Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Light at the End of the Tunnel!!

Last night I finished my final EMT class.  This class has stretched me in ways I had not even imagined.  My classmates have been so much fun!  The class itself has been difficult for many reasons.  But you know what?  I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.  All of the things we go through in life make us into who God created us to be.  I know the things I went through in class will make me a better medic.

I have to admit.  There were many times during the past four months I questioned my ability.  If it were not for such wonderful people in my life rooting me on I would probably have quit a long time ago.  I know without a doubt this is what I am called to do in life. 

This past Saturday I took my first exam towards becoming an EMT.  This was the hands on practical skills exam.  It was one of the most stressful exams I have taken.  There were 6 stations we had to demonstrate skills in. 

Mandatory Stations
1a. Patient Assessment~ Medical
1b. Patient Assessment~ Trauma
2. Cardiac Arrest Management/AED
3. Bag-Valve-Mask Apneic with a pulse
Optional Skills~ I had to blindly pick a card to see what I was tested on.
4a. Upper Airway Adjuncts and Suction
4b. Supplemental Oxygen Administration
4c. Bleeding control and Shock Management (this is the one I picked)
5a. Spinal Immobilization~ Seated Patient (this is the one I picked)
5b. Spinal Immobilization~ Supine Patient
6a. Immobilization Skills~ Long Bone Injury
6b. Immobilization Skills~ Joint Injury
6c. Immobilization Skills~ Traction Splint (this is the one I picked)
The day started out bright and early!  The exam started at 9 am.  I think we were all finished by 3:30 pm.  I PASSED this part of the exam!  This Thursday I have my written part of the certification process.  I will be honest!  I am not the best at taking tests!  I am pretty nervous about this exam.  I am praying that God calms my nerves before going into this exam.  

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Life Happens...

I cannot believe it has been so long since I posted anything here.  My poor little blog has collected so much dust!  I just thought I would stop by and say a quick hello.  Life has become so crazy I don't feel like I have time to do anything.

As I mentioned before I have started my EMT course.  It has become very overwhelming for me.  I have my exams in just 4 weeks and I do not feel ready at ALL!  My stress level has shot right up.  I know if God has called you to something He will bring you through it.  I am trying my best to remember that. 

I am not a big fan of my instructors.  I do not feel they have prepared us for the exam.  I cannot put my finger on any one certain reason.  But this has added greatly to my stress level.  Sadly, I am not easy to live with recently.  I feel like I am setting myself up to fail. 

I no long have time to do the things I loved.  Cooking, photography, blogging, working out and oh so much more.  I have become a shell of someone who just studies all the time.  Last week I was questioning my calling into EMS.

Then last week I started my training with the agency I will be riding with.  I quickly realized THIS was exactly where God wanted me to be.  Helping a person in their time of need.  So I decided that I will take it one day at a time, one exam at a time.  I would appreciate prayers for me (and my poor family) as I prepare for these exams.  My first exam is August 15.  This one is a hands on skills exam.  The written exam is August 22. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Taco Seasoning {21 Day Fix}

It really is not difficult to make your own seasonings.  Since starting on my weight loss journey in January I have really taken notice of what is actually in those packets.  Honestly, I do not want that stuff in my body! 

This recipe makes a very large amount!  We use taco seasonings on everything.  If it is too much just cut it in half.

Taco Seasoning

6 tablespoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon paprika
6 tablespoons cumin
1 teaspoon black pepper

Mix all of the ingredients in a large container.  When you want to use some to make tacos use 2-3 tablespoons.  You can use more or less depending on your taste. 

I have had such great success with the 21 Day Fix!  This is the first eating and workout program I have been able to stick to!  I am currently on my second round.  My first round I lost 10 pounds and over 28 inches! As you can see I am not missing out on anything!  Oh sure I have had my moments when it comes to sticking to it but it really is easy to stay on.