The only reason this items fell relatively low on the list is Cool was mixed state, manic, or cycling (who can tell?) at the time and had no money and she acted like a jerkelsteilskin frequently because of the bipolar.  But I looked good, wasn’t at work, and got a true wine tour–so it was still pretty fun. Walla Walla 30th 022

7.  Seeing a moose up close.  Terribly exciting!  It came right in the yard while I was house-sitting for my boss.  And it ranks only 7th, because when it happened, I was worried the aggressing dog was about to DIE.  And on account of that I did not get a (good) picture. moose 1moose 6

6.  Green Bluff.  I think Peach-Fest was my favorite this year, though we got to go relatively frequently.  I like everything about Green Bluff.  The farm feel, picking/eating my own food, taking pictures, and supporting non-Monsanto produce.  It’s my favorite thing about Washington State (even beating the Fremont neighborhood, I think?!), and always a new adventure when we go.  Oh, wait–it couldn’t possibly beat Pike Place Market for WA fave, or adventure, but it’s the best thing Eastern, and a close second (because the Gorge isn’t as cheap or accessable = #3). Green Bluff 2 018

5.  Parasailing in CdL.  Wow!  We sort of did this one on a whim.  And it wasn’t what I expected at all.  No adrenaline was involved, just peace.  I got great pics, and had a really fun time with Cool.  It was really relaxing–until the dip at least!  I would do this one again any time, and I’ll never forget it.

tree and wake

 

4.  Labor Dave weekend, including the concert, tail-gating prior to entry, exploring mid-WA during the first half Selfie Columbia Riverof the day, hiking down to the Columbia River, camping near Feathers, and playing theampitheatre 4 setlist game with Cool.  The whole thing was fun, and I really like that it wasn’t just about drinking, or even music.  We spent a large majority of the day just appreciating the nature of mid-Washington.  Everyone was in a good (and stable) mood and that’s the best.  I love this concert and the time spent with Cool so much.  It’s totally OUR thing.  But next year–SEATS.  There will be no more GA at Dave for us.

 

3.  Clogging at my school’s Talent Show.  Who knew I missed dancing so much?  The thing that made this so great was the fact it was all mine.  I picked the song.  I wrote the dance.  And I rocked the performance.  I felt really great about the whole thing, and am excited to choreograph my next dances when time allows.  Winter break is for getting ahead with textbook reading, scholarship and application tasks, taxes/FAFSA, shopping for a semester, and winter cleaning/organizing.  See what I mean?  Four and a half weeks SOUNDS long, but there’s not enough time.  But when I do, I will be sure to do some more clogging dances.

2.  Bringing Goose home.  Not the actual hotel stay though.  Being sleep-deprived is never my favorite–though Fall finals 118Boise--May 2013 018seeing Boise with my parents and Cool was extra fun (even tired).  So finally!  I get to have all my buddies in the same state.  I missed him very much, and worried.  Also, this little item improved my relationship with my parents exponentially.  I am enjoying having happiness and closeness with them again–I missed that too.  And Goose is beautiful inside and out.  He’s home ❤

1.  Hands down–getting Forster-Fridays “off” of work.  I just can’t convey what a relief this is to me.  So much weight/stress/anxiety was lifted from me when this happened.  I feel so much more uplifted, positive, and hopeful!  Even though I didn’t believe it would actually happen or stick, and even though the social fall out was. . .  Special.  I love being away from that horrid day (most of it–I’m still there for 3-4 hours) even at the cost of having ALL early mornings, daily tiredness, and being locked in this city.  Still, totally worth it.  This is the item that really enables me to quit drinking.  I love my new schedule more then anyone could know.  I would write/say a big thank you to my boss if it wasn’t poking the bear, or jinxing it. It was sort of a chilled out year, but still good.

DMB Gorge 2008

I think I learned that you don’t have to spend a lot of money or take a lot of time away from work to have excellent moments.  I think 2014 will continue along that train of thought:  I have to work all day on my birthday, and Walla Walla is out of the question.  But maybe my parents will follow-though on visiting us, and that’s always a good time.  There will be the big, super-special yearly event of Labor Dave Weekend (with seats!), plenty of Green Bluff, and maybe a trip to The German (if we’re lucky), but other then that, we’ll make our own good times.  Even if it means being HERE for another year.

 

SLP back-up Goal Essay [+ a little randomness]

13 Dec

My day was OK.  I suppose I’m never happy satisfied at the end because there is always so much I want to accomplish and only so many hours (and energy) in which to do it.  I made it to work by 5:30AM and cheerfully hustled around until 10AM.  Though going in early like that makes me tired, I think of it as relatively easy money.  It’s time that I can clean, restock, care for the clinic cats, participate in patient care–and not have the social aspect that can drag me down.  Today, the social aspect was agreeable, but it’s the thing that has the potential to upset me most.

