hillarygayle: (arima & miyazawa flying)
1. What do you do to encourage yourself when going through hard times?
That depends on what the hard times are. If I'm struggling through something I can't affect, I use the phrase "Can't go around it, so I gotta go through it." Time will eventually lessen the blow, and in the meantime I use distraction to great effect. Just keep living life intentionally instead of letting it happen to you. Take action where you can. The only constant in life is change.

2. How do you motivate others?
Again, if someone's going through something hard that they can't change (a breakup, death of a loved one), I try to use distraction and humor. It gives a bit of relief from the constant ache. That said, I also listen if what they need to do is vent, and I try not to be a "fixer" if that's not what they need.

If someone is DOING something hard, like making a decision or performing some action, I motivate them by telling them all the things they've accomplished before, & how they can do this thing now. I also like to point out how it's better to regret having done something than having done nothing. :) GRAB LIFE & EAT IT!

3. Who do you talk to for encouragement and inspiration?
I have a fantastic support system. I have a husband & BFFs & family who all think very highly of me & my abilities, and they're always available for encouragement.

4. What books have offered encouragement and inspiration?
I use books mainly for distraction purposes. The tension of doing something very difficult (grad school for example) leads to a lot of stress build-up for me, and one of the best ways to diffuse that a little is to read a book that has nothing to do with the issue at hand. Fluffy scifi & fantasy are my super favorites.

5. Which of your family members have encouraged you most over the years?
That has to be Bryan. The best decision I ever made was to marry him. He believes in my ability to do basically anything, and he supports me in whatever it is I want to do. Before I got on the elevator to go to my grad school interview, the last thing he said to me was "Whatever we have to do to make this work, we will do it. We will make it through this, and you will get a doctorate." From little things to the very biggest thing I've ever undertaken, Bryan never doubts me and always offers whatever support I need.
hillarygayle: (Floaty Brain)

I have got to start getting up earlier & starting the day out with coffee & Concerta. I worked literally all day on pharmacology, easily my best subject this semester, & STILL didn't get all the flash cards finished that I wanted to. This does not include any work at all on pathology & health assessment which my classmates T & K, respectively, are taking lead on in the same way I'm leading on pharmacology.

We can't think of any other way to do it; there is VASTLY too much material for one person to delve in-depth on her own, so we're sharing the readings & then distilling what we learned for the others. It worked for the first week. Hopefully it really is a good way of doing this & it will continue working throughout this semester.

hillarygayle: (Kero-chan freaks out)
It sounded so impressive when I laid it all out for [livejournal.com profile] thejessone that I decided to put it here too.

This week is a bit different because I decided to work Thursday instead of Saturday to help the schedule out.

I have a heart sounds exam this week. It's open until Saturday. It is a "do not pass this test=do not move on in this program" test. All the studying inherent to that (I have 8 chapters left to read).  This includes where to listen for what normal heart sounds & what murmurs. How to grade a murmur Grade 1-6, what a murmur indicates pathologically. How you can make each murmur louder or softer using physical maneuvers or medications. Oh, and identify 9 heart sounds by hearing them. Next module in acute: read 5 PDFs, one white paper, 2 videos, & 2 textbook assigned readings.

In philosophy each week, there are 2 discussion board posts due, along with an essay-style quiz; this week's reading is only three chapters, thankfully. I have a paper due in early October, here, however.

In biostats: adobe connect session on Wednesday. She hasn't released the assignment information so I can know how much of what to read, but we always have an attendance assignment and a quiz in addition to the adobe session.

So in short, I have never been required to read this much in my life, and I had no idea it would feel like I'd been worked to the bone after staying home all day.

Students: This is MADNESS!
Professor: This. Is. GRAD. SCHOOOOOOOOOOL!
Professor: *kicks us in a scary hole*
hillarygayle: (Princess Setsuna)
Idea from [livejournal.com profile] mairesue, who is one of my Ladiez, and I highly recommend following her. She is a brilliantly insightful, genuine, kind, introspective person. The kind who seeks real wisdom, & in my opinion has found at least some of it (though she would never think that herself!).

Outside my window… Dappled sunlight on the moss of my front yard. Inside my window, my pretty little colorful glass bottles in the windowsill. They're one of my favorite things in the world.

I am thinking… It's amazing that I have nothing due & no modules open to work ahead on in Biostatistics & Epidemiology. I am also thinking I should be working on Acute Diagnostic Reasoning instead.

I am thankful… for the MacBook Air & iPad getting me through school in the easiest way possible, and for my in-laws who are the source of most of my technology. :)

In the kitchen… Lordamercy, what a mess. That's definitely on my to-do list.

I am wearing… Royal blue scrub pants I don't wear at work anymore (work pants that have been repaired one too many times become house pants) and a neon pink tank top. My hair is parted in the middle, in 2 braids, Pippy Longstocking style. The elastics are black & orange. I am SUPER matchy. :)

I am creating… Annotated PDFs about hemodynamics & types of shock. I discovered Goodreader for the iPad: if you read PDFs for research or class or anything, and you're a highlighting type of person when you read, this app is almost a must. It's been absolutely worth the price ($6-ish on iTunes).

I am going… Nowhere at the moment. Don't remind me. Summer turns me into a homebody; my adventurous nature is at its weakest during the hottest part of the year. Autumn makes me restless; I long to travel. I want to go to the Ozarks. I'm looking forward to October; the ARNA convention is then. Already got my room booked, and Ganon & Bryan are going with me! Unfortunately it's Halloween, so I don't know what we're going to do about that.

I am wondering… When I should start on my paper for Theory & Philosophy.

I am reading/listening… graduate school stuff; I am a big reader, but even I was taken aback by the amount of reading in this program. Keeping up is NECESSARY. Today I am reading about the 4 different types of shock, hemodynamics, & perfusion in the context of mechanical ventilation (i.e. how your blood gets around when you're on life support).

I am hoping… To have a sudden, unexpected burst of energy.

I am looking forward to… whatever it is that Apple is going to release today. Also whether or not Jeff Coffin & the Mu'tet are going to have a fall/winter tour of any kind. Also my next cup of tea. I think it's going to be Lady Grey.

I am learning… more than I thought possible in graduate school. I knew this was going to expand my brain, but I can almost literally feel my mind stretching. It's an amazing feeling.

Around the house… is pretty rough. I'm not the best housekeeper on the best of days, but the house is the worst on the days after I finish working. I have got to handle those dishes & I need to keep the laundry going. In happy news, I think the basement dehumidifier is working quite well, though we were afraid that the 30-pint was an underestimation right after we got it.

I am pondering… how my life will change after I graduate & pass the advanced practice boards. How different my role will be in the care of my patients. How much I'm looking forward to it. :)

A favorite quote for today… is something I retweeted this morning. "Good morning! You're strong & capable & good. Punch today in the face!" That is a most hilarious encouragement. (Source of this timeless wisdom: Brokey McPoverty.

One of my favorite things… Incense. My 3 favorite scents: sandalwood, frankincense, & lavender.

A few plans for the rest of the week… More studying! On Thursday I have a biostats study group that meets at Starbucks. So that's fun. At some point I need to speak with Blue Cross about private insurance coverage, and I need to renew my prescriptions. I'm wondering when the ASU farmer's market midweek market is: Tuesday or Thursday? This might factor into the rest of my week. :)

A peek into my day.
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