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Final Week Of Class

It’s here, the final week of class has finally arrived and I am so excited to be moving into the next phase of this journey. I still have 2 more exams to write before the week is over and then it’s time to celebrate.

These past eight months have been a rollercoaster but I’ve gotten through it and survived. Surprisingly, I have met a few amazing people through this adventure and my once empty list of girlfriends has grown significantly since the beginning of this course; which I am grateful for.

I have also learned to better manage my time and responsibilities. Being a mom, student, wife, etc., etc., it’s been challenging managing everything, however, my grades will tell you, I’ve done pretty well for myself. Apparently, I’m in line for receiving honors and my name may be put into the running for class valedictorian (who would’ve thought me of all people 😲).

Anyway, I need to get back to studying for these two final exams. I’ll write again at the end of the week and let you know how it all went and how I’m feeling now that it’s almost all over. Stay tuned and have a blessed week ahead.

~Tamana

Mom-In-Training: Learning Difficulties

image2It’s mid-term report card time and Nid’s teacher has notified me that she will be getting C’s and D’s in language. But her math is extremely good. I’m so disappointed that she is not grasping the French language. However, I don’t think it’s a matter of her not understanding. I truly believe she isn’t picking up the language because she isn’t focusing.

I’ve tried speaking to her on numerous accounts about why she isn’t focusing and her only excuse is that she is bored with the routines of daily school life. Now, someone please tell me what do you say to a six year old already bored of school life?

Don’t get me wrong, this little cookie of mine is so intelligent when it comes to general knowledge. She has a creative eye and is always eager to learn new things and frequently surprises me with the things she learned or discovered.

However, she’s bored with school (already)! What do I do? I’ve told her that she needs to go to school because unless she learns to read and write, all the general knowledge she has won’t be as relevant and she won’t be able show the world her talents and knowledge.

We’re blessed with an amazing teacher, who is working extremely hard with her and me to get her to understand the language and work hard to succeed. He has so much faith and confidence in her and continues to guide her and coach her one-on-one to ensure she succeeds.

But I am stressed to the point that I cannot get this little cookie to focus long enough to understand what is being expected of her or taught to her.

Do you think she could have symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Have any of you dealt with this condition with your children or experience a similar scenario that I am facing with Nid?

I think, I am going to begin reading up on the conditions of ADHD and see if this might be a reason why she’s struggling.

Your stressed mama ~ Tamana

PSW Graduation & Beginning Phase 2

On November 1st, I received honours for the PSW course I took last year. Although I have been working as a PSW for the past year, Medix College only holds their graduations for all courses, once a year. Unfortunately, my NACC exam result didn’t come out in time for last year’s graduation ceremony, hence, why I had mine this year.

It was a great celebration and my mom, brother, husband and daughter all joined me for my special day. I got to meet a few of my fellow students and beloved teachers and administrators from college. It was overall a very nice reunion.

The exciting thing about it was that I announced to a few of those teachers and administrators that I was rejoining Medix this year to even further educate myself.

Working as a PSW has taught me many things, including: respect, tolerance, acceptance, and most importantly compassion. However, it has also taught me that PSWs and Nurses are very under-appreciated and under-valued. The dedication and compassion a PSW gives has no limit. The amount of tolerance we are expected to have, has no limit. The amount of acceptance we have, has no limit.

We are spit at, called degrading names, treated with minimal respect, even hit, scratched and clawed at, but we keep our composure and continue on with the task at hand. And don’t get me wrong, it is not just the patient or residents but sometimes even their families.

It’s quite unfortunate how undervalued PSWs are in our society because we give so much to our patients and/or residents. We are taught to never get attached, but we are human and there’s always those one or two people your heart connects to and you get emotionally attached.

It’s a hard job, both physically and mentally but I have enjoyed it. There are times when one person will give you a smile at the most unexpected moment and it will make all the pain and suffer worthwhile. Or you’ll sit down with a resident and they’ll tell you their life story and you’ll listen in awe because you see them today, in their current state of mind and physical ailments and picture them as they were in the story they’re telling.

I have fallen to love and hate the job, mostly I love it, even though it is very physically and mentally draining and demanding. However, I miss my desk job and sometimes feel emotionally drained from giving so much energy to my residents. I want to be behind a computer again while being able to stay in the medical field and still making somewhat of a difference in people’s lives.

I have decided to go back to school to even further educate myself in the medical field. On Monday, I began a 11 month journey to becoming a Medical Office Administrator (MOA) and Medical Transcriber (MT). I went back to my original college, Medix because they offer an accelerated program and also because I am comfortable with the classes, schedules and instructors.

I am still working as a PSW with my current employer and will continue to due so for the duration of my course, as my hope is to work for my employer as a MOA or MT upon graduation. So, it’s very important for me to keep my relationship with them open and in good-standing while in school.