I don’t don’t where I was going with that.  I was writing to say I wish I outlined more of my Audiometry.  I did pinna 4do a LOT.  I’m not sure how much, because this time I’m taking a more skitzophrenic approach.  I have a hard time getting through an entire textbook in 1 month, and it’s impossible to guess which chapters the syllabus will address first.  So rather then going linear, or trying to guess the most important chapters, I’m writing headings, then defining, then reading and outlining until my brain gets tired.  That way I’m hitting a lot of chapters, at least familiarizing with most of them, and never getting too fatigued over one subject area.  I like it better.  And if I don’t finish–I’ll at least have skimmed most of the things.

I’m not very pleased that this left little time for future grad school application procedures or scholarship essays.  I have the weekend, and maybe I’ll put those up front more.  The scholarship app is due in a mere 2 weeks, so I need to really get a lot more serious about it.  Below, is one of the topics I’m going to work on.  Here’s a very rough outline of what I’m thinking about (in purple):

Oh, and I ran/hiked on the treadmill today, and that feels great.  If I’m not too sore I’ll do some tomorrow too.

SLP:
-dysphagia
-include vet observation & diagnostics

Talk about watching the equine endoscopies and how interesting the diagnostic processes were to me.  Also mention how I have taken, developed, and viewed radiographs for that last 13.5 years in small animal veterinary hospitals.

-why am I interested in this?

I’m interested in dysphhagia because it blends my love of cuisine with my compassion for others.  I love food and can’t imagine the joy that is sheared away if you were not able to enjoy eating or had a fear of choking.  I would enjoy using my creativity to come up with delicious, but practical foods for people who are having difficulty eating.
-who do I want to help?

I want to help any age person that is frustrated with changing their diet, eating a limited vareity of foods, or has a fear of eating things they enjoy because of their health.  Sharing my passion for food and coming up with meals the patient not only can adjust to, but is excited to eat are my career goals.

Key vocab words:

-multifarious-having many different parts, elements, forms; numerous & varied; highly diverse

-abate-reduce in amt degree sevrity

-anodyne-  something that calms/soothes pain

-ardor-intense & passionate feeling

Writing plan options to incorporate the above:

-Tell about the best meal of my life, at Elemental and how everyone should be able to enjoy food.

Everyone knows on your birthday you get a special meal of your choice.  I knew I would only live in a real city for one year of my life, so I chose a restaurant that embodied the Seattle mentality-Elemental.  The location was right off beautiful Lake Union.  Situated in a complex of condos, the restaurant was so nondescript, without even a sign that my dining companion and I had to ask the UPS driver where to go.  We entered the stark white room and lingered by the front door, not sure of the procedure.

After being asked about allergies, our first plate came looking like it had been prepared on The Food Network.  The portions were tiny, yet elegantly garnished.  The smells emanating from the dish ensured freshness of ingredients, the colors vibrant.  The textures were a varied tapestry of deliciousness, with crunchy sweetness, smooth richness, and fluffy tartness.

-Describe a special occasion and show how many holidays and events revolve around food.

What would Independence Day be without a bar-b-que?  The smell of the hotdogs, and bubbles against my tongue from a cold beer help make the occasion special.  

ribs, brats, hot dogs; beer

-Talk about my mom’s Indian fry bread and tacos and explain that food is often foundational to retaining culture.

snake dance 4I have enjoyed fry bread sopping with honey and butter since I can remember.  Unfortunately, because of all the poverty on the Flathead Reservation that contains my people, there is not a lot of Salish pride.  As a result, many of the traditions have been lost to assimilation and survivalist mentalities.  One stronghold on the culture, that remains is our food.  Early settlers may have forced Native Americans to burn their regalia, stop dancing, and neglect their language, but they could not take away our food.  The recipes were memorized, and handed down from tribal elders, to mothers, and now to me.  It is a link to my heritage that I would not want to imagine losing.  Thinking about a life where I could not partake in the sticky, fluffiness that is Indian Fry Bread seems bleak.  That is why I want to work with dysphagia patients–to help them retain and enjoy the foods central to their culture.

 

Veterinary Flaws [prequel 0A]

25 Nov

Veterinary Medicine has many problems:  Overcharging clients and advising unnecessary tests and procedures isn’t one of them. And when 20/20 or another journalist bring up an “expose” on veterinary medicine–the public is more then happy to accept it. They eat it up.

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And that’s why veterinary medicine has so many problems–the legit problems that’s I’ve mentioned about the Wal-Mart employee issues. The small business woes.  The general public still sees pets as a commodity. And the law sees them as property. So veterinary medicine is easily portrayed as a shopping rip-off. These exposes are not advising that veterinarians aren’t doing enough for the pet (as some might with, say, the topic of obesity), they are telling the public that their vet wants TOO much healthcare.

