news flash

This is just a quick post for the end of March. Don’t have much time to spare for writing this because I’m meant to be hardcoring through my competencies report. Actually, I’m doing my post for the week now so that I can really do some hardcore assignmenting on the weekend. And by “the weekend” I really mean Sunday, because I have work on Saturday and then dinner.

Quite glad that I don’t have to work tomorrow afternoon. That means more assignment time.

Just so people know that I’m not floundering or something, I reckon I am about halfway done with it. The problem is that I don’t really know what I’m meant to be writing, and then whenever I open up the Word Document, I feel like all my creative energy just drains out of me.

In other news, I tried tomato juice recently. It tastes like the tomato sauce you get with canned sardines, but diluted. Don’t want to go there again.

In related news, we had a lecture from a speech pathologist today. Never realised all the stuff that SPs do and how important it is. That was a pretty awesome lecture. She gave us Tiny Teddies and TicTacs. Well… one each.

big ass heart

Yes, I watched ‘Glee’ tonight and I really liked that episode because it cheered me up after a dull day at placement. I think it’s pretty cool how they did all these original songs. Don’t know if I have a favourite, though. I liked Mercedes’s ‘Hell to the no’ song and her rhyming of “diabetes” with “Wheeties”.  Seriously, no sarcasm. Puckerman’s song was pretty funny too. And I can’t not give a mention to the finishing song ‘Loser like me’.

Hearing ‘Blackbird’ always reminds me of that time that our girl school captain performed it on assembly in grade 12. It was the first time I heard the song, and I thought it was pretty cool and poignant and all that. I like how ‘Glee’ covers random songs and not just ‘Top 40’ songs. Kudos to them.

Something else that I am happy about is that I am finally doing a weekday post, rather than waiting for the weekend (although this is just barely past the weekend). At least my calendar of posts for the month (top right) will look a little bit more balanced. Plus, I don’t have pressure to write something this coming weekend, which means I am free to do whatever, which will probably end up being case study and report, but I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself here.

Now, as far as subtle mentions go, this is probably far from getting a podium finish, but I am going to proceed, nonetheless, in suggesting that you (yes, you) prolong your procrastinating (not that I condone procrastinating) by visiting the (yes, “the” as in “one and only”) Procrastination Hub. (First time I’ve done a hyperlink in a blog post, by the way.)

I’ve always liked the idea that I can advertise things for free (“freedom of speech” I believe it’s called). Sure, it would be nice to get paid, but if I’m really for something (like ‘Glee’), then I don’t mind so much. I’m sure plenty of you understand (you know who you are).

(Glee!)

hi. bye.

I know I said that trying to do the post-a-day thing wouldn’t work because it would become like a chore and I’d run out of stuff to write about, but now this post-a-week thing is starting to become like a chore, too. But, I do think that having to write a daily logbook about placement is contributing to that.

It is seriously getting harder to think of stuff to write about.

But even while I’m writing this, I feel like I should be working on that competencies report thing. I sort of got distracted before with watching ‘Modern Family’ (great show, by the way), so I really have not gotten much done.

These blog entries are going to become like distress flares – intermittent signs of someone’s existence somewhere.

drugged dreams

As per my previous post, I did manage to get a solid eight hours of sleep last night. I think I slept a bit longer than that, actually, so that’s my job done there.

I also had this really crazy dream last night. I dreamt that I was at placement and I was dispensing a prescription for an antibiotic. The instructions were to take it on an empty stomach (half an hour before food or two hours after food), but when I looked at the brand name, I thought it was doxycycline, and I knew (even in the dream) that doxycycline is always taken with a full glass of water and some food. So then I looked at the label again and realised that the drug was actually dicloxacillin, which you are meant to take on an empty stomach, so all was well.

This dream tells me that either all that study last semester did pay off or all this placement has really ingrained all this information in my head. Well, either way, I like my factually correct dream about drugs, as freaky as it may be. Perhaps this is the first step in becoming so pro at pharmacy stuff that I can do it in my sleep.

Of course, there’s no point just sitting around daydreaming and musing about it. I’d better do some work. Haven’t done anything productive today as of yet. I can hardly call yesterday productive either.

marathon

Almost looked like I wasn’t going to get my post for the week done, but here I am again, after a marathon week. I’m so tired and sleep-deprived. I can’t remember the last time I got a solid eight hours of sleep. I’ve been telling myself the bare minimum is six hours per night, because some research thing I heard about a while back said that if you sleep less than six hours a night, your risk of heart disease, etc, etc increases dramatically. Hopefully I’ll be ok.

Being on placement Monday to Friday, I don’t seem to have time to do much else. I forget what day things happened on because each day is pretty much like the last. Luckily, we’re made to keep a daily logbook, so that helps keep track of things a bit.

I didn’t really want to spend another entry talking about placement, but it looks like it’s too late for that. The main thing I wanted to mention was that I was at placement yesterday for nine and a half hours. I sat down for maybe only 15-20 minutes in my half-hour break, so that means over nine hours on my feet, running around everywhere. It was alright, though, because I made sorbolene cream from scratch, and it actually turned out ok. I was pretty amazed.

And then last night I went to a party. I’m really surprised that I’m not more tired (physically). Maybe I’ve just gone beyond exhaustion, or maybe the soreness is still subdued by the adrenalin (for now), but I feel like I’m doing alright (as long as I don’t have to move too much).

There’s nothing I would like more, though, than to get a solid eight hours of sleep tonight. Well, I guess lunch would be good right about now, too. Breakfast was 8-ish hours ago, but I really don’t feel hungry. I don’t know where my appetite’s gone, but if you find it, please return it. For now, I’ll make do with what I have and go find something to eat.

post haste

Feels like this last week has really flown by. I generally find that time passes really quickly at placement and at work. It’s fairly busy … sometimes. But there’s always something to do. At the very least, the shelves are perpetually in need of dusting and cleaning. Good news is that I don’t have to do any cleaning while on placement. (Well… they haven’t asked me to yet.)

This next week will probably be gone before I know it, too. There’s just too much to do: daily reflective logbook, competencies evidence tables and report, case studies.

I think it’s bad that I haven’t had a proper class at uni yet because sometimes it feels like I’m still on holidays and placement is just like one of those weeks when I had work almost every day. Plus, pharm school is totally not communicating with us (by which I mean they’re not sending/posting reminders about what we need to do and when to submit things). I’m paranoid that I’m going to miss a deadline for something I never even knew we had to submit.