Whooah, We’re Halfway There

So, I got my degree classification today and it’s a 2:1! I managed it! I don’t know the breakdown yet, but I managed to average 71 in coursework before my end of year exams. PHEW!

Nom

Nom

2.1

I finally got my application in for my MSc the day on Tuesday, so now I wait. I’m fairly hopeful because I have the two references required, and the 2:1 required.

That is a massive relief.

Oh, I had my HIV/hepatitis test back after I got blood in my eye. I passed it. Thankfully I’m clear 🙂

In terms of shifts I’ve had since January, there’ve been no major incidents (for me at least! Two of my colleagues had a very tricky shift a few weeks ago). I did an all night rave about a month ago and there wasn’t as much action as I’d hoped, we did send a couple to hospital though…one of whom was a code brown.

I’ll let you know when I hear about my MSc!

 

 

 

 

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Last week of term!

Interesting term thus far.

The actual hour by hour plan hasn’t really been stuck to so far, but that’s only to be expected I guess. However, my two pieces of coursework submitted so far this year have received a 70 and a 75 which I’m very happy with…achieving a c.64/5 this year is seeming more and more likely!

Work is fun. I had a shift last week where a young woman was in a mosh pit and fainted, she had been standing among a lot of (weed) smokers which was probably the reason for spO2 of 88. I told the trainee paramedic with me this girl’s sats, and she (the trainee para) screamed them back at me with a worried face. You do not do this. Cue aggravated patient and worried 20 questions from patient’s drunk friends. Patient’s spO2 returned to normal within 5 minutes.

A couple of weeks ago I was working on a Friday and then a Saturday. On the Friday I had a guy who drank a whole bottle of cognac and his spO2 dropped to 74, very stupid thing to do, so I had to call an ambulance out, and that was fine. Also, side point, got the oxygen out, to be face with this:
ImageThe following night, I was at a different venue and was called out to a homeless man outside the front, I got to him and he said ‘I have chest pain and had a heart attack in January’, whether this was the case or he wanted a bed on a cold November night, who am I to say… 😉 Whatever though, I had to call an ambulance as he had the magic chest pain symptoms, the ambulance arrived and it was the same paramedics…I really hope there isn’t a 999 blacklist!

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Choir’s Christmas concert is this week, and is only minorly stressful – should be fantastic!

Otherwise, I’ve received my two (surprisingly very) good references for my MSc, just need to write my personal statement now.

So, a good term I think.

 

Term properly underway, now it get serious

I’m sitting in the first aid room six hours into a ten hour shift, nice and quiet thus far…one wasp sting…exciting stuff.

I’ve had my first few weeks of lectures – not missed one yet! Pretty interesting stuff, and I’m doing okay academically, but I need to stick to The Plan bit better.  May as well go ahead and say I’m studying philosophy…there are a good few thousand philosophy students in this country! Philosophy of language is veerrryyy hard to get your head round; Frege’s puzzle and the metalinguistic solution anybody? First coursework is due in 15 days, and it’s on Frege.

In other news, I had that meeting with the Neuroscience MSc coordinator. I think it was generally positive, but he wasn’t too thrilled with my results last year…I’m hoping that I’ll receive an offer conditional on a 2:1 which is very doable. When I asked him what I’d need to get in, he said a 2:1 and two good references, and I think I can do that. My big problem at the moment is my personal statement, I’m first drafting it at the moment and the content has to be so concentrated and drivel-free that it’s tricky to fill it up. Advice is welcome 😉

Choir is going pretty well, if you listen out next year, you may hear us on Radio 4…AND my money for directing it should arrive at some point!

I have my SJA advanced course next month! Which if I pass will qualify me to use Entonox (nos/nitrous oxide/laughing gas) and oxygen and that could be hilariously fun.  On the subject of SJA training…I’ll be leading training for 60 freshers in CPR this week which is a little bit terrifying.

Also considering applying for an HCA post one day a week…it’s a lot of effort, but if I get it there’s bank work

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Fun fact for the day #3 For severely overweight patients, apparently, hospital have to use scanners from the zoo

Freshers’ Week at an end

Phew, massively busy week is over.

In the middle of tidying my room after little sleep due to a small St John Ambulance event last night in which at one point we had two NHS ambulance crews there at the same time helping us out. 

Since I last posted I’ve been on two freshers’ stalls’; the SJA one which always does well, and the choir one…which this year more than doubled its sign-ups with me in charge! We’ve had two events since then and while we’ve just about managed to pull both off, I’ve found out just how stressful trying to run and coordinate a student society is.

In other news, I now have a meeting with the MSc Neuroscience course coordinator next week! I’m very excited, but also slightly brain dead, as I suggested a time when I have a lecture…very stupid; I knew my lecture times when I responded to his email, it just didn’t compute.

Wednesday night was my only drunken night out this freshers’; I guess I’m getting a bit old. It was great fun and I caught up with people who I haven’t seen for months, two of whom then had to crash in my lounge. But I’m very proud of the fact that I got in and got to bed after 3 and I was in Uni the next day before 10 ready for the rehearsal I was leading.

Right, the plan is to get my room shipshape by the end of today and then starting reading for this week’s lectures tomorrow.

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