I know I will be 36 in a day, but I am so excited about being back in school and further educating myself and as my father says “better late than never!” I actually think my age is beneficial for education because I am more mature, I have more common sense (most of the time) than I did when I was younger and more overall general knowledge. Plus, I understand things better now and I have a do or die confidence; like I don’t have a choice but to succeed and complete this course because I’m not only putting myself on the line but also my family.

Please wish me success, luck, tolerance and acceptance, so that I may succeed on this new adventure! I am determined to succeed but every little blessing helps! Xoxo

~ Tamana

Quick Update Plus Diwali and Thanksgiving Pictures 

Monday was the last day of my clinical. It’s been an exhausting part of my studies but I’m finished. The next portion is less physically straining and allowing more interactions with the residents. 

During my community work; which began on Tuesday, I have been assisting staff with feeding, doing activities and walking with the residents. This is a very good chance to get to know the residents and learn their experiences. Although, it’s a much slower paced part of my education, I am enjoy it. 

I completely forgot to upload photos of thanksgiving and Diwali and so decided to include them in this post. Thanksgiving was fantastic and dinner turned into lunch due to a miscommunication between my husband and I. Nevertheless, lunch was enjoyed by all and we were so full afterwards, that everyone decided to nap right after. Here are some pictures of Thanksgiving lunch:

Lamb chops with pasta, scalloped potatoes and stuffing
My Thanksgiving dining table
French vanilla custard cake
Puff pastry fruit and chocolate tea snacks
Egg, spinach and cheese puffs for breakfast
Garlic pull-apart cheesy bread

As for Diwali, my darling husband surprised me and Nid by showing up earlier than expected. Nid and I were just getting dressed and beginning to light candles and diyas when he burst through the front door. I have to say I was overjoyed because I felt terrible that we were celebrating without him. 

Later that evening, when all of us were dressed and ready to pray, my brother joined us and stayed for the prayer and dinner. Nid completely adores my brother and was overwhelmed with excitement. Here are some of the pictures of our Diwali prayer and lighting of the diyas: 

Rangoli made with chalk and turmeric

Quick Update: School & Me

I’ve been extremely busy these days as my course is becoming more intense. I’ve had numerous tests, assignments and exams over the past few weeks; which has left little time for anything else. So the time I do have available is spent with my munchkin and hubby or with my parents and doing chores. 

But I will tell you that I’m enjoying my course and everyday that I learn something new, I become more interested and confident about my choice of course. I’ve recently received my overall average (96.4%) and I am quite satisfied and impressed with how well I am doing. 

I know down the road, it’s going to be a lot of work once I graduate begin working, however, I truly believe that the reward will be much greater than the effort. I do hope that the people’s lives I touch will be enriched and they’ll take some goodness and happiness from me. 

So that’s where I am right now with school. I’ll keep you all updated as I further progress. Have a blessed weekend and week ahead. Xoxo

New Beginnings

The New Year brings with it many new beginnings for me this time around. Not only is it the beginning of the new year, but I will also be living in a new apartment starting January 1st. This will also be the first time I’ll be officially on my own. I’ve lived away from home for a few years now. However, I’ve had a roommate. This time, it’s going to be just me and my kitty.

A new home, new year and some new changes I need to make. I guess, this could be my official New Year’s Resolution list.

  1. Quit or cut down significantly on smoking. (Sorry, Roxy) But cigarettes are really taking a toll on my budget and health. I know that money is not everything in the world. But at $10 per pack, multiplied by 4 to 5 packs per week, means I’m out about $200 a month. Not only that, but cigarettes are really bothering my asthma. Yes, I know; I have asthma and I should not be smoking. Hence, the resolution!
  2. Lose another 50 to 60 lbs. Since October 1st, I have lost 20 lbs. However, according to my BMI and doctor, I still need to lose 50 lbs. to be healthier and out of risk for many health problems. So, the resolution is to get up 30 minutes earlier every morning and either do some yoga or strength training. I’m dreading it, so I might just start with one or two days a week and work my way up to 5 days.
  3. Cook at least one meal daily at home. I have a terrible habit of eating out or not eating at all. Both things affect me drastically. So, I’m going to buy groceries weekly and cook dinner every night and hopefully, take the left-overs for lunch.
  4. Find a part-time job. I have a couple of big expenses coming up during this next year. I’ll need a lot of money for them. Well, when you think of it, none of the expenses are actually mandatory or required. But there are a few things I’d like to purchase. First, a camera. You know one of those professional ones. Second, I would like to go on vacation this year to either India or somewhere in the Caribbean. And finally, I want to buy an Audi A5. That’s one of the biggest goals besides purchasing a condo.
  5. Go back to school. This should probably be on the top of my list. However, it’s out of pure interest and not a requirement. I want to take some photography courses, some cooking and baking courses, and some business courses. The business courses will definitely help with my career. But everything else is for pure interest and knowledge.

Well, I guess those are the main resolutions I have for the coming year. I’m eagerly waiting to move into my new apartment and start the new year. I’ll keep you posted on how my resolutions are coming along as the year progresses.

Do comment and let me know what your resolutions are for the New Year!