Anyway, in all my experience (14 years now) as a vet assistant, sometimes a very unhappy one, I have never had an employer charging a fair or comparable exam fee. Of all the nail trims I’ve done–probably one-tenth was charged to the owner’s bill–the rest were free. We routinely give baths, clip matts, or do other small procedures that do require time, but don’t go to the owner’s bill. And unlike human medicine, if there is a mistake, miscommunication, or just buyers remorse, they fees will be reduced or eliminated altogether (by the vet).  So the problem is actually the OPPOSITE of what the exposes/news stories challenge–vets charge too little, and constantly have to negotiate on the behalf of the animal to do ANY gold-startests/treatments, because people choose not to make their animal’s health a priority.  Veterinarians rarely get to employ the *gold standard* diagnostic or treatment.  They have to cater to low-budget options instead.  And that affects the business, wages, and future hiring ability.  Give away enough services and suddenly, there’s no money for bonuses, raises, or to replace a missing worker.  It all trickles down.

So vets aren’t in the business to make money and gouge you. If they were–well they would be dentists, and I and all the other skilled workers like me, would be paid appropriately. Veterinarians would be making the salary they are WORTH.  Instead of having the highest school debt, and lowest pay of any professional.  Instead of making a couple of dollars above minimum wage for my experience, BS in Animal Science, and dedication–as well as SKILL–I would be getting the pay (and benefits) of a human nurse.  Substantially higher.  AND, instead of having people just off the street working at vet hospitals, and largely unregulated employment rules/policies, there would be more eyes on the business if public perception of veterinary hospitals switched from shopping-service to medical necessity.

The public’s perception of animal importance and the media’s coverage of stupid things coupled with silence about actual problems in the career is the real problem with veterinary medicine–but where’s the expose on that?

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1credit ideas

8 Nov

-Get permission to take grad class, “Dysphagia.”

**my favorite of these options, but I don’t think Riverpoint would be very excited to let me take a grad-level course.  They’re not really into change, or letting me buck their system. . .  But I will make an attempt–because this would be awesome and directly relates to what I would like to do if I go the Speech Language Pathology route.

**also this is something I want to do eventually.

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-Ask to do a dysphagia special topic course

*I could still learn about dysphagia and taylor it to my interests.  It would be good, if I could utilize work some way–I have access to kitties during sx and to radiographs.  I need to brainstrom some ideas and have a plan before I broach the subject with any professor though.

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-Find a special topic related to hearing for my Speech Sci prof (relatively new = not as inundated w/student req)

*But I really have no idea what.  Or even how to come up with a research question. . .

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-Find some online course

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-Take 3 credit Voice Disorders class in my program

=as a last resort only.

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-Find out how much Guatamala class/trip would cost in $$$ & time.

=I suspect this would demand more time then my work schedule would allow, and maybe negate taking one more credit to get the loan package since I think you have to pay some for the trip.

*I found out they don’t really want to TAKE any more students to the country, anyway (fine with me as I’m sort of anti-travel, safe toilet syndromatic).  They do allow people to take the lecture about culture & preperation for credit, so I could do that if need be.

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-Though the 3cr Native American class would be amazing, I’m not sure I could make it work since it starts before the end of my work day (when I already go to class once) and goes til 8PM when I have to rise early the next day.

*I wish this was a different day at least and preferably a different time too–it would be neat to learn anything new about my people.

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Stop! Wait, Start is What I Actually Mean

7 Nov

I have a big list of things to do today and this weekend.  Yet, I’m screwing around on the internet.  So here’s a quick post to find out WHY I’m procrastinating and find some motivation within.

Why Am I Not Working:

-I’m tired?

-I don’t know where to start

-I’m distracted

Why is My To-Do List Ultra-Important?

-The assignments are about to pile up.  So I should pre-game and get stuff finished while I have the time.

-I know I need to set myself up for success in my classes, because the exams are either hard or unfairly tricky.

-Ultimately, I want to learn the material WELL to get into higher learning, a big girl career, and elevate my life situation.

What Will Happen if I Continue to Put Off Important Things:

-I will lose sleep, worry, become crabby, and possibly turn in sub-standard work, or be unprepared for exams.

-My grades could drop from the A’s I need to B’s.

-Without the 4.0 I won’t easily get into a program, and I’m getting too old to start over.

-I will get stuck working at a job that doesn’t realize my full potential, or make much difference to the world–without worker’s rights, benefits, or fair pay.

How Do I Find the Motivation?

-I will find music that I can live with for a longer period rather then new things I’m compelled to switch.

-I will only touch the computer as reward for finished assignments.

-As I know well, I will become less overwhelmed by breaking my things into smaller, more managable steps.

-I will just START.  It doesn’t really matter on what.  It’s all got to be done.

I’m ready!  Here I go outlining Chapter 15 in Aural Rehab!  I can do this!

 

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.