Well hello there, it’s been awhile. Looking at the blog, the last time I wrote was in April, not because there hasn’t been anything to write about, but because writing takes energy and unfortunately that’s something I’m running a little short on these days.
To catch you up a bit, the school year ended at the end of April and instead of going back to Washington for the summer to visit family and friends I opted to stay in Alaska to work and save money. While it was difficult to not go home, even for a visit, staying in Alaska really was the best decision. I was able to work full time at the front desk and doing media work for the Residence Hall here at KPC and I was able to enjoy an Alaskan summer, which I must say really agrees with me. It’s not to hot and not to cold and a whole bunch of beautiful.
The first week of May I finished my basic firefighter training with our local fire department and officially started pulling shifts as a volunteer in July. While call volumes are usually light I feel like the experience I’ve gained these last couple months truly is invaluable, and it gets me even more excited for my future in EMS.
July held many adventures. My parents came up for a visit and I spent the week showing them around the Kenai Peninsula. They both loved it and I’m pretty sure my dad would have stayed if my mom would have let him. I also splurged a bit and went whitewater rafting on 6 Mile Creek with friends. It was frigid and exhilarating. We tackled class III, IV and V rapids and only fell out once!
In July I also officially entered a new decade, 30. It’s hard to believe my 20’s are behind me, and I’m sometimes sad to see the things I wanted but didn’t accomplish, but then I remember the incredible things I did do (graduate from college, move overseas, travel the world…) and I realize life isn’t so bad. Now I can’t wait to see what my 30’s will hold.
(Some pictures from summer. Clockwise from left: Caines Head Hike, Seward; Fire Training;
Brown bear near Cooper Landing; In Seward with Mom & Dad; Misty day in Cooper Landing;
White water rafting; The View from Fort McGilvray on Caines Head; The 4 summer RA’s ready
to escape to Seward for Labor Day weekend; Fish & Chips with Mom and Dad in Homer;
We finished the Color Run!; Residence Hall hike to Juneau Falls)
That brings me to CURRENTLY…
Currently I am in my 5th week of the UAA Paramedic Program. This week we are reviewing how to do IV’s and administer medications. Tomorrow I leave bright and early for Anchorage to spend the day with our sister campus out of Mat-Su to do orientations for clinical sites in the city. Then, come October, clinical season officially begins and the little sliver of life I have now officially disappears.
Currently I am also working 20 hours a week for the school (in IT again & also doing media work for the ResHall) as well as pulling RA duties at the Residence Hall + training and the occasional shift with the fire department. I’ve never been so glued to my planner in my life, but without it I would be totally lost. I am busy, very, very busy. Busier than I’ve ever been in my life, but thankfully I’ve staked out a few days in October, between clinicals where I have nothing planned. I call these my “vacation from life”days and I am protecting them like a mama bear protects her cubs. I’m going to sleep in, maybe watch some Netflix, or gasp, read a book for fun! I guess we’ll see. They’re still a few weeks away haha.
But, as busy as life is I’m incredible thankful for everything I have. Right now it is a lot of work but I know in the end it will be so worth it. I can’t say when the next time I’ll update the blog is, it may be to say “Horray! I’ve finished the paramedic program!” or it could be a lot sooner. I guess we’ll see, but in the mean time any prayers for strength and the endurance to make it through this semester and the year are greatly appreciated!
Our 2015/2016 RA Team
(P.S. Part of my job this summer was to design these shirts. What do you think